Michael Dinneen named CEO & president of 2nd-largest credit union in N.J.

Michael Dinneen has been named the next CEO and president of First Harvest Credit Union, the second-largest credit union in New Jersey based on membership.

Dinneen’s new role becomes effective July 1.

“At this pivotal time in the history of First Harvest Credit Union, we believe that Michael Dinneen is the right leader to propel the organization forward,” stated Loretta Winters, chairwoman of the First Harvest board.

“I am honored to partner with the employees and board of First Harvest Credit Union,” Dinneen said. “Together, we will embark on a journey that will provide our fellow members, our Sponsored Employee Groups and our community partners with best-in-class financial solutions, financial education, financial inclusion and seamless delivery.”

Most recently, Dinneen served as senior vice president of marketing & business development for American Heritage Credit Union, which operates in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There, he led the credit union’s community outreach, marketing and business development areas, including its $600 million Workplace Partnership Program. A member of the credit union’s senior management team, he was also a member of its ALCO, Fair Lending, Steering and Risk Management committees.

Previously, Dinneen was senior vice president of marketing, communications and investor relations, as well as interim chief information security officer, at the $2.3 billion Sun National Bank, which operated in New Jersey and New York. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Gwynedd Mercy University for 13 years.

Dinneen has been a member of the Credit Union National Association Marketing & Business Development Council, as well as its Engagement Committee, and has been active in a variety of credit union associations. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at credit union educational events and conferences.

Under Dinneen’s leadership, his teams have won multiple CUNA Diamond Awards and CrossStates Credit Union Association M.I.C. Awards for excellence in membership communication and workplace business development.

Dinneen holds a B.S.J. from West Virginia University, an MBA from DeSales University and an Executive Certificate in Digital Strategy and Marketing from Cornell University. He is a longtime resident of southern New Jersey and serves with a variety of local nonprofit organizations.