Abel Pomar and Robert McDougall will apply experiences forged at commercial banking institutions to ECCU’s affinity-banking model to improve member experiences and introduce financial services as part of its next phase of growth.
BREA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2014 — Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) is expanding its management lineup with the appointment of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Abel Pomar and Retail Banking Executive, Robert McDougall. Both officers will be based at ECCU’s headquarters in Brea, Calif. and have been tapped to aid the 50-year-old affinity banking institution to position itself to meet the evolving personal and ministry needs of its members.
Pomar joins ECCU from Bank of America, where he most recently was responsible for leading the delivery of regulatory compliance change and transformation initiatives across the enterprise. During his seven years at Bank of America, Pomar held various leadership positions, including roles in global marketing, corporate affairs, technical delivery, mergers and acquisitions, change management, strategic planning and continuous improvement, and finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in operations management and a MBA with a concentration in finance from California State University, Los Angeles. Married 22 years, he and his wife reside in Pasadena, Calif.
“Abel’s experience in banking regulations, compliance and process improvement will bring needed expertise as ECCU continues to focus on enhancing member experience and building efficient processes that deliver ever-increasing value to our members,” said Mark Holbrook, chief executive officer for ECCU.
“I look forward to partnering with the many talented individuals at ECCU in efficiently delivering the products and services that our members need to enhance their financial well-being,” Pomar said.
As an executive for retail banking, McDougall will take the lead for the retail consumer products and services initiative at ECCU. He joins ECCU from JPMorgan Chase Bank, where he most recently held the position of senior vice president, national director of management development. McDougall began his financial services career in 1996 and has learned all facets of banking, from teller and personal banker to investment manager and regional training manger. He holds a bachelor degree in business from Davenport University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
“We admire Robert for his broad experience across multiple financial services lines of business, including consumer strategy, technology, retail and real estate,” said Holbrook. “These experiences, coupled with his leadership qualities, strategic and analytic abilities, will help ECCU to achieve further growth and continued success.”
“Joining ECCU allows me to help grow consumer business opportunities for members who are looking to put their money with an affinity-based institution that aligns with their beliefs,” said McDougall.
McDougall and his wife of 11 years live in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Entering its 50th year of service, ECCU is a credit union for individuals and growing ministries across the country united by Evangelical Christianity. ECCU leaders have developed its financial services over decades of serving churches, Christian schools and other Evangelical ministries. Its more than 8,000 members comprise of an alliance of Christian churches, parachurch ministries, schools, workers and individuals. ECCU is largely an online financial institution with headquarters in Orange County, Calif. Please visit eccu.org for more information.