Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (July 6, 2022) – Eglin Federal Credit Union held a groundbreaking ceremony today at its new Pace Branch location. This will be the second Eglin FCU branch located in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Branch opened nearly 15 years ago. As part of the Credit Union’s growth and expansion efforts, property was recently purchased at 4413 US-90 in Pace. La Macchia Group is the design/build firm for the new Pace branch, the Operations Center and the recently announced Freeport branch, all expected to be completed in 2023.
“On behalf of the Eglin Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, I’d like to be one of the first to congratulate EFCU on this new location. As a local, I am excited we will be offering the benefits of membership to the Pace community and beyond,” said EFCU Chairman William “Bill” Rone. “I am also a proud 50-year EFCU member who can tell the story of how there are more than 122,000 members worldwide, assets are approaching $3 billion, there’s no debt, and EFCU receives top grades on external audit and examination reports. Eglin Federal Credit Union was recently awarded Credit Union of the Year for the State of Florida in the $500 Million and above asset size by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions. I believe TEAM EFCU epitomizes our motto, Where Members Matter Most.”
The National Credit Union Administration recently approved expanding EFCU’s field of membership to include anyone who lives, works (or regularly conducts business in), worships or attends school, and businesses and other legal entities in specific geographic locations within Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties, Florida and Escambia County, Alabama.
Eglin Federal Credit Union President/CEO Jerry Williams said, “We chose this location in Pace to provide convenient access to affordable products and services as well as financial wellness resources to our current members. There are approximately 1,500 members along the Highway 90 corridor in Santa Rosa County, and we are excited to extend the benefits of membership to our new neighbors as well as add value to this community.”
The Pace branch will be approximately 4,000 square feet and will showcase a new open branch design that features universal employees, a member engagement area with interactive touch screen monitors. This will be a full-service branch with safe deposit boxes, coin counter, night drop, touch screen video tellers and drive up ATMs.
Photo Caption (left to right): SVP Information Technology Tim Farnsworth, VP of Membership and Community Development Neko Stubblefield, SVP Branch Operations Kim Nauta, The Santa Rosa County Creek Tribe Chief Dan “Sky Horse” Helms, Santa Rosa County District 4 Commissioner Dave Piech, President/CEO Jerry Williams, EFCU Board Chairman William “Bill” S. Rone, EFCU Board Secretary/Treasurer Robert Harlan, Chief Operations Officer Kenny Girot, LaMACCHIA Group Senior VP of Sales Dave Throndson, Chief Strategy Officer Cathie Staton, and SVP Information Systems Rocky Magee break ground on Eglin Federal Credit Union’s Pace Branch.
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Eglin Federal Credit Union was chartered in 1954 and is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, federally regulated by the National Credit Union Administration. Membership includes military and civilian personnel on Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field as well as affiliates of Select Employee Groups in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. In addition to military and SEG affiliations, our membership also includes anyone living or working within our Geographic Field of Membership. Our Mission is to provide our members with five-star service, support and solutions to simplify their financial lives. Funds in your account(s) with us are insured by the National Credit Union Administration to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States.