Firstmark Credit Union is Honored for “Excellence Through Diversity”

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San Antonio-based Firstmark Credit Union (FMCU) was recognized at the first-annual, Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio (HCA de SA) “Excellence Through Diversity” Awards Gala, last night. FMCU was the recipient of an “Excellence Through Diversity” award in the “Owner” category, competing against several other financial institutions.

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Firstmark Credit Union will continue to invest in the local community by providing capital to meet the needs of the local business owner.

San Antonio-based Firstmark Credit Union (FMCU) was recognized at the first-annual, Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio (HCA de SA) “Excellence Through Diversity” Awards Gala, last night. The event was attended by 300 guests, including keynote speaker, Texas Secretary of State, Esperanza “Hope” Andrade and Bexar County Commissioner: Precinct 1, Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez.

FMCU was the recipient of an ''Excellence Through Diversity'' award in the “Owner” category, competing against several other financial institutions. FMCU was commended for completing a construction project during calendar year 2008-2009, in which they demonstrated a good faith effort in utilizing Small, Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise firms and reflected a strong work ethic and positive relationship with subcontractors, treating them with respect and dignity.

“This award is a testament to our commitment not just to the general contractors of San Antonio but to the greater San Antonio economy,” said Brad Meley, Vice President of Commercial Lending. “Firstmark Credit Union will continue to invest in the local community by providing capital to meet the needs of the local business owner.”

“These awards were established as a way to bring the construction industry examples of how owners, general contractors and businesses can succeed by embracing small, minority, and woman-owned business partners,” said Tomas Larralde, executive director of the Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio. “Firstmark Credit Union was a top contender specifically because we believe their values are aligned with our goals. They have consistently supported the small contractor community and focused attention on partnering with these types of business whenever possible, and we applaud them.”

Nominations for the awards were based on merit and dedication to diversity and in helping contractors achieve projects awarded to them.

About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union provides financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Bexar County; and education-related employees in Bexar County and the 12 surrounding counties; and their relatives. Established in 1932, the Credit Union serves over 90,000 members and manages more than $700 million in assets. For more information, go to http://www.firstmarkcu.org .

About the Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio
The Hispanic Contractors Association (HCA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and was organized to promote and support the educational advancement and growth of the Small, Minority, Women-Owned contracting community. The HCA is committed to developing educational and training programs and facilitate resources needed to help its members reach their highest potential and is dedicated to the furtherance of educational opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing an education in the construction trades profession at any college of the Alamo Colleges.

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