Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union merger into Bay Federal Credit Union approved by membership

Merger to benefit credit union members throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

CAPITOLA, CA (January 17, 2019) — Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union members have voted affirmatively to merge into Bay Federal Credit Union. The membership vote was finalized and accepted by the Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union Board of Directors during its January 15 Board meeting.

Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union, based in Salinas, CA, has $20 million in assets, 3,200 members, and one branch location. Bay Federal Credit Union has $996 million in assets and 73,000 members. Bay Federal members have access through six branch locations, 21 proprietary ATMs and surcharge-free access to over 30,000 ATMs nationwide through the CO-OP Network.

The two credit unions stated their volunteer Boards of Directors unanimously approved a merger agreement in September 2018 and filed an application for the merger with the National Credit Union Administration.  After receiving approval from the federal agency, the merger proposal was put to vote and approved by the members of Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union.

The legal merger of the credit unions will take place on February 1, 2019, with the operational combination of accounts by the mid-year 2019. Coast-Tel will become a division of Bay Federal Credit Union and continue to serve its members as “business as usual” at their branch location. Bay Federal Credit Union will assume the branch and ATM location in Salinas when the operational combination is finalized.

Bay Federal Credit Union is committed to making the process for members as simple as possible and will be waiving membership fees for members who want to make the move in advance. Affected members will be notified at least 45 days in advance as to what to expect as the final operational merger of the credit unions is complete.

“We are very happy that our members have spoken in approval of the merger with Bay Federal Credit Union,” stated Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union President and CEO Judy Meyers. “This vote of confidence in the merger means that we have the opportunity to provide enhanced services to our membership, including wealth management and investment services, access to a wider variety of personal, home, and auto loans, and much more.”

Bay Federal Credit Union President and CEO Carrie L. Birkhofer added, “We are looking forward to welcoming Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union members into our family and expanding our branch network to better serve all of our members throughout the Salinas-Monterey area. We believe that this partnership will be mutually beneficial and provide even greater options for our collective membership. We will continue to honor Coast-Tel’s long history of service and commitment to the local community.”

About Bay Federal Credit Union

Bay Federal Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution that serves over 86,000 members and 2,400 local businesses throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. With more than $1.6 billion in assets, Bay Federal is the largest member-owned financial institution in the region. The organization has been proudly serving its members and the community since 1957. Bay Federal is a certified Community Development Financial Institution, with a primary mission of promoting community development alongside their financial activities. Bay Federal has an award-winning employee volunteer program in which employees have given their own money and volunteer for numerous local schools, nonprofit organizations, and community events each year.

About Coast-Tel Federal Credit Union

Coast-Tel has a rich history since its inception in 1959 focusing on serving the needs of the local Pacific Bell employees and their family members. Coast-Tel expanded their reach to the broader community to include those who live, work, attend school, or worship in Monterey County. Since its inception, Coast-Tel has focused on service and being active in the community with a common goal of improving the financial lives of its members and future members. Today, it has grown to serve approximately 3,200 members with over $20 million in assets.


Amy Ivey,
SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Bay Federal Credit Union

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