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Tinker FCU Newest Juntos Avanzamos Designee
Monday, November 24, 2014 6:55 AM

Tinker FCU Flag Group Shot
(L to R): CEO/President of The Greater OKC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce David Castillo, TFCU Capitol Hill AVP/Branch Manager Laura Rodriguez, Cornerstone Credit Union League SVP/International Communications & Outreach Jon Gorman, TFCU President/CEO Michael Kloiber, and TFCU Board President Al Rich hold the "Together We Advance" flag in front of the TFCU Capitol Hill branch on Nov. 20.

Tinker Federal Credit Union is the latest credit union to earn the Juntos Avanzamos designation, which was presented during a flag raising ceremony on Nov. 20 at TFCU’s Capitol Hill branch in Oklahoma City. 

Juntos Avanzamos, or “Together We Advance,” is the Cornerstone Credit Union League's Hispanic outreach initiative, which recognizes the need for credit unions in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas to serve this growing population. The designation acknowledges TFCU’s dedication to serving the Hispanic community in Oklahoma City through its bilingual and bicultural environment. 

“The Juntos Avanzamos designation is the culmination of several years of work,” said TFCU President/CEO Michael Kloiber. “In the summer of 2008, we created a diverse multi-department task force to develop ways to better serve our Hispanic community. That task force was instrumental in the planning that resulted in building the Capitol Hill branch.”

Flag RaisingDuring the Nov. 20 ceremony, Cornerstone gave the branch the Juntos Avanzamos flag that sends a message to its community that TFCU is prepared to serve the unique needs of the Hispanic population in Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma, 9.3 percent of the population is Hispanic. Cornerstone sources cite the Hispanic population in Oklahoma as the largest minority group, with 385,000 people of Hispanic origin residing in the state. This group may only make up 9.3 percent of the population, but in the last decade, Oklahoma’s Hispanic population has nearly doubled.

“We will be able to leverage this Juntos Avanzamos designation to establish TFCU as a premier financial institution for this demographic,” said TFCU SVP/Branch Operations Lisa Martinez-Leeper. “While we serve Hispanic members at all of our branches, Capitol Hill was strategically set in the largest Hispanic neighborhood in Oklahoma City. Every staff member there is working hard to serve this community, and I am excited about the tremendous potential to grow its membership, expand its product and service usage, and generate more loans among this demographic.”