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  • Call Us: (800) EAGLE CU (324-5328)
                  (949) 588-9400

    Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Friday: 9 am - 6 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm

 

Why Join a Credit Union?

We can go on about the benefits
of credit union membership, but
find out for yourself! Just visit www.asmarterchoice.org or read Bankrate's article about the top 10 reasons to join to a credit union.

About Eagle CU

Eagle Community Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative. For over 75 years, we’ve held a commitment to service excellence and member satisfaction. It’s who we are. It’s in our DNA.

We have a rich history. We began as Orange County Postal Credit Union in 1937, and for many years we exclusively helped postal and federal employees build their financial futures. Today, we’re a community credit union. That means that anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in Orange County can become a member, but we continue to take pride and are honored to continue to serve our core postal and federal members.

And with membership comes many advantages. Put your money in a bank and you’ll be treated like a customer. Put your money in a credit union and you can walk around like you own the joint (because you really do).

Since its founding, Eagle CU has relied on the vision, involvement, and support of its members for its success. Some members volunteer their time to serve on our Board of Directors. Others simply drop us a line to offer a compliment or to suggest an improvement. Our members’ involvement ensures that we remain a strong, responsive, consumer-run financial institution.

 

Learn more about Eagle Community Credit Union and what makes credit unions different in this video:

News and Events

Learn more about what makes Credit Unions unique in the OC Register’s Credit Union Advantage piece out every 
Thursday in the Business Section starting January 2014. Each issue is sponsored by several leading Credit Unions in 
Orange County, including Eagle, and is one more way credit unions have come together in a collaborative manner.

Each issue will cover a specific financial topic from understanding the differences between credit unions and banks to 
borrowing and saving for life milestones. Check out each weekly topic featured here.

October 2013: 
Special Credit Union 

Advantage Issue




January 23, 2014: Differences Between 
Credit Unions and Banks

 

February 13, 2014: 
Traveling with your 
Credit Card

February 27, 2014:
Borrowing for 
an Automobile 
 

March 20, 2014:
ATMS and CO-OPS: Closer Than You Think

 

April 10, 2014:
Giving Back to
the Community

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eagle CU board, management and staff are committed to the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People" and stand behind our core values through our community involvement activities.

 

Bill Birnie
President and CEO
Bill assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle CU in November 2007. A 25 year veteran of the US Marine Corps, Bill retired as a Sergeant Major in 1997 and joined Eagle CU with ten years of previous credit union experience as an Internal Auditor and CFO at Pacific Marine Credit Union. Bill earned his MBA from National University in International Business. He was one of only five “Highest Honors” graduates of Western CUNA Management School, recipient of the Charles M. Clark Memorial Award and currently serves on the school’s faculty. 

Bill serves as the Chairman of the Southern California and Nevada Council of the Credit Union Executive Society; Chairman of the Credit Union for Kids Advisory Board to the Children's Hospital of Orange County; Member of the Advocacy Committee at the California Credit Union League, and as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Southern California Credit Union Alliance.

 

Susan Huss
Vice President of Lending

Susan joined the Eagle CU team in July 2011 with over 27 years of credit union experience. Susan is a Western CUNA Management School graduate and brings a vast knowledge of operations, collections, and lending.  With a passion for the credit union culture and philosophy of "people helping people", Susan strongly believes in helping members succeed. 

 

Scott Rains
CFO

Scott held CFO positions at two credit unions over the past 13 years prior to joining Eagle CU in December 2011. Scott has his CPA license and spent ten years providing audit and attestation services to credit unions with a highly respected CPA firm. Scott is an Orange County native and earned his BA Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.

 

Carol Rosas
Vice President of Operations

Carol has over 15 years of management experience in the financial industry. She previously held the position of Vice President of Member Services for a Northern California credit union, directing a call center as well as a network of 22 branches over five states. Carol holds a BA Degree from the University of Oregon and graduated from Western CUNA Management School in 2014.

 

Brad Trusso
Vice President of IT

Brad joined Eagle CU with over ten years of experience working with software and hardware for the financial services industry. Previously he worked in the aerospace industry as a Senior Manager of Software Development for five years. Prior to that he worked at Symitar as the Director of Operations and Network/Hardware. Brad is from San Diego and holds his BA and BS Degree from San Diego State University in Political Science and Psychology.

 
Erica Waetjen
Vice President of Marketing

Erica has over six years prior management experience in both operations and marketing from two Southern California credit unions. She also brings brand management experience working in other industries from her previous experience working at an advertising agency. Erica received her BS Degree in Business Administration from Chapman University and has her MBA in Marketing Management from Pepperdine University.
 
Robin Wiessner
Vice President of Human Resources

Robin joined Eagle CU in November 2007. Prior to Eagle she worked for a large Orange County recruiting firm as an Assistant Branch Manager. She has over seven years of experience in Sales and HR Management. Robin holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Laguna College of Art and Design. She recently attended Brandman University for Human Resource Management and is currently preparing for her SPHR.
 

Charles Morris
Chairman

Charles has been a member of the Supervisory Committee since 1985 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1986. Charles attended Long Beach State University for his undergraduate degree, University of Southern California for his graduate degree, and Pepperdine University for his JD. He is currently an Estate and Tax Planning lawyer and has been a member of the California Bar since 1976. The cooperative nature of credit unions and the supportive and helpful staff at Eagle CU make it worthwhile for Charles to volunteer his time to the Board.

 
 

Robert Jeffery                                                                                                                                        Vice-Chairman
Robert has been a member of the Credit Union since 1988 and was appointed to the Supervisory Committee in 1997. In 1998, he was elected to the Board of Directors. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 33 years and currently works for the City of Irvine.

 
  Duane Anderson
Duane joined Eagle CU in 1989 and was appointed to the Supervisory Committee the same year. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1992. He earned his Master of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii. When speaking of why he volunteers his time to Eagle CU, Duane says: “The credit union has always meant people helping people to me.”
 
Louie Flores
Louie joined the Board of Directors in 2010. He brings 28 years of experience with the U.S. Postal Service and currently serves as the Officer in Charge of the Paramount Post Office. Louie has also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant (E6) and currently serves as a Reserve Sergeant for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
 
  Miles Friedman
Miles has been a member of Eagle CU since 1990 and was appointed to the Supervisory Committee in 2008. His highest education includes a JD and an LLM in Taxation Law from Georgetown University.
  
 

Neil Mills-Mazer                                                                                                                                        Neil joined the Supervisory Committee in August 1999 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2002. He is currently employed by the Internal Revenue Service as an Engineer Team Manager in Los Angeles, CA. Neil volunteers his time to the Credit Union because he believes that life is about continuing education, and his position on the board is a part of that practice. Neil graduated with a BS in Accounting from Central Connecticut University and continued on to obtain a JD from Western State University College of Law.

 
Diane Leinweber
Diane became a member of Eagle CU in 1983 and joined the Supervisory Committee in 2003. Diane obtained a BA in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. After graduating from college, her first job was at a credit union in Los Angeles.  "It’s in my blood and I feel fortunate to be able to serve others in an industry that has been an important part of my life," Diane says.
 

 

Michael Brown
Chairperson

Michael has been a member of Eagle CU since 1988 and was appointed to the Supervisory Committee at Eagle CU in 2007. He received his BS in Business from St. Louis University. As an Eagle member, Michael says he “was curious to see what goes on at the Board and Management level of ECCU,” so he decided to volunteer his time. He hopes to make a positive impact with his work experience and education in the field of accounting and business.

 

Brenda Anderson
Brenda started as a member of the Supervisory Committee in 1984 and was soon elected to the Board of Directors in 1986. With a BS in Business Administration and a CPA, Brenda is retired from the Internal Revenue Service where she served as a Supervisory Internal Revenue Agent. Brenda volunteers her time to the Credit Union because she believes people have the best opportunity for financial security and good financial decision making with a credit union. She also believes that credit unions can offer quality services to small consumers that other financial institutions do not.

 
Steve Harback
 


 
Lisa Hansen
Lake Forest and Laguna Niguel Branch Manager
Lisa has worked in the financial services industry since 1992 and Eagle is her third credit union. She has held many positions including Loan and Collection Officer, Lending and Collection Manager, Chief Operations Officer and Branch Manager II. Lisa has earned many certificates and completed many programs in financial counseling and customer service. Specifically she holds a NEFE (National Endowment for Financial Education) certificate which allows her to offer financial counseling to students and teachers in schools. Lisa loves working at credit unions due to the personalized service she is able to offer members on a daily basis.
 

 
Doug Nigbor
Garden Grove and Santa Ana Branch Manager

Doug joined Eagle CU in November 2006 with 30 years of financial services experience. He has held many positions in the financial industry including VP of Banking Operations, Investor Relations Officer and Loan Office Manger. Doug says he “enjoys the atmosphere of a small institution due to the opportunity to build relationships throughout the entire organization.” He also finds it “fulfilling to help members achieve their goals without the big bank pressure.”
 
Lynne Westbury
Member Service Center Manager
Lynne began working at Eagle CU in July 2007 as the Member Service Center Manager with over 30 years of banking experience. She began her career in the credit union industry in 1997 with Altura Credit Union. During her tenure there, she was an Assistant Branch Manager, Home Equity Supervisor, and Branch Manager. Lynne says she "enjoys helping people and being able to provide them with answers and solutions."

 

Volunteer for the Eagle CU Intern Program

If you're interested in becoming an Eagle CU board member, but not ready for that kind of commitment, sign up as a volunteer intern. Over the course of a one-year term, you'll gain a clear prospective of what is involved in being a board member.

Benefits

  • Opportunity to try the position on for size with minimal commitment
  • Gain skills in teamwork
  • Learn how business leaders operate
  • Contribute to your community
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Develop communication skills
  • Expand business expertise
  • Personal satisfaction of making a difference
  • Gain knowledge in strategic planning, technology, finance, risk management, budgeting, human resources, lending and collections
  • Leadership role with prestigious organization

Participation Requirements

  • Attend at least 4 board meetings a year. Although interns cannot vote, their involvement during board meetings is encouraged
  • Participation in annual strategic planning session
  • Complete at least two Volunteer Leadership Program modules the first year

For more information, call (949) 588-9400 or (800) EAGLE CU (324-5328).

Employer Partners

We help our Employer Partners retain their valuable employees at no cost to them by providing a valuable, often overlooked benefit, of financial resources and education. It's one of the most cost-effective ways to help employees and their families build
a solid financial foundation and help them reduce on the job stress caused by finances - truly a win-win solution for both you
and your employees!

When you're an Employer Partner, Eagle Community Credit Union will provide you with:

  • Regular on-site enrollment visits
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Payroll inserts
  • Lunch and Learn sessions

If you're a representative of a company located in Orange County, you're invited to join this exclusive group.

Contact either of our Business Development Representatives, or complete our Employer Partner Application today.

join these companies already providing this important benefit to their employees:

Alcoa; Anabolic Laboratories, Inc.; Claim Jumper Restaurant; Classic Beverage Group, Inc.; Costco Office Depot; Financial Statement Services, Inc.; Focus Technologies; Goya Foods; HID Corporation; Inductor's Inc.; La Palma Intercommunity Hospital; Master Financial, Inc.; Mission Viejo City Employees; Money Mailer, LLC; Ossur; Sam's Club; The Keith Companies; Time Warner Cable; West Anaheim Medical Center

Eagle CU Academic Scholarships

Each year, Eagle CU awards scholarships to members pursuing a college degree. To date, we've contributed nearly $150,000 to local students furthering their education.


Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire 

Eagle CU proudly supports Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire in granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Eagle CU began its corporate support of Make-A-Wish in 1999 and has since raised thousands of dollars for the organization. Contributions have been made by our generous members, as well as through regular Credit Union staff fundraisers.


Eagle CU Employee Fundraising

Regular fundraising events and activities help raise funds for local non-profit organizations, including Olive Crest and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.


Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Employees and members are proud to actively support CHOC from volunteer events to donations throughout the year. CHOC is one of the country's premier children's hospoitals and does unbelievable work throughout Orange County providing specialized healthcare to sick children.


Children's Miracle Network

Employees and members actively support the Credit Unions for Kids program benefiting Children's Miracle Network. As a non-profit organization, Children's Miracle Network raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America to help children with life-threatening diseases and injuries.

 

What is a Credit Union?

Credit unions are financial institutions formed by an organized group of people with a common bond. Members of credit unions pool their assets to provide loans and other financial services to each other. Credit Unions were first started in the United States after the great depression to help americans get back on their feet with the philosophy of people helping people, and still use this same philosophy today. Credit Unions are member-owned and live by the credit union motto of "not for profit, not for charity, but for service."

Credit unions differ from other banks in several ways:

Credit Unions

  • Not-for-profit cooperatives
  • Owned by members
  • Operated by mostly volunteer boards
  • Return profits to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher savings rates, lower fees, and new products and services

Other Financial Institutions

  • Owned by outside stockholders
  • Controlled by paid boards
  • Return profits to stockholders

Learn more by visiting the Credit Union National Association's website, www.asmarterchoice.org.

NCUA insured funds

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the federal agency that charters and supervises federal credit unions. They also insure savings in federal and most state-chartered credit unions across the country through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), a federal fund backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government.

Use the Share Insurance Estimator to find out how the share insurance rules apply to your account(s) at Eagle.


Become a Member
Experience the Eagle difference! We offer products and services at better rates and lower fees than you'll find at most banks, delivered with the world class service you deserve. Join today.

Apply for a Loan
Apply for any consumer loan today with our quick and convenient
Online Loan Application. Not yet a member? You can still apply, but prior to funding a new loan, complete our Membership Application. 

 

Ask Bill!
Have compliments? Questions? Concerns? Send Bill Birnie, Eagle's CEO, an e-mail and talk to him personally. Email Bill now.

 

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