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Congratulations to Alfonso at Milwood!

Alfonso at Milwood

Last week, Alfonso Espinosa, Teller and Loan Officer at our Milwood Office took the Oath of Allegiance, officially becoming a naturalized United States citizen. He joins many millions of people in our nation’s history who have come to the United States, a nation of immigrants, to build their lives and contribute to our society. For many, the path to citizenship is a lengthy one. Alfonso’s journey began in the Dominican Republic when he was young. In order to travel to the U.S. (his grandfather was an engineer in New York), he got his Green Card. After finishing high school in the Dominican, Alfonso decided to continue his education in the United States. He attended Kalamazoo College, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Economics and Business. Shortly thereafter, he joined Consumers. Alfonso enjoys educating members on how the products we offer can help them achieve their financial goals, especially when … …continue

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Walk MS: Each Step Closer to a World Free of MS

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Consumers Credit Union has supported the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS for over eleven years. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling, disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects over two million Americans. Funds raised in the event support research for a cure and help address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. This year’s Walk MS will be held May 3 and start at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. 2014 marks Consumers’ sixth year as the Kalamazoo site sponsor. “We are privileged to continue our long commitment of contribution to the MS Society in their mission to provide support, advocacy, and research for those affected by MS,” says Jeff Visser, Sales and Service Manager, who chairs our Walk MS Committee. Last year, our Walk MS team, made up of 13 employees and 19 friends and family members, raised over $6,000 for the cause. Join us in … …continue

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Consumers Credit Union Introduces 2014 Board of Directors at 63rd Annual Meeting

Rod Adams and Brent Bassett were each re-elected to serve three year terms on the board.

Consumers Credit Union held its 63rd Annual Meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014 at its Stadium Drive Office in Kalamazoo, MI. At the meeting, the 2014 Board of Directors was introduced, including: Brad Lawton, Chairperson Rod Adams, Vice-Chair Patrick O’Connor, Secretary Kim Shook, Treasurer Brent Bassett, Director Kevin McPherson, Director Nick Zafer, Associate Director   Rod Adams and Brent Bassett were each re-elected to serve three year terms on the board. Rod Adams joined the Consumers Credit Union Board in 1979 and enjoys being a part of the credit union’s continued growth. He served as Chairman from 2004 to 2011 and is currently Vice-Chair. Rod retired from Consumers Energy in 2002 after 42 years of service. He and his wife, Char, have 5 children and enjoy traveling, golf and swimming in their pool with their grandchildren and great-granchildren. Brent Bassett has been a Director on the Board since 2010. He … …continue

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Consumers Credit Union Protected Against “Heartbleed” Bug

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Consumers Credit Union has diligently investigated the recent OpenSSL vulnerability known as “Heartbleed,” which has affected many popular websites and services. Protecting your personal and financial information is one of our top priorities every day. Our technology team has confirmed that our servers were not susceptible to this vulnerability. We have also received responses from our major partners that they have taken measures to ensure that their systems are secure. For security, we recommend that members periodically change their passwords to all online accounts and use a unique password for each site, especially in light of the large number of popular websites potentially affected by this particular flaw. More information on the Heartbleed bug is available here.

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Consumers Credit Union Named to “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”

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Consumers Credit Union is proud to once again receive the honor of being named one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). In 2013, the credit union was recognized with both the regional and the national “101 Best and Brightest” awards. This year’s honorees represent many industries as diverse as automotive, insurance, hospitality, communications, and nonprofit. All will be honored on Thursday, May 8 at the MBPA’s annual symposium and awards program. “The selection, recognition and awarding of this year’s Best and Brightest companies allows our organization to showcase their best practices. The honorees have clearly demonstrated why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work,” says Jennifer Kluge, MBPA President. “The companies that we are recognizing this year are an example of exceptional human resource practices and represent high standards in today’s economic … …continue

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Slappy Breaks Leg, Will Never Skate Again; K-Wings Refuse to Play Without Mascot

Slappy, just after the attack

In a press conference early this morning, Mike Modugno, Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster for the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL, announced that tragedy hit the K-Wings: Slappy, Most Valuable Bird for the past five seasons, broke his leg and will be out for the remainder of the season and likely the postseason, as well. Slappy’s broken leg was the result of an attack by an opposing team. K-Wings Trainer Scott Allison recommended that Slappy quit skating altogether. Upon learning the tragic news, Head Coach Nick Bootland met with the team for about three hours, and they have decided not to continue on with the season. The K-Wings season ends immediately. “You know, I thought about it a lot. If Slappy can’t play, I’m not playing. No way,” said Jordan Binnington. Captain Elgin Reid released the following statement: “Coach, I’m not going out if Slappy’s hurt.” “I know rumors … …continue

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Welcome, New Team Members!

New Hire

We are pleased to welcome seven new employees to our Consumers family! This morning they kicked off their New Hire Celebration, an intensive week-long training with our certified trainers and experts on our team. The group began the day by meeting with our executive team to learn our mission, vision, and goals, which center around TEAM success. The group will spend time meeting the staff in their new offices and learning and role-playing their new skills. They look forward to serving you! Employees joining into management roles include: Carmen Villahermosa de Cox – Grand Rapids Office Manager Skylet Cummings – Grand Rapids Office Manager Both Carmen and Skylet come to us with several years of banking management experience. They both most recently worked with Flagstar Bank in Grand Rapids. They will get to know our members and train in our current offices until our new locations in Grand Rapids open … …continue

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Join Us for the 5th Annual Consumers Sunburst Run

Consumers Sunburst Run

On April 26th, join us for a day of fun and fitness to support our local community parks and family programs! The day’s events include a 10K run and 5K run/walk over road, trail, tunnel, and bridge through the scenic Oshtemo countryside. Results are provided by Classic Race Management, and we offer unique gifts to our winners. Following the main event, kids 12 and under run free in the annual one-mile Family Fun Run, and Maggie’s Catering will be serving their signature breakfast stew. Donations will be welcome for the breakfast. Proceeds earned from the run are used in partnership with local organizations that support our parks and family programs, such as Oshtemo Parks, the Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, and Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run. Last year’s event supported the 2014 Flescher Field renovation project, Kalamazoo River Valley Trail’s Trick or Trail event, and the Kalamazoo … …continue

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Committee for Sustainability

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Consumers is proud to announce the establishment of a Committee for Sustainability. What is sustainability? Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Sustainability transcends environmental concerns to encompass the social and economic wellbeing of our community on local, regional, national, and international levels. Consumers’ mission is “to provide quality, innovative products and services that contribute to the economic and social well being of our membership,” a sustainable principle. In 2014, Consumers has established an ad hoc Sustainability Committee to review Consumers’ environmental and socially sustainable practices, to document and celebrate our achievements, and identify actionable areas for improvement. … …continue

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