Alabama ONE plans grand opening for new Fayette branch
Alabama ONE announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art branch at 1678 Temple Avenue North in Fayette, AL, a corner location renovated to build the first full-service branch for Alabama ONE in Fayette County.
Grand opening festivities will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT, including a ribbon-cutting, refreshments, giveaways and a special appearance from the Berenstain Bears.
The branch features two on-site drive-through ITM/ATMs. The ITM (Interactive Teller Machine) enables members to perform simple cash transactions or engage in deeper, more personalized activities with remote tellers via video chat. The Fayette branch also features an open space floorplan, providing an improved in-branch experience, customized to meet the unique needs of the citizens of Fayette County
Leading the Fayette branch is Otis Billups, who is known for his ongoing dedication and support to the area as a Fayette County resident.
Suspicious Activity Report Seminar draws credit unions from Alabama
Compliance professionals from all over central and north Alabama met in Trussville, AL, last week to attend the annual SAR Conference. The conference, hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Alabama ACAMS chapter, provided an opportunity for compliance professionals to hear interesting cases from law enforcement and regulators on reporting suspicious activity.
For instance, a panel of prosecutors discussed how they used SARs in their local and state investigations, another presentation, by an IRS agent discussed a case of a cartel bribing Mexican political officials. There were more than 50 credit union personnel in attendance.
MIDFLORIDA prepares for Auto Show in October
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is the title sponsor for the Oct. 18-20 MIDFLORIDA Auto Show & Lake Mirror, a three-day event showcasing hundreds of hobby and collector cars and draws thousands of spectators. The Concours is a wonderful display of more than 650 show vehicles surrounding the restored, 1920’s art deco-inspired Lake Mirror Promenade in Downtown Lakeland. This event is known for its beautiful lakefront setting and friendly atmosphere. It provides one of the most scenic venues in the country.
Previously named Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival, this event attracts over 40,000 spectators and draws top car collectors from all over the southeast. Additionally, this show serves as a support event to the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Volunteer earns national accolades for multiple commitments
Jessica Brown, a member of the marketing communications department at Family Savings Credit Union in Alabama, won the Create the Good, Show Your Love Volunteer Contest sponsored by AARP and Cabot Creamery.
Jessica works tirelessly for the Council on Aging as a board member and has helped organize its fundraiser each year for the past 5 years. Through the efforts of Jessica and the board, the organization raised more than $9,000 in 2018.
Most of Jessica’s volunteer hours are currently spent with a program called Worlds of Work (WOW). For four years she has worked as a WOW Planning Committee member and Volunteer Recruitment Co-Chair. WOW, a hands-on career fair for eighth and 11th-grade students in Etowah and Calhoun Counties, hosts more than 8,000 children over a three-day event. This year, she recruited more 180 volunteers to help with the students.
The United Way of Etowah County (UWOEC) Day of Action event is one of her most outstanding accomplishments. She has organized the DOA program for UWOEC since 2008, growing the volunteers from 120 to now more than 700 volunteers performing more than 500 Etowah County community and agency projects. Some past projects include painting a Girl Scout meeting room, cleaning a child advocacy agency, and performing yardwork for a local teen shelter.
Jessica has been instrumental as a volunteer, decorator and attendee with the Success by Six UWOEC program for their fundraising efforts to fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program for children birth to 5-years old. Their signature fundraising event, Girlfriend Gala raises over $65,000 each year to help pay for DPIL books the children in Etowah County, AL receive each month.
The Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber of Commerce is honored to have Jessica’s attention with several of their programs. As a Chamber Ambassador, she was honored with Ambassador of the Year in 2012. Jessica serves on the Leadership Etowah planning committee and is chair of the Student Leadership program. Graduating from Jacksonville State University with a BS in Public Relations, Jessica has given back to her alma matter.
She is a member of the Communications Advisory Board at JSU and is a past alum of the JSU Marching Southerners, where she is an annual contributor and attendee of their shows. As a young professional, Jessica has been very involved with HYPE – How Young People Engage, and the League of Southeastern Credit Union’s Young Leaders Society which she has recently been elected as president.