By: Stella Katsipoutis
Since 1948, the third Thursday of every October has been recognized as International Credit Union (ICU) Day®: a day to celebrate the credit union difference. Today, October 19, 2017, VyStar and credit unions around the globe will be honoring the rich history of the credit union movement, as well as the men and women who worked hard to make it possible. This year’s ICU Day theme, “Dreams Thrive Here,” is a tribute to the credit union mission to help make members’ financial goals a reality.
At VyStar Credit Union, nothing makes us feel happier than seeing that big smile a member has on their face when we guide them toward financial security, and helping them achieve their personal or professional ambitions. Brian McKinley is just one example of a VyStar member success story. He was so excited about his recent purchase of his dream motorcycle—and so grateful for VyStar’s help—that he stopped by our St. Augustine Beach branch to show his gratitude and share what this experience meant to him:
“My experience at VyStar has been about much more than credit repair and loans,” he says. “In the past, I did not do things the right way, but VyStar took the time to educate me about personal finances and what it means to take on debt. In only a matter of months, with the help of [VyStar Member Relationship Specialist] Connie Mista, I was able to improve my credit score by 250 points—something I thought would take years!”
“I’ve found that working with VyStar isn’t like dealing with one of the mega banks,” Brian continues. “Connie made me feel like I’m the most important member VyStar has, and I look forward to starting our next project: preparing me for home ownership. I see now it doesn’t require luck or magic. And most of all, I don’t have to do it on my own! It’s simply a process. By working with someone at VyStar, step by step, I will accomplish my goals.”
Just like Brian’s, your dreams can thrive at VyStar too. Visit a local branch, or call us at (904) 777-6000 or 1 (800) 445-6289, to speak with a representative about your financial goals and how we can help you accomplish them. If you’d like to learn more about ICU Day and what sets credit unions apart from other financial institutions, please visit the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) website.
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