SDCCU’s Michelle Pagni Named a 2018 Executive of the Year Finalist by SDHR Forum

San Diego Human Resources Forum recognizes HR executives who have exemplified the strategic role of Human Resources 

SAN DIEGO, Calif., (November 14, 2018)-- Michelle Pagni, executive vice president of human resources at San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, was named a 2018 Executive of the Year Finalist by the San Diego Human Resources (SDHR) Forum. The awards program recognizes those who exemplify the strategic role of Human Resources and outstanding leadership within the HR community in San Diego County.
Pagni was named a finalist largely for her impressive work as part of the leadership team at SDCCU, overseeing all functions of human resources, including organizational planning, training, employment, compensation, benefits, safety and health, and employee services.
“Michelle is a strategic, decisive, innovative, inclusive, relatable and all around exceptional leader,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck Campbell. “Her leadership has been a catalyst behind SDCCU’s award-winning Feel the Teal culture. From a human resources perspective, Michelle helps drive and reinforce this internal employee culture that has been an essential component of SDCCU’s continued growth and success.”
Under Pagni’s leadership, SDCCU employees are engaged and producing at their optimum potential, which is evident in the numbers. The credit union has grown to $8.4 billion in assets and reached over 398,000 members, positioning as a top credit union in the nation. SDCCU was also recently voted by readers of The San Diego Union-Tribune as BEST Credit Union for the 19th consecutive year, BEST Auto Loan Provider for the fourth year and for the ninth year in a row: BEST Financial Planner and BEST Mortgage Home Loan Provider.
Pagni has earned notable recognition for her accomplishments and leadership in the time she has been with SDCCU. She was recognized as a 2017 Credit Union Rock Star and with a 2016 Excellence Award by the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council. She received a 2014 Workplace Excellence Award by the Society for Human Resources Management and SD Metro Magazine named her a Metro Mover to Watch. SDCCU has been acknowledged on many occasions for their employee wellness program under Pagni’s leadership. The credit union was recognized in 2017 and 2018 as San Diego’s Best and Brightest in Wellness by the National Association for Business Resources and as San Diego’s Healthiest Companies 2016 by the San Diego Business Journal.
With more than 20 years of experience in human resources management, including positions with credit unions and banks, Pagni joined SDCCU in 2011. She is active in the credit union industry as a member of the CUNA HR Organizational Development Council, the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management and HRD Network, a networking trade group for credit union professionals. Additionally, Michelle is active in the community and supports many local philanthropic organizations.
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