First Choice recognizes employees

WEIRTON – At an employee recognition banquet at Williams Country Club on May 10, the employees of First Choice America Credit Union were recognized for their service.

Robert G. Mrvos, chairman of the board of directors, commented, “This event is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to not only tonight’s 19 honorees, but to all 108 of our credit union employees for the excellence of your work.”

He added, “Working as a disciplined, very capable team in 2012’s weak economy, all of you – once again – helped us earn the coveted, highest rating awarded by an official industry rating group.”

Mrvos praised the employees for their commitment to a “Members Come First” sales and service culture – one that the credit union has built over the past 74 years.

“You constitute a winning, high performance team with an even greater future,” he said.

Scott E. Winwood, president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, and J. C. Peterman, chief financial officer, presented appreciation awards to the following 19 employees:

30 years: Suzette M. Carfagna;

25 years: Maribeth Krzys;

20 years: Mona L. Diamond, Marilyn F. Skidmore, Vicky L. Black, Linda L. Cattrell, Stephanie W. Grove, and Lori A. Baker;

15 years: Doris J. Harpold and Kimberlee L. Wood;

10 years: Darla S. Eckersberg, Tiffany T. Stewart and Charles R. Cronin;

Five years: Marissa A. Dailey, Kathryn M. Woofter, Sandra J.Guzzo, Patricia M. Dunburg, Emily J. Korosec and Sonya A. Owen.

First Choice America milestones for the past year are:

Assets climbed to a record $395 million.

Deposits soared to a record $340 million.

Investments rose to a record $250 million.

First Choice America earned the Dora Maxwell State Award for outstanding community service for the 10th consecutive year. She was a credit union pioneer who worked to improve the living standards of the poor and needy.

Also, the credit union received a flawless audit, absent of any “management comments,” from independent auditors. This distinction was the fifth of the last six years and is without parallel in the credit union’s long history.