John Hirabayashi

John Hirabayashi is president and CEO of Community First Credit Union. Community First Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Florida. Community First is headquartered in Jacksonville and has 19 branch locations and $2.7 billion in assets. The nonprofit member-focused financial institution serves more than 150,000 members. Mr. Hirabayashi has led Community First Credit Union since 1996, when it was known as Educational Community Credit Union and had $200 million in assets and 44,000 members.

Mr. Hirabayashi served as president and CEO at Cal State 9 Credit Union from 1990 to 1996, CEO at Patelco Credit Union from 1989 to 1990, and served in various positions at Pentagon Federal Credit Union from 1980 to 1989.   

Mr. Hirabayashi is a member of the board of directors for Jacksonville Public Education Foundation. His former directorships include the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Members Development Company, Alliance for World Class Education, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Foundation (formerly Florida Community College), and the JAX Chamber Board of Trustees.  He is a member of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Executive Advisory Board of the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University. He is the former chair of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) and WJCT Public Broadcasting.    

Mr. Hirabayashi received an MBA in finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Pamplin in 1986, a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business in 1980 and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.  He received the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO award in 2011.

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