New Credit Union In Fennville
The new branch of the Allegan County Credit Union in Fennville had its grand opening this week and indeed it was a grand event! All of the movers and shakers showed up sharing pizza donated by the Hop-N and drinks by Crane’s. Everyone mingled and met Kristopher Lewis, the CEO of the Credit Union, and Angela Holmes the manager of the Fennville branch.
Fennville Public Schools n(FPS) Superintendent Jim Greydanus, president of the Fennville School Board, Dave Johnson, and Fennville Mayor Tom Pantelleria get the credit for bringing the credit union to Fennville since two banks had already previously pulled out of town.
Lewis’ message at the grand opening was, “We value people over profits, community over credit scores, and relationships over revenue.
“We will not only offer the usual bank accounts, but we will offer mortgage and auto loans.”
Lewis continues, “This was just the opportunity we wanted. We opened a branch in Gobles in August of last year and now a branch in Fennville.
“This branch (Fennville) signed a five-year lease. The credit union will come to the Fennville Public Schools (FPS), and teach the kids about banking, mortgage loans and other related topics.”
Angela Holmes, the credit union’s manager, worked for Huntington Bank for five years previously and prior to that sold real estate for 17 years. She worked at SDABA, (Saugatuck Douglas Area Business Association) and then Century 21.
“I grew up in Fennville,” says Angela, “went to FPS, moved to Boston and became department manager of Bloomindales’s for five years, then moved to Seattle and became department manager at Nordstrom’s.”
Many of the movers and shakers that showed for the grand opening were:
Martia Metcalf, new member of the Fennville Chamber of Commerce Board, her husband Colin and Micah their son; Mark and Martha Schrock; Jim Suerth, mayor Pro-tem of Fennville; Fennville Council members Larry Cummins, Jim Hayden and Eric Almsquist; Jodi Welscott, manager of the Huntington Bank branch in Douglas; Greg Krier, member of the Fennville Chamber of Commerce Board; Tom Chapman, ex-fireman; School Superintendent Greydanus; Dave Johnson and Denise; Mark Ludwig, ex-FPS school board member; Larry Fuerst; Margaret Sessions and her daughter, Colleen; Dennis and Jodi Martin; and many residents attended the event.
The hours of the credit union branch are: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.