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  • Tech CU’s Kim Vu Is Named A Woman Of Distinction Honoree For Silicon Valley

    The Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal honors outstanding women in business and Vu is among the best in finance and banking  

    SAN JOSE, Calif., (May 25, 2006) — Tech CU is proud to announce that one of its best and brightest, Assistant Vice President of Private Banking Kim Vu, has been named by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal as a Silicon Valley Woman of Distinction Honoree for finance and banking.

    The Business Journal awards, held annually, evaluate nominees on several criteria, including achievements in their industry, demonstrated leadership in the community and commitment to mentoring and helping other women.

    “Becoming an honoree among so many spectacular women in Silicon Valley is no small task, but Kim is a very unique individual,” said Ken Burns, president and CEO of Tech CU. “She’s dedicated to achieving the very best in her professional life and committed to making a difference in this community, and we’re proud to have her as part of our team.”

    As one of the youngest Asian American women executives in Silicon Valley, Vu brings a fresh perspective and tireless work ethic to her professional and community endeavors, and in the process, is changing how credit unions do business and how young women think about themselves and what they can achieve.

    She helped launch and build one of the first and most successful private banking divisions of any credit union in the country at Tech Cu. In just four years, Vu’s leadership helped grow the division from zero to $400 million in managed assets for over 1,500 members. In fact, the private banking program at Tech CU has been so successful, it now serves as model for others in the industry and is helping to change the way people think about credit unions and the services they offer.

    Vu is a founding board member of the Capital Club’s Young Executives Board, where she works to develop membership for a network of young executives in Silicon Valley. She also serves on the Capital Club’s Board of Governors.

    In addition to her professional work, Vu volunteers her time and energy to numerous civic, business and community organizations, including the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Junior League of San Jose and the Federation of Vietnamese Americans of Northern California, where she acts as the spokeswoman and media relations liaison.

    Above all else, Vu’s passion is in working with her favorite organization, Girls for Change (GFC), a non-profit that supports urban middle and high school girls to become social change makers and innovators by empowering them to design, lead, fund and implement projects that tackle the problems they face in their neighborhoods.

    “I believe in the power of education and what it can do to change women’s lives,” said Vu. “People don’t become leaders overnight–they have to learn how to lead, and they need role models to follow. My work at Tech CU enables me to be that role model for young women, and it gives me the ability to influence change. That’s a great combination.”

    Her dedication to mentoring young women, focus on bringing innovative programs to the credit union industry and commitment to serving her community make Vu a Silicon Valley woman of distinction.

    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% of the nation’s largest credit unions. With more than $1 billion in assets, and seven full-service branches in the Bay Area, Tech CU is a leader in the credit union industry. For more information, visit www.techcu.com.

    Contact:
    Karen Rude
    Tech CU Marketing 
    Phone: 408-441-4736
    Fax: 408-453-0741