Donna L. McNeely
Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Kinecta has served the financial needs of individuals and businesses in the South Bay for 80 years. For the past nine years, Kinecta has been named the South Bay’s “Best Credit Union” by Daily Breeze readers. Senior vice president and chief operating officer Donna L. McNeely has worked with credit unions for more than 30 years and joined Kinecta in June 2018.
What is the #1 way you support your clients?
“At Kinecta we know people want to be financially empowered to achieve their goals, and we approach banking differently to help them do just that. Our relationship with each individual is a partnership, with a plan designed specifically for them—whether someone is just starting out or ready to retire. People who bank with Kinecta don’t wonder what life could have been like with better planning; they are living their best lives while reaching goals and realizing dreams.”
Which personality traits are most important in your field?
“A trait highly important in banking—especially credit unions—is a passion for ensuring the success of others. At Kinecta, this includes a commitment to the success of coworkers, those who bank with us, and the communities we serve.”
How can women advance their careers?
“Focus on your passion and innate talents. Take every opportunity to showcase them. Volunteer for project teams within your company. Network within your industry and make a point to mentor others.”
Tell us about your background.
“Born and raised in the South Bay, I feel very fortunate to live and work here today. I began my career in the securities industry and started a company that trained teams at banks and credit unions to offer investment and insurance products. After selling this company I began my career in credit unions, where I could continue to positively impact people’s lives.”
Do businesses have a duty to give back?
“Absolutely! Last year, the Kinecta Volunteer Corps served 7,500+ hours at over 150 community events, supporting 200 nonprofits. Together with our members, we raised over $435,000 for community charities. #KinectaKindness launched this year, enabling employees, members and local residents to nominate someone every week doing good works, so we can make a donation to the charitable organization of their choice.”