DEDICATED STAFF – From left to right are dedicated staff members Kelly Greer, Kayla Bokma, Melissa Moritz and Jennifer Gustafson. These women are at 1st Liberty to assist you with all your financial needs. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
As a new special for the I-O we will be running a bi-monthly ‘Spotlight on Business’ with an emphasis on their contributions to our community and their history.
Starting in a temporary office on the corner of Main and 4th Street in 2002, 1st Liberty Credit Union waited patiently for six months as it current location at 202 S. Main St. was built and completed in March of 2003.
Kelly Greer, branch manager, is accompanied by teller/member service representatives Jennifer Gustafson, Melissa Moritz and junior loan officer Kayla Bokma who share on a daily basis their skills and education on everything in financial needs, lending and scam prevention.
The staff of 1st Liberty fulfills the required compliance training each year and takes part in monthly training and exams. Greer emphasized her well trained staff by noting that they are very knowledgeable and well educated with all financial needs.
“This staff is very good at what they do-with that friendly small town touch,” commented Greer. Other staff involved in keeping the business going is Kinsey Seidler, part-time custodian, and Keith Thaut, grounds keeper. “I’m pretty lucky to work with a dedicated crew that takes great pride in their jobs,” continued Greer.
When asked, what is the difference between a credit union and a bank, Greer responds, “Credit Unions are actually owned by the people who keep their money in it, shareholders/members. We are a Financial Cooperative who operates for the benefit of our members.” Likewise, 1st Liberty is a non-profit organization and everything earned goes directly back into the credit union. The board of directors are dedicated volunteers.
The staff of 1st Liberty take great pride in community and participate and sponsor many events in the area. They participate in the Fire Department, EMS program, Community Cancer Foundation, Whoop-Up Days, Pondera Food Pantry, Dollars for Scholars and with our surrounding schools. If you were able to set foot in the credit union during the month of October, you may have caught these ladies in pink, all in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “We are proud to be part of this community and the surrounding area,” says Greer.
In no time at all, with positive growth, the branch was facing the need for an addition. CEO Steve Grooms commented that this was “a good problem to have.” The new addition was finalized in February of 2010.
Networked with 3,800 other credit union locations around the world, members can perform any transaction just as if they were at 1st Liberty. In addition they can use over 28,000 ATMs free of charge. There are currently eight branches in Montana and two in North Dakota.
To learn more about banking at 1st Liberty, call at 278-3020 or stop in and see their expanded branch and helpful staff.