Getting Results and Enabling CUs

'The business must drive technology.'

October 09, 2013
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Heather Moshier is all about results. That’s where she finds a lot of her motivation to serve as executive vice president of IT at San Diego County Credit Union. Moshier is also the former chair of the CUNA Technology Council.

Credit unions need more leaders like her, says Brian Bodell, CEO of Finivation. The firm specializes in systems integration
and software development for credit unions, community banks, and technology providers.

“Heather combines the pace and exactitude seen in many tough industries, like venture capital and hedge funds, with the warm, people-orientation of the credit union movement,” says Bodell. “Not an easy thing to do.”

At San Diego County Credit Union, Moshier makes sure technology is a “business enabler.”

"The business must drive the technology,” she says, not the other way around.

Moshier brought the same results-oriented style to her leadership role with the CUNA Technology Council.

“Heather has demonstrated clear leadership as chair, pushing forward many initiatives and driving both people and organizations to be decisive, fast, and accurate with their execution,” Bodell says. “I have seen few people be such a strong driver, yet still be liked and admired by all involved.”

He says Moshier and her team have been important drivers of the CUNA Technology Council’s volunteer-powered Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX) initiative—an open, vendor agnostic, broad integration standard designed to reduce the time and cost of systems integration. 

"Heather’s work on CUFX has required much creativity, focus, and persistence,” Bodell says. 

Moshier’s high standing among peers might be due to her strong inclination to work as a team and collaborate for the greater good.

“I strongly believe in the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people,’” she says. “I love the credit union industry like family. We learn from each other, collaborate, and discuss and share information to help each other succeed.”

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