Partin (right) with Sharonview member Kenny Fortner at a branch groundbreaking event. Partin (right) with Sharonview member Kenny Fortner at a branch groundbreaking event. (Photo: Sharonview FCU)

When asked about his most significant career milestones, retiring credit union CEO Bill Partin didn’t name accomplishments, but instead people – people who served as his mentors, opened doors to new opportunities or saw something in him that he didn’t yet see in himself. The first was his manager at Lloyds Bank California, where Partin, a Los Angeles area native, began his financial services career in 1980 as a drive-up teller.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in finance, he decided he wanted to be a stockbroker and spent three years working for Dean Witter Reynolds, making cold calls and embracing a new wardrobe that included a white shirt, red suspenders and a bright red power tie. But with a wife and two young children to support, he chose to pivot to a role as a discount broker in 1989 at Lockheed Federal Credit Union (now the $9.1 billion, Valencia, Calif.-based Logix Federal Credit Union), which brought not only a more stable income but his second and third milestone introductions.

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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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