BECU Welcomes Two New Executives to its Team


Sean Murphy, BECU Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer.

BECU recently named Sean Murphy as its Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, responsible for leading BECU’s Information Security team and developing a significant focus on cybersecurity to ensure the privacy and security of member information.  

Murphy has more than 15 years of experience in risk management and information security. He brings a wealth of knowledge to BECU, and most recently served as Premera Blue Cross’ Vice President and Chief Security Officer. Prior to that, he held leadership positions across the country, including at the scientific research company, Leidos, and during his 21-year career with the U.S. Air Force.  

Murphy is certified by several industry associationsincluding the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. He earned an MBA with an Advanced Information Technology Concentration from the University of South Florida.  

This spring, BECU also announced the hiring of Solynn McCurdy as Senior Vice President of Cooperative Affairs, overseeing Community Outreach, Communications, and Cooperative Community Advocacy for the credit union. 

Solynn McCurdy, BECU Senior Vice President of Cooperative Affairs.

Prior to joining BECU, McCurdy was as the Chief Executive Officer at Social Venture Partners of Seattle and led social impact programs at Premera Blue Cross. McCurdy managed regional strategies for community engagement as the Director of External Affairs for Seattle University. In support of the community, he served on the advisory board of Youth Initiative, as well as the board of trustees for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.  

He is a graduate of Seattle University, earning a Master’s of Education, as well as a Bachelor of Sociology from University of Washington.  

Numerica Becomes Corporate Naming Partner of Southridge Complex Pavilion 

Numerica Credit Union has become a naming partner of the Southridge Sports and Events Complex Pavilion after the Kennewick City Council approved the motion during a recent City Council Meeting. The new name will be Numerica Pavilion.  

The partnership will provide funding for improvements to the pavilion, new signage on the building, as well as promotion of community programs and special events through new electronic signage on Highway 395.  

Numerica President and CEO Carla Cicero said that the credit union is committed to celebrating the communities and the people who live there.   

“It is important to us that we give to causes, charitiesand community partners who share our passion to foster well being in the lives of our members, our neighbors, and our visitors,” said Cicero. “By supporting the complex, we’re supporting family entertainment, community events, economic growth, and the creation of enjoyable memories that last a lifetime.” 

Kennewick Parks & Recreation Director Emily Estes-Cross said the sponsorship will help the complex continue to be one of the Tri-Cities greatest assets—a place for families to enjoy for generations to come, as well as a regional tourism driver.  

Oregon State Credit Union Names New Executive Vice PresidentChief Communications and Experience Officer

James Patterson, Oregon State Credit Union Executive Vice President, Chief Communications and Experience Officer.

Oregon State Credit Union Chief Executive Officer Richard Hein announced the appointment of James Patterson as Executive Vice President, Chief Communications and Experience Officer. In his new role, Patterson will oversee public relations, business development, marketing, and political advocacy.  

Patterson previously served as the city manager for the city of Corvallis from October 2011 to August 2014. He has also worked for the Oregon State University Foundation and as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Development for the foundation. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Business Development for Red Hills Group, LLC.  

Patterson is no stranger to Oregon State Credit Union, as he previously served on the Board of Directors. 

 “As Oregon State Credit Union continues to grow, providing positive member experiences and excellent service remains our highest priority. Jim brings excellent leadership experience and valuable skill sets that will ensure the organization remains focused on identifying friction points in our product service delivery and with our team finding solutions that benefit our members,” said Hein. “Jim is an excellent communicator and will be able to tell our story very well in whatever setting he is in.” 

Patterson earned a Bachelor of Communications degree fro Portland State University. He will report directly to Hein. 

Posted in Around the NW, Member News.