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CU News Briefs
Friday, April 5, 2013 5:50 AM

Security One FCU says it will be participating in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. & Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 17th Annual Arlington Family Expo tomorrow.  The credit union will give a 30 minute presentation on saving money and budgeting to 30 students from 11-17 years of age.  The goals of the family expo are to make an impact in the community and provide education and tools to help with health and economic awareness. The theme of the 2013 Expo is "Securing Our Health and Building Our Wealth." Through this event, the sponsors will be able to raise awareness about health issues and financial issues that affect the community and increase community education and involvement. The individuals participating will be families and children of the Arlington community and surrounding areas.  The Expo is being held at the Veda Knox Elementary School in Arlington, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Some 200 people are expected to attend.

Randolph-Brooks FCU (RBFCU) was recently recognized as one of the 2013 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, systems, philosophies, practices, and demographics.  At the annual Best Companies to Work for in Texas gala, RBFCU was recognized as the 19th ranked among large companies (institutions with more than 500 employees). The credit union has been included on the Best Companies list for five consecutive years, and credits its continuing recognition to the focus on service to others, members and employees alike. "At RBFCU, every employee is a member and an owner of our financial institution," said Sonya McDonald, senior vice president of planning and market development. "They feel invested in our organization and work to provide the best service to our members. Continuing recognition as one of the Best Companies to Work for In Texas means that we are providing our employees with benefits and resources that make them loyal to our credit union and dedicated to serving our members."

The Best Companies to Work for in Texas awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (TSC- SHRM) and Best Companies Group. 

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Texas, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2013 Best Companies to Work for in Texas list is made up of 100 companies.  To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least 15 employees working in Texas;
  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in the state of Texas; and
  • Must be in business a minimum of one year.

Security Service FCU (SSFCU), along with Recall, recently partnered to help members securely destroy old financial documents at its free Shred Day held at its 1604/Bandera location.  Security Service Volunteer Corps team members (pictured from left) Sonya Bonenberger, Virginia Betz, Juileta Medina and Sherry Carpenter assisted members during a full day of free document shredding.  SSFCU helped more than 400 members shred over 28,000 pounds of financial documents and collected just over $300 in donations for the San Antonio Children’s Shelter.

In other SSFCU news, Aaron Leek has been promoted to senior vice president of member service.  In his new position, Leek will oversee member service operations in the Central Region, as well as operational training across all markets. Leek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Menlo College in Atherton, CA, and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  He joined SSFCU in 2008 as assistant vice president of member service and has since impacted the credit union in multiple capacities, also serving as vice president of online services and most recently as vice president of member service in the mountain west region.  His previous experience also includes senior leadership positions at Wachovia and World Savings Bank.  In addition to his work experience, Leek has been actively involved in the community, serving in various roles for charitable organizations across Salt Lake City, Utah, including March of Dimes board member and 2013 March for Babies Walk chair; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night executive committee chair; and Junior Achievement board member.

SSFCU partners with Recall to host shred day