Celebrating 'Black History Month': CEO Spotlight with Charles R. Wiggington, Sr.

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Charles R. Wiggington, Sr., President and CEO of Priority One CU.

February is Black History Month. To celebrate, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues honor the achievements and contributions of African American credit union leaders and asked them to share some perspective about their heritage, career, and family.

Today, Charles R. Wiggington, Sr., president and CEO of Priority One CU, shares his insights. A graduate of California State University at Northridge, Wiggington held positions at Gibraltar Savings and Loan (now Security Pacific National Bank), as well as Allstate Savings and Loan, California Federal Savings and Loan, and Bank of America. He was named president and CEO of Priority One CU in 2007.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Pride and strength for a race of people.

What makes you proud of your heritage?
People of great endurance.

Who are some role models that have inspired you?
My mother and her sisters.

How long have you been in the credit union industry?
30 years.

What is it like to be a black leader within the credit union industry?
Great! The credit union motto of “people helping people" has really been demonstrated in our industry. Being heard and accepted.

What is the best career advice you’ve received?
Stay loyal to your company and the business.

What barriers have you had to overcome to reach this point in your career?
Early on I worked in the banking industry and when I came to the credit union, I was labeled ask a banker with no empathy.

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