SOURCE: Technology Credit Union

October 10, 2006 18:41 ET

Tech CU's Lucy Pizano Is Named One of Silicon Valley's "40 Under 40 People to Watch"

The Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal Honors Pizano as a Rising Star in Business

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- Tech CU is proud to announce that yet another member of the credit union's staff has been honored for her achievements in business and dedication to the community. Private Banking Manager Lucy Pizano has been named by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal as one of the "40 Under 40 People to Watch" for finance and banking.

The "40 Under 40" list, produced annually, identifies the rising stars in Silicon Valley's business community, the top 40 individuals under 40 years of age who are making a difference in their chosen fields and in the community.

"We're very proud of Lucy," said Ken Burns, president and CEO of Tech CU. "Silicon Valley is full of bright, outstanding individuals who are doing amazing things in their work and in the community, so it's an honor to have one of our own recognized among the very best."

At 25 years of age, Pizano's achievements are a testament to her dedication to the community and commitment to work. Pizano is the daughter of a single, immigrant mother who came to San Jose in 1981 with the tide of Vietnamese refugees escaping persecution, poverty and government reprisals in Vietnam. She overcame the stereotype of being an "at risk youth" in high school and went on to become one of the top performers in her class, earning a scholarship to UC Berkeley and being the first in her family to attend college. In 2000, she transferred to Santa Clara University from which she graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

Pizano has worked in business development and marketing in the financial services industry for six years. In 2006, she joined Tech CU, becoming part of the team that launched the credit union's private banking division, one of the first and most successful private banking programs of any credit union in the country. In just four years, the division has grown from zero to $400 million in managed assets for over 1,500 members. It is now a model for others in the industry and is helping to change the way people think about credit unions and the services they offer.

As a private banking manager, Pizano oversees more than $100 million in assets for 600 member accounts. She says she loves her work because it has helped her to grow professionally and puts her in direct contact with members.

"Tech CU has enabled me to become a leader by encouraging me to seek out and understand what is best for each one of my clients, as individuals," said Pizano. "We focus on building a relationship with the member and their families. Nothing is more important than that human touch. It's what helps us to understand their needs so that we can build a portfolio that will ensure their financial security in the future and for their families."

In addition to her professional activities, Pizano is also a very active Silicon Valley philanthropist. In 2001 and 2002, in conjunction with NAWBO and Integrated Financial and Insurance Services, she organized Girls Going Places, a conference that encourages young women to take control of their financial future and careers at a young age. She volunteers for the National MS Society, Girls for a Change and Santa Clara University Alumni Job Shadowing program. She is also an active member of the Potter's House Christian Church and is involved in teaching Sunday school, community outreach and youth mentorship.

About Technology Credit Union

Technology Credit Union is a member-owned, full-service financial provider that offers services to technology and business professionals in California and their families, focusing primarily on serving individuals who work, live, go to school, or regularly worship in Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Contra Costa counties. Tech CU was started in 1960 and is now among the top 1 percent of the nation's largest credit unions. With more than $1 billion in assets, and eight full-service branches in the Bay Area, Tech CU is a leader in the credit union industry. For more information, visit www.techcu.com.

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