Message from our CEO

Across the U.S. in recent weeks, there have been a number of deeply disturbing events that have shaken us all. Videos of unspeakable behavior have brought home in shocking fashion the inequality and fear some people in our communities deal with on a daily basis. In Minneapolis, the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent protest activity reflect the anger, anxiety, and grief the community and our nation feels. In Georgia, we saw the senseless killing of Ahmaud Arbery as he was out for a jog. In addition, the pandemic has brought a wave of bias against many in the Asian American community, and we know that communities of color and diversity are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

This is a painful time for our nation and our people. I experienced this near my home in San Diego where a very peaceful protest turned into violence, destruction, vandalism and pain. Also, I watched the community of La Mesa, where I grew up, come together to start repairing the community’s hearts, spirits, souls and the significant damage caused by others from outside the community.  La Mesa, Imperial Valley and Coachella Valley have much in common, caring and loving people!

As much as I can try to understand what others are feeling, I know that I cannot really appreciate and understand what people of color and other diverse nationalities experience and the impacts of discriminatory behavior others must live with.

As the CEO of Sun, your/our credit union has and will do all we can to support our diverse communities and foster our credit union culture that deeply values and respects diversity and inclusion…we are people first!  Part of our journey is about being able to “Change Lives” by listening to the experiences of many and having honest, open dialogue across differences in a seek to understand fashion. 

Thank you for all you are doing to support our members, our communities, and each other.

Respectfully,
Gary