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.


Security Service Charitable Foundation donates $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Charitable Foundation has presented Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas with a $10,000 donation that will be used to help build the South Texas Mentoring Resource Center. Currently, the mentoring organization serves close to 3,000 youth a year, providing support and guidance that at-risk youth lack at home, in school and in their community. With the new center, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be able to grow the program from serving 9,000 youth, parents and volunteers to nearly 100,000 individuals by the year 2030.


(from left) Stephen Oakes, partnership development manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas; Denise Barkhurst, president & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas; Michelle Scott, vice president of consumer lending at Security Service Federal Credit Union; and Julio Manso, chairman of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been shown to improve self confidence, self esteem, academic performance and attitude,” says Jim Laffoon, president & CEO of Security Service Federal Credit Union. “Youth in the program show strong relationships with their families, are prepared to make positive decisions and possess a strong sense of their future. It’s an honor to be a part of that.”

The Security Service Charitable Foundation helps further SSFCU’s corporate goal of community service by contributing to deserving organizations and causes in the credit union’s market areas. Learn more at or call 1-800-52-SSFCU.

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