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Richard Allen

Regional Manager, avy Federal Credit Union

Richard Allen has been the regional manager of the southern San Diego region for Navy Federal Credit Union since 2014. In that capacity, Allen oversees operations at three U.S. Naval bases – Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma and MCAS Miramar. In total, Allen has more than 18 years of financial services experience and more than 15 years in leadership. Allen, who started his banking career in San Luis Obispo, came to San Diego in 2001 to work for two local credit unions. In 2010, Allen began his stint at Navy Federal. Allen is also a San Diego Military Advisory Council board member.

ALMA MATER: Chapman University

CHARITABLE WORK: Little League Assistant Coach

BUCKET LIST: Write a book.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Treat every person you work with as if they were the CEO. Respect and appreciation go a long way and help to create champions.”