First Choice holds annual Employee Appreciation event

Pictured seated (from left) Darlene Brown, Leona Hardy, Lynne DiBacco, Karen Krenn, and Liz Murad; (standing) Deidre Wright, Tanya Kelly, John Peterman, William Hutchison, Don Hall, Michelle Campbell, and Taylor Gray. Not pictured is Joyce Kmetz. (Submitted photo)

WEIRTON– “As Chairman of the Board, I wish to thank and congratulate each employee of First Choice America for your dedication, your hard work, your team spirit and your commitment to excellence,” said John R. Thayer at First Choice America Credit Union’s Annual Employee Appreciation event on Friday night, April 12.

Honored with service awards were 13 employees at a banquet held at the Williams Golf and Country Club in Weirton.

Thayer noted, “Despite tepid economic conditions and vigorous competition, First Choice America had another successful year.” He noted that the business set all-time highs in several key financial categories – total assets of $456 million; loans $144 million; deposits $387 million, and investments $294 million.

Additionally, First Choice America achieved another “Superior” rating from an official industry rating group for safety and soundness. And once again, for the tenth consecutive year, the Credit Union received a flawless audit from our independent auditors, which is the eleventh time the company has accomplished this distinction in the last twelve years and is unparalleled in our Credit Union’s long history. Both achievements demonstrate our unwavering commitment to excellence.

He added, “All of these things–accomplished in a shifting economy–can only be attributed to the dedication, hard work, and pride of First Choice America’s skilled team of employees. Clearly our employee group is exceptional, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank and congratulate each of you for your excellent work”. “Your collective skills, knowledge, and strong commitment make First Choice America the success it is today, and positions us for an even greater future.”

Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO, and J. C. Peterman, Chief Financial Officer, presented the appreciation awards to the following employees for their service: 35 years, Lynne M. DiBacco and Deidre B. Wright; 30 years, Leona F. Hardy, Tanya Kelly, and Joyce M. Kmetz; 25 years, Darlene M. Brown and William Hutchison; 20 Years, Karen Krenn and Elizabeth M. Murad; 15 years, John C. Peterman ; and 5 years, Michelle Campbell, Taylor R. Gray, and Donald R. Hall.

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