Archive for Leadership

WE ARE HONORED TO ANNOUNCE DUSTIN AS THE WINNER OF OUR Q4 2019 MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD

This Award is a peer chosen, quarterly award given to an employee who truly makes a difference in the lives of our members, community and coworkers. Dustin has worked at Great River Federal Credit Union for two years, and has made an impact on many people he works with that appreciate his patience and knowledge.  Dustin was nominated for this award for always having a positive attitude, and helping out wherever possible. Dustin is a true team player, with great communication! Other team members are  saying, “Being in our I.T. department, he is frequently asked for help with tasks that are difficult for us as employees, but he makes you feel good and like he truly likes to and wants to help us! Thank you Dustin”

Congratulations to Dustin and “Thank You” from all of us at the Credit Union for all you do to keep us running smoothly. You are truly appreciated and we are lucky to have you!

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GET TO KNOW DUSTIN A LITTLE MORE:

  • Favorite thing about working at the Credit Union? Helping everyone! It’s the best part of my job. And my team- They are the best and I really enjoy working with them. 
  • Fun fact about yourself? I am full of useless trivia knowledge especially musicians and actors
  • Hidden talent: Movie quotes. I can quote movies I haven’t seen in years. 
  • When not at the CU working, what’s your favorite thing to do? Go fishing and watch football with my family.
  • Who is your favorite super hero? Deadpool
  • Favorite movie/show? The Breakfast Club
  • Favorite place you have ever been? Duluth, MN

 

Favorite quote: I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re goin’ and hook up with them later. – Mitch Hedberg

Giving Back Around the Holidays

We are just blown away by the amount of support we have received from our members with our partnerships with Pathways 4 Youth and Anna Marie’s Alliance.

At our St. Cloud and Waite Park branches, we collected gently used winter gear, food and shelter supplies for Pathways 4 Youth and their Home[less] For The Holidays campaign and had filled 2 vehicles with goodies! 

Then our Sauk Rapids and Sartell branches collected new items for the women and children at Anna Marie’s Alliance in St. Cloud and filled ANOTHER vehicle with all new items, including many gifts for the adults, teens and children!

We are humbled by the generosity of our members! Thank you for all you did to make these initiatives possible! We have the best members EVER!

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Soup & Chili Cook-off November 2019

On November 15th, we hosted a soup and chili cook-off at our branches! Each soup was voted on by fellow employees and prizes were awarded to first and second place. Check out the winning recipes and give them a try; they are “award winning” after all. Soup & Chili Cook-off November 2019 4

 

First Place- Southwestern Corn Soup: Submitted by Ashley B.

1/4 cup Green Peppers (finely chopped)
1T. Butter or Margarine
3 oz cream cheese (cubed)
8 oz Velveeta Mexican Cheese cut into 1/2″ cubes
14.75 oz Cream-Style corn
1.5 cups milk
1/4 cup Tortilla Chips (crushed)
Cook and stir pepper in butter in medium sauce pan on medium heat until crisp-tender. Add cream cheese; cook on low heat until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in Velveeta, corn and milk; cook until Velveeta is completely melted and soup is heated through, stirring occasionally. 
Serve topped with chips and enjoy!

 

Second Place- White Chicken Chili: Submitted by Nikki M.

1 15oz can Black Beans

1 15.25 oz can corn (undrained)

1 10oz can Rotel tomatoes (undrained)

1 package ranch dressing mix

1 tsp cumin or taco seasoning

1 Tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 8oz brick cream cheese
2 lb chicken breast or 2lbs chicken thighs (could substitute rotisserie chicken as well)

  1. Drain and rinse the black beans. Place the chicken at the bottom of the crock pot, then pour out the whole can of corn (undrained), Rotel tomatoes, and black beans on top of the chicken.
  2. Top with seasoning and ranch dressing mix. Stir Together
  3. Place cream cheese block on top. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. After the cooking time is over, take chicken from crock pot and shred. Add back to the chili. Stir and enjoy!

Tracy MAD Winner

WE ARE HONORED TO ANNOUNCE TRACY AS THE WINNER OF OUR Q3 2019 MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD

This Award is a peer chosen, quarterly award given to an employee who truly makes a difference in the lives of our members, community and coworkers. Tracy has worked at Great River Federal Credit Union for under a year, but has already formed many long lasting relationships and friendships at GRFCU. Tracy was nominated for this award for always having a positive attitude, and helping out wherever possible. She’s a great listener and really keeps her composer when dealing with difficult situations. She likes to stay busy at work by helping and training newer employees to fill fulfilled and knowledgeable within their job duties. 

 

Congratulations to Tracy and “Thank You” from all of us at the Credit Union for all you do for our members, employees and community. You are truly appreciated and we are lucky to have you!

 

Tracy Holding trophy

 

Get to know Tracy a little more:

  • Favorite thing about working at the Credit Union?Getting to know our regulars and becoming someone who makes them smile daily.
  • Hidden talent?I can make a three leaf clover with my tongue.
  • Fun fact about yourself? I’ve hiccuped every single day since high school.
  • When not at the CU working, what’s your favorite thing to do? I love to play softball.
  • Who is your favorite super hero? God! Can I get an Amen?! I actually have a printed Tee with superheroes sitting in a circle around Jesus. He’s telling them “And that’s how I saved the world”.
  • Favorite movie/show? The Notebook… because PASSION!
  • Favorite place you have ever been? Australia for sure! I went zip-lining through the rain-forest!

 

Favorite quote: “Don’t let life do you; do life.” – My Brother

Meet Kevin Winner of Q2 2019 Making a Difference Award

WE ARE HONORED TO ANNOUNCE Kevin AS THE WINNER OF OUR Q2 2019 MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD

This Award is a peer chosen, quarterly award given to an employee who truly makes a difference in the lives of our members, community and coworkers. Kevin has worked at Great River Federal Credit Union for just 5 and a half months, but has already formed many long lasting relationships and friendships at GRFCU. Kevin was nominated for this award for always having a positive attitude, and helping out wherever possible. He’s a great listener and has used his Spanish fluency to help our Spanish-speaking members fully understand their banking needs and resources!

 

Congratulations to Kevin and “Thank You” from all of us at the Credit Union for all you do for our members, employees and community. You are truly appreciated and we are lucky to have you!

 

Kevin Holding Making a difference award

 

 

Get to know Kevin a little more:

  • Favorite thing about working at the Credit Union? My co-workers and helping the members.
  • Hidden talent? Must still be hidden 😉
  • Fun fact about yourself? I’m originally from El Salvador and moved to the US when I was 9.
  • When not at the CU working, what’s your favorite thing to do? To be with family and friends or playing soccer. I am also a Business Management Student at SCTCC.
  • Who is your favorite super hero? Spider-man
  • Favorite movie/show? Fast and Furious
  • Favorite place you have ever been?  Anywhere in El Salvador

 

Favorite quote: You miss 100% of the shot you never take.

Meet Jill P. Winner of Q4 Making a Difference Award

We are honored to announce Jill P. as the winner of our 2018 Q4 Making a Difference Award

This Award is a peer chosen, quarterly award given to an employee who truly makes a difference in the lives of our members, community and coworkers. Jill has worked at Great River Federal Credit Union for nearly 7 years. Now she is our AVP of Credit and Risk located out of our Sauk Rapids branch. Jill was nominated for this award for always being a ‘go-to’ for her lending knowledge and always helping to empower employees with explanations so they have a better understanding of the lending world as well. This allows employees to feel more confident to help our members in the best way possible.

Jill holding making a difference trophy

 

Congratulations to Jill and “Thank You” from all of us at the Credit Union for all you do for our members, employees and community. You are truly appreciated and we are lucky to have you!

 

Get to know Jill a little more:

  • When not at work, we can find Jill spending time with her son. They like attending Minnesota Wild and Twins games and exploring state parks around the state.
  • A hidden talent of hers is that she can play piano.
    With spring on it’s way, her favorite thing is Twins Baseball season and the weather being nice enough to start going on hikes.
  • Something interesting about Jill that most people don’t know is she broke my leg in 7th grade and on a family vacation.  She left her crutches at the top of a mountain in Colorado and they had to drive back up the mountain to get them. Whoops!
  • Her favorite place she has ever been was Florida for Twins Spring Training with her son and Sanibel Island.

 

  • Jill’s favorite part of her job is helping members understand how credit works and ways to improve their credit so they can obtain future loans. She’s all about empowering employees and members!

 

Favorite quote: When you forgive you heal. When you let go you grow.

Meet Our New CEO Brant Hicks

Brant Hicks

We are pleased to announce our new President/CEO, Brant Hicks at Great River Federal Credit Union. Brant holds a B.S. Degree in Zoology and Business Management from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah and speaks fluent German. Hicks is a proud father of five outstanding children and husband to his wife Cheryl for the past 23 years. He has been working in financial services since 2000, with progressively increasing responsibility. He has worked as a branch manager, district manager, area manager, Chief Lending Officer, Chief Operating Officer and the past 17 months as President/Chief Executive Officer. Brant’s greatest accomplishments all have to do with the team members he has been fortunate to work alongside over his financial services career. “I am very excited about this opportunity. The idea of working with a team that has experienced significant success is extremely exciting to me. I would love to see what we can build with hard work and a positive position with momentum.” Said Hicks. Brant is looking forward to getting back to the Midwest mentality and kindness. He truly looks forward to meeting, interacting and helping the Members the best he can.

Please join us in welcoming Brant to Central Minnesota and Great River Federal Credit Union.

 

Get to Know Julie or “Juls” Our Member Advisor Director in St. Cloud

Julie was born and raised in St Cloud, MN as the second oldest of four siblings.  She started her banking career in January 1979. She accepted a Member Service position at T & L Credit Union, Now GRFCU, and is still with us 24 years later.
JulieShe lives on the south side of town in the house her husband John, and her built in 1983.  She has a son Joshua, a daughter Jessica, a grandson Isaac, and grand-dogs Olli and Betty.
Julie enjoys riding horses, snow removal, cutting grass, gardening, floating on the pontoon and relaxing in the hot tub.  Julie is also a volunteer for Project Astride and is her grandson’s #1 fan and cheerleader at sporting events! julie
Being an employee of GRFCU has brought great joy and meaning to her life.  She has seen many employees come and go, traveling through their trails of life.  She is honored to help members in happy times and sad. Many Members consider Julie to be an extension of their family.  She is proud to be part of a team that will go above and beyond to help a Member in need. She is looking forward to 6 more years of assisting and educating you, so you can be financially successful with GRFCU by your side, until the day she retires!