NAFCU is Accepting Donations for Gaylord Tornado Relief
We have partnered with the Blue Ox Chapter of Credit Unions and the Michigan Credit Union Foundation to match donations up to $20,000 for the Gaylord Tornado Relief Fund.
100% of the donations benefit Gaylord Blue Ox Credit Union Members/residents who have suffered economic loss. All funds will stay in the Gaylord area.
Our Gaylord branch was narrowly missed and only suffered minor damage. However, many of the Gaylord Branch staff are involved with relief efforts and personally know family, friends, or NAFCU members that have been affected by the recent devastation.
"We found it very important to reach out to everyone affected by this Tornado in the Gaylord area, not just members or business members of Northland, but also other members of the Gaylord community who were affected," said Pete Dzuris, President and CEO of Northland.
If anyone wants to donate, they can call Northland at 989-739-1401 or stop by any Northland branch.
Northland Unveils Truck Wrap to Honor Veterans
Northland recently unveiled a vehicle wrap designed to honor and promote U.S. Veterans. Northland originated on Wurtsmith Air Force Base in 1957 making the Oscoda Veteran’s Memorial Park and appropriate site for the official unveiling.
The Credit Union’s pickup truck used primarily for branch deliveries and support at credit union and Veteran events. The truck wrap is inspired by the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk “Flying tiger” aircraft which served heavily in WWII. The graphic was designed in-house by Northland’s Marketing Department. The graphics on the truck showcase key elements of the credit union’s philosophy in conjunction with Veteran elements - designed to give honor to men and women who serve or have served in the United States armed forces. There is even a graphic paying tribute to the last B-52 bomber to fly out of Wurtsmith AFB before its closure. The Old Crow Express nose art is replicated on the roof of the truck.
“This bomber flew 54 missions during the gulf war and is a hero among aircraft” said Dzuris. Northland sells Old Crow Express T-shirts and hats at Veteran and other events with 100% profit going towards Veteran organizations. Family Enterprise of Alpena was a partner in producing the clothing line.
At the unveiling, Northland also presented a check to Rose Mary Nentwig, Chair, Oscoda Veterans Memorial Park. “Our desire is for this design to continually remind the public and younger generations what our Veterans have sacrificed for this country” said Pete Dzuris, Northlands CEO and President.
Abend Promoted to Mortgage Director
We are happy to announce that Lisa Abend has been promoted to Mortgage Director at Northland. “Lisa has been serving the financial and mortgage needs of the community for several years for Northland, and we’re thrilled to have her in this new position in the mortgage department,” said Jack Eling, Senior Vice President of Lending and Business Development.
At Northland we underwrite all our mortgages locally. This past year has seen an extensive increase in home purchases and sales. During this time Northland team members have worked hundreds of hour of overtime including weekends to ensure its members’ purchasing or selling their homes can complete the process in a timely manner.
In her new role, Lisa will lead the daily activities of the mortgage department, ensuring the quality of loan documents continue to meet Northland’s and regulatory standards while continuing to provide members with the outstanding service they are familiar with.
NAFCU Recognizes Retiree
Northland celebrated Cynthia Keller for her recent retirement. She began her career at Northland in Oscoda, MI in the Lending Department. She was instrumental in her roles in the Mortgage Department and other areas throughout the CU. On Thursday, Keller completed her career back in Alpena as a Lending Specialist IV, Underwriting. When asked about her best experience at Northland, Keller said, “Getting the opportunity to work with so many different people. Coming from the banking world to the Credit Union world where we are meant to service Membership was also a good change.” We want to thank Cindi for her years of service and expertise and wish her all the best in her new chapter in life!
NAFCU Recognizes Retiree
Northland celebrated Julie Fluder on her retirement. Julie began her career at Northland in November of 2013 as the branch manager for Au Gres. Throughout her career she has remained the branch manager there. When asked what the best thing to happen since she began work at Northland, Julie said, “relocating to Au Gres and meeting a great team to work with.” She has some very fond memories of great members, friends, and co-workers. In her retirement, Julie plans to spend time with her grandchildren and enjoy time in the sunshine! We would like to thank Julie for her hard work over the years and we wish her enjoyment in her retirement!
Veterans Memorial Monument Unveiled
Northland recently unveiled a Veteran’s Memorial monument and benches following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Alpena headquarters. Marketing Intern Kady Gehrke said, “We are proud of this monument that represents where Northland started and all of those who have lost their lives to keep us free.” After it was uncovered, we heard inspiring words from Congressman Jack Bergman who also dictated local veterans as they posted the colors at ceremony. It was a beautiful moment for us, and we were proud to share it with the Northland members and the community that surrounds us.