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Meet the Team: Tony

Posted by Jen Laud on Jun 16, 2017 3:51:31 PM

As a community credit union, First Financial's team is bursting with people who are ready to help and make an impact in the community. Always a fan favorite, Tony Marcus has been with FFCU since August 2011 and is one of the best at finding ways to help members make financial decisions to benefit them now and in the future.


Growing up a stone's throw from the FFCU main branch in Chicago, Tony knows the West Ridge community well.
Over the last 6 years, he's been able to work one-on-one with our neighbors as a Member Service Representative, a Senior Contact Center Representative, and now a Member Solutions Representative. 


Before coming to First Financial, Tony worked for a bank and says he's so happy he made the switch to a Credit Union. He describes FFCU as more personal, more like a family and is happy to be a part of an organization that cares about making its account holders financially secure.

 
So you can get to know the man behind the desk a little better, we asked Tony a few questions about his life, his job and the wisdom he can share.

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Give Back on GivingTuesday

Posted by Jen Laud on Nov 29, 2016 9:18:50 AM

Black Friday

Cyber Monday

#GivingTuesday

It's hard to resist a good deal right after Thanksgiving, and there are plenty of deals to be found on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If the retail frenzy has left you feeling about as gluttonous as that extra piece of pie after Thanksgiving dinner (we'll even admit to having pie for breakfast the next morning, too), Giving Tuesday may be your perfect cure. Tuesday is the day to feel good about doing a good dead and focus on bigger causes this Holiday season.

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Topics: FFCU Updates

Buzz Points: New Cardholder Rewards

Posted by Jen Laud on Oct 19, 2016 2:52:18 PM

We heard you - members like rewards and you want more when you use your FFCU card. Starting October 17th, all of our Visa debit and credit cards are now eligible to earn Buzz Points!

Buzz Points is a free rewards program that works everywhere you use your debit or credit card. That means you'll earn points with every swipe.

How does it work?

  • Earn points on every purchase made with your debit or credit card
  • Get more points for shopping at locally owned businesses
  • Redeem for rewards or donate to charities
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International Credit Union Day: The Authentic Difference

Posted by Gabby Boyce on Oct 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

 

For more than 160 years, credit unions have put people before profit.   

In the 1850s, hard times hit Germany, and people turned to each other for help. They removed small savings from under mattresses and started making reasonably priced loans to one another. These early credit unions were the model for all the credit unions that followed: not-for-profit, democratically controlled and community oriented. The principles that guided them then, guide credit unions today.

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International Credit Union Day Celebrates, The Authentic Difference

Posted by Gabby Boyce on Oct 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

On October 20, 2016, credit unions around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day).

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives, offering the same services as other financial institutions, but with a people-first philosophy. Since 1948, on the third Thursday of every October, credit unions have celebrated the principles that make credit unions the best financial partners of people all over the world.  “The authentic difference,” this year’s ICU Day theme, zeroes in on what makes credit unions different from banks, fintech startups and other financial institutions—our principles. 

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Once a Member, Always a Member

Posted by Gabby Boyce on Feb 9, 2016 12:11:04 PM

First Financial Credit Union’s “once a member, always a member” policy ensures that membership privileges last a lifetime, even when circumstances change, such as employment or retirement.

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A Recap of FFCU's 2015 Community Partnerships

Posted by Gabby Boyce on Jan 5, 2016 2:59:43 PM

2015 Community Partnerships

A major focus of Credit Unions is being concerns for community. As a non-profit, we work to provide financial education and lending opportunities to enhance our local community. A financially stable and informed member base is mutually beneficial for the success of our organization and our members. Because of this, First Financial looks to partner with other non-profits and community organizations to promote the Credit Union difference and offer our support. Our current community partnerships include:

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An Open Letter from the Board of Directors

Posted by Gabby Boyce on Dec 21, 2015 8:53:13 AM

 

The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Michael Abraham as our new CEO. Michael has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a BA from DePaul University. He has worked for several small community banks, for Citigroup and an auto lender. He joined First Financial Credit Union in January of 2014 as Lending Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in February of 2015. Michael's extensive background in the financial sector and his passion for Credit Unions will help us grow FFCU while maintaining our family culture and financial stability.

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A Farewell Letter from Outgoing CEO, Patrick Basler

Posted by Gabby Boyce on Dec 14, 2015 8:46:05 AM

President’s Message

 

As I pen this letter, it is with both sadness and excitement that I will be leaving FFCU. Effective Monday, Dec 24th, Michael Abraham, FFCU’s current Vice President of Operations will become President/Chief Executive Officer of First Financial Credit Union.

The sadness of this announcement stems from the great organization I will be leaving.  When I look back to when I started here eight years ago, there have been an abundance of changes and transformations. Together, we’ve taken a small, one-office Credit Union that was originally chartered to serve the employees of AT&T Teletype, and have transformed FFCU into a financially strong, member-centric organization that serves multiple communities with multiple locations. None of this would have been accomplished without a great staff and loyal members. I am proud that our organization is continually looking for ways to add value to our members, whether it’s better rates, or staying on the front edge of new product and service offerings. Our Credit Union is committed to our purpose: helping members achieve financial success.    

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First Financial Credit Union Names Michael Abraham Next CEO

Posted by Gabby Boyce on Dec 10, 2015 10:25:23 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/10/2015

 

Patrick Basler steps down as CEO to take on new role with the League Service Corporation

 

Chicago, Ill: This week, First Financial Credit Union’s Board of Directors announced Michael Abraham as the next Chief Executive Officer, effective Dec. 24, 2015. Current CEO, Patrick Basler will be stepping down from his role after eight years to take on his new position as Chief Strategy Officer with the League Service Corporation (LSC) based in Naperville, IL. LSC helps Credit Unions compete in the financial services marketplace by developing innovative products to facilitate Credit Union growth.

“I’m truly grateful and excited for the opportunity to lead First Financial Credit Union. We’ve spent a lot of time and resources investing in our membership over the last few years, and to be able to build on that investment as CEO of the Credit Union is a great honor,” Abraham said.

Abraham has worked for First Financial Credit Union for two years. He began his career with the Credit Union as the Lending Manager and quickly moved up to be the Vice President of Operations in January 2015. Abraham’s previous experience includes a variety of financial industry managerial roles at companies including TMX Finance and Citigroup. These roles along with his tenure at First Financial combine to make him the premier candidate for the CEO position at First Financial Credit Union.

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