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New Security Upgrade for On-line and Mobile Banking coming May 21, 2015

All online banking users (including mobile phone app users) will be required to re-enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) at their first log in AFTER the update on May 21, 2015.  Your MFA is your security questions, passphrase, and picture that you see when you log into your account.  The re-enrollment will ONLY change your security questions, answers, image, and phrase.  Your User ID and password will NOT change during this process.  Once the enrollment is complete, you will have bound your device to the database and the normal log in processes will be used going forward. Please click on the following links and follow the steps:
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First Choice America Honors Employees
Pictured are the recipients of awards for service, seated from left to right: Julie Brown, Linda Chappell, Louis Stock, Betty Jo Welch, Donald Hood, Rochelle Sligar, and Michelle Kendall.  Pictured standing from left to right: Grace Blake, Mary Walker, Debra Burch, Deborah Caine, Dyonna Strauss, Michele Brothers, and Tamara Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 



“As Chairman of the Board, I wish to thank and congratulate each employee of First Choice America for your dedication, your pride, your team spirit and your commitment to excellence,” said John R. Thayer at First Choice America Credit Union’s Annual Employee Appreciation event on Friday night, May 8th

Honored with service awards were 19 employees at a banquet held at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

Thayer noted, “Despite sluggish economic conditions and continued low interest rate environment, First Choice America had another successful year.”  He noted that the business set all-time highs in several key financial categories – total assets of $422 million; deposits $362 million, and investments $272 million.

Additionally, First Choice America received another “Superior” rating from an official industry rating group for safety and soundness.  And once again, for the sixth consecutive year, the Credit Union received a flawless audit from our independent auditors, which is the seventh time the company has accomplished this distinction in the last eight years and is unparalleled in our Credit Union’s long history.  Both achievements demonstrate our unwavering commitment to excellence.

“All of these things—accomplished in a weak economy—can only be attributed to the dedication, hard work, and pride of First Choice America’s skilled team of employees.  Clearly our employee group is exceptional, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank and congratulate each of you for your excellent work” added Thayer.  “Your collective skills and knowledge and strong commitment make First Choice America the success it is today, and positions us for an even greater future.”

Also, First Choice America recently received the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award from the West Virginia Credit Union League in recognition of the Credit Union’s continued strong community support of those in need.  This represents the 12th consecutive year that First Choice America has received this distinguished honor. 

Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO, and J. C. Peterman, Chief Financial Officer, presented the appreciation awards to the following employees for their service:

              40 years—Deborah L. Caine
              25 years—Mary K. Walker
              20 years—Julie Brown
              15 years—Maria T. Barilla, Grace C. Blake, Michele Brothers, Linda S. Chappell, Tamara L. Hughes, Michelle P. Kendall,
                             Lisa J. Powell, Melissa J. N. Snyder, Dyonna L. Strauss and Betty Jo Welch
              10 Years—Debra L. Burch, Donald R. Hood and Rochelle L. Sligar
              5 Years—Louis R. Stock
         

 

 
Assisting Rotary Charities

Repeating its traditional assistance, First Choice America Credit Union made a significant donation in support of the 2015 Weirton Rotary Club’s Kentucky Derby fundraiser. Pictured are (seated, l-r) JoAnn Babela, Rotary member; Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of First Choice America; and Rhonda Quattrochi, Rotary Committee Chair. Standing in the back (l-r) are Doug Finton and Mayor George Kondik, both Rotary members. This year’s 141st Kentucky Derby “Run For The Roses” will find Rotary and community boosters gathering at Williams Country Club on Saturday, May 2nd for Weirton Rotary’s 11th Annual Charity Event.  From 5:30 to 10:30, there will be hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and entertainment by “T” & Rich Dueling Piano Show. 

 

 

 

 


Helping United Way
                     
First Choice America Credit Union once again is serving as the runway sponsor for the 2015 Weirton United Way Fashion Show on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p. m. at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.  Tickets are $30 each and include dinner and the Fashion Show featuring apparel from Anna-Kay’s Unique Fashions.  Pictured are (seated, l-r) Amber Hagg, 2015 United Way Campaign Co-Chair and Kristin Bowman Cross, Executive Director and Event Chairperson of the Weirton United Way. Standing in the back (l-r) are Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of the Credit Union; and Michael Hagg, 2015 United Way Campaign Co-Chair.   United Way supports 14 member agencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Spirit Award
At the annual meeting of First Choice America Credit Union on Tuesday night, the Weirton Christian Center was presented the Annual Community Spirit Award by the First Choice America Board of Directors.  The organization received a beautiful plaque and a cash award. Pictured are Directors (l-r) John R. Thayer, Edward L. Kennedy, Scott E. Winwood, Kim Weaver, Executive Director of the Center; Kenneth W. Truax, and Robert G. Mrvos. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Choice America Credit Union made steady progress in 2014, its 75th year, amid tough competition and a lackluster economy. Financially strong, efficient and respected for integrity, West Virginia’s largest credit union renewed its commitment to excellence in serving the 40,000 members who are the bedrock of our business, stated Scott E. Winwood, Chairman.
“Growth has been steady, “said Winwood, “reflecting our business strategy that the membership is deserving of nothing less than impeccable service every day and at every touch point of the business. Perpetually striving for perfection continues to be the defining characteristic of our credit union.”
 Significant achievements of the credit union in 2014 were:
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         Earned another Superior rating.
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         Grew assets to a record $412 million.
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         Expanded deposits to a record $353 million.
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         Maintained a strong capital position.

Winwood added, “We renewed the distinction of again earning a Superior Rating from our official industry rating group which was significant. This honor reflects the commitment of all employees to our success. It also recognizes the excellence of our capital strength, asset quality and management ability. Thus, First Choice America remains one of the elite among America’s credit unions.”
He emphasized the impressive achievements reflect the sincere commitment to success of the officials, management, and staff of the credit union. “Our 97 employees are highly skilled, committed to excellence in serving you, and very proud of the significant strides made during the past year.”
He said that the credit union intends to maximize its investments in technology to better serve the members and strengthen competiveness. “Our members enjoy the convenience of electronic services such as mobile banking and bill pay via their smart phone or other device at their fingertips anytime and anywhere. In the future, additional technology driven products and services will increase our efficiency and clear the way for added growth, strength and member services.”
Winwood noted, “As is our custom for over 75 years, we strive to embrace the merits of good citizenship—and expand our value to society—by generously supporting a wide range of charitable organizations in the communities that we serve. We have strong bonds with these communities and their residents, and make a sincere effort to assist when needed.  Our commitment to promote financial literacy among young people remains an important role of First Choice.”
Throughout our history, First Choice America has established strong bonds with our members by providing the most cost effective alternative for all their financial needs. This bond is something we not only value but cherish.
“We thank every member of our credit union for their business and their loyalty. And we will never cease in our efforts to earn both your business and your trust.”                                                                   
Reelected to the Board of Directors were Robert G. Mrvos and Kenneth W. Truax.  Both are Weirton residents with many years of service at First Choice America. In addition to Winwood, their fellow directors are John R. Thayer and Edward L. Kennedy.
Founded in 1939 in Weirton, First Choice America maintains eight offices in the Upper Ohio Valley.

 

Mardi Gras Sponsorship
First Choice America Credit Union renewed its Platinum Level contribution to the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights for its annual Mardi Gras Gala scheduled Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 7 p. m. at Williams Country Club. At the presentation are (l-r) Jack Fowler, Weirton Heights Rotary Club Member and Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of the credit union.  All proceeds benefit the Social Media Advisory Counsel, which is a non-profit group who educates and promotes positive ways of communicating on social media. This year’s Mardi Gras event will feature music by the Groove Doctors.

 

 

 

 

Visa Gift Cards Make Great Gifts
Do you have a hard to buy for person on your list?  Or do you want to give someone the freedom to buy what they want?    First Choice America has the perfect solution for you: a VISA Gift Card.  They are a great fit for anyone on your list.  You can buy a VISA Gift Card at any of
First Choice America's eight locations.

*There is a $2.00 fee for VISA Gift Cards.


 


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