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AmeriCU Receives Ralph W. Hillman Award

May 30, 2012

Mark Pfisterer, President and CEO of AmeriCU Credit Union, announced that the organization was selected as the recipient of the Ralph W. Hillman Award, which recognizes Credit Unions for the support of shared branching efforts. AmeriCU increased shared branching acquirer volume by 78 percent in 2011.

The Ralph W. Hillman Award annually distinguishes a Credit Union for their Shared Branching support, consisting of creating awareness and promoting its benefits. Shared branching offers the opportunity for Credit Union members to make deposits, withdrawals, balance inquires, transfers, cash checks, and apply for loans at a Credit Union service center different from their own. Shared branching allows members to avoid service fees that could result from these transactions at other financial institutions.

In 2011, AmeriCU Credit Union introduced a revised mobile application for the iPhone and Android, which integrates with smart phone GPS to locate the shared branching center within the closest proximity. In addition to the application AmeriCU produced newsletter articles, and launched a campaign through social media avenues to promote the service. AmeriCU Credit Union attributes a large amount of the organization’s success to employee education.

“We are very proud to present the 2012 Ralph W. Hillman Marketing Award to AmeriCU Credit Union”, stated Mark Inger, COO of UsNet. “They have worked consistently throughout the past year to increase the awareness of shared branching amongst their members and peer credit unions. Their efforts have resulted in impressive levels of both member acceptance and network usage, and we are pleased to recognize them.”

AmeriCU Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative serving eight counties in Central and Northern New York. AmeriCU Credit Union is located in central New York and is among New York State’s largest full-service financial cooperatives. The organization has built relationships with members since 1950 and currently serves more than 120,000 members world-wide through its remote contact center and its 15 full-service financial center locations. In addition to its full offering of traditional personal and commercial banking services, AmeriCU provides investment, insurance and financial planning services and consultation.

Corporate Communications: 
231 Hill Road 
Rome, NY 13441
Phone (315) 356-3000 

Erin Ballard
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (315) 356-3121
Fax: (315) 356-3362

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