Honorable Thomas Ridge, Former Governor of Pennsylvania and First U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, dedicates new high-tech American Heritage Credit Union building
PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 29, 2019) — American Heritage Credit Union (American Heritage) celebrated the grand opening of its newly-constructed operations center at its headquarters’ campus, named The Inn, on October 22, 2019. The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, Former Governor of Pennsylvania and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary Ridge) dedicated the facility at 2060 Red Lion Road in Northeast Philadelphia.
The grand opening featured tours and meet-and-greets with local dignitaries before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Among the community leaders who participated in the building’s dedication were American Heritage President & CEO Bruce K. Foulke; Board Chairman Gary Weyhmuller; Secretary Ridge; The Honorable Brian O’Neill, Philadelphia City Councilman; The Honorable Michael Fitzpatrick, former United States Congressman; and Patrick Conway, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association.
The Inn facility features expanded space for American Heritage’s member Contact Center, containing the latest technology in member experience tools, the Consumer and Commercial Lending Department, as well as the Facilities Management Department. The Inn also contains the company’s self-service café, the Red Lion Tavern.
During the ceremony, Secretary Ridge and the American Heritage Board also dedicated the new Cecilia B. Grady Community Room, which will host hundreds of free seminars, financial literacy workshops and community meetings on an annual basis. The Cecilia B. Grady Community Room honors American Heritage’s recently retired Chairperson Cecilia B. Grady, who served on the credit union’s Board for more than 30 years.
“My friend John McCain used to say, ‘You commit yourself to a cause that is greater than your own,’ and when you look at what American Heritage Credit Union is doing, it’s obvious that they passionately live this phrase out and I thank all of you for that,” remarked Secretary Ridge. “The broad community that American Heritage serves includes those who some financial institutions turn away. This organization treats every member like family and tirelessly finds the right financial solution for each personal situation. You don’t find many companies like this anymore, and I’m proud to watch American Heritage thrive off the credit union philosophy of ‘People helping people.’ This new facility is just another incredible chapter in American Heritage’s journey of being ingrained and helping our communities in Pennsylvania and beyond. Just like its staff, the grounds of this high-tech building are welcoming and in perfect placement to serve its membership in new capacities.”
“The American Heritage Board of Directors and I are excited to open the Inn and thus expand American Heritage’s footprint in our community to deepen the level of support we provide for our members, employees and the communities we serve,” stated Foulke. “Secretary Ridge dedicated our original Red Lion Road headquarters in 1995, and we are honored that he was able to join us upon this expansion of our campus. Tom Ridge has long been a bipartisan supporter of the credit union movement, and we are thrilled that he was able to share in our mission of community outreach and further enhancing the lives of our members.”
About American Heritage Credit Union
American Heritage Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative with more than $4.5 billion in assets serving more than 800 Workplace Partners and more than 280,000 members, with more than 35 locations across Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Camden Counties. Founded in 1948, American Heritage Credit Union is now one of the top 75 largest credit unions in the United States. For more information about American Heritage Credit Union please visit at www.AmericanHeritageCU.org.