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For a guy who serves as CEO for three Southern California credit unions CalCom Federal Credit Union, City of Down Federal Credit Union and Mattel Federal Credit Union Jon Hernandez appears anything but frazzled. Neatly separated stacks of papers line one side of his desk in his office at the El Segundo-based $28 million Mattel FCU’s headquarters, and like many busy CEOs, he relies on a color-coded desktop calendar and an hour-by-hour schedule in his BlackBerry to stay organized. During a 45-minute meeting, he was all laughs and smiles, perhaps inspired by the collection of toy vehicles that sits on a table behind his desk. The credit union serves Mattel employees, after all.

Hernandez began his credit union career as a teller for Mattel FCU in 1990 at age 19. After six months, he became a supervisor, and in 1996, he left Mattel to serve as CEO for the $58 million CalCom FCU in Torrance. Upon completing his finance degree in 2000, Hernandez abandoned his original plan of becoming a stockbroker and pursued a career in credit union management, obtaining graduate degrees through CUES and the CUNA Management School. 

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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