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America First Charitable Foundation to Provide 80 Scholarships in Celebration of 80th Year

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America First Charitable Foundation to Provide 80 Scholarships in Celebration of 80th Year
Scholarship applications are now open through May 31, 2019

Riverdale, Utah – (April 23, 2019) – Proudly serving members and communities for 80 years, the America First Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce they are providing 80 $1,000 scholarships to members. America First Credit Union has a strong emphasis on education and financial literacy, and the America First Charitable Foundation is looking for candidates who embody the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.”

In order to be eligible, members must be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students currently enrolled in a two-year, four-year or technical college or university, and have a passion for serving and helping others. Scholarships will be awarded based on a student’s commitment to community service, as well as leadership and academic potential.

Scholarship submissions are due by May 31, 2019, and recipients will be notified by June 28, 2019. Applicants are required to submit their hours of community service, grade point average and current transcript. They must also submit a short essay on how their community service exemplifies the credit union philosophy of people helping people. A selection committee consisting of America First employees and representing a diverse business, education and community background will evaluate the applications and select the recipients.

For additional information on America First Credit Union and to view the scholarship application, visit www.americafirst.com, or follow America First on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First 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 128 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.6 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,013,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

America First Credit Union Elects New Board of Directors at 80th Annual Meeting

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America First Credit Union Elects New Board of Directors at 80th Annual Meeting

Riverdale, Utah – (April 19, 2019) – On Tuesday, April 16, America First Credit Union held their 80th annual meeting. Members heard from James Wendler, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and John Lund, President and CEO of America First Credit Union, as they gained insight on the financial state of the organization.

The following individuals were elected to the America First Credit Union Board of Directors.

• Kenlon Reeve
• Barney Chapman
• Mike Roden

The newly elected Board Officers include:

Chair: Linda Carver
Vice Chair: Kenlon Reeve
Secretary: John Spease

The newly appointed Chair of the Board of Directors, Linda Carver, served America First Credit Union in the same capacity from 2011 – 2014 and most recently held the role of Vice Chair from 2015 until Tuesday when she was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors.

For additional information on America First Credit Union, visit www.americafirst.com, or follow America First on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION
Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First 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 128 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.6 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,013,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

America First Credit Union to Elect Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release:

America First Credit Union to Elect Board of Directors at Annual Meeting
80th annual event to be to be held at the David Eccles Conference Center on April 16

Riverdale, Utah – (April 9, 2019) – America First Credit Union will hold its 80th annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 inside the David Eccles Conference Center. The meeting provides America First Credit Union members an opportunity to hear and gain insight on the financial state of the organization. Members will hear from the President and Chairman of the Board and have the ability to elect volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors. These dedicated and qualified individuals share their time, talents and efforts without compensation, making them part of America First’s unique cooperative, not-for-profit structure.

Members who cannot attend, in addition to those in attendance, are invited to follow America First on Twitter @AmericaFirst for a live stream of the annual meeting. During this stream, viewers are encouraged to ask questions and virtually participate in the event. This live-tweet format provides an additional opportunity for members to engage in the conversation.

For more information, visit www.americafirst.com. Find America First Credit Union on Facebook and Twitter or follow @AmericaFirst on Instagram and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First 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 128 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.6 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,013,000 members.

Media Contact:
America First Credit Union
Nicole Cypers
C: 801-726-9480
ncypers@americafirst.com

America First Credit Union Celebrates 80 Years of Serving Members

For Immediate Release:

America First Credit Union Celebrates 80 Years of Serving Members
Credit Union asks members to share their thoughts and pictures on Friday, March 15, 2019

Riverdale, Utah – (Thursday, March 14, 2019) – With a long-standing history of 80 years, America First Credit Union is inviting members to participate in their Member Appreciation Day on Friday, March 15.

Using the #AFCU80years hashtag, America First Credit Union is asking members to celebrate with them by sharing on their social media platforms. Post a picture, share a story or let America First know how long you have been a member. America First will also be providing cookies at all branches on Friday to celebrate with members.

“As the primary financial partner to more than one million members, we’re excited to celebrate this milestone with them,” said John Lund, president and CEO of America First Credit Union. “For 80 years our members have trusted us as their financial institution and we will to continue to serve our members with the upmost admiration for the years to come.”

America First Credit Union was founded on March 16, 1939 at the Hotel Newhouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. At that time, a Prince Albert tobacco can was used to hold all cash deposits, which totaled $788 in total assets and 79 members. For eight decades, America First Credit Union has remained dedicated to creating lifetime memberships with those served.

For more information, visit www.americafirst.com. Find America First Credit Union on Facebook and Twitter or follow @AmericaFirst on Instagram and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION
Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First 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 128 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.3 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,000,000 members.

Media Contact:

America First Credit Union
Nicole Cypers
C: 801-726-9480
ncypers@americafirst.com

Quillin Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media
Julian Lupo
D: 702-818-1637
julianl@quillinlv.com

LendKey Reaches $2.6 Billion Loan Milestone, Expands its Partner Network with America First Credit Union

New York, February 6, 2019 — LendKey, the leading lending-as-a-service platform, announced that it has originated a total of more than $2.6 billion in loans on behalf of its financial institution partners as of the end of 2018. LendKey’s turnkey solution provides banks and credit unions with a state-of-the-art platform to offer digital loans.

“Reaching the $2.6 billion milestone is a testament to LendKey’s position as a trusted partner for financial institutions to expand their digital lending offerings and grow revenue and their asset portfolios,” said Vince Passione, CEO and Founder of LendKey.

Highlights for 2018 included record loan origination volume for LendKey’s lending partners, a 26% increase in revenue, and the opening of a new state-of-the-art office in Cincinnati to support the planned expansion of new partner lenders in 2019 and beyond.

LendKey also announced that America First Credit Union, one of the nation’s largest credit unions serving over 1,000,000 members, has become the newest addition to its roster of lending partners, one of 18 new lenders who started using the LendKey platform last year.

“Our partnership with LendKey is a testament to our commitment to provide our members with a seamless digital borrowing experience and the loans they need,” said Rich Syme, Executive Vice President of America First Credit Union. “We value this new partnership and look forward to expanding our portfolio with a recognized industry leader in digital lending solutions.”

The strong demand for consumer lending has led banks and credit unions to deliver relevant product offerings through a robust online borrowing experience expected by today’s digital-first consumers.

About LendKey:

LendKey pioneered the lending-as-a-service model enabling white-labeled, digital lending solutions that help financial institutions establish a strong digital lending presence and acquire prime borrowers for a lifetime of lending. Customized solutions help manage liquidity, reduce costs, and mitigate risk. Visit lendkey.com/lend or email pr@lendkey.com for more information.

About America First Credit Union

With a long-standing history and more than 80 years servicing members, America First 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 128 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.3 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,000,000 members.

America First Credit Union Offers Furlough Assistance Loan to Members Affected by Government Agency Shutdowns

For Immediate Release:

America First Credit Union Offers Furlough Assistance Loan to Members Affected by Government Agency Shutdowns

RIVERDALE, Utah – January 3, 2019 – America First Credit Union is helping to ease the burden of its members affected by the shutdown of government agencies across the nation by providing a special Furlough Assistance Loan. The personal loan of up to $4,000 will be made available to federal employees who have been furloughed due to the recent government shutdown. Additionally, America First, which has more than 988,000 members, is also offering members no-cost counseling services, loan extensions and numerous free and low-cost benefits.

“The recent government shutdown has started a domino effect throughout our communities and we are thankful to be in a position to provide financial assistance and guidance to our members,” said John B. Lund, president and CEO of America First Credit Union. “In these difficult times, we stand resolute with those affected and promise to remain a trusted financial institution for those who have devoted their lives to serving our country.”

To be eligible for the Furlough Assistance Loan, individuals must be America First Credit Union members and have missed a paycheck due to the shutdown. The Furlough Assistance Loan will be available one-time only and offers terms up to seven months, with one-month interest free. The loan has a zero percent interest rate for the first 30 days and then a 4.99 percent interest rate that begins to accrue on day 31. Applicants must provide proof of federal government employment including a recent paystub not older than 30 days, military or government ID or a verified direct deposit from a federal employer to America First.

For those interested in becoming members of America First to take advantage of this program, please fill out the membership application at www.americafirst.com or call 1-800-999-3961.

America First members can also take advantage of free financial counseling, free financial education and safe savings programs. Members are encouraged to contact America First about the options available to them by calling 1-800-999-3961 by visiting America First’s Financial Counseling resource page online or by stopping into their local branch.

For more information, visit www.americafirst.com. Find America First Credit Union on Facebook and Twitter or follow @AmericaFirst on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About America First Credit Union

With a long-standing history and more than 79 years servicing members, America First 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 129 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.2 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 988,000 members.

 

Media Contact:
America First Credit Union
Nicole Cypers
C: 801-726-9480
ncypers@americafirst.com

 

Quillin Public Relations
Julian Lupo
702.818.1637
julianl@quillinlv.com

America First Credit Union Gifts More Than 1,800 Pairs of Shoes to Underprivileged Students Throughout Utah and Nevada

Riverdale, Utah – (Dec. 19, 2018) – As part of its annual Warm the Soles of Kids initiative (Warm the Soles), America First Credit Union distributed more than 1,800 pairs of gift-wrapped shoes to children in need throughout the month of December. This year, 24 schools and agencies spanning across Utah and Southern Nevada took part in the project.

America First employees visited several schools in December including Midvale Elementary, Dixie Sun Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Hurricane Elementary, Red Rock Elementary, Gibson Middle School and Hill Air Force Base to hand out shoes and host a festive holiday celebration.

Celebrating its 24th year, the Warm the Soles project is funded by America First member donations and the Skip a Payment program. America First works to raise funds and donations from members throughout November and December to purchase shoes for children in need during the holiday season. The project is coordinated through the America First Credit Union Charitable Foundation.

For additional information, visit www.americafirst.com or find America First Credit Union on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Photo attached: America First Credit Union employees and volunteers deliver new, gift-wrapped shoes to underprivileged children during the annual Warm the Soles event.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

With a long-standing history and more than 79 years servicing members, America First 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 129 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.2 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 988,000 members.  

America First Launches 14th Annual Community Food Drive to Serve Those in Need

For Immediate Release:

America First Launches 14th Annual Community Food Drive to Serve Those in Need
Items will be donated to Utah Food Bank, Three Square Las Vegas and other local food pantries in the community

Riverdale, Utah – (Sept. 21, 2018) – With a profound commitment to helping the underprivileged in the communities it services, America First Credit Union kicks off the season of giving with the launch of its 14th Annual Community Food Drive this Monday, Sept. 17, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 20. All branch locations throughout Utah and Southern Nevada will accept donations of non-perishable food items to distribute to local food pantries and food banks including Utah Food Bank and Three Square Las Vegas.

America First Credit Union started the Community Food Drive in 2004 and, with the help of employees and members, has collected nearly 168,000 pounds of food. Last year America First collected more than 18,000 pounds of food, which equates to over 15,000 meals to those in need, and this year they’re hoping to beat it.

“At America First we take great pride in the communities we serve and giving back to those communities is an integral part of our mission,” said John Lund, President and CEO of America First. “As the season of giving quickly approaches it is important to give back to those less fortunate and the annual Community Food Drive is a great way for our members and employees to get involved.”

The most needed non-perishable food items include, but are not limited to, canned vegetables, canned tuna fish, and peanut butter (no glass), among others. The public and America First members are encouraged to donate at any branch in Utah and Nevada through Saturday, Oct. 20.

To for more information or to find the nearest branch to make a donation, visit www.americafirst.com. Find America First Credit Union on Facebook, Twitter, or follow @AmericaFirst on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About America First Credit Union:

With a long-standing history and more than 79 years servicing members, America First 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 129 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 984,000 members.

Media Contact: 
Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
C: 801-726-9480
ncypers@americafirst.com

Tara Trovato
Quillin Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media
D: 702-800-7803
C: 702-286-6272
tara@quillinlv.com

America First welcomes two new managers to two Utah branches

For Immediate Release:

America First welcomes two new managers to two Utah branches
Merissa Van Miltenburg and Akina Bosley named Service Center Managers for Layton Fairfield branch and Jeremy Ranch branch, respectively

RIVERDALE, Utah – (Friday, Sept. 14, 2018) – America First Credit Union would like to congratulate Merissa Van Miltenburg and Akina Bosley on being selected as new service center managers for Layton Fairfield and Jeremy Ranch branches, respectively.

Van Miltenburg started her career at America First Credit Union in February of 2012 as a teller at the Ogden Main branch. While at that branch, she worked as a consumer loan originator and backup lead teller. She was then promoted to lead teller at the Roy branch in April 2014. In October 2016, Van Miltenburg transferred to the Roy Kent’s branch as service center lead teller and subsequently returned to Ogden Main in August 2017 as lead teller. She has been in her current role of market assistant manager of the Ogden Main branch since November 2017. Van Miltenburg’s promotion is effective Sept. 10, 2018.

Bosley started her career with America First Credit Union in April 2015 as a teller at the Sandy branch. In Feb. 2016 she was promoted to lead teller at the City Creek branch. Akina moved to the Salt Lake Foothill Dan’s branch as the service center lead teller in Oct. 2016, later transferring to the Sandy Harmon’s branch as the service center lead teller. In Aug. 2017 she was promoted to assistant branch manager of the Salt Lake Pioneer Branch and has been serving her current role of market branch assistant manager at the Taylorsville branch since June 2018. Bosley’s promotion is effective Sept. 10, 2018.

The Layton Fairfield branch is located at 88 S Fairfield Rd. Layton, UT 84041 and open from 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday – Saturday. The branch is closed on Sundays.

The Jeremy Ranch branch is located at 3151 Kilby Rd. Park City, UT 84098 and is open from 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday – Saturday. The branch is closed on Sundays.

For more information, visit www.americafirst.com. Find America First Credit Union on Facebook and Twitter or follow @AmericaFirst on Instagram and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

With a long-standing history and more than 79 years servicing members, America First 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 130 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 984,000 members.

Media Contact:
America First Credit Union
Nicole Cypers
C: 801-726-9480
ncypers@americafirst.com

Tara Trovato
Quillin Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media
D: 702-800-7803
C: 702-286-6272
tara@quillinlv.com

America First welcomes Social Media Manager

For Immediate Release:

America First welcomes Social Media Manager
Rachel Keoppel hired to manage the newly formed social media department at America First

Riverdale, Utah – (Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018) – America First Credit Union recently welcomed Rachel Keoppel to assume the role of social media manager for the newly created social media department at America First Credit Union.

Keoppel brings 10 years of marketing, events promotion and social media experience to the America First team. Her professional experience includes roles as the large committee and special events liaison for the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce, marketing specialist for the Tanner Clinic, community and social engagement director for Davis Hospital and Medical Center and marketing director for Jordan Valley Medical Center.

Keoppel received her bachelor’s degree in communications with a print journalism emphasis from Utah State University and has consistently been an active member of her community, serving multiple chambers of commerce, women in business ambassador groups and the military affairs committee at Hill Air Force Base.

For more information, visit americafirst.com. Find America First Credit Union on Facebook, follow @americafirst on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

With a long-standing history and more than 79 years servicing members, 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 130 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 984,000 members.

Media Contact:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
C: 801-726-9480
ncypers@americafirst.com

Tara Trovato
Quillin Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media
D: 702-800-7803
C: 702-286-6272