5 questions with… Golden 1 CU’s Douglas Aguiar

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Before catching Golden 1 Credit Union Chief Marketing Officer Douglas Aguiar at his presentation during the Auto Finance Sales & Marketing Summit, get a glimpse at his thoughts outside the boardroom.

Douglas Aguiar, Chief Marketing Officer, Golden 1 Credit Union

As the chief marketing officer at one of the largest credit unions in the nation — with an auto portfolio clocking in at $4.8 billion, according to Big Wheels Auto Finance data— Aguiar leads the marketing, product, communications and community relations teams. As such, he’s responsible for Golden 1’s comprehensive marketing program, which encompasses mass media, direct response and digital marketing, as well as NBA and athletics sports sponsorships.

Aguiar brings more than 30 years of marketing experience to the credit union, holding executive-level positions with Fortune 500 financial services companies, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America‘s Countrywide Home Loans.

Aguiar’s session, on crafting a marketing message that resonates, takes place on Monday, March 9 at the Omni San Diego, which will be directly followed by the Auto Finance Innovation Summit. Check out the full agenda here.

Auto Finance Excellence asked Aguiar five questions to learn about his company goals, advice that has helped him earn top management roles and a surprising fact that his colleagues might never expect.

Auto Finance Excellence: What are your company goals in 10 words or less?

Douglas Aguilar: Drive loan and deposit growth and member value and satisfaction.

AFE: What is your favorite piece of leadership advice you’ve ever received?

DA: Focus your development on building on your strengths.

AFE: What do you think is the most underrated trend in lending practices?

DA: Leveraging mobile moments, utilizing non-traditional underwriting methods and AI.

AFE: What person has had the biggest influence on your career?

DA: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.

AFE: What’s something all of your employees would be surprised to learn about you?

DA: My guilty pleasure is binging on reality T.V. and the Game Show Network.

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