SWBC takes bronze in District Advertising Award Competition

180x150-SWBCSWBC is proud to announce that its marketing department took home a Bronze American Advertising Award (formerly known as an Addy®) in the District 10 competition. Its “Operation: Shaken, Not Stirred” invitation advanced after taking Silver in the ‘Special Event Material’ category during the local contest.

“It’s such awesome accomplishment for SWBC to be recognized along with other large, well-known agencies and in-house departments,” said Kristy Moore, Vice President of SWBC Marketing. “Winning a district Bronze is very special to us because we’re going up against entries from agencies and corporate teams from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.”

The American Advertising Awards represent the largest creative competition in the world with more than 40,000 entries from top agencies and in-house departments from 200 markets coast-to-coast.

About SWBC
Headquartered in San Antonio, SWBC is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of insurance, mortgage, and investment services to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. With offices across the country, SWBC is committed to providing quality products, outstanding service, and customized solutions in all 50 states. For more information, visit SWBC’s web site at www.swbc.com.

BBVA Compass appoints two new members to its San Antonio advisory board

Logo BBVA Compass.Fh11Former Zachry Holdings Inc. senior vice president Kenneth Oleson and retired cardiac surgeon Dr. Alfonso Chiscano have joined BBVA Compass’ San Antonio advisory board.

BBVA Compass_ChiscanoAlfonso_suitA native of the Canary Islands, Chiscano earned his medical degree in Spain before moving to the United States in the 1960s to practice medicine in several hospitals. He ran his own private practice as a cardiac surgeon in San Antonio from 1972 until 2007. He is a senior member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association and the Bexar County Medical Society.

BBVACompass_Ken_Oleson_Oleson was a senior vice president at San Antonio-based Zachry, where he led negotiations for the company involving project finance arrangements and was active in acquisitions. Before joining Zachry, he worked as an executive with leading energy firms. Oleson has served on several local boards and is now the finance committee chair of the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s board.

“I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Chiscano and Mr. Oleson to our growing board,” said Andrea Smith, BBVA Compass’ San Antonio city president. “They both know the city well and will provide key insights for us as we focus on providing the best service and products for our customers.”

Oleson and Chiscano join other distinguished community leaders on the board, including: Clark Boddy, a real estate advisor; James Pfirrmann of BlueBonnet Capital Mortgage and Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties; Jason Reyes of Reyes Automotive Group; Jonathan Starr of Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather LLP; and Jack Stein of Hanke, Green & Stein.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 685 branches, including 350 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com.

Two changes in Security Service Federal Credit Union mortgage department

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) is pleased to announce that Michael Manley has been promoted to assistant vice president of mortgage operations responsible for underwriting/closing/post-closing and secondary marketing functions of the SSFCU mortgage services department. He was previously assistant vice president of mortgage services.

SSFCU_MikeManleyManley joined SSFCU in 1992 as a senior loan officer after serving as a contract specialist with the Resolution Trust Corporation/Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In his new position, he will be able to direct his team to operate more efficiently and effectively to enhance each member’s experience. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Houston and is a candidate for the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation awarded by the National Mortgage Bankers Association. He also serves on the board of directors for the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.

SSFCU_SluzevichIn addition, Aaron Sluzevich has joined Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) as the credit union’s new assistant vice president of mortgage originations, responsible for cultivating the growth of the mortgage originations platform, offering competitive mortgage related products while streamlining the process to enhance member service.

With 13 years experience in mortgage lending, Sluzevich was the mortgage originations supervisor at Florida-based VyStar Credit Union prior to joining SSFCU.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Colorado State University and is a member of Sigma Chi – Beta Tau Chapter.

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 $7.5 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 www.ssfcu.org or call 1-888-415-7878.

Generations FCU’s Haegelin receives highest award in credit union industry

generations fcu logoTim Haegelin, retired CEO of San Antonio-based Generations Federal Credit Union received the Herb Wegner Lifetime Achievement Award in front of an audience of nearly 1,000 credit union executives in Washington DC on Monday, February 24. Hosted by the National Credit Union Foundation and considered the most prestigious award within the credit union industry, Haegelin was singled out for his actions in co-founding Credit Unions For Kids (CUFK).


Founded in 1986 in San Antonio by Haegelin, Charlie Amato, Chairman of SWBC and Jack Finger, former Children’s Miracle Network Director, and launched nationally in 1996, CUFK has raised more than $100 million for Children’s Hospitals across the United States. All money raised within a community stays within that community to support local children’s hospitals.

During his remarks, Haegelin acknowledged the credit union industry itself as the foundation for the successes of his 49-year career.

“I was blessed and lucky to have a Board that understood and embraced the credit union difference and then made sure I had the tools to succeed,” said Haegelin.

In addition to CUFK, Haegelin and Generations were recognized as the first credit union in the region to offer many product and technology initiatives to its members that at the time were considered groundbreaking, including checking accounts, debit cards, and electronic records.

The award also recognized GFCU’s services to the un-banked and under-served within the community, including its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partnerships with the City of San Antonio and the MoneyExpress program, offered in partnership with Goodwill Industries of San Antonio that is designed to break the destructive and damaging cycle of payday lending.

He joined GFCU in 1980 as Associate Manager and retired as CEO in November 2012. Prior to joining GFCU, he served as the CEO of Central Texas Catholic Credit Union.

Haegelin wrapped up his remarks by urging the audience not to forget the goal and mission of credit unions, “as not-for-profit financial institutions we are here, not for ourselves and not for the almighty dollar, but to build stronger families, stronger small businesses and stronger communities as they strive for the American Dream.” Watch the Tribute Video for Tim Haegelin