Trailblazer 40 Below: Fernandez Takes Career Path Less Traveled
“I never thought I’d be in the financial sector. In college, I had interned at IBM and Citibank on IT/financial matters but studied to be an electrical engineer and moved to California,” said Fernandez, who is vice president of IT/remittances at the Bronx, N.Y.-based credit union. “I left California after 9/11 to go back home to the Bronx because I wanted to give back to my community. At the time, I thought the credit union was a good way to do that until I found a real job. I mean an electrical engineer, credit union. It just seemed incompatible. But I learned so much and being able to do everything possible to help meet member expectations, develop and deliver solutions that make a difference in members lives, I knew this was where I wanted to be full time.”
A natural curiosity for figuring out how things work has helped Fernandez to constantly look for opportunities to help the over $25 million credit union function like a $50 million institution.