GTE Financial reaches 250K member milestone

Philanthropic spirit, member-centric, tech-friendly are among reasons credit union sees record membership

TAMPA, FL (February 10, 2017) — GTE Financial announced today that it has reached a member milestone of 250,000 members. This achievement puts GTE Financial within the top 1% of credit unions nationwide, based on membership.  The financial institution has become a staple in the bay area since opening its doors in 1935 at 610 Morgan St., Tampa. The credit union now has 22 locations and has become deeply ingrained within the communities it serves. This is apparent due to its impactful philanthropic efforts. GTE donated more than $600,000 and volunteered more than 2,500 hours last year to numerous nonprofit organizations and individuals in need.

“We have grown our membership by more than 3.5 percent in the last year, which is a testament to our level of service and commitment to our community,” said Brian Best, president and CEO of GTE Financial. “This is a historic day. We’re honored that a quarter of a million people in the Tampa Bay area believe in us, our mission and our vision, and trust us as their financial institution,” added Best.

The cooperative’s 250,000th member was Keith White II from Winter Haven, Fl. Keith was in the market to buy a new vehicle and opened an auto loan with GTE Financial. To celebrate, he will receive a $250 gift card and will be featured on the credit union’s main website as the 250,000th member.

On February 22, GTE Financial will celebrate with a small employee event at the credit union’s headquarters to thank them for reaching this milestone. Local food trucks will be onsite and each employee will receive $10 to purchase a meal of their choice. The credit union will also have cool pins for employees to wear, commemorating this very important moment. The pins will read, “Proud to serve over 250,000 Members!”

About GTE Financial

GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative located throughout West Central Florida with $2.9 billion in assets and 23 Community Financial Centers. Chartered in 1935, GTE Financial is locally owned and operated in the Tampa Bay area, serving more than 230,000 individuals and businesses. For more information on GTE Financial, visit For more information, interviews, or media requests, please call (813) 644-7443 or email Savannah Cruz at


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