First Choice lists achievements

CREDIT UNION AWARD — A highlight of the annual meeting of First Choice America Credit Union held recently was the presentation of the annual Community Spirit Award to the Hancock County Senior Services of New Cumberland. The organization received a plaque and a cash award of $2,500. On hand were, from left, Edward Kennedy; John Thayer; Beth Wolanski, director of the Hancock County Senior Services; Robert Mrvos; Kenneth Truax; and Scott Winwood.

WEIRTON — First Choice America Credit Union made steady progress in 2017 amid competition and a tepid economy, according to officials.

Robert G. Mrvos, chairman, said, “Our employee team worked diligently to maintain a safe, sound and secure financial institution.”

Achievements in 2017, according to Mrvos, included:

¯ Assets grew to a record $443 million.

¯ Loans increased to an all-time high of $135 million.

¯ Deposits expanded to a record $381 million.

¯ A strong capital position was preserved.

“Our credit union’s capital strength, asset quality and management ability help maintain our enviable position as one of the very elite among America’s credit unions,” Mrvos said.

“These impressive achievements reflect the sincere commitment to success of the officials, management and staff of First Choice America. Our employee team is highly skilled, dedicated to excellence in serving you and very proud of the significant strides made during the past year,” he stated.

“In addition to keeping pace with the latest technology, we continue to offer consumers better rates on loans and deposits, more personalized service, and importantly, fewer fees than other financial institutions. We strive every day to maintain that competitive edge. We are proud to say that no new fees were enacted during the past year,” he said.

“Simply put, your membership in First Choice America is an important and meaningful financial advantage and it adds up to ‘better value’ for your money,” Mrvos said.

“The formidable combination of a dedicated professional staff, excellent technology and a complete array of affordable financial products and services positions us to continue making a real difference in the financial lives of the people we serve,” he added.

“Throughout our long history, our credit union has earned countless awards and commendations for our intensive year-round community involvement practices. We strive to increase our value to society and embrace the merits of good citizenship by generously supporting a wide variety of charitable organizations throughout the communities that we serve. We strive to embrace the merits of good citizenship — and expand our value to society.

“First Choice America is proud of our rich heritage of serving our members and the communities in which they live for the past 78 years. We have established strong bonds with our members by providing the most cost effective alternative for all their financial needs. We value and cherish these bonds and are grateful to our members for their loyalty. We will never cease in our efforts to earn both your business and your trust. We remain a safe haven, a reliable resource and a leader that you can count on for all your financial needs, both today and in the future,” he said.

During the meeting, Robert G. Mrvos and Kenneth W. Truax were re-elected to the board of directors. Ken Watts, president of the West Virginia Credit Union League, spoke briefly.

The annual community spirit award was given to the Hancock County Senior Services of New Cumberland. The nonprofit organization supports the needs of the senior citizens in Hancock County. The organization received a plaque and a cash award of $2,500.

Founded in 1939 in Weirton, First Choice America maintains eight offices in the Ohio Valley.