Christian Community Credit Union’s Board of Directors has named Doug Martinez as its new Chief Executive Officer effective February 12, 2018. Martinez will succeed John Walling, who retired in 2017 after faithfully serving for 45 years, including 39 years as President/CEO.
“We are thankful that God led Doug to consider this unique opportunity to help us grow the Credit Union to the next level. He brings a strong leadership and management background to the CEO position,” said Mike Pate, Board Vice-Chair and Search Committee Chair. The committee engaged the services of Halftime Talent Solutions for a nationwide CEO search. “With Doug’s first-hand knowledge, expertise, and network within the church and parachurch community, he will give innovative leadership to the staff and board in fulfilling the Credit Union’s unique mission of partnering with members and ministries to help them become better stewards and achieve their financial goals.”
Martinez began his career with American Standard, Inc. where he held several management positions including Managing Director of a $100 million international business segment. In 1987, he was recruited as VP of Sales and Marketing by Price Pfister Inc. During his nine-year tenure, the company grew from $75 million in annual revenue to more than $350 million and was sold to Black & Decker. He then became its Executive Vice President/Managing Director and served on the global strategic planning board. After retiring from Price Pfister in 1995, Martinez founded a privately-held investment company with broad-based investments and holdings across multiple industries and market sectors. During his tenure, he participated in and governed a complex variety of businesses and investments that yielded significant financial returns.
As the credit union industry continues to grow through merger strategies, Christian Community Credit Union will be well positioned with the thoughtful and innovative approaches that Martinez has brought to various entities and industries. His diverse business experience and skill sets will be welcomed by the board as he works with the senior team to identify, analyze, and maximize all future opportunities.
“Doug brings strong marketplace experience coupled with a deep understanding and appreciation for churches and ministries and their unique leadership and financial challenges,” said John Pearson, Board Chair. “Our Board diligently prayed and searched for God’s person. We are unanimous in our decision that Doug will give our Credit Union strong growth, thoughtful discernment, and the creative leadership to continue the legacy that John Walling gave us. We’re so pleased and enthusiastic about the years ahead.”
Martinez is currently the Owner of CrossSection Ventures, a creative media company that provides strategy, brand development, publishing, film creation, graphic design, and development for ministries and nonprofits. Recent projects include The Shack, The Hole in Our Gospel, Ben Hur 2016, and The Chronicles of Narnia. His strong acumen in market positioning enabled the company to successfully serve more than 250 clients since its founding in 2005. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a focus in Finance and Marketing. He has served as a director on a wide variety of for-profit and nonprofit entities. Presently, he’s a board member of Medical Teams International and Urban Promise International and is on the President’s Advisory Board for Point Loma Nazarene University. Doug and his wife, Sheryl, have three adult children (two are married), and were recently blessed with their first grandchild.
Christian Community Credit Union has $650 million in assets and over 30,000 members nationwide. For over 60 years, the Credit Union has served as a financial partner of Christian ministries, churches, and their members.