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United Federal Credit Union Retains “Superior” Rating by Leading Assessor of Banks and Credit Unions

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) has been awarded a five-star Superior rating by Bauer Financial Inc. for the seventeenth consecutive year. It is the highest rating awarded by Bauer.

Bauer Financial, Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays Bauer Financial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded.

Bauer classifies credits union based on a number of factors including profitability, investment portfolio, capital, loan delinquencies, and historical trends/reserves. Being a Bauer Financial-recommended credit union provides strong evidence of United Federal Credit Union’s soundness as a financial institution.

UFCU is a nationally recognized credit union that receives consistently high ratings from Members, employees and industry peers. Among the accolades received in recent years are:

  • National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Federal Credit Union of the Year, 2013
  • Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) Outstanding Credit Union of the Year, 2013
  • CEO Gary Easterling, Michigan Credit Union League Credit Union Professional of the Year, 2014
  • VP of Operations Jeff Curry, Michigan Credit Union League Community Volunteer of the Year, 2014
  • Excellence Award in Strategic Leadership, CUNA Human Resources/Training and Development Council, 2014
  • The Herald-Palladium Reader’s Choice Award, Bank/Credit Union, 2014
  • Best Places to Work in Arkansas, Arkansas Business/Best Companies Group, 2014

 

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About UFCU

United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 130,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.83 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio.

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United Federal Credit Union Enhances Payment Options with Apple Pay

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) is now offering its Members access to Apple Pay, an easy, secure and private way to conduct payment transactions with hundreds of thousands of participating retailers nationwide.

When Members add a UFCU Visa® card to Apple Pay, they will be able to use their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and soon Apple Watch, to pay in stores without swiping their credit or debit card. By simply holding iPhone or Apple Watch near a contactless reader, payment can be made with a single touch of the cardholder’s finger using Touch ID. In addition, Apple Pay will also allow users to pay for a variety of online purchases in apps and is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

“We are constantly looking for ways to help improve the financial well-being of our Members,” said UFCU President/CEO Gary Easterling. “Apple Pay will bring a new level of convenience to Members, allowing them to make purchases with their mobile devices in an innovative and secure way.”

Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of your card.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their UFCU Visa® card. For more information on integrating Apple Pay with your UFCU Visa card, visit www.unitedfcu.com/applepay.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit www.apple.com/apple-pay.

 

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About UFCU
United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 130,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.83 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio.

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Monday Morning Money Talk – 02/16/2015

UFCU’s Santina Moore, and Dan Stacey of Stacey Appraisal, talk with WSJM morning host Pat Moody about preparing your house for an appraisal. Santina also invites the community to UFCU’s first Financial Friday on February 20 – sit down with a mortgage loan originator to discuss how UFCU can help you meet financial goals!

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United Federal Credit Union Set to Open New Branch in St. Joseph

UFCU St Joseph MI BranchST. JOSEPH, Mich. – United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) is pleased to announce its new flagship branch at 2819 S. State Street, St. Joseph, Michigan, will be open for business on Monday, February 16, 2015.

The 9,600-hundred-square-foot facility is state-of-the-art. It was designed to enhance Member convenience through expanded drive-thru capabilities and to incorporate Member service and new technology into an inviting environment. The branch will offer a full suite of Member services including teller services, auto and mortgage lending, business services and investment planning.

“We are excited to open the doors and hear what our Members have to say,” said Branch Manager Emily Szymkiewicz. “We think this building will not only meet their needs, but it will allow us to exceed their expectations for financial service providers.”

UFCU’s corporate office building, which previously housed the St. Joseph branch, will be renovated to add administrative space to accommodate the credit union’s expanding workforce.

A grand opening celebration for the new branch is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

 

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About UFCU

United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 130,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.83 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio.

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MONDAY MORNING MONEY TALK – 2/02/2015

UFCU President/CEO Gary Easterling talks with WSJM Morning Show Host Pat Moody about how the domestic economy compares to foreign economies.

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United Federal Credit Union’s Jeff Curry Named Volunteer of the Year by Michigan Credit Union Foundation

Jeff CurryJOSEPH, Mich. – United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) Vice President of Operations Jeff Curry has been named the 2015 Credit Union Community Volunteer of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF). The award recognizes a credit union employee or member who possesses a history of exemplary volunteer service outside of the credit union system.

“We are extremely proud of Jeff,” said UFCU President/ CEO Gary Easterling. “He deserves to be recognized. Not only is Jeff a top performer while on the job but he gives 100 percent of himself to the community as a volunteer as well.”

Curry was nominated by co-workers and the submission was augmented by letters of support from community leaders who hailed his propensity for community service. Curry has volunteered with numerous southwest Michigan nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years.

“Jeff devotes substantial time and energy to serving the community at large,” said Michigan Gateway Community Foundation President/CEO Rob Habicht. “Even if he is already serving on other boards and committees, he doesn’t hesitate to take on additional tasks for the good of the community. I have never heard him turn down a request for help.”

Currently, Curry is the board president of both the Lake Michigan College Foundation and the Fun Financial Literacy Institute. He is the current treasurer and past president of the Niles Community School District Board of Education.

Curry serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation’s Buchanan Area Fund, and is a committee chairman for Michigan’s Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council and the Kinexus Bridge Academy.

He is a former board member and campaign chair for United Way of Southwest Michigan, and past president of the Niles-Buchanan YMCA and the Buchanan Lions Club.

Curry credits his late parents for inspiring his love of public service. His father, Roger Curry, was the long-time director of the Twin Cities Area Chamber of Commerce in St. Joseph, Michigan. His mother, Shirley, was a candy striper and volunteered in politics.

“Growing up, I had a strong sense of community and always knew that I was expected to help people who needed it, no matter who they were,” Curry explained. “I was fortunate to grow up in southwest Michigan and that is something I will never take for granted.”

A native of St. Joseph, Michigan, Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College. He and his wife Diane reside in Niles, Michigan.

 

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About UFCU

United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 130,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.83 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio.

About MCUF

Established in 1954, the Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF) collects and disburses funds for the benefit of the Credit Union System. Through cooperative donations, the MCUF advances and strengthens the Michigan Credit Union movement with scholarships, grants, and programs that support credit union member services, financial education, and community reinvestment outreach.

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MONDAY MORNING MONEY TALK – 1/26/2015

UFCU Market VP James Knight and United Investment Planning Program Manager Keith Weber talk with WSJM morning host Pat Moody about the new year’s new laws as they pertain to retirement planning.

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MONDAY MORNING MONEY TALK – 1/19/2015

UFCU Financial Counselor Judy Baker talks with WSJM morning host Pat Moody about budgeting for unexpected expenses and controlling your cash flow.

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MONDAY MORNING MONEY TALK – 1/12/2015

UFCU Market VP Brett Wier and WSJM morning host Pat Moody discuss the positive New Year’s developments that are creating a growth environment for business in 2015.

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UFCU’s Griffith, Indiana, Branch Donates to Help Families Fight Pediatric Cancer

UFCU Griffith, Ind. Branch Manager Sylvia Torbica (at left) and Member  Service Advisor Deborah Rios (at right) present donation check  to Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Founder Donna Criner.

UFCU Griffith, Ind. Branch Manager Sylvia Torbica (at left) and Member Service Advisor Deborah Rios (at right) present donation check to Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Founder Donna Criner.

GRIFFITH, Ind. – United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) donated $1,000 to Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation (NICK) to assist parents and families with children fighting cancer.

NICK not only provides financial assistance but connects families with similar experiences for support during a difficult time. Special services offered by NICK include home cleaning through hospital stays, help with out-of-state travel, and private benefit coaching for family members or friends that may want to raise funds for the family.

The donation check from UFCU was presented to NICK co-founder Donna Criner.

“Our family started the Foundation after our own journey with childhood cancer,” said Criner. “We found that no support system for families existed in Northwest Indiana. With help from compassionate businesses like United Federal Credit Union, we are also able to raise money to change that.”

Griffith Branch Manager Sylvia Torbica called it a privilege to help local families.

“Any time we can make an impact on our community for the better, we’re going to do it,” said Torbica.  “And nothing is more important than helping families during tough times.”

 

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About UFCU

United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 130,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.83 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio.

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