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Awards & Recognition

Community First is proud to be recognized for our accomplishments in the credit union industry and our commitment to the community. Following is a list of some of the major awards and recognition we have received.


2016
  • Post-Crescent, Best of the Valley: Best Credit Union Winner and Best Mortgage Lender Finalist
  • Community First President/CEO Cathie Tierney named Post-Crescent Media's CEO/Executive of the Year.
2015
  • Post-Crescent, Best of the Valley: Best Credit Union Winner and  Mortgage Lender Finalist
  • Waupaca Buyers' Guide, Best of Waupaca: Best Lender & Best Savings Institution - Winner
  • Top 10 Ranking/Crystal Performance Award, Community First Credit Union, by Raddon Financial Group, a provider of research-based solutions to the financial services industry. The award recognizes credit unions with assets greater than $500 million for achieving a Top 10 ranking in 2014 based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management.
2014
  • Post-Crescent, Best of the Valley: Best Credit Union & Mortgage Lender - Winner
  • Top 10 Ranking/Crystal Performance Award, Community First Credit Union, by Raddon Financial Group, a provider of research-based solutions to the financial services industry. The award recognizes credit unions with assets greater than $500 million for achieving a Top 10 ranking in 2013 based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management.
2013
  • Post-Crescent, Best of the Valley:  Best Credit Union & Mortgage Lender - Winner
  • Corporate Citizen/Leadership Award, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Top 10 Ranking/Crystal Performance Award, Community First Credit Union, by Raddon Financial Group, a provider of research-based solutions to the financial services industry. The award recognizes credit unions with assets greater than $500 million for achieving a Top 10 ranking in 2012 based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management.
  • Fox Cities Business Hall of Fame, inductee Catherine Tierney, President/CEO of Community First Credit Union, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry
2012 
  • Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award, Catherine Tierney, President/CEO of Community First Credit Union, Celebrating our Volunteers
  • Post-Crescent, Best of the Valley:  Best Credit  Union & Mortgage Lender - Winner
  • Top 10 Ranking/Crystal Performance Award, by Raddon Financial Group, a provider of research-based solutions to the financial services industry. The award recognizes credit unions with assets greater than $500 million for achieving a Top 10 ranking in 2011 based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management.
2011
  • Post-Crescent, Best of the Valley:  Best Credit Union - Winner
  • Top 10 Ranking/Crystal Performance Award, by Raddon Financial Group, a provider of research-based solutions to the financial services industry. The award recognizes credit unions with assets greater than $500 million for achieving a Top 10 ranking in 2010 based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management.
2010
  • Post-Crescent, Best of the Valley:  Best Credit Union - Winner
  • 2010 Reader Poll Awards, Best of Oshkosh: Best Financial Institution & Best Mortgage Lender
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette, Best of the Bay Finalist: Best Credit Union
  • Top 10 Ranking/Crystal Performance Award, by Raddon Financial Group, a provider of research-based solutions to the financial services industry. The award recognizes credit unions with assets greater than $500 million for achieving a Top 10 ranking in 2009 based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management.
 2009
  • Post Crescent, Best of the Valley:  Best Credit Union - Winner

  • Best Supporting Business, Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Presented to Community First Credit Union for giving back to the community through financial and in-kind support and involvement in community events, support of community organizations and employee committment to volunteering

  • Credit Union Magazine subscribers voted Community First President and CEO, Catherine Tierney,  Hero of the Year. 
    Candidates for this award are credit union employees or volunteers that have gone above and beyond to promote credit union philosophy, exhibit a firm belief in credit union values, show dedication to credit union principles and make a difference in the local community. 

  • The Pierre Jay Award from theNational Association of State Chartered Credit Unions (NASCUS) was presented to Catherine Tierney, President and CEO of Community First Credit Union. 
    This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding service, leadership, achievement and efforts which benefit NASCUS and the dual chartering system.

  • Bancography Brand Index ranked Community First Credit Union 8th among the top 25 credit unions in the country with assets of more than $1 billion for brand strength. 
    Key factors utilized to determine this ranking include the institution's reputation, service quality, image and market awareness.  The brand value index identifies institutions that produce financial results beyond what their captial base, market conditions and competitive environments would predict.

  • Top 10 Ranking; Crystal Performance Award
    Raddon Financial Group, a provider of researched based solutions to the financial services industry, awarded Community First Credit Union the Crystal Performance Award.  The award recognizes credit unions with assets greater than $500 million for achieving a top 10 ranking in 2008 based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management. 
2008 
  • Corporate Report, Wisonsin' Business Magazine - Best Credit Union
  • Post Crescent, Best of the Valley:  Best Credit Union - Winner
  • Governor's Council on Financial Literacy Award: Recognizing individuals and organization for excellence for increasing financial literacy among Wisconsin residents
2007
  • Post Crescent, Best of the Valley: Best Credit Union - Finalist
2006
  • St. Elizabeth's Philanthropic Business of the Year
  • Post Crescent, Best of the Valley Awards:  Best Financial Institution, Best Financial Planner.  Finalist - Best Mortgage Lender
  • SBA Lender of the Year - Credit Union with the most 7(a) loans
2005
  • United Way Fox Cities Corporate Challenge Award
  • Urban Forestry Award, Town of Greenville
  • Fox Valley Humane Association "Large Business of the Year" Award
  • Special Olympics Wisconsin Premier Partner Award
  • C. L. Greiber Award of Merit Business of the Year - State level, Awarded by Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Business Friend of Education Award - State level, Awarded by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, presented by Wisconsin State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster
2004
  • Post Crescent "Small Business of the Year" Award
  • Wisconsin Business & Education Partnership Award, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Appleton Association of School District Administrators "Friend of Education" Award
2003
  • Business Partnership of the Year, honored at Celebrating Our Volunteers Event for business/school partnership with Appleton Area School District
  • Professional of the Year Award, awarded to Cathie Tierney by Wisconsin Credit Union League
  • Wisconsin Credit Union League Political Advocate Award - awarded to CFCU employee Rick Sense
2002
  • DesJardins Youth Financial Education Award
  • Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility
  • Wisconsin Credit Union League Political Advocate Award - awarded to CFCU employee Rick Sense
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