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First Choice America honors employees

May 14, 2009
Weirton Daily Times

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank and congratulate all of you for making 2008 an exceptionally great year for our credit union," said John R. Thayer at the annual Employee Appreciation Banquet of First Choice America Credit Union.

Eighteen employees of the credit union were presented service awards at the event held May 8 at Williams Country Club.

"Whatever your job, whatever office you work at, whatever skills you bring to our organization, your efforts helped our credit union succeed during very difficult financial times," said Thayer, this year's Chairman of the Board of First Choice America, West Virginia's largest credit union.

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EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED FOR LONGEVITY — First Choice America Credit Union recently held its annual recognition dinner at Williams Country Club. Several awards were presented including recognizing employees for their years of service. Pictured seated from left are Elizabeth Murad, Karen Krenn, Juanita Barrett, Terri Burruss, Darlene Brown, Leona Hardy and Linda Caleffie; standing, Joyce Kmetz, Beverly Kurner, Tanya Kelly, John Peterman, William Hutchison, James Friebe and Deidre Wright. Not pictured are Lynne DiBacco, Linda West, Terrie White and Pamela Zgurski. -- Contributed

Thayer said the purpose of the event was to recognize and reward the contributions of employees to First Choice America's success. "That is the sole purpose of this banquet to express our thanks and appreciation to all of you for your continued outstanding performance."

He added, "It's all about your commitment to excellence; your dedication, and your effective performance. To all of you on our First Choice America employee team, congratulations and thank you from management and the Board of Directors on a job well done."

Scott E. Winwood, president and CEO, cited the credit union's achievements thus far in 2009. He said the highlights are:

First Choice America also won the Dora Maxwell Award from the West Virginia Credit Union League for outstanding community service.

Winwood praised employees for displaying the spirited teamwork that makes the difference between a mediocre company and the "Pacesetter Company" that is First Choice America.

"Your high level performance meant solid progress for our company during a period of considerable financial turbulence," said Winwood.

Eighteen employees achieved company service milestones and were recognized by the Board of Directors and Winwood.

They were: 25 Years Lynne DiBacco and Deidre Wright; 20 Years Leona Hardy, Tanya Kelly, Linda West, Juanita Barrett, Joyce Kmetz and Terrie White; 15 Years William Hutchison, Linda Caleffie, James Friebe, Darlene Brown, Terri Burruss and Beverly Kurner; 10 Years Elizabeth Murad and Karen Krenn; and 5 Years Pamela Zgurski and John Peterman.

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