United Federal Credit Union Hires Three New Employees

ST. JOSEPH, MI (August 23, 2013) — United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) has appointed three new employees at the credit union.

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Connie Ball Didonato has been appointed to the position of Direct Marketing Manager. Didonato will be responsible for creating an adaptive communications plan designed to evolve and grow the credit union’s brand. She will direct the creation and production of direct marketing to be distributed across a wide variety of media and UFCU’s geographic markets.

Didonato was previously Creative Director for Whirlpool and Amana Brands with ARS Advertising Group of St. Joseph, Mich., where she lead creative teams to develop strategically strong, integrated, world-class communications. Her career includes more than 25 years of leadership experience in brand development and repositioning, creative direction, healthcare marketing, and new business development.

Didonato is a Chicago native, studied Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, and has won numerous awards for creative concept development, collateral design, and photography. Didonato resides in St. Joseph.

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Cody Higley has been appointed to the position of Mortgage Loan Originator. Higley will provide real estate lending expertise, financial counseling, and product awareness to UFCU Members regarding their real estate financing needs.

Higley was previously a mortgage banker in the Detroit area, where he assisted clients in obtaining financing to purchase primary, secondary, and investment residential properties. Higley’s prior experience was in paralegal and associate positions in the legal profession.

A native of Marion, Ohio, Higley holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ohio State University. Higgins resides in Marion.

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Liz Petzke has been appointed to the position of Mortgage Sales Support Manager. In her new role, Petzke will support the inside mortgage sales team and assist with the development and implementation of external sales strategies.

Petzke was previously an Internal Auditor at another local credit union, where she audited consumer, real estate, and business loans to ensure compliance with procedures, policies and regulations. Petzke’s prior financial industry positions include Mortgage Loan Officer, Mortgage Service Representative, and Financial Services Representative.

A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., and a long time St. Joseph resident, Petzke holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

About UFCU
United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 120,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.57 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio. UFCU has been named the Michigan Credit Union League Outstanding Credit Union of the Year 2013. UFCU has also been named the National Federal Credit Union of the Year 2013 by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

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