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America First Credit Union Opens State-of-the-Art Branch in Utah County

New, western Utah County location is built around a tech-centric member experience

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (Jan. 22, 2024) – America First Credit Union (AFCU) today announced the opening of one of its most technologically advanced branches in Eagle Mountain.

The new, state-of-the-art facility, which incorporates technology inside and out, is the first America First branch built exclusively around video teller machine technology. This new technology provides on-demand support from remotely located America First experts and will allow members to efficiently conduct many additional types of financial transactions through the drive-through.

The Eagle Mountain branch will serve a community of approximately 54,000, including more than 11,000 AFCU members. The new location, 4195 N. Pony Express Parkway, will be a resource to those living in rapidly growing Eagle Mountain, surrounding communities such as Cedar Fort and Fairfield, and to those who travel through and work in western Utah County.

“America First has a strong commitment to the vibrant, growing communities in Utah County where we have served members for decades,” said Thayne Shaffer, CEO of America First Credit Union. “The technology and accompanying member experience underscores this commitment and will serve as a model for future branches.”

The Eagle Mountain branch, the 13th America First has opened in Utah County, will be managed by Angela Platt. She and her team will host the community at an opening celebration on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature free refreshments from local food trucks. Additionally, members can enter to win a $5,000 Family Vacation Package with Get-Away-Today by stopping in between Jan. 22 and Feb. 3.

The opening celebration will be followed by an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Feb. 2.

America First will also have several new member offers available at the Eagle Mountain Branch through Feb. 10, including:

  • $150 to new AFCU members (savings, checking, debit, online statement)
  • $50 to new youth members (17 and younger)

Branch information can be found online at americafirst.com.

 

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 118 locations across the five western states of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. America First is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $19 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

America First Credit Union Donates to Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Through its ‘Touchdowns for the Hometown’ program

For every Wildcats touchdown America First Credit Union donates $100 to the non-profit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUCSON, AZ – December 1, 2023 – America First Credit Union (AFCU), in partnership with University of Arizona Athletics, is supporting the community through its ‘Touchdowns for the Hometown’ program. For each Wildcats’ touchdown during the 2023 season, AFCU donates $100.00 to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, which means the more touchdowns U of A scores, the more the community scores.

The program culminated with the final game of the season on November 18. By the end of the final game, the Wildcats had scored 44 total touchdowns for the season, resulting in a rounded-up $5,000.00 donation to Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona from America First Credit Union.

“There are so many wonderful organizations doing great work in our communities, and support of those groups is a foundation of America First Credit Union,” said Thayne Shaffer, America First Credit Union President and CEO. “With our ‘Touchdowns for the Hometown’ program, we’re able to support those charitable groups through our support of Wildcats football. The better the team does throughout their season, the bigger the donation to our community partners.”

This season marked the second year of AFCU’s ‘Touchdowns for the Hometown’ program with U of A. Given the success of the program and the support of the community the program creates, America First Credit Union plans to continue the program for years to come.

 

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 118 locations across the five western states of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. America First is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $19 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union
801.827.8606
dcnellis@americafirst.com

 

America First Credit Union Donates to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids Through its ‘Blue Zone’ program

Every time the Aggies get into the ‘Blue Zone’, America First Credit Union donates $100 to the non-profit

LOGAN, UT – November 29, 2023 – America First Credit Union (AFCU), in partnership with Utah State Athletics, is supporting the community through its ‘Blue Zone’ program. Every time the Aggies get into the Blue Zone during the 2023 season, AFCU donates $100.00 to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids, which means the more touchdowns Utah State scores, the more the community scores.

The program culminated with the final home game of the season on November 18. Wrapping up a successful season, America First Credit Union presented a $5,000 donation to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids from America First Credit Union.

“One of the pillars of America First Credit Union is supporting organizations that are doing great things to help the communities in our beautiful State. One such organization is Little Lambs Foundation for Kids in Logan, providing diapers for low-income families, and much-needed support to kids in foster care or who find themselves in emergency shelters,” said Thayne Shaffer, America First Credit Union CEO. “Our ‘Blue Zone’ program lets us support these organizations, while also supporting Aggies football and Utah State Athletics.”

“Utah State University Department of Athletics is committed to investing in our communities and families, especially the children within the state,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics Diana Sabau. “We are thankful for our partnership with America First Credit Union and the positive impact they have on Cache Valley and the great state of Utah.”

This season marked the second year of AFCU’s ‘Blue Zone’ program with Utah State. Given the success of the program and the support of the community the program creates, America First Credit Union plans to continue the program for years to come.

 

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 118 locations across the five western states of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. America First is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $19 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union
801.827.8606
dcnellis@americafirst.com

America First Credit Union and the Real Salt Lake Announce Winner of Inaugural Small Businesses Spotlight

Snider Brothers Meats receives an America First-donated RSL marketing sponsorship agreement

SALT LAKE CITY – Nov. 28, 2023America First Credit Union (AFCU) and Real Salt Lake are excited to announce today Snider Brothers Meats as the grand prize winner of its inaugural “Small Business Spotlight” contest. The Cottonwood Heights-based company was announced as the contest winner during a live finals event at America First Field. As the winner, America First Credit Union will provide Snider Brothers Meats with single-season assets for a marketing sponsorship with RSL and at America First Field, which are tailor-made to assist in their business growth.

“Opportunities like this are once in a lifetime,” said Rachel Wilson, Manager of Snider Brothers Meats. “We are honored to have been selected as the Small Business Showcase Winner by America First Credit Union and Utah’s own Real Salt Lake.  We are looking forward to the possibilities that this partnership presents in growing our business, connecting with our communities, and sharing our passion. We can’t wait to get started!”

 Snider Brothers Meats is a family-owned business with six generations of experience. As a staple in the Cottonwood Heights community for more than 30 years, the company holds true to its traditions and values of the past — service and quality over everything else. Whether it is offering BBQ lessons to customers in the parking lot, teaming up with local schools and sports organizations to raise money or ensuring their lifelong customers make the best selection for their family gatherings, the crew at Snider Brothers strives to make our community more welcoming and better every day.

“We congratulate Snider Brothers Meats on their impressive 30 years as a family business and the well-deserved recognition as the inaugural RSL Small Business Showcase winner,” said Thayne Shaffer, America First Credit Union President and CEO. “At America First Credit Union, we’re proud to support small businesses committed to their community, like Snider Brothers Meats. Thank you to our partners at Real Salt Lake, who help us empower and support local businesses.”

 “It is our privilege as a Club to enrich our community and offer experiences like this alongside a partner like America First Credit Union,” said John Kimball, Real Salt Lake President. “We are so excited to be able to work with Snider Brothers Meats and create a partnership package that will not only highlight and promote their incredible brand but will connect to our passionate fan base and increase their voice in our community.”

 The inaugural contest garnered around 270 entries from small businesses across Utah. Finalists were evaluated on how well they represent Utah, how much they currently give back to the community, and how this opportunity will help them execute their business objectives successfully. The finalists were picked by a panel of judges comprised of AFCU and RSL representatives and community and business leaders.

 

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 118 locations across the five western states of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. America First is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $19 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union
801.827.8606
dcnellis@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801.913.9454
kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

 

America First Credit Union Ranked Top SBA Credit Union Lender in the Nation for the Second Year

West coast-based credit union supports small businesses with more than $71M in SBA Loans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – November 28, 2023 – America First Credit Union (AFCU) ranks as the top Small Business Administration (SBA) credit union lender in the United States. The list ranks all financial institutions across the country based on the approved dollar amount of SBA loans. As the top credit union on the list, AFCU has $71,754,300 in approved SBA loans, averaging $1,176,300 per loan.

“America First Credit Union is proud to be ranked as the number one credit union SBA lender in the nation,” said Blake Weathers, senior vice president of commercial lending at AFCU. “Small businesses are at the very heart of our communities, and it is our honor to work with and support these businesses by providing the resources they need to thrive and grow.”

AFCU employs a dedicated team of small business lenders to support new start-ups and help established small businesses grow. As part of that commitment, the credit union strives to be a trusted business partner, lending financial support to small businesses that, in turn, support their communities.

“As an entrepreneur and businessman, I have worked with many financial institutions over the past 30 years. I can honestly say that our relationship with America First Credit Union has been a breath of fresh air compared to most of those previous experiences” said Jim Huffman, owner of Huffman Health Services. “They are honest, straight forward, and know the meaning of the word ‘partnership’. They have supported the vision and growth of our company, and stepped up when we needed their support. I cannot imagine working with another group, and I give them my highest recommendation.”

“Thanks to America First Credit Union, I was able to secure an SBA-7A loan that allowed me purchase a local sign company that has been in business in Ogden, UT since 1929” said Zena E. Manley, owner of Richards Sign Company. “The prior owners had to retire suddenly due to a health matter, which could have resulted in the closing of the shop and the laying off of myself and several other employees. However, after I spoke to a loan officer at AFCU it became apparent that I was able to purchase the company with the aid of the SBA loan program. Working closely with the loan officer, I was able to easily navigate the federal requirements, applications, and forms for the loan and successfully purchased the company. I found the entire process to be friendly, informative, and highly professional. I would gladly recommend AFCU to other small business owners and look forward to my continued partnership with AFCU.”

In addition to being recognized as the top SBA credit union lender, AFCU supports small businesses in additional ways. The credit union’s Small Business Showcase is held annually with its sports partners, including the Utah Jazz, Las Vegas Raiders, and Real Salt Lake, where small businesses apply for the program, and the winning small business receives a suite of on-site and online marketing opportunities through each team. Additionally, AFCU offers a variety of small business calculators for members to determine startup costs, evaluate the business, and understand business financial ratios, among others.

The SBA list showing the full rankings can be found here: https://careports.sba.gov/views/7a504LenderReport/LenderReport?%3Aembed=yes&%3Atoolbar=no

 

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 118 locations across the five western states of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. America First is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $19 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union
801.827.8606
dcnellis@americafirst.com

Robert Benson
R&R Partners
702-318-4249
robert.benson@rrpartners.com

Utah Athletics and America First Credit Union Announce Naming Rights Agreement for On-Campus Ballpark

Multi-year partnership will name Utes’ on-campus home America First Ballpark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY—The University of Utah Athletics Department and America First Credit Union today announced a multi-year partnership to name the Utah baseball program’s future on-campus home America First Ballpark.

The 10-year naming rights agreement comes as part of the fundraising drive that began in the spring of 2023 after the University of Utah’s Board of Trustees granted contingency approval for the construction of an on-campus ballpark to be located on the site of the current Utah Baseball practice field on Guardsman Way. It is expected to open in 2025.

“We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous partnership between America First Credit Union and Utah Athletics,” said Mark Harlan, Director of Athletics. “This generous investment by AFCU to name our on-campus baseball stadium is another demonstration of their strong commitment to supporting our student-athletes and our athletics programs, and an illustration of the excitement around bringing Utah Baseball back to campus. It further extends AFCU’s ongoing support of not only Utah Athletics but the entire University of Utah community. These types of partnerships elevate each organization, and we are extremely grateful. America First Ballpark will be a shared community asset.”

Plans call for a 1,200-seat ballpark with fan amenities including concessions, restrooms, ticket office and merchandise sales, as well as facilities for the Utah baseball program, including locker rooms, coaches’ offices, medical space, equipment storage and indoor batting/pitching cages. The total project is expected to cost $35 million, with the majority of the funding privately raised.

“America First is grateful for our continued and expanded relationship with Utah Athletics as their official credit union and now naming rights partner for the new baseball stadium,” said Tammy Gallegos, Chief Marketing and Strategic Engagement Officer at America First. “We believe our two organizations are hitting a home run in creating meaningful experiences for the community and helping our athletes and members alike build a bright financial future one inning at a time.”

America First Credit Union has been a long-term partner of Utah Athletics, and has established a strong commitment to enhancing and improving the communities in which it has a presence. AFCU continues to provide integral support to Utah Athletics’ “Utes With Wings” program, which supports scholarships, facilities and programs for the Utes’ women’s sports teams, while also being a prominent contributor in creating meaningful opportunities for Utah’s student-athletes to benefit from Name, Image and Likeness activity. AFCU also introduced the official Utah Athletics-branded Visa debit card in August, allowing cardholders to show off their Utah Utes pride with every purchase they make.

The design phase of America First Ballpark is underway, and construction is expected to begin this winter. The Utes will continue to play their home games at Smith’s Ballpark in downtown Salt Lake City for the 2024 season, with the intention of moving to America First Ballpark in time for the 2025 season.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION:

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 118 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $19 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Paul Kirk
Utah Athletics
801.875.2444
pkirk@huntsman.utah.edu

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union
801.827.8606
dcnellis@americafirst.com

America First Credit Union Unveils New, Limited-Edition Utah Jazz Visa® Debit Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Utah Jazz fans can support their favorite NBA team with a limited-edition 2023-24 season AFCU debit card

Jazz Debit Cards

SALT LAKE CITY – Oct. 25, 2023 – America First Credit Union is proud to be the official credit union of the Utah Jazz. As the team prepares for the upcoming 2023-24 Season, America First is debuting a new, limited-edition version of the exclusive Utah Jazz Visa® debit card. The 2023 limited edition card showcases the bold Utah Jazz yellow and black colors and features the signature Jazz note logo.

The Utah Jazz Visa debit card is available at no cost to all America First members with Classic Checking and Premium Checking accounts, and it’s packed with features and benefits, such as:

  • Powerful Security® — Pay with confidence thanks to the cutting-edge protection of Card Guard®, EMV chip technology, purchase & fraud protection, and more
  • Worldwide Access — Access your cash from anywhere with no-fee withdrawals at over 30,000 ATMs around the globe and the almost unlimited acceptance of Visa
  • Unbeatable Service — Get the quick, responsive help you deserve, online, over the phone, or in person

Additionally, when visiting the Delta Center, the America First Utah Jazz Visa card gives members 10% off purchases at Summit Snacks, Tenders, Farr’s Ice Cream, and Dippin’ Dots, 15% discount on Utah Jazz Team Store and 32% off Team Store purchases after a Jazz player hits a triple-double. Card holders will also have special game-day entry 30 minutes before the public.

The Utah Jazz Visa debit card is the perfect way to pay while showing your team spirit with every dip, tap, or swipe. And you can only get it at America First Credit Union. Available for a limited time, and only while supplies last.

To learn more or get the exclusive Jazz card, visit www.americafirst.com/jazz/jazzcard.

 

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the seventh largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $17 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

 ABOUT THE UTAH JAZZ

Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the second-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won nine division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 17 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 60,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across six states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, an entity of Smith Entertainment Group, visit www.utahjazz.com.

America First Credit Union Unveils Official Utah Athletics Branded Visa Debit Card

Score big with the new debit card from the official credit union of Utah Athletics

Salt Lake City – Aug. 22, 2023 – University of Utah Athletics fans have a new way to support their favorite team with the help of America First Credit Union. As the official credit union of the University of Utah Athletics, America First announced the official Utah Athletics debit card. The card features the Utah logo on a sleek white background with a visible crimson core, allowing cardholders to show off their Utah pride with every purchase.

“We’re excited to give our members another way to show their Ute pride wherever they go with the exclusive University of Utah Athletics debit card,” said Tammy Gallegos, Chief Marketing and Strategic Engagement Officer at America First. “We love being part of this amazing community of fans and appreciate our partners at the University of Utah Athletics for helping us provide a fun way to connect with our members, fans and community.”

The debit card, available for all America First Credit Union members, allows cardholders access to Rice-Eccles Stadium 30 minutes before doors open to the public — two hours before kickoff time — to catch an early glimpse of pregame warmups. Cardholders will also get the opportunity to access exclusive ticket deals and pricing for many other University of Utah sporting events.

“We’re thrilled that America First Credit Union has introduced the Utah Athletics debit card,” said Mark Harlan, Director of Athletics. “This is an exciting new opportunity for our passionate fans to show their great pride in Utah Athletics, and we’re grateful for our tremendous partners at AFCU for creating new ways to connect with our fans.”

Packed with features, benefits, and discounts, the Utah Athletics debit card is available with both America First’s Classic and Premium Checking accounts. Its features and benefits include Card Guard, worldwide access and more.

To learn more or get the exclusive Utah Athletics debit card, visitamericafirst.com/uofu.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 119 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $18 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union
801.827.8606
dcnellis@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801.913.9454
kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

America First Credit Union and the Utah Jazz Announce Winner of Annual Small Businesses Spotlight

Utah-based Elite Turf Supply receives a $200K sponsorship with the Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY – Aug 18, 2023America First Credit Union (AFCU) and the Utah Jazz are excited to announce today Elite Turf Supply as the grand prize winner of its annual “Small Business Spotlight” contest. The Utah-based artificial turf supplier was announced as the contest winner during a live finals event at Delta Center. As the winner, America First Credit Union will provide Elite Turf Supply with a single-season sponsorship agreement with the Utah Jazz valued at approximately $200,000. The winner will also receive arena signage, logo design assistance, media coverage, and the opportunity to participate in business and marketing strategy meetings with Utah Jazz and AFCU executives.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever been more excited,” said Taylor Brown, co-owner of Elite Turf Supply. “With this sponsorship, we can do more of what we do — helping people learn the benefits of artificial turf, conserve water, and even start their own small businesses. It’s all about the community, and we’re grateful to the Utah Jazz and America First.”

Elite Turf Supply started as a modest family endeavor in 2019, laying turf in their backyard play area, and has quickly become a rapid success story. In the past two years, the customer-turned-owner small business has grown into a national turf supplier offering various applications, from putting greens and versatile athletic turf to residential and commercial landscaping solutions, including pet-friendly options. Now as Utah’s premier artificial turf supplier, Elite Turf Supply continues its mission to create and educate about the benefits of artificial turf, help homeowners DIY their outdoor spaces and has launched more than 20 turf installation companies along the way.

“We congratulate Elite Turf Supply on their impressive business journey and receiving the recognition as the Small Business Spotlight contest winner,” said Thayne Shaffer, America First Credit Union President and CEO. “At America First Credit Union, we’re dedicated to fostering small businesses like Elite Turf Supply, who exemplify innovation and commitment to their community. We appreciate our partners at the Utah Jazz who help us empower and support local businesses as they contribute to our communities and economic growth.”

“On a day-to-day basis, the Utah Jazz try to partner with companies who want to lean into community initiatives with us,” said Chris Barney, Chief Commercial Officer, Utah Jazz. “We’re excited to partner with Elite Turf Supply, for our team to engage with theirs, and to build on the success they have obviously already had. Small business runs America, and I admire all the finalists and businesses who participated.”

The winner and finalists were invited to a special event to showcase their businesses. Finalists of the 2023 Small Business Spotlight competition include: (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Caffé Molise
  • Elite Turf Supply
  • Intergalactic
  • Modelic
  • Premier Day Spa
  • Utah Sunrooms LLC

Finalists were evaluated on how well they represent Utah, how much they currently give back to the community, and how this opportunity will help them execute their business objectives successfully. The six finalists were picked by a panel of judges comprised of AFCU and Utah Jazz representatives and community and business leaders. The 2023 contest garnered around 150 entries from small businesses across Utah.

For more information about the contest, visit AFCU’s website.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the seventh largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $17 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dave Nellis
America First Credit Union
801.827.8606
dcnellis@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801.913.9454
kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

LIFEGUARD ARENA RENAMED AMERICA FIRST CENTER IN HENDERSON

 

America First Credit Union becomes the Official Credit Union of Hockey  in Las Vegas as exclusive partner for VGK and HSK 

HENDERSON (June 27, 2023)The Foley Entertainment Group announced today, June 27, that the Henderson Silver Knights training facility and community ice rink that houses VGK and HSK hockey programming and other community events year-round in the Water Street District of Henderson has been renamed America First Center in Henderson. 

The new name coincides with a multi-year extension of Foley Entertainment Group’s partnership with America First Credit Union. America First has been a partner of the Vegas Golden Knights since the team’s inaugural season in 2017, and will now become the Official Credit Union of Hockey in Las Vegas – as an exclusive partner for both the Vegas Golden Knights and the Henderson Silver Knights.  

“It’s a terrific day for Foley Entertainment Group and for hockey in Henderson as we join with America First Credit Union and reintroduce our community to America First Center,” said Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “Since opening in late 2020, this community center has been vital in growing the game of hockey in Southern Nevada for fans young and old alike. At the same time, America First Center has proven to be among the premier facilities in the world for training and developing promising athletes with the Henderson Silver Knights, and many of them eventually become Golden Knights.” 

“It is a privilege to welcome our friends at America First Credit Union, who share our passion for community and supporting our youth,” said Bubolz. “We look forward to working together to provide opportunities for hockey players in Henderson and to allow all residents to fuel their passion for the sport.”   

America First Credit Union will be directly involved in supporting youth hockey and community initiatives in Henderson. They become the presenting sponsor of the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights and Henderson Jr. Silver Knights youth hockey programs.  

“We are thrilled to enhance our partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights, Henderson Silver Knights and Foley Entertainment Group,” said Thayne Shaffer, president and CEO of America First Credit Union. “They are more than just amazing teams. They’re an organization passionately committed to serving our communities, which is why our culture at America First Credit Union aligns so well with theirs. We are proud to have our name on the America First Center in Henderson.” 

 In celebration of the new partnership, the Golden Knights, Silver Knights and America First Credit Union are working together to create a charitable program that gives back to the local community. 

For six years, America First has rewarded Clark County teachers with the Game Changers program, which recognizes local educators who have made a positive impact in the classroom and in the lives of their students. As part of this partnership, the Game Changers program will be expanded, and the Golden Knights/America First will now recognize a new teacher every month during the VGK season.  

 America First Credit Union and the Silver Knights will also create a co-branded debit card for America First members with exclusive benefits such as discounted team merchandise, ticket offers and more.  

Originally named Lifeguard Arena, America First Center opened in November 2020 at 222 S. Water Street and is the official practice facility of the Silver Knights. Housing two ice sheets, America First Center is also home to VGK and HSK youth and adult hockey leagues, Learn to Skate programs, hockey watch parties, hockey schools and clinics, the Silver Knights’ official team store at The Livery, and public skating sessions.    

 

ABOUT THE HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS 

The Henderson Silver Knights are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Silver Knights are owned in part by Bill Foley and his family and operated by the Foley Entertainment Group. The Silver Knights play their home games at The Dollar Loan Center, a state-of-the-art arena in Henderson, NV. For the latest news and information on the Silver Knights visit hendersonsilverknights.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

 ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION 

Proudly celebrating 84 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable, and most progressive credit unions in the country. As Utah’s largest credit union, it has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 119 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $18 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.3 million members. 

 

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