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Cook Promoted to Harrisburg Branch Manager

Brenda Cook

Photo: Brenda Cook, Harrisburg Branch Manager

HARRISBURG, IL – April 19, 2016 – Brenda Cook has been promoted to Branch Manager at SIU Credit Union’s Harrisburg branch located at 777 Ford Street, according to Erica Pankey, Vice President of Operations.  Cook will be responsible for providing operational leadership to branch staff, including staff development and retention, and delivery of outstanding service.

“I’m happy to have Brenda lead our team in Harrisburg.  Her demonstrated leadership and credit union expertise will ensure we’re helping make our members’ financial lives better,” said Pankey.

Beginning her credit union career at Ventura County Credit Union and LA Financial Federal Credit Union in California, Cook has been working in credit unions for 13 years.  Prior to her new role with SIU Credit Union, Cook served as a Member Service Representative in Marion.  She is a local blood drive coordinator for the American Red Cross, volunteers for the Eldorado Museum and, is involved at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldorado.

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SIU Credit Union Announces Retirement of President/CEO

CARBONDALE, IL – April 6, 2016 – The SIU Credit Union Board of Directors announced today that Dennis Schaefer has tendered his resignation as President/Chief Executive Officer and will retire effective April 15, 2016. William S. Capie, Chairman of the Board of Directors, will serve as interim CEO while the board reviews its selection criteria and processes by which a successor will be chosen.  Mike Lantrip will assume the role of Executive Vice President and be responsible for overseeing many of the daily operations.

“We are appreciative of Dennis’ leadership over the past seven years as the Credit Union has undergone a significant transformation and grown its asset base to over $300,000,000,” said Capie.  “We wish Dennis the best in his retirement.”

“SIU Credit Union will maintain its strategic focus of serving its members which now exceeds 37,000 people covering 11 counties in Southern Illinois,” Capie added.  “The Credit Union has an aggressive strategic plan as we remain committed to providing comprehensive financial services to the membership.”

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SIU Credit Union Announces Retirement of Branch Manager, Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Photo: Janet Jackson

HARRISBURG, IL – March 16, 2016 – SIU Credit Union announced today that Harrisburg Branch Manager Janet Jackson has decided to retire on April 1, 2016. Jackson’s decision to retire will bring to a close her 29-year career in financial institutions. Previous to being the Harrisburg Branch Manager, Jackson was Vice President of Southeastern Electric Employees Credit Union (SEECU) before merging with SIU Credit Union in 2013.

Jackson started her career as a teller and worked her way through head bookkeeper and head teller before becoming Vice President. Her work ethic and care has influenced her employees at the Harrisburg branch. “Janet has been a wonderful employee and we are appreciative of her dedicated service,” said Erica Pankey, Vice President of Operations. “She will be missed by our members and employees, but I know that they will join me in wishing her the best in her retirement.”

A retirement celebration for Janet Jackson is scheduled for April 1, 2016, from 11am – 1pm, with a special recognition ceremony taking place at noon. Credit Union members and the public are welcome to attend at the 777 Ford Street, Harrisburg, IL, SIU Credit Union location.

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SIU Credit Union to Host Free Retirement Seminar

Learn Strategies for Managing Retirement Income

March 7, 2016 – Carbondale, IL – SIU Credit Union and Scott McClatchey, CFP® with SIU CU Investment Services will host a free seminar entitled, “21st Century Retirement: Strategies for Managing Retirement Income”, in Carbondale on Tuesday, March 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

The new realities of the 21st century require us all to think and prepare differently for what could be a 30-year retirement. This free workshop details the “new” risks to retirement income and outlines critical strategies that seek to help ensure you won’t outlive your assets.

This seminar is a free event that is open to members and the public. Space is limited. For reservations call (618) 549-8621 or email Lindsey.moore@siucu.org. The seminar will be conducted at the SIU Credit Union Admin Building (400 N. Giant City Road in Carbondale – across the street from branch). Snack and drinks will be served to all attendees.

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SIU Credit Union Announces Annual Meeting

March 4, 2016 – Carbondale, IL – SIU Credit Union will hold its 78th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 beginning at 5:15 pm.  The meeting will be held at their 395 N. Giant City Road location in Carbondale, IL.

The annual meeting provides an inside look at the financial state, and gives members the opportunity to directly address the SIU Credit Union Board of Directors and senior management.  The meeting also brings the annual board election to a close, as members are able to cast their ballots at the meeting and hear election results.

“We are proud to celebrate another prosperous year for SIU Credit Union and for our members,” said SIU CU President/CEO Dennis Schaefer.  “During 2015, we maintained our commitment of improving the financial well-being of our member-owners through our mission of ‘We’re working for you.’”

All members are encouraged to attend.

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