Firstmark Credit Union Supports San Antonio’s “Go Public” Campaign

firstmark_FCU_logoFirstmark Credit Union, a leading San Antonio financial institution, announced that is has made a financial contribution in support of the “Go Public” Campaign. The public relations campaign is dedicated to promote positive awareness around Bexar County’s independent public districts.

“We have a proud history of serving the needs of the education community in Bexar County over the last 80 years,” said Leon Ewing, Chief Executive Officer and President. “This campaign will help highlight the many positive accomplishments our teachers, support personnel, administration, and most importantly, students strive for on a daily basis” Ewing added.

Led by Bexar County’s 15 Independent School Districts and co-chaired by Josue Robles, CEO of USAA, Kim Bowers, CEO of CST Brands, and Chris Nielsen, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, “Go Public” is inspiring people across the region to take a step back and celebrate the positive and sustained impact public schools make on all residents.

“Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. is proud to join community partners like FirstMark in this important community initiative, said Chris Nielsen, President of Toyota Manufacturing Texas. “Together, we support San Antonio’s educators, parents and most importantly, students. Public schools are vital to the continued success of our workforce industry.”

Ewing will also serve as a fundraising Co-Chair for Go Public.

“Firstmark was founded by small group of teachers and administrators from the San Antonio Independent School District,” said Ewing. “We proudly have taken the “Love Your Bexar County Public Schools” pledge,” Ewing added.

About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union provides financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Bexar County, as well as education-related employees in Bexar County and the 11 surrounding counties; and their relatives. Established in 1932, the Credit Union has 13 locations serving over 93,000 members and manages $820 million in assets. For more information, go to

SACU and KENS TV recognize 19 teachers with the 14th annual ExCEL Awards program

SACU logoSACU and KENS5 recognized 19 teachers for excellence in the public school classroom during the 14th year of ExCEL Awards program for the 2012-2013 school year. Winners selected by their districts represent the best teachers in our schools and, through this program, share their best practices with other educators.

SACU and KENS leaders hosted the winners, their principals and superintendents and their guests at an end-of-year banquet to celebrate the teachers’ successes. Paul Garro, CEO of City Year San Antonio, was the keynote speaker.

“SACU and KENS5 know that a great teacher can impact and inspire students to achieve much more than they dreamed possible,” Laura Johnston, SACU Chief Marketing Officer, said. “We can’t imagine a better way to impact education than to recognize great teachers and help them share the ways they are being highly effective in their classrooms.”

You can see the winners together on KENS5’s Great Day SA in August 2013, to announce the 15th year of ExCEL which resumes in September. Each winner also has an individual web page at On, view the winners’ videos or recognize your favorite teacher with a story and a photo.

Since 1999, the ExCEL program has recognized 266 teachers with awards totaling $269,800. ExCEL celebrates dedicated teachers with a trophy, a check for $1,000 and featured airtime on Eyewitness News at 6. By recognizing exceptional teachers, these educators can share their innovative techniques and others will be able to learn from their examples. Teachers win through collaboration, students win through quality education, and society wins as education improves.

SACU is a $2.9 billion credit union, with 16 locations in San Antonio and one in Houston. As a member-owned financial institution, SACU provides a wide array of convenient services to members through GOTM, the mobile app from SACU, and numerous online services. Members benefit through competitive savings and loan rates and reasonably priced financial services. There are hundreds of ways to qualify for membership at SACU. Visit, or call 210-258-1234 or 1-800-688-SACU (7228) for information.