Originally posted on the Cornerstone Leaguer -
Unity One Credit Union in Fort Worth has a new award winner on staff! Director of Community and Public Relations Alyssa Guillory was recognized as the Young Professional (YP) Representative of the Year at Cornerstone Credit Union League's recent YP Conference in Dallas.
The purpose of the YP Representative of the Year award is to recognize individuals age 40 and younger who have demonstrated leadership and a passion for making a difference in the credit union movement and who have engaged in the credit union movement as a YP representative of their credit union.
Kathy Jones, North Tarrant branch manager at the $228 million credit union, said in her nomination of Guillory that she's seen first-hand how much pride Guillory takes in serving the credit union and the community.
"It is a personal passion of hers, and she has worked tirelessly to provide education opportunities to teachers and students that may not have been otherwise available," Jones said. "This year to date, Alyssa has spent over 50 hours, including nights and weekends, teaching over 500 area students in grades K-12."
Guillory started in the credit union industry when she was 20 years old—a junior in college with little knowledge about credit unions. But, Guillory said, she spent the next few years "learning the powerful impacts credit unions make in the lives of their members. It was during those years that I learned not only about the importance of return on marketing investment, but the intangible ROI you receive when helping a member fulfill their dreams. Seeing first-hand how a simple 'yes' or a little financial nudge could help change a member’s life forever changed mine."
In her current role as the director of community and public relations at Unity One, Guillory can put to work her nine years of technical industry knowledge along with her passion for helping others through community outreach. Some of her other career highlights with Unity One include:
• Organized the largest Random Act of Kindness event in company history, with an attendance of more than 1,500 residents, and
• Organized community school supply giveaway affecting over 400 children living in impoverished areas.
Cornerstone Credit Union League SVP Credit Union Relations said of Guillory, "We at Cornerstone are thrilled with the talented young professionals we are seeing in credit unions today. Alyssa Guillory is an excellent representative of the leadership her generation has to offer, and we expect great things from her in the future. I offer my sincere congratulations to this rising credit union star."
About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.
Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™