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Members 1st Federal Credit Union recently named to Forbes list

Banking/Finance 

Enola-based Members 1st Federal Credit Union was recently named a Forbes Best-In-State Credit Union for the third consecutive year. Only 3% of credit unions across the country are recognized each year. 

Health Care 

Four UPMC in Central Pennsylvania hospitals have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2023. UPMC Harrisburg, UPMC West Shore, UPMC Hanover and UPMC Memorial are among 262 hospitals nationwide and the only hospitals in Central Pennsylvania to receive the honor. 

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey as one of the best in the nation for pediatric cancer treatment for 2023-24. 

Pennsylvania Homecare Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced the recipients of the 2023 Direct Care Worker of the Year Awards. Marsha Spangler, VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove, Adams County, was recognized as a regional winner. 

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines - AFibGoldQuality Achievement Award for its commitment to managing atrial fibrillation. Gold is the highest possible honor with the achievement awards. 

Law 

Lancaster-based Barley Snyder announced that partner Jennifer Craighead Carey has been named to City & State PA’s Law Power 100 list. The special digital issue highlights top leaders in the Pennsylvania legal community. 

Manufacturing 

The Manufacturers’ Association honored outstanding members and individuals recently at York College. S. Dale High, chair emeritus of the High Cos. and chair of the board for the High Foundation in Lancaster County, received the Manufacturing Trailblazer lifetime achievement award. 

The Manufacturing Innovator award was presented to RHI Magnesita, a York County manufacturer of refractory furnace bricks. Joyce Cardwell from Amwins Group was awarded Partner of the Year; Bus Climate Control was presented with the Manufacturer of the Year award; and the Community Investor award was given to Phoenix Contact, a Middletown manufacturer of electronic connections employing nearly 1,000. 

The Hershey Co. proudly announced that its U.S. business has been Certified by Great Place to Work. This distinguished honor is determined by feedback from current employees – a direct reflection of their experience at Hershey. 

Real Estate 

Dylan Madsen, of Coldwell Banker Realty, York, is 88th in RealTrends’ 2023 The Thousand Ranking. This ranks the top 1,000 residential real estate professionals based on transactions and volume for individuals, and for small, medium, large and mega teams. This elite group is among the top 1.5 percent of all residential real estate professionals in the nation. 

Harrisburg-based Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Capital Area received several recent honors. Tina Martinez earned the Platinum Award 2022, placing her among the top 6% of Better Homes and Garden agents. Danielle Heid Wise’s Emerald Elite 2022 achievements rank her among the top 3% of agents in her national brand. And Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Capital Area took third place in the Brokerage Net Growth Awards. Additionally, the agency has reached the top seven for Owner-Led Team Rankings. 

Technology 

TREYSTA technology management, which provides internet technology service and support to local businesses, recently ranked on the worldwide MSP 501 list for the fifth consecutive year. The company has offices in York and Gettysburg. 

Compiled by freelance writer Paula Wolf 

Members 1st Credit Union opens first branch in Berks County

Members 1st Federal Credit Union has opened its newest branch in Shillington at 516 Lancaster Ave. PHOTO/SUBMITTED

 

Mechanicsburg-based Members 1st Federal Credit Union has made its Berks County debut.

The credit union, which has 57 branches, opened its newest in the Reading suburb of Shillington at 516 Lancaster Ave.

Members 1st is focused on expanding its current footprint, which is primarily in Central Pennsylvania, company officials said in a press release.

It plans to open two more branches in Berks County and eventually expand into Lehigh County.

Many banks and credit unions have been reducing the number of bricks-and-mortar branches because more customers using online and mobile banking options, but Member 1st spokesperson, Mike Wilson, said the credit union is excited about creating future locations.

“We understand that many of our members enjoy doing their banking face-to-face, so we want to continue to provide convenient locations,” said Wilson. “Whether you are in one of our branches, on our app or website, or talking to one of our customer service representatives on the phone, we want to continue to provide the same, great, personalized member service you have enjoyed with us for as long as you have been a member.”

Members 1st opens northern Lancaster County branch, seeks Reading expansion

Caption: From left, George Nahodil, President & CEO; Kathleen Bowers, Regional Vice President; Erin Treese, Area Branch Manager; Tabitha Hammerstone, Assistant Branch Manager; Kathy Jumper, Chief Operating Officer; and Mike Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer. – PHOTO/PROVIDED

 

Members 1st Federal Credit Union opened a new Lancaster County branch office in East Cocalico Township this week. Officials at the credit union said they are looking to offer the northern Lancaster County’s diverse business community full-scale financial services.

“With Member’s 1st, our philosophy is that we really want to have a strong local connection with the communities we serve, and that physical location is a critical part of that,” said Mike Wilson, chief marketing officer for Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union.

The East Cocalico branch at 2050 N. Reading Road borders the credit union’s next target market in Berks County, where officials plan to open an office in the county seat of Reading this year, Wilson said. However, he said the credit union hasn’t set an opening date for this new location.

With its newly opened branch, the Mechanicsburg-based credit union, which serves 435,000 members in south central Pennsylvania, is growing partnerships with local government officials, nonprofit organizations and the Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. Wilson said the credit union’s goal is to serve the “360-degree needs” of area clients, from investment services, financial management and group insurance coverage.

“Lancaster County is very diverse — you have a very vibrant arts and restaurant scene in the downtown area, but you also have the needs of the warehousing and agricultural businesses too,” Wilson said. “All of these areas have their own identity, and it’s important to understand that so you can reach their needs and so you can reach their market.”

Members 1st fares well in mortgage ranking

Lower Allen Township-based Members 1st Credit Union was recognized among the top 300 mortgage-granting credit unions in the United States as of March 31, according to the American Credit Union Mortgage Association (ACUMA).

Members 1st, the third largest credit union in Pennsylvania behind the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union and the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union based on total assets, was ranked 37th by the association and was the only Pennsylvania Credit Union listed in the top 50.

Collectively, the top 300 credit unions in the U.S. originated 93,653 fixed and adjustable first mortgages, about 12,000 fewer than in the first quarter of 2018.  Those mortgages totaled about $20.4 billion nationally, about $4 billion less than in 2018.

A total of $311.3 billion in fixed and adjustable rate mortgages were outstanding, while over $8 billion were sold.

While numbers were down for nearly all of the credit unions in the top 50, some credit unions, including Members 1st, saw increases.

Members 1st originated 634 such mortgages compared to 500 in the first quarter of 2018. Those totaled some $117.1 million, a jump of about $33 million.

Members 1st held $915.7 million in outstanding first mortgages, sold $36.5 million in first mortgages and sold $249 million in real estate loans, an increase in all categories.

Members 1st jumped 28 spots from a ranking of 65th overall in last year’s first quarter ranking. Over the past year the lender has originated 1,437 mortgages valued at $274.2 million.

“We are very proud to achieve these recognitions,” stated Members 1st President and CEO George Nahodil in a press release.

“That’s a real testament to the work ethic and the efforts of the mortgage team here,” said spokesman Mike Wilson, adding that 53 of the bank’s 984 employees work in the mortgage area.

Formed in 1950, and based originally at the Navy Supply Depot in Hampden Township, Members 1st serves 435,000 members in 55 locations in south central Pennsylvania.

In February, it will relocate its headquarters from the four-building complex at the Rossmoyne Business Center to a new, 25-acre campus at the Hampden Marketplace on Marketplace Way, off of Valley Road on the east side of Interstate 81.

ACUMA is a trade organization for credit unions. Its members include federal and state-chartered credit unions and credit union service organizations, mortgage insurance companies, secondary market investor and investment banking firms, and tech companies operating in the mortgage space.

 

Members 1st finalizes plans for new headquarters

George Nahodil, president and CEO of Members 1st Federal Credit Union, signs documents for the credit union’s new headquarters on Friday. (Submitted)

Members 1st Federal Credit Union closed a deal Friday afternoon for a piece of land in Hampden Township that will house its new headquarters.

The 25-acre campus will be located at the Hampden Marketplace on Marketplace Way, off of Valley Road on the east side of Interstate 81.

The planned building will put all the credit union’s associates under one roof after being split between four different buildings in the Rossmoyne Business Center in Lower Allen Township.

Officials from Members 1st first announced plans to move to a new headquarters in February. In preparation of the move, the credit union sold two of its four buildings earlier this year, at 4999 Louise Drive and 5053 Ritter Road, with the remaining two buildings currently on the market. The properties were sold to Linlo Properties for $10.3 million.

Members 1st spokesperson Mike Wilson said the sale of the four properties should result in a revenue neutral end result with the purchase of the land and the construction of the new headquarters. He said being able to return its headquarters to Hampden Township had added significance as the credit union first opened in 1950 at the Navy Supply Depot in Hampden Township, which is now known as Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg.

“As we approach our 70th year of proudly serving members, associates and the community, this is a very exciting time for Members 1st,” Wilson said. “Our humble roots began in Hampden Township, and the plans for the new campus allow us to remain a community partner in Cumberland County.”

Members 1st is partnering with East Lampeter Township’s Greenfield Architects for the design and Mowery Construction in Silver Spring Township to oversee construction of the new building.

Wilson said the hope is to break ground on the new building in early 2020 with an expected construction timetable of 12-18 months.

Plans were approved in June by Hapden Township commissioners for a 3-story, 172,000-square-foot facility.

The credit union currently has nearly 60 locations in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and Adams counties and more than 435,000 members. Plans are also underway to expand its footprint into Berks County in 2020.

Members 1st hopes to break ground on new HQ in early 2020

Members 1st Federal Credit Union is inching closer to construction on a new headquarters in Hampden Township.

The Lower Allen Township-based credit union secured land development approval last week from the township commissioners for a planned three-story, 172,000-square-foot facility on a 25-acre property off Interstate 81. Members 1st, one of the largest credit unions in the state, is looking to build on a site off Valley Road in the Hampden Marketplace behind Giant Food Stores.

Credit union spokesman Mike Wilson said Members 1st still needs to finalize a land purchase to build on the site. He expects that deal to be done by the end of August. Costs were not immediately available.

Members 1st also needs to wrap up building designs with East Lampeter Township-based Greenfield Architects and Silver Spring Township-based contractor Mowery, who have been hired for the headquarters construction.

“Our hope would be to break ground in early Q1 of 2020,” Wilson said. “Next year is our 70th year. If it all works out with this site, this will bring us back to Hampden Township where we started.”

Members 1st opened in 1950 with a small location at the Naval Supply Depot off the Carlisle Pike.

Wilson said the cost estimates for the new headquarters, which will take about 18 months to build, are still being developed. Wilson said the credit union’s goal is for the project costs to be offset by the sale of its current administrative campus.

To prepare for a future move, Members 1st sold two of its four administration buildings in the Rossmoyne Business Center for $10.3 million to Linlo Properties. The credit union continues to share office space in those two buildings at 4999 Louise Drive and 5053 Ritter Road with multiple tenants.

The institution’s main administrative operations are located in buildings at 5000 and 5020 Louise Drive. Members 1st uses about 120,000 square feet of total office space in Rossmoyne.

Wilson said the goal is to have a deal in place this year for those remaining buildings. Members 1st would likely lease back space until its new headquarters is completed in 2021.

“We’re open to partnering,” he said. “We have a good partnership on the first two buildings.”

 

 

Members 1st HQ plan developing in Hampden Township

Plans are beginning to take shape for a new Cumberland County headquarters for Members 1st Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the state.

The Lower Allen Township-based credit union announced plans to move back in February. It has proposed building a three-story, 172,000-square-foot facility on a 25-acre property off Interstate 81 in Hampden Township. The credit union is eyeing a site off Valley Road in the Hampden Marketplace behind Giant Food Stores.

That plan has already cleared the township’s planning commission. Hampden’s board of commissioners could get a look at the plan later this month. Members 1st has requested to be on the June 27 board agenda.

Credit union spokesman Mike Wilson said the proposed facility plan is still being developed, so it’s unclear how much it might cost to build if it is approved for that site. But, he said, the expectation is an 18-month construction process.

Members 1st has already hired East Lampeter Township-based Greenfield Architects for design and Silver Spring Township-based Mowery to oversee construction.

To prepare for a future move, Members 1st sold two of its four buildings in the Rossmoyne Business Center for $10.3 million to Linlo Properties.

The credit union shares office space in those two buildings — 4999 Louise Drive and 5053 Ritter Road — with multiple tenants. The institution’s main administrative operations are located in buildings at 5000 and 5020 Louise Drive. It uses about 120,000 square feet of total office space in Rossmoyne.

Wilson said the credit union’s goal is for the sale of the four buildings to offset most, if not all, of the costs needed to build one new headquarters.