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Jim Spedden Jim Spedden

The $559 million, Alexandria, Va.-based Spectra Credit Union hired James “Jim” Spedden as chief lending officer. Spedden comes to Spectra from Virginia National Bank (successor to The Fauquier Bank), where he first joined as director of commercial banking and later became chief credit officer, followed by chief lending officer. He has been in the Virginia banking market since 1987, when he joined Wachovia Bank as vice president of commercial real estate. In 1999, he joined PNC Bank as an SVP/relationship manager, commercial real estate; and in 2006 moved into the SVP/market manager, real estate banking position. After holding senior-level positions at Sandy Spring Bank and M&T Bank, Spedden joined The Fauquier Bank.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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