Andrew Downin Named CEO of O Bee Credit Union

O Bee Credit Union, based in Lacey, Washington, has proudly announced the appointment of Andrew Downin as its new CEO.

Downin is an award-winning credit union leader with over two decades of experience in strategic planning, marketing, innovation, and product development at multi-billion-dollar institutions. He is a visionary leader and champion of the cooperative banking movement.

Downin joins O Bee from Vantage West Credit Union in Phoenix, where he served as the chief strategy and growth officer. His strategic vision and commitment to growth played a pivotal role in the credit union’s success. Before this role, Downin led research and innovation at the Filene Research Institute, a prominent think tank for the Credit Union Movement.

Downin is well-regarded in the industry for his expertise and insights, making him a sought-after speaker. He has been featured in prominent publications including the New York Times, Credit Union Magazine, and Credit Union Times. Additionally, he actively contributes to the industry by sitting on advisory boards for TruStage (formerly CUNA Mutual Group) and Filene Research Institute. Downin earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Downin said, “I am thrilled to join the team of such a mission-driven CDFI credit union, and I can’t wait to collaborate with O Bee’s members, volunteers, and team members to build on their proud 68-year legacy of service and community impact.”

“We are delighted to welcome Andrew Downin as our new CEO,” said O Bee’s Interim CEO Bruce Cramer. “His proven leadership, strategic acumen, and dedication to fostering innovation align perfectly with our vision for the future. O Bee will thrive under his guidance.”

Posted in Regional Member News, Washington.