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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Choice America Honors Employees
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.
“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.
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:
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
its traditional assistance,
America Credit Union made a significant donation in
the 2015 Weirton Rotary Club’s Kentucky Derby
fundraiser. Pictured are (seated, l-r) JoAnn Babela,
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.
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
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
Earned another Superior
Grew assets to a record
Expanded deposits to a
record $353 million.
Maintained a strong
“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.
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
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
America's eight locations.
is a $2.00 fee for VISA Gift Cards.