Biana Murnane has been promoted to president and Chief Executive Officer of BrightStar Credit Union. Murnane has an extensive background in financial services and previously worked for a CPA firm in South Florida. She has been a part of the BrightStar Credit Union team for 26 years, having joined the company in 1997. Over the years, she has held various positions within the organization, working her way up and being instrumental in spearheading growth and change. Murnane has overseen all aspects of the organization’s operations, including finances. Under her strategic leadership, hard work and dedication, BrightStar Credit Union has grown its assets to nearly $800 million and its membership to over 61,000 members.
Murnane started working at BrightStar as a controller, handling the accounting department. Eventually, she was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she worked closely with former CEO Michael Tomko to plan and direct all credit union activities. She also advocated for financial literacy in schools and the community and built strong relationships with stakeholders and members. Additionally, Murnane was in charge of overseeing the Electronic Funds Transfer and Information Technology departments. Under her leadership, the credit union introduced digital person-to-person money transfer payment programs to its membership.
“Biana’s commitment and dedication to BrightStar have proven invaluable in the years she has been with us,” Tomko says, former president and CEO of BrightStar Credit Union. “She’s more than an exemplary professional; she’s a key member of the BrightStar family whose initiative and success in driving this organization’s growth through the years has earned her this position. I couldn’t think of a more deserving person who embodies BrightStar’s values and mission and will continue to pour her heart and soul into serving our community.”
Murnane has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from Florida International University. She is a certified public accountant and has served on the Broward Chapter of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU) Board of Directors for many years. During her tenure, she actively advocated for credit unions in Florida and provided valuable information to members.
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