Security Service FCU named San Antonio’s Healthiest Employer

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) has been named the healthiest employer in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal. The credit union topped the list for large employers in the annual survey that showcases those employers who proactively shape the health and wellness of their employees.

This year’s awards event took place at the Historic Pearl Development in downtown San Antonio and included a one-mile fitness walk and a health fair.

SABJ Healthiest 2014Back Row: SSFCU Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer John Worthington; SSFCU Employee Wellbeing Advisor Karyn Draeger; SSFCU Senior Vice President of Performance & Planning Tom Martin; SSFCU Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Gerry Smith; and SSFCU Benefits and Compensation Manager Amanda Kassler Front Row: SSFCU Vice President of Consumer Lending Michelle Scott; SSFCU Benefits Specialist Flori Espinosa; SSFCU Assistant Vice President of Benefits & Compensation Anne Hoeffner

“We believe when employees feel their workplace has a strong culture of health, they are happier, less stressed and more likely to improve their well-being,” says Jim Laffoon president and chief executive officer of SSFCU. “That benefits them, their families, the workplace and our members.”

Conceived and promoted by Laffoon to help employees and their families achieve a good life-work balance and strong financial footing, the credit union earlier this year rolled out its Total Wellbeing program to its more than 1,700 employees. It offers employees and their families an individualized comprehensive life balance program at no cost that takes into account their physical, emotional and financial health.  Benefits include tools, resources and rewards to help them achieve their physical goals; reduced rates and fees on select financial products; confidential advising for help navigating personal challenges; concierge services and legal and financial help.

In cities where SSFCU branches are located, employees are encouraged to participate in local community events, like the Blacklight Run in San Antonio, Dragon Boat Races in Denver and Iron Will Games in Salt Lake City. “We pay for our employees to participate in these events, many of which are fundraisers for nonprofits…it’s a win-win all the way around,” adds Laffoon.

The credit union also received accolades for it’s wellness program in Denver, coming in second place in the 2014 Metro Denver Healthiest Employers category for small companies. It is the third year the credit union has made the top five.

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $8 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at <> or call 1-800-52-SSFCU.


Wellness@Broadway Bank wins Gold two years in a row

Broadway Bank logoBroadway Bank achieved gold-level recognition through the City of San Antonio Healthy Workplace Recognition Program 2014 awarded by the San Antonio Business Group on Health and the Mayor’s Fitness Council. The Broadway Bank Wellness Advisory Council members will be among other representatives in the city recognized on May 19. Wellness@Broadway, the bank’s signature program aimed at engaging employees and challenging them to eat right and stay fit has gleaned results. In 2013, participants collectively lost 407 pounds and walked more than 277,090,361 steps in monthly challenges to average of 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day.

cookingThe Wellness Advisory Council at Broadway Bank is planning to implement more initiatives directly targeted at creating a healthier workplace and workforce. Carlos Torres, executive vice president and human resources director, is excited about the recognition.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Mayor’s Fitness Council for our wellness program, especially since employee wellness is a top priority at Broadway Bank,” said Torres.

“With this recognition, we are reenergized to continue making improvements and offering new initiatives which keep our employees engaged and enthusiastic about pursuing a healthy lifestyle,” added Torres.

DSCN4055The walking and weight loss challenges are among several initiatives that have become popular ways of promoting fitness at Broadway Bank. Some of the other successful programs include a financial wellness program, a yearly bank 5K walk for employees and their families, Diabetes@Work Program, a healthy rodeo breakfast, a wellness room and healthy cooking demonstrations.

The Wellness@Broadway Bank initiative also gained the bank recognition as a local Fit-Friendly Company from the American Heart Association in 2013 and accolades from several other organizations. Along with the goal of a healthier Broadway Bank, employees also branch out in the community supporting causes that inspire exercise, fitness and good health like Siclovia, the city-wide bike event, San Antonio Sports Foundation Corporate Cup, the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association and Walk MS to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. Broadway Bank also routinely hosts health screenings at the Cheever Administration Building conference center.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full-range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly rated Bank operates 38 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at for more information.