FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (11/24/14)--Two credit unions have earned the Cornerstone Credit Union League's Juntos Avanzamos or "Together We Advance" designation.
|Tinker FCU Branch Manager Laura Rodriguez looks on as the Juntos Avanzamos flag is raised in front of the TFCU Capitol Hill branch in Oklahoma City. (Tinker FCU Photo)|
Tinker FCU, Oklahoma City, with $3.2 billion in assets, and People's Trust FCU, Houston, with $478 million in assets, have been recognized for their commitment to serving the Hispanic population in their respective communities.
The honor is earned through an application and review process during which a credit union must demonstrate the capacity, commitment and compassion to serve the Hispanic market's financial needs.
"The Juntos Avanzamos designation is the culmination of several years of work," said Tinker FCU President/CEO Michael Kloiber. "In the summer of 2008, we created a diverse multi-department task force to develop ways to better serve our Hispanic community. That task force was instrumental in the planning that resulted in building the Capitol Hill branch."
To celebrate the award and its commitment to the Hispanic community, Tinker FCU hosted a flag-raising ceremony at its Capitol Hill branch Nov. 20. The flag, provided by the league, sends a message to the surrounding community that TFCU is prepared to serve the unique needs of the Hispanic population in Oklahoma.
|Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler, left, with People's Trust FCU Board Chair Mike Read and President/CEO Angela McCathran. (Cornerstone Credit Union League Photo)|
In Oklahoma, 9.3% of the population is Hispanic. According to the Cornerstone Credit Union League, the Hispanic population in Oklahoma is the largest minority group, with 385,000 people of Hispanic origin residing in the state. In the last decade, Oklahoma's Hispanic population has nearly doubled.
In her address at the Nov. 14 flag-raising ceremony, People's Trust CU President/CEO Angela McCathran said, "By receiving this designation, it symbolizes our commitment to the well-being of the Hispanic market in Houston, and I commend our staff on a job well done in preparing for this endeavor. We take great pride in our work within the community and have high aspirations for serving the needs of the Hispanic consumers in our community."
Research has shown that the city of Houston will continue to grow into a more diverse community, with Hispanics comprising more than 50% of the city's population by 2040.
"Earning Juntos Avanzamos is just another example of People's Trust's steadfast commitment to the community, its members and the financial success and growth of individuals in the Houston market," league CEO Dick Ensweiler said at the ceremony (Leaguer Nov. 21).