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Gary Nakata Gary Nakata

Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union ($325 million, Honolulu) promoted Gary Nakata to EVP. He most recently served as controller and legal counsel for Hawaii Central. Nakata previously served as an examiner for the NCUA, as SVP of finance for Hickam Federal Credit Union ($672 million, Pearl City, Hawaii), as vice president and CFO for Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union ($1.2 billon, Honolulu) and has been a practicing attorney for nearly three decades. As an attorney, he headed the Enlisted Advisory Council for his unit in the Hawaii Air National Guard, and practiced privately with the Kobayashi, Sugita and Goda law firm before his appointment with the City and County of Honolulu as a deputy corporation counsel and later as director of the Department of Community Services. He holds a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, graduated from the American Bankers Association’s Compliance School, earned his Credit Union Compliance Expert designation and holds certifications as a Certified Management Accountant, as a Certified Credit Union Executive and in Certified Financial Management. Nakata also serves on the Government Affairs Committee with the Hawaii Credit Union League.

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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