2021 Milestone Anniversaries
Because of you know what, we finally were able to celebrate our 2021 Milestone Anniversaries.
3 Years: Daisy, Martha
5 Years: Harlem, Jose, Debbie
10 Years: Kim
15 Years: Rhonda, Vicki
20 Years: Michele, Piera
West Gurnee Branch Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary
On Friday, August 27, our West Gurnee Branch proudly celebrated our one year anniversary with a ribbon cutting and small gathering that included CTCU Board Members, CTCU Management and Gurnee Mayor.
Three lucky members won prizes including a large Blackstone Outdoor Griddle, A CTCU Cooler/Chair/Backpack and a CTCU Prize Bag full of CTCU Swag.
Piera Hermes Celebrates 20 Years at CTCU
Congratulations to Piera Hermes who is celebrating her 20th Anniversary with CTCU. Thank you for caring about our members and making their experience a positive one all of these years. Thank you for your loyalty and contributions to CTCU.
Michele Hallgren Celebrates 20 Years at CTCU
Happy 20 year anniversary to Michele Hallgren, our Member Operations Director! Your knowledge and dedication to CTCU has been tremendous over the last 20 years. Thank you for bringing a smile to so many members’ and coworkers’ faces over the years, it is greatly appreciated!
2020 Maxie Awards
Congratulations to our 2020 Maxie Award Winners. Maxie's are awards voted by their peer's. Congrats Tim, Vicki, Laurie and Haley. Great job and well deserved!!!
CTCU Giving Back
We are pleased to announce that we have been selected as a donation to charity winner in PSCU's Credit Union Give Back Sweepstakes. We were thrilled to present a check for $2000.00 to the Warren Special Recreation Association. We are proud to contribute to WSRA as they continue their dedication to inspiring people with disabilities through meaningful recreation. WSRA has been able to continue their programs using Zoom and have created even more memories for their participants.
We are also thrilled to present a check for $2000.00 to the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center and spend some time with Mitch, their courthouse facility dog. We are inspired and grateful for the work they do in creating a safe environment for child victims of abuse. We are pleased to be able to offer this contribution to help them continue their efforts with helping children and families in our community.
CTCU Announces West Gurnee Branch Manager
CTCU is proud to announce the promotion of Nick Solis to Branch Manager of the New West Gurnee office located at 6543 Grand Avenue. Nick has been taking good care of our members at the Grayslake office as the Assistant Branch Manager for many years and before that as a Member Service Officer. We are confident that Nick will provide a positive member experience at our new branch. Congratulations Nick!!!
"I am thrilled for the opportunity of being the Branch Manager of CTCU’s new West Gurnee branch. I can’t wait to assist new and existing members and make a positive impact in our community."
- Nick Solis
Lisa Lipnicki Celebrates 20 Years at CTCU
Congratulations to Lisa Lipnicki who is celebrating her 20th Anniversary with CTCU. Congrats Lisa! You put a smile on so many members’ and employees’ faces and now we celebrate you with your favorite smiley face cookies! Thank you for your loyalty and contributions to CTCU. Here’s to 20 more years!!!
CTCU Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to our two scholarship winners Karissa (left) and Amanda (right) who started their college journeys this fall. Karissa is attending University of Indianapolis and Amanda is attending University of Wisconsin-Madison. We wish you both the best of luck!
CTCU Announces New Gurnee Branch Manager
CTCU is proud to announce the promotion of Nikki Streib to Branch Manager of the Gurnee office located at 1313 Skokie Hwy. Nikki has been taking good care of our members at the Gurnee office as the Assistant Branch Manager for many years and before that as a Member Service Officer. We are confident that Nikki will continue to maintain and strengthen the entire member experience at our main office. Congratulations Nikki!
A quote from Nikki: "I am excited about my new role as the Gurnee Branch Manager and I look forward to continuing our success, growth and amazing member service."
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CTCU Holiday Food & Fund Drive
CTCU encouraged staff and members to contribute money and food to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank this holiday season. We were proud to present 266 pounds of food and a check for $500 to help fight hunger in our community.
MAXIE AWARDS: 2019
Congrats to our Fourth Annual Maxie Award recipients. Maxie Award winners were nominated by their co-workers. These awards went to staff members that displayed great work ethic, positive attitude, and exceptional service. Recipients were: Karina, Nikki, Tim, Nick and Karen. Very well deserved!
CTCU Raises Money to Fight Breast Cancer
CTCU contributed $5 for every staff member that wore pink each friday during the month of October to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. We are proud to announce that we donated $700 to Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.
CTCU Announces New Senior Branch Operations Manager
Please join us in congratulating Michele Hallgren as our new Sr. Branch Operations Manager. Michele has been with CTCU for over 17 years and has prior credit union experience during her 24 year career in the financial industry. In this role, Michele will oversee the Gurnee office as well as the front office operations for the entire credit union. She will keep our member experience up to date with technology while maintaining the personalized and friendly service our members have been accustomed to for the last 85 years. Congratulations Michele!
MAXIE AWARDS: 2018
Congrats to our Third Annual Maxie Award recipients. Maxie Award winners were nominated by their co-workers. These awards went to staff members that displayed great work ethic, positive attitude, and exceptional service. Recipients were: Martha, Daisy, Lisa, Tracy and Nicole. Very well deserved!
CTCU Donates Money to Help the Fight Against Breast Cancer
CTCU contributed $5 for every staff member that wore pink each friday during the month of October to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. We are proud to announce that we donated $795 to Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.
MAXIE AWARDS: 2017
Congrats to our Second Annual Maxie Award recipients. Maxie Award winners were nominated by their co-workers. These awards went to staff members that displayed great work ethic, positive attitude, and exceptional service. Recipients were: Alyssa, Nazy, Laurie, Nick and Mark. Very well deserved!
Holiday Food Drive
We wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to all our members and staff who donated food to support The Northern Illinois Food Bank. Our holiday food drive gathered over 200 lbs. of food which equates to 167 meals for those in need. That's true holiday spirit!
FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER
Congratulations to our partner investment consultant, Brad Jenks, who was recently recognized in Chicago Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager for the second consecutive year.
CTCU Staff Volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank
On Wednesday, November 29th, CTCU staff donated a few hours to help fight hunger in our community by packing food boxes at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Waukegan location. Our efforts packed 14,200 lbs of food which translates into creating 11,800 meals for families in need. Please consider helping the cause and drop off non-perishable food items to any of our branches
CTCU Donates Money to Help the Fight Against Breast Cancer
CTCU contributed $5 for every staff member that wore pink each friday during the month of October to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. We are proud to announce that we are donating $665 to Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program in honor of Marcia Fox who is a former employee and close friend of CTCU.
CTCU Member Wins $2,000
Congrats to our lucky member Iam, who was presented with $2,000 for his name being drawn in our New Member/Refer a Friend $2,000 Drawing. Presenting the check are Nick S., Member Service Officer, Grayslake and Rhonda H., Branch Manager, Grayslake.
CTCU Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to Gabrielle Alcala, Warren Township High School and Timothy Ryan, Lakes Community High School on being selected as winners of the CTCU $1,000 scholarship. Gabrielle will be attending Indiana University in the fall co-majoring in Marketing and Social Media Applications. Timothy will be attending University of Minnesota in the fall majoring in Chemical Engineering.
CTCU Announces New President and CEO
(Gurnee, IL 03/31/17) Community Trust Credit Union welcomes the new Chief Executive Officer of Community Trust Credit Union, Mike Mallow. Mike comes from Glacier Hills Credit Union in West Bend, WI where he was Vice President of Lending overseeing all business, mortgage, and consumer lending. Mallow brings over 35 years of banking experience to CTCU. Mike has held various positions within the credit union movement including Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President, and Vice President of Lending.
Mike has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGER
Congratulations to our partner investment consultant, Brad Jenks, who was recently recognized in Chicago Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager.
MAXIE AWARDS: 2016
Congrats to our first year Maxie Award recipients. Maxie Award winners were nominated by their co-workers. These awards went to staff members that displayed great work ethic, positive attitude, and exceptional service. Recipients were: Alyssa, Michele, Harlem, Nikki and Tracy. Very well deserved!.
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SWIPE OUT HUNGER
We were thrilled to present Northern Illinois Food Bank with a check for $371.38 as well as a bunch of food to help those in need. This is a result of our Swipe Out Hunger promotion that encouraged members from Oct-Dec to use their debit cards and we would randomly draw a winner each week and reverse their charge up to $100. We matched all of the winnings and donated to the food bank.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK NIGHT
DECEMBER - A large group from the credit union donated a couple hours to the Northern Illinois Food Bank packing boxes of food. We helped box up 15,320 lbs of food which equals 12,766 meals. What an awesome event to lend a hand in the fight against hunger.
AUGUST 17 we visited Cool Ministries in Waukegan and delivered food that was donated by CTCU members and staff from our Shred Event and internal food drive. We collected over 400 lbs of food that will help people in Lake County. We are so proud of our members and staff for their contributions.
Lake County CC 360 January Edition
Columbia College-Lake County students awarded Lake County Honors Scholarship
Congrats to our Gurnee Branch Manager, Betty, who was awarded a $800 scholarship towards her bachelor's degree in business administration from Columbia College - Lake County. Betty was a recipient for performing a high degree of academic excellence.
Columbia College-Lake County students Cher-Ami Fabian (Waukegan, Illinois), Elizabeth Fallos (Wadsworth, Illinois) and Kelli Green (Kenosha, Wisconsin) were recently awarded the Lake County Honors Scholarship. Each student was awarded $800 to use toward tuition, books and fees for the January session.
The three winners demonstrated a high degree of academic excellence. Fabian and Fallos are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in business administration, and Green is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in general studies.
Fabian prefers in-seat courses over online courses, but her work schedule limits the in-seat courses she can take. She gave high praise to Steve Cooper, her algebra instructor.
“He is truly gifted with patience,” she said.
She also complimented Business Instructor Walter Adams for the work experience he shared in her Management 330: Principles of Management course. Her goal after degree completion is finding a position with a company that provides growth and development opportunities.
Fallos is a highly successful online student. She takes pride in her education and passed that enthusiasm onto her children. All three of her daughters have graduated from college.
“Now, it’s mom’s turn to earn a college degree!” she said.
Green is proud of her academic accomplishments as well. She enrolls in a combination of in-seat and online courses. Green praised two Lake County instructors, Gus Stieber (psychology) and Linda Thorne (history). She admires Thorne’s passion for history, and her enthusiasm for sharing that passion with students.
To be eligible for the Lake County Honors scholarship, a student must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Columbia College-Lake County, have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours at Columbia College and hold a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
Congratulations to these impressive students
Congrats to our Gurnee Branch Manager, Betty and her husband Elmer on being selected as the honorees for 2015 Gurnee Days. Truly a special honor for two special people. CTCU is very proud to have employees honored back-to-back years.
Daily Herald report
Gurnee Days officials Monday announced this year's honorees are Elmer and Betty Fallos. Gurnee Days Corp. has selected a deserving individual or couple to be honored during the annual, longtime festival. The Falloses will be feted at a testimonial dinner Thursday, Aug. 6, and serve as Gurnee Days grand marshals on the event's closing day Sunday, Aug. 9. Elmer was born and raised in Gurnee and is a Warren Township High School graduate. Betty was born and raised in Gurnee and is the daughter of Jay and Elaine McCaughey. She graduated from Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. Both grew up in local family-run businesses and have remained committed to building a successful community.
CTCU is proud to announce that our own Bettina Golwitzer and her family are the ambassadors for the 2015 Lake County march of dimes march for babies on May 3rd at the Old School Forest Preserve. Please visit Bettina’s team, Mighty Miracle Marchers, to learn more about the event and the Golwitzer’s inspiring story.