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Community First Credit Union Appoints New Audit Committee Member

By: Maria Coppola, APR, CPRC

Posted on 2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

Naomi Paulino joins the all-volunteer committee to oversee audits and reporting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 6, 2020 – Community First Credit Union announces it has appointed Naomi Paulino, CPA to its Audit Committee. Paulino serves as accounting manager for MODE Transportation (formerly SunteckTTS) in Jacksonville.

Paulino serves on the five-member, volunteer audit committee that ensures all audits, verifications, examinations and compliance reviews accurately reflect the status of the credit union as a well-managed and financially sound institution. Community First is examined regularly by the State of Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The internal audit department conducts risk-based internal audits and collaborates with management and presents the results of each audit to the audit committee regularly.

“It is crucial that we have accounting and audit experts from all levels and industries,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president at Community First Credit Union. “Naomi brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our committee and the credit union will benefit from her insights and counsel.”

As accounting manager at MODE she is responsible for the oversight and management of the corporate accounting functions, including the month-end close process, analysis of the income statement and balance sheet accounts, and the cash application process. MODE Transportation is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics team of experts. With over 100 offices throughout North America, MODE solves an array of domestic, international, air, and ocean transportation challenges. Its shipping expertise encompasses small parcels, LTL, truckload, intermodal, air, ocean, and supply chain solutions to ensure that every need is met. MODE works across a diverse set of industries. Before joining MODE, Paulino served as accounting manager at Stellar Energy Americas, Inc. for nearly three years. Prior to that position, she served as a senior auditor with Ernst & Young and was an audit associate with KPMG.

Paulino has 10 years of accounting and audit experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business/accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management at Tarleton State University. She is also a veteran of the United States Army having served as a rocket launcher repairer at installations in the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. She is a certified public accountant.

Naomi is also passionate about investing time and resources into her community. Since moving to North Florida in 2012, she has volunteered with Feeding Northeast Florida and Wolfson Children's Hospital along with several additional volunteer programs in Duval County.

Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 144,000 members and with assets of $1.8 billion. Community First has 19 locations and 340 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information visit