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Employee & Building Updates

Consumers Credit Union Hires Mark Candey as New Mortgage Loan Officer

Mark Candey has been named to the position of mortgage loan officer of Consumers Credit Union’s 9th Street Office in Kalamazoo. He has been in the mortgage industry for more than 24 years at large financial institutions, and thus brings experience in all aspects of mortgage lending, including processing, underwriting and closing.

“I enjoy getting to know my borrowers and building a trusting relationship with them,” Candey said. “Everything I do revolves around a client-focused approach, which means listening and delivering great service for my members.”

Consumers Credit Union Announces Mitch Vrooman as Mortgage Loan Officer

Consumers Credit Union’s Member Service Center has added Mitch Vrooman as their mortgage loan officer. Vrooman has worked at Consumers for nearly three years in a retail role before transitioning into the mortgage department to offer additional support to the team.

“My background has taught me that the customer experience is everything, and so for me, building that relationship is the #1 goal,” Vrooman stated. “Having retail knowledge has helped me better assist members with all aspects of banking, and I look forward to helping members make such an important life decision as purchasing a home.”

Northland Area FCU Sponsors Community Center Grand Opening

grand openingNorthland Area Federal Credit Union recently sponsored The Chosen Ranch Community Center’s grand opening at 483 E. Traverse Bay Road in Lincoln.

The Chosen Ranch is an Alcona County organization that helps abandoned, abused and neglected youth of Michigan. The Chosen Ranch provides counseling and residential and life skills services for 10 to 20 individuals.

Wendy Lee, community business lender at Northland Area, shared the story of its inception. “The Chosen Ranch was created several years ago when a young boy was dropped off at the Alcona County Courthouse steps,” said Lee. “His grandfather had abandoned him, and his father was in prison. There were no foster homes to take him in. This critical need sparked the vision in Executive Director Frank Dimercuiro.” From the beginning, the community center was part of that vision.

“They’re great kids, they were just born into bad situations, and we’re trying to surround them with kids that are born into good situations,” Dimercuiro said. “Everyone can reach out.”

The Chosen Ranch previously initiated a lawn care business for job skills training. They have since renovated an existing empty commercial building in Lincoln and repurposed it into a comfortable place where young and old from northeast Michigan can come, feel safe and enjoy activities. In addition, they plan to partner with Northland Area to provide financial education, including Greenpath curriculum to local youth and members of the community.

The community center vision is to make a difference in the area by interceding with troubled youth before they get into the court system. The concept is for the community, including the kids at The Chosen Ranch and anyone else young or old, to use the space and services.

For more information about The Chosen Ranch visit here or call (989)335-4673.


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