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Financial Center Wins Six Indiana Credit Union League Awards

October 26, 2015

Date: 10/26/2015

Contact: Dusty Simmons

Financial Center Wins Six Indiana Credit Union League Awards

Indianapolis, IN. – The Indiana Credit Union League recently reported the statewide results in CUNA’s national award competitions. Financial Center First Credit Union received six awards in total for its financial education, philanthropic efforts and best practices. It was recognized at the League’s annual banquet held on October 9, 2015.

The credit union took first place in the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action, the Alphonse Desjardins Awards for Youth and Adult Financial Literacy, and second place in the Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility. Financial Center also received recognition for two of its marketing campaigns for the League's Best Practices Award.

Financial Center employees receive numerous awards at the Indiana Credit Union League Annual Banquet. Front row (L to R): Annette Roy, VP of Membership Development; Marco Dominguez, Director of Community Relations; Frances Tooley, Chief Operating Officer. Row 2 (L to R): Jennifer Rue, Director of Internal Audit; Amanda Middleton, Managing Director Member Experience; Dusty Simmons, Marketing Campaign Officer; Carol Kinser, Communications/Marketing Manager; Cindy Cook; Board Member. Row 3 (L to R): Dan Kavanaugh, Senior Vice President/Chief Sales and Marketing Officer; Kevin Ryan, CEO and President; Jo Kiel, Chief Human Relations Officer; Debby Blake, Vice President Member Experience; Bill Hord, Vice President Enterprise Risk Management.

First Place – Louise Herring Award
The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action formally recognizes credit unions that demonstrate in an extraordinary way the practical application of the credit union philosophy ‘people helping people’. Financial Center received the award for the launch and success of its Empower Checking for those who can’t qualify for a traditional checking account and its Empower Loan for those who need to establish or build credit.

First Place – Alphonse Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Literacy Awards
The Desjardins Education Awards recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth and adult financial literacy. Financial Center won the youth award for its work with elementary, high school and college students in and around Indianapolis. The Credit Union received the adult award for its literacy program featuring seminars, workshops, newsletters, website tools, and partnerships with other not-for-profits to educate lower-income families and the growing Latino market on the financial industry.

Second Place – Dora Maxwell Award
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award recognizes a credit union for its social responsibility work and charitable projects that support its community. Financial Center won for its Pack the Pantries food drive.

Best Practice Award – Business Development/Marketing
Financial Center was recognized in the Best Practice categories for technology and marketing. The technology award was given for Financial Center’s mobile deposit launch strategy and the marketing award was given for its debit card VIP experience sweepstakes.

About Financial Center: Financial Center First Credit Union has been serving consumers who live or work in Boone, Brown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Putnam, and Shelby Counties as well as other special groups for over 60 years. Over 54,000 members take advantage of favorable deposit and loan rates as well as reduced fees by banking with the Indianapolis-based credit union. Financial Center is a not-for-profit entity that employs 165 people. Guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, Financial Center’s mission is to ‘Improve Members’ Financial Lives’. Learn more at

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