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Friday, September 6, 2013

Farewell from your CEO

Meriwest Membership,

September 6, 2013 - After 22 years of service, I shall be retiring from Meriwest in mid-September. The journey has been challenging, educational, and at all times rewarding. We celebrated when we were up, learned when we were down, and kept the organization and most importantly, you, the member owners as our top priority. You have a great staff bringing you our products and services every day, while performing at the highest levels of professional service. Their dedication and effort has taught me a lot over the years. It has been my privilege to lead and serve with each and every one of them. But our successes ultimately depend on your support and participation. We have expanded from our early IBM roots to bring strength to the organization, consistency in service offerings, and better convenience to all within our community. We exist only to serve, whether putting families in new homes, helping with education fulfillment, improving lifestyle goals, or providing safe and sound alternatives for financial investments and savings; our mission has always been such. Meriwest will continue that journey with your support and with a great team of leaders and service providers.

Your next CEO will be Julie Kirsch, our current EVP and COO. Julie has had a very successful career at Meriwest and excelled always during our journey. I am delighted our dedicated Board has chosen Julie to lead the way forward. Her energy, thoughtful decision making, and understanding of your needs as well as the organization’s will serve everyone well. Please join me in congratulating her and wishing much continued success. You are in good hands. I would like to especially acknowledge the tireless contributions of our volunteers, both Board and Supervisory Committee. They serve at your pleasure year in and year out, and do a wonderful job. So, as I close this last chapter in my career, I want to thank all the Meriwest Family — volunteers, dedicated staff, and you, our members. It has been my distinct and memorable pleasure to be a part of this family.

Christopher M. Owen President & CEO

Christopher Owen, CEO Meriwest Credit Union

About Meriwest Credit Union
Meriwest Credit Union, one of Silicon Valley’s largest and established financial institutions, has been providing proactive, personal, convenient and innovative financial services to over 72,000 businesses and families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Tucson, Arizona, since 1961. More information can be found at

Meriwest Credit Union
Gregory Meyer
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