Our 90th anniversary continues to be filled with amazing surprises! Our latest is a brand new convenient branch.
The new branch is located at 201 Bursey Rd., right next to the new Keller ISD Center of Advanced Learning's Collision Center. Before you stop by, get to know a little about the Branch Manager.
Name: Blanca Gomez
Experience: I have a total of 11 years of experience, all of which have been with Unity One.
Position at Unity One Credit Union: Branch Manager
Hours of operation of Branch: Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm
Contact phone number: 817-306-3103
History with Unity One Credit Union:
Before joining the Unity One team, I was a store manager for Radio Shack for five years. While still working at Radio Shack, I was hired at Unity One as a part-time teller. I spent a few years as a teller then applied for a full-time Member Service Officer position. I got the promotion and loved it. After a few more years, an Assistant Branch Manager position became available and I was promoted once more. I felt l was ready for a new challenge so, I applied for the Branch Manager position at Unity One’s BCTAL (Birdville ISD Center of Technology and Advanced Learning) location. Now, I’m responsible for both of Unity One’s in-school branches, BCTAL and our newest location at KCAL (Keller Center for Advanced Learning).
Unity One touts itself as a hassle-free financial institution. What does hassle-free banking mean to you?
To me, hassle-free means coming in to a branch and getting what you want without having jump through loops. It means not having to worry about fees for every transaction. Most importantly, hassle-free means feeling like I’m being treated as an individual and not just another number.
What, in your opinion, do people need to know about Unity One that they cannot find on the website?
You can pretty much find everything you need to know on the Unity One website, but if I had to choose one thing people need to know but cannot find online it would be knowing and understanding the Unity One experience. It would be knowing how much we, as an organization, truly care about the communities we serve – may it be through financial education at all age levels or a friendly face greeting you by name and ready to help you with all your financial questions and needs.
Expertise (as it relates to UO products and services):
I’ve been with Unity One long enough to understand that asking questions and really listening can help me really know what a member truly needs. Once a member walks into my office, I can talk to him/her and pinpoint exactly how banking with Unity One can save money. It may be by helping members refinance an auto loan to get a lower rate or by investing money to get the best return on investment.
Other languages spoken?
Spanish is my first language.
Proudest moment working at UO?
My proudest moment would have to be when I was nominated by all of my co-workers as Colleague of the Quarter. They were asked why I deserved to be nominated. All the nice things that were said meant more than the award itself.
Favorite website or mobile app (besides UO):
Snapchat because I’m able to see what everyone else is doing in real time and can instantly communicate with all my closest friends and family – even the ones in Mexico!
Favorite sport to watch:
Soccer! Soccer is in my blood. My dad is a soccer fanatic. My husband is soccer fanatic and played soccer throughout most of his life; and now, my two boys play.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading “The Freedom Writers Diary.” Apparently, I’ve been under a rock because this book has been out for a few years now and there’s even a movie! I was lucky enough to meet the author of the book and the two freedom writers. I had the opportunity to hear two of the freedom writers read their diaries out loud. It was so moving I had to start reading the book.
My greatest inspiration is my dad. He arrived in this country as an immigrant. He established himself and got a job. I remember how he would get off work, have dinner and go right back to work without pay. He went to work without pay because he wanted to learn the different jobs within the company. He’s been with that same company for 30 plus years. He worked his way from being a janitor to being manager of whole departments. He is my inspiration because he has shown me that hard work and dedication really do pay off.
Agua Chile. It is a traditional Mexican dish. It is prepared by cooking raw shrimp in lime juice and habanero. It is very spicy, but I could eat it all day.
My favorite sound is the laughter of my boys. It just tells me that they are happy and healthy.
What’s the most important thing in life?
The most important thing in life is family. They are the reason why I get up every day. They are the reason why I try my best at everything I do.
Wisest thing that anyone has ever told you:
It may sound like a cliché but I’ve always lived by the saying: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I’ve learned that this is so true. People will not treat you how you want to be treated if you don’t first treat them the same way.
The last thing you purchased:
The last thing I purchased was a trampoline. It was a birthday present for my son.
First car (make, model and color):
It was a 1998 gold Toyota Camry. I wrecked it soon after I got it and got it painted red.
Best part of being a Texan:
The best (and worst) part of being a Texan is not knowing what the weather is like any day of the year. It means I don’t ever have to put up my winter clothes and take out my summer clothes or vice versa. I can wear a scarf in May and sandals in December.
I love to go dancing. I love being a soccer mom.
If you could speak to your 21-year old self, what money advice would you give?
There’s so much about finances I would tell my 21-year old self but the two main points would have to be:
- Listen to your dad when he tells you to save as much as you can now.
- Credit can be a valuable asset, but it can also be a horrible liability. Basically, just because you have a high credit card limit doesn’t mean you need to use it all.