For Immediate Release
Mission Fed Credit Union Honors Longtime Board Member, Richard Pepper
Pepper ends his tenure with 42 years of service to the leading credit union
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25, 2021 – Mission Fed Credit Union, the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County, has announced that longtime Board of Directors member, Richard Pepper, has officially retired from his service to the credit union.
Pepper joined the Mission Fed board in 1979 and has served as Chairman of the Board several times during his tenure. He also volunteered as Chair for Mission Fed’s Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO).
“Richard is one of our organization’s longest-tenured board members, always fully engaged and dedicated to our mission,” said Debra Schwartz, President and CEO at Mission Fed. “He was a constant advocate for our members, our employees and for simply doing the right things. Plus, he was one heck of a dancer! We will miss Richard’s dedication and service, and wish him well in his next iteration of retirement.”
Pepper served for 14 years as the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Escondido Union High School District, where he was also the first recipient of the Outstanding Employees of the Year award. He also dedicated his time to state and local education committees, including serving as President of the local chapter of the California Association of School Business Officials.
Prior to his work with Mission Fed, Pepper served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1972, traveling throughout the world in hospital administration. A decorated leader, he received two Air Force Commendation medals.
In his own words, Pepper said, “Mission Fed exists to serve our membership – and because it is a not-for-profit, the success of the membership directly relates to the success of the organization as a whole. I never lost sight of that, and truly appreciate being part of the Mission Fed family for 42 years.”
Pepper’s hobbies include golf, traveling, learning foreign languages, auto repair and home remodeling. Mr. Pepper has a BA in Business Administration from National University.
About Mission Fed Credit Union
Mission Federal Credit Union (Mission Fed) is the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County. Mission Fed enhances the lives of its members through financial education and services, providing stability and strength to help San Diegans with financial wellness and success. Banking at Mission Fed means doing good for San Diego. Mission Fed gives money back to our local communities, has helped hundreds of nonprofits and important causes, and builds deep relationships with community partners.
Mission Fed has served the financial needs of San Diegans for 60 years through checking, savings, loans, credit cards and insurance offerings. Mission Fed has $5 billion in assets, more than 270,000 members, 33 convenient local branches, 30,000 fee-free CO-OP ATMs nationwide and free mobile and online banking services. Mission Fed was recognized as a 2020 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune and named a Top Workplaces USA winner in 2021. Federally insured by NCUA and Equal Housing Lender.