1st Financial Earns 2015 Top Workplaces Award

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Wentzville, MO. – July 8th, 2015 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Top Workplaces in St. Louis for 2015.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 45 major publishing partners across the United States. Over the past year, more than 6,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

1st Financial employees praised the organization’s volunteer opportunities, positive working environment, and employee benefits program as reasons why 1st Financial was a Top Workplace.  1st Financial continued to build upon the success of its Helping People 1st Grant program as well as initiatives focusing on enhancing employee and member experience in 2015.

“I am honored to work beside such a great group of talented employees and I am delighted they agree that 1st Financial really is a great place to work,” said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

She continued saying, “It takes all of us working together to make a positive difference and our current team of employees is one of the best I have had the privilege of working with.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 28th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit http://www.topworkplaces.com/frontend.php/regional-list/about/stltoday.

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org or call (636) 916-8300.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. For over 45 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in*), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Members Re-Elect Board Members

June 1st, 2015 –1st Financial Federal Credit Union members elected three volunteers to the 1st Financial Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting gives 1st Financial members the opportunity to directly affect the credit union’s direction by electing volunteers to the Board of Directors.  On Tuesday, April 28th, Jim Combs, Robert Rutkowski, and Paul Sikorski were elected to champion the interests of their fellow members.

“The annual meeting is an important part of what makes credit union cooperatives so unique, said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  ”Members get an opportunity to come and vote for the individuals that they would like to represent them in decisions that determine the direction of the credit union.”

She continued, saying “I was pleased to see so many talented candidates that were interested in volunteering their time to help provide governance and oversight to our credit union.”

Jim Combs has been a 1st Financial member for twelve years.  He is currently retired.  Mr. Combs has been a member of the 1st Financial Board of Directors for the past six years and served as Board Chairman since 2011.  Mr. Combs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in Human Resources.  He also serves on the Veterans Commission in O’Fallon and the Transportation Commission in St. Charles County.

Robert Rutkowski has been a 1st Financial member for four years.  He is currently retired.  Mr. Rutkowski worked at Boeing where he was an Aeronautical Engineer for 41 years.  Mr. Rutkowski also served in the US Air Force and the Air National Guard for 30 years.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and has been a pilot for 52 years.  Mr. Rutkowski has been an active member of the 1st Financial Board of Directors for the past four years.

Paul Sikorski has been a 1st Financial member for thirty three years.  Mr. Sikorski is retired from Boeing where he was an Aeronautical Engineer for thirty seven years and served as a Lieutenant/Colonel in the Missouri Air National Guard for twenty years.  Mr. Sikorski holds a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration.  Mr. Sikorski has been on the 1st Financial Board of Directors for the past twelve years and has served as Board Secretary for the past three years.

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org or call (636) 916-8300.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. For over 45 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in*), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

 

 

 

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with STL Youth Jobs to Provide Financial Products and Education to Underserved Youth in St. Louis

May 29th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union presents a $10,000 donation to STL Youth Jobs to hire a Financial Empowerment Specialist for the 2015 program.

On Friday, May 23rd, representatives from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union continued their partnership with STL Youth Jobs by participating in a Job Fair and presenting a $10,000 grant to help the program hire a Financial Empowerment Specialist. The Financial Empowerment Specialist will work with STL Youth Jobs participants during the summer to develop savings habits and help the youth work towards achieving their financial dreams.

“On behalf of everyone at 1st Financial Credit Union, we are proud to be a part of STL Youth Jobs, and we are happy to lend our expertise to the program’s success, said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “1st Financial actively promotes financial empowerment. We want to see the youth we serve build healthy financial habits that will help them for the rest of their lives.”

She continued, saying “Helping our St. Louis young adults save their hard-earned money and to fully fund their goals are at the very core of our existence as a credit union. STL Youth Jobs is an outstanding program that will help us reach out to and engage the next generation.”

STL Youth Jobs was created to train St. Louis youth to be ready for the future workforce by providing financial literacy programs, job readiness training, and individualized career assessment. Formed in 2012 by a group of St. Louisans including the City of St. Louis Mayor’s office, the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, MERS Goodwill, the Incarnate Word Foundation, and the St. Louis Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce, STL Youth Jobs provides employment opportunities for young people aged 16-24 while working to ensure future economic growth for the region.

Since 2014, 1st Financial has partnered with St. Louis Youth Employment Programs to offer financial literacy education and open 196 savings and checking accounts for program participants. These accounts have special limits built into them so that the youth do not experience fees when using their debit card. Additionally, these accounts are set up with automatic paycheck withdrawals which are transferred into a primary savings account to help form positive savings habits.

With an average savings allocation of $48 per paycheck and total savings of about $2,000 bi-weekly, these young adults were able to save a total of $24,000 over the course of the 2014 program. Since the start of 2015, 1st Financial has opened approximately 500 new accounts for youth, and estimates that this total will reach 2,500 by the end of the year.

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For more information on the STL Youth Jobs Program, please visit http://stlyouthjobs.org/

For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. For over 45 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in*), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Awards Scholarships to St. Louis Area Students

May 21th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union presented two $1000 college scholarships to St. Louis area students at the 2015 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 28th.

“One of the best parts of our annual meeting is to get the opportunity to announce the scholarship winners and hear them read their essays,” said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “It is interesting to hear about the important difference between credit unions and banks from that generation.  We are honored to be able to give them a small scholarship to get them started with their education.”

The 1st Financial Right Stuff Scholarship is awarded to an attending college student and 1st Financial member between the ages of 19 and 24. In addition to presenting a recent report card and showcasing their athletic and community involvement achievements, applicants were asked to write an essay on how a credit union can impact its community.

This year the Right Stuff Scholarship was awarded to Alexandria Stuart, a current Freshman studying Occupational Therapy at Maryville University. Alexandria plans to graduate in May of 2019.

Since 1996, 1st Financial has awarded the Horizon scholarship to a student with an extraordinary academic history and evidence of a strong presence in their community. This year the Horizon Scholarship was awarded to Stacey Doggett, a senior from Wentzville Holt High School. Stacey plans to attend Truman State University in the fall with an anticipated focus in Business Management.

“I am so thankful for everything 1st Financial Federal Credit Union does for me and the community,” said Stacey Doggett. “I am delighted to be able to extend my education for the next four years at Truman State University thanks to the Horizon Scholarship offered by my credit union.”

Horizon Scholarship applicants are asked to write an essay about the differences between credit unions and banks and discuss how that difference benefits the writer. In her essay, Stacey wrote:

“Credit Unions are different from banks because they are smaller, community owned, and typically more personable and easier to work with.  They care about their local community and the people who are work hard to make it a better place.  There is usually less red tape and they can do more things for their members because of this.  Also, since credit unions are usually non-profit, instead of taking money for themselves, they give the money back to their members in the form of lower interest rates on loans.  For example, after doing some quick research, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s current auto loan rate is 2.49%, significantly lower than the 2.99% of US Bank.  Credit Unions care about their members and offer low interest rates on loans and high interest rates on savings.”

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Pictured from Right to Left-Stacey Doggett, 2015 Horizon Scholarship Winner and Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to Serve Residents of North St. Louis County

May 19th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program  by volunteering with The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis in April.

As part of the vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams”, 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support organizations who are serving the St. Louis community in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training, or education. In April, the Hazelwood Branch sponsored the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis exists to empower individuals throughout the region using community programs in three St. Louis area counties.  The Urban League works to get its clients out of poverty by helping them discover economic opportunity while also providing educational programs and boost community empowerment.

The Urban League’s most recent initiative, the “Save Our Sons” Program, will train up to 500 men in North St. Louis County for the next two years.  This program, which is located in Ferguson, will focus on team building, financial literacy, and job coaching.

To support the Urban League and raise donations for their programs, the Hazelwood branch hosted a special lunch and basket raffle during April.  On Saturday, April 25th, 1st Financial employees had a paid volunteer day working with members of the Urban League at the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment and Job Fair at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park campus.  On May 4th, 1st Financial employees presented a check totaling $744.26 to Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

“The Urban League is very grateful for the contributions and new partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union on our Save Our Sons program in St. Louis County, said Michael P. McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.  “We look forward to making a difference in our community together.”

For more information on the Urban League of Greater St. Louis, please visit https://www.ulstl.com/

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org or call (636) 916-8300.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Nancy Lane, Lead Financial Service Representative for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Volunteers for Connections to Success in March

May 18th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in March by partnering with Connections to Success to support job training efforts in the St. Louis area.

Connections to Success is a non-profit agency with offices in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Kansas City working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources, and a plan.  Connections to Success provides educational programs, job placement resources, and mentoring for men and women.

During March, the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union branch in St. Charles held a bake sale, collected used professional clothing, held two gift basket raffles, and hosted the Connections to Success mobile Mystique Boutique in the St. Charles Branch parking lot.

On Thursday, March 26th, 1st Financial employees volunteered their time by helping out with office work, sorting clothing donations onto racks, and wrapping bakery items at the Connections to Success offices at 3000 Little Hills Expressway in St. Charles.   On Friday, April 17th, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes presented a check to Kathy Lambert, CEO at Connections to Success, for $821.16.

The Helping People 1st Grant program was created to make a positive impact on the St. Louis area.  As part of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” this program was created to support nonprofit organizations that work to encourage growth in Education, Housing, Financial Literacy, or Job Training within the community.

“1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a true partner that has invested their hearts and time into working hands on with our families,” said Kathy Lambert, Chief Executive Officer for Connections to Success. “We are truly honored to be selected as a grant recipient and will be using the funds to continue to build our financial education programming for families to begin saving for their children’s education.”

For more information on Connections to Success, please visit www.connectionstosuccess.org

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org or call (636) 916-8300.

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Pictured from Right to Left: Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Lynda Keeton, Event Coordinator for Connections to Success; Kathy Lambert, Chief Executive Officer for Connections to Success; Kathleen Grant, Volunteer and Mentor Coordinator; Marcy Bursac,  Senior Director of Resource Development; and Chuck Holmes, St. Charles Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union CEO Carol Minges Honored with Local Award

April 14, 2015- Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, was selected to the Small Business Monthly’s Top 100 People to Know in Business list at their annual luncheon on April 8th. 

Small Business Monthly publishes their Top 100 People to Know in Business list and honors the winners with an awards luncheon annually.  The chosen recipients are selected by a group of community leaders and are recognized for their contributions to business within the St. Louis community.

Carol Minges has called 1st Financial Federal Credit Union home for almost seven years.  Before she took over as Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis in November of 2013 and officially in June of 2014, Carol spent five and a half years as 1st Financial’s Chief Information Officer.

During her tenure, 1st Financial has experienced a drastic culture shift, emphasizing the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.”  While CEO, 1st Financial was chosen as one of the Best Workplaces in St. Louis for 2014 by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, started multiple initiatives to improve health and productivity within the branches, and launched a successful community presence program with the goal of assisting the underserved and underbanked population of St. Louis.

This program includes community grant programs which donated $15,624.65 to St. Louis non-profits, a paid employee volunteer program which allowed 1st Financial employees to work over 460 volunteer hours, and a partnership with the Saint Louis Agency on Training and Employment and Tishaura Jones, the Treasurer of the City of St. Louis.  Carol’s vision will ensure that St. Louis becomes one of the least underbanked major cities in the United States and promises future city school graduates the choice to go to college.

“Since Carol has taken over leadership of our organization, we have been given a vision and the necessary resources to create real change for our communities,” said Laura Woods, Vice President of Marketing and Community Presence.  “She holds us accountable every day to make decisions that better ourselves and the people we serve.”

She continued, saying “For her, it’s not lip service.  We are all proud to be on her team and excited to see her receive this honor.”

Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Information Systems, Information Technology and Business.  Before moving to 1st Financial, Carol’s experience included eleven years with FORUM Credit Union in Indianapolis, IN, serving in several operations and technology roles, as well as five years with Arsenal Credit Union in St. Louis.

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For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Earns Top Workplaces Award in St. Louis

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CONTACT:
Laura Woods
636-916-8303
lwoods@1stfinancialfcu.org

St Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a full service financial institution with branches located in Hazelwood, St. Charles, Wentzville, and Downtown St. Louis has been named as one of the Top Workplaces in St. Louis for 2014 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

top_work_place_2014 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch states that “Top Workplaces are not only better places to work but are more likely to be successful than peer organizations.” Top Workplace status is awarded based on employee feedback. 1st Financial employees praised 1st Financial’s positive working environment, community based initiatives, and company morals as reasons why 1st Financial was a Top Workplace. 1st Financial launched programs in 2013 designed to serve the communities it inhabits as well as enhancing the in-branch experience for both members and employees. 1st Financial was also recently nominated as one of the Best Credit Unions in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly.

“I was excited to hear the credit union was receiving the Top Workplace award since we were chosen based upon surveys anonymously submitted by our employees,” said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “It means a lot to me that employees appreciate what we do here and feel like it is a great place to work.”

She continued by saying, “We have focused on finding ways to make 1st Financial a place where our employees feel welcome and are engaged in the work they do for our members and our community. This award is reflection of the passion our employees exhibit daily. Their drive is shared from departments across the credit union, culminating in one of the best places to work in St. Louis. I am thankful every day to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people.”

The employee survey was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States.

The Post-Dispatch published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 29. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit http://www.topworkplaces.com and http://www.workplacedynamics.com

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org or call (636) 916-8300.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Receives Diamond Award For Outstanding Marketing Achievements

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CONTACT:
Laura Woods
636-916-8303
lwoods@1stfinancialfcu.org

April 4, 2013 – St. Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in St. Charles, Hazelwood, Wentzville and Downtown St. Louis, was recently honored with a Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,100 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 33 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union won in the Electronic Marketing category for its entry, entitled “Gone in a Flash (Mob)”. This campaign was created to help draw attention to a special Black Friday auto loan rate. Using only electronic mediums, such as social media and email, 1st Financial promoted the one day only loan offer by hosting a flash mob in the Wentzville branch headquarters. The credit union was also honored with an award for exceptional design in the Newsletter category.

“The Diamond Award competition is the most prestigious competition for excellence in marketing and business development in the credit union industry,” said Michelle Hunter, Chair of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, and SVP of Marketing & Development at Credit Union of Southern California. “Credit unions that receive these awards should be extremely proud of their accomplishments and know that their work represents the very best examples of creativity, innovation, relevance, and execution. The Diamond Awards are not easily earned and the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council is proud to honor those who are deserving of this recognition.”

Award winners were recognized at the council’s 20th annual conference held March 24-27 in Anaheim, CA. For more information on the Diamond Awards or to view the entire list of winners, go to www.cunamarketingcouncil.org.

For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, please visit www.1stFinancialFCU.org

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables us to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

About CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council
The CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council is a member-led organization comprised of more than 1,100 credit union professionals from across the United States. The Council strives to provide superior educational and networking opportunities to help its members be recognized in the credit union industry as the premier experts in credit union marketing, business development, and related disciplines. The Marketing & Business Development Council is one of the six organizations that make up the CUNA Councils, a network of more than 5,500 credit union professionals. For more information, visit www.cunacouncils.org or www.cunamarketingcouncil.org.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union CEO Frank Nelson Selected As Forty Under Forty Recipient by St. Louis Business Journal

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CONTACT:
Michelle R. Rosner
636-916-8339
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January 3, 2012 – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, located in Wentzville, St. Charles, Hazelwood, and downtown St. Louis, Missouri is pleased to announce Frank Nelson, President/CEO, as one of the St. Louis area business professionals to be named as Forty Under Forty by St. Louis Business Journal.
Nelson, who holds Bachelor degrees in Business and History from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MBA from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, took on the role of President of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in September 2009 and helped improve revenue and earnings over the past two years. He was chosen out of a list of over 450 nominees for his dedication to the credit union while making a difference in his community.
“I am honored to be recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal. This recognition would not be possible without the incredible talent at 1st Financial helping me to implement our mission of becoming the best overall value in banking in St. Louis.” stated Frank Nelson, President and CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.
Recently, Frank was appointed to the Examination and Supervision Subcommittee for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to assist the credit union industry with the ever changing regulations impacting credit union leaders and members. In addition to his broad financial acumen and leadership strengths, Frank also makes time for volunteering. He currently serves on his parish council as well as a Board member for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of Greater St. Louis.
About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 33,000 members and nearly $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today.

For additional information: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2012/01/03/st-louis-business-journals-40-under.html