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Robin Lentz to Retire after 37 Years as Cabrillo Credit Union CEO

San Diego County CACabrillo Credit Union recently announced that Robin Lentz, President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire on March 31, 2017.  A new Chief Executive Officer has been selected, but an official announcement has not yet been made.

Lentz was hired as Cabrillo CU’s Chief Executive Officer on June 18, 1979.  At that time, the credit union had $6 million in assets.  Under Lentz’s leadership, Cabrillo CU has grown to over 22,000 members and over $250 million in assets.

During her tenure, Lentz has received many awards, including California Credit Union League’s Unsung Hero Award.  She was inducted into the CUNA’s Hall of Leaders in 2014.  At the same time, Cabrillo Credit Union has also received numerous awards, including the Shapiro Award, and the prestigious Credit Union of the Year Award.

Lentz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA, from the University of Redlands.  In addition, she is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School, a three year intensive program for credit union leaders.  Lentz has served in numerous leadership roles in credit union organizations and associations, including as the President of the San Diego Credit Union Managers Association, the San Diego Credit Union Executive Society and the San Diego Chapter of the Board of Governors for the California Credit Union League.

More importantly than her titles or accolades, Lentz and her team have been providing exceptional service to Cabrillo Credit Union members for over 3 1/2 decades.

“Early in my career I realized that our members are our primary focus. Everything we do at Cabrillo is to help serve our members.  While most companies are looking to find ways to reduce expenses and put additional work on their customers, at Cabrillo our philosophy is different.  My staff and I understand that our members are the reason why our credit union exists. We do everything in our power to make their lives easier, even if it sometimes makes our jobs more difficult.

At the same time, I also realize that our employees are our most important asset.  Without happy and fulfilled employees, we could never provide the level of service that we do for our members each day.  Our amazing culture at Cabrillo is what makes all of this possible.

I am grateful to have spent the majority of my career as part of the Cabrillo Credit Union family.  I am extremely proud of what we have built and look forward to seeing the next phase in Cabrillo CU’s evolution.” said Lentz.

Cabrillo CU Chairman of the Board, Bruce May said, “The Board of Director of Cabrillo Credit Union couldn’t have asked for a better leader than Robin Lentz.  More than just having a big heart, Robin has always been a visionary in the credit union industry.  She has spent much of her career keeping Cabrillo CU in the forefront of using technology to serve and support our members.

What Robin has helped to create at Cabrillo CU is truly amazing.  We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her and wish her well as she transitions into retirement.”