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Firstmark CU Recognized as Super Advocate of the Year
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:00 AM

Legislative and Regulatory Efforts Recognized by Industry Coalition

Meeting and protecting its members’ financial needs is at the heart of any credit union’s mission. Ensuring those members have a voice when it comes to regulations and legislation is just as critical. Firstmark Credit Union was recently awarded the 2016 Super Advocacy Award by the Cornerstone Credit Union League. The award is a key recognition for those credit unions engaged effectively in legislative and political action.

“On behalf of the Firstmark board of directors, we are honored to be recognized by our credit union peers for this outstanding award,” said Nathanael Tarwasokono, president and CEO of Firstmark Credit Union. “As a longstanding member of the Cornerstone Credit Union League, this award is a testament to our efforts to ensure our members’ voices are heard.”

Firstmark was chosen for the award based on its legislative engagement in Austin, Texas, and Washington, DC; its employee commitment; its participation in Cornerstone’s grassroots program, CU:ROAR; and its regulatory focus. Annual events in Washington included Hike the Hill and Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference.

“Firstmark Credit Union is a shining example of an organization participating in the activities that make a difference,” said Dick Ensweiler, president/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League. “From employees participating in the Texas/Cornerstone League Political Action Committee, to keeping the Project Zip Code information current, to responding to comment calls and calls to action on regulatory proposals, Firstmark is responsive at the highest levels. Their passion for getting the rights of members in front of legislators and regulators is impressive.”

About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union is committed to giving back to our community and making a difference in the lives of others. Founded in 1932 by educators, Firstmark is San Antonio’s oldest state-chartered credit union, managing over $1 billion in assets and serving members throughout Bexar County and many surrounding counties in southwest Texas with sixteen locations. Firstmark is a not-for-profit, member- owned financial institution, dedicated to meeting the needs of our members with innovative products, competitive rates and personal service. For more information, visit