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Juan Luna has been a Senior Consultant for Samaha & Associates, Inc. for the last six years. Juan works on numerous complex client initiatives, such as ATM/Debit and Credit vendor search projects, Digital Banking RFP projects, Core Banking System search and selection projects, and Technology assessment initiatives. Each of the engagements requires financial analysis, functionality review and assessment, contract review and negotiations support, conversion planning and execution and implementation support.
A proven Information Technology (IT) leader, Juan’s Credit Union career spans over 25 years. His first post was with Aerospace Credit Union in Northridge California. His responsibilities included managing an accounting department and then subsequently moved to the IT department. Accomplishments included core systems automation, ATM/debit card development and deployment, VISA credit card development, consumer loan product upgrade and disaster recovery planning creation and management.
As his career progressed, Juan held several critical senior management positions at leading Credit Unions in California and Tennessee. His titles included: Vice President of Operations, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Information Technology. Juan has assisted several Credit Unions manage core system conversions, merger and acquisitions, data center relocations, implementing operational efficiencies, conducting successful vendor negotiations, enhancing member touch-point expansions, conducting real life disaster recovery events and enhancing key member facing and other critical initiatives.
Juan attended the Business Management Intensive program at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business. He resides in the northwest San Fernando Valley area of Southern California. He enjoys a healthy work-life balance. He enjoys cooking a variety of exotic meals as well as attending major league baseball games around the country. He is a big fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams. Juan also enjoys listening to and attending classic rock band concerts, and listening to a variety of top talents on current music charts.