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San Diego Made

Wheelhouse Credit Union Offers Financial Expertise to the Local Community

Wheelhouse Credit Union has a long history in the San Diego community. Beginning in 1934 as San Diego Municipal Employees Credit Union, the Credit Union was created by metropolitan workers seeking financial relief during the worst economic period in the nation’s history. “After a few iterations,” Wheelhouse President and CEO Lisa Paul-Hill explained, “over nearly a century (including most recently San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union), our name today – Wheelhouse Credit Union – is unique to a financial institution, and reflects who we are and what we have been to our members for over 85 years.”

“Our culture, teamwork, and collaboration are drivers of our success.” – Lisa Paul-Hill

“As a member-owned, not-for-profit institution, we make decisions based on what is best for members and seek their input along the way,” shared Paul-Hill. Offering high-yield deposit products and low-rate loan products (like water conservation, energy efficiency, and solar loans), Wheelhouse received the 2017 Business of the Year Award for their Solar & Energy Efficiency Programs. Created in 2011 and one of the first solar lenders in California, the Energy Efficiency Program focuses on each homeowner’s energy saving needs. “We are proud of our green efforts resulting in a savings of approximately 105,795,420 kWh of electricity per year, which is the equivalent of saving 1,907,030 trees!” exclaimed Paul-Hill.

Wheelhouse Credit Union is truly “San Diego Made,” comprised of employees and members who live and work in communities throughout San Diego. Wheelhouse also volunteers much time and energy locally. As the official credit union to the San Diego Seals professional lacrosse team, employees actively volunteer side-by-side with Seals players, most recently with Feeding San Diego and Read Across America. In addition, Wheelhouse staff gets involved with Toys for Tots, I Love a Clean San Diego Coastal Cleanup, Make-A-Wish, and San Diego EarthFair Balboa Park, as these events embody Wheelhouse’s commitment to giving back to the community. These team members are what makes the business different from traditional banks – it’s not uncommon to walk into a Wheelhouse branch and see the same familiar face you first met 10 or 20 years ago. “Our culture, teamwork, and collaboration are drivers of our success,” Paul-Hill affirmed.

“Pamela was absolutely outstanding. I worked for 30 years and you don’t give an outstanding very often. She was so thorough, informative, and patient with me. Overall, what a great experience! She expressed empathy; it was a pleasure dealing with her.” – Constance A., 40-year member

New and exciting things are happening at Wheelhouse Credit Union. The downtown branch is undergoing a total renovation, and Wheelhouse recently launched a new website with easy navigation and helpful financial tools. Accounts are accessible 24/7 with nationwide access to over 5,000 shared branches and more than 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs through the CO-OP® Network. Anyone living or working in San Diego County is invited to join Wheelhouse Credit Union. Check out the new high-yield checking, savings, and money market accounts bearing the name Inspired.



Name of Business: Wheelhouse Credit Union
President & CEO: Lisa Paul-Hill
Years in Position: 2
Year of Establishment: 1934
Address: P.O. Box 719099, San Diego, CA 92171
Phone: 619-297-4835