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Posted on October 28th, 2016


Posted on October 27th, 2016

In October 2015, it was announced that KeyBank would be acquiring First Niagara in a deal that would make it the 13th largest commercial bank based in the United States. Over the past year, integration teams have been working tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition for First Niagara’s customers and employees.
Over Columbus Day Weekend, First Niagara retail and business customer accounts were officially converted to KeyBank accounts; if you live in a town with a First Niagara branch, you probably noticed that the old signs were taken down and replaced with KeyBank’s signature black and red logo. This happened at 65 branches across the state in including the CT shoreline. 
As I’m sure you are aware, KeyBank did not operate in Connecticut prior to the merger; here are a few things you should know:
Local Decision-Making
KeyBank has branches from coast-to-coast and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio; that being said, the local decision-making customers came to expect from First Niagara will remain the same. If you are a business customer, you can expect a CT-based KeyBank team to help you put together the right package to suit your specific financing needs.
KeyBank brings Wall Street to Main Street 
KeyBank’s enterprise approach to commercial banking means commercial customers – from small businesses to large corporations – benefit from the Bank’s ability to bring ideas and solutions that support business growth. Commercial clients are provided the right tools at the right time, whether those tools are payment solutions, mobile corporate banking, cash flow management, industry expertise or access to capital markets.
Expanded Digital Presence
KeyBank’s expanded digital platform gives clients time-saving digital banking tools, improved security and fraud protection and a consistent customer experience whether they are banking online or by mobile device.
As we welcome one million First Niagara customers to KeyBank, many of them right here in Connecticut, we will continue to keep our clients and communities at the center of all that we do. I look forward to continuing our relationship with the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and encourage everyone, whether a commercial or retail customer, to look into the many top-notch products and services offered through KeyBank.

Jeff L. Hubbard
Market President for KeyBank’s Connecticut Market

Posted on October 27th, 2016

 Vista to Host Brain Injury Survivor, Author at Scranton Library
 

Vista Life Innovations and the Scranton Library in Madison are partnering to host a book signing and discussion featuring author Jennifer Field on November 14 at 5:30 p.m.
 
Jennifer’s recently released book, From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue: a Girl’s Courage, Her Mother’s Love, a Miracle Recovery, tells the story of her hard-fought journey to recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury in her teens.
 
Jennifer dreamed of becoming a champion equestrian from an early age. By the time she reached high school, she was an accomplished rider, having won top prizes at competitions throughout the United States and Canada. At 17, she had her sights on the Olympics. But her Olympic dream came to an end following a near-fatal car accident that left her in a coma. Doctors told her mother, co-author Joanne Field, that she would never walk or talk again.
 
Since the accident 24 years ago, Jennifer has graduated college with honors, become an inspirational keynote speaker and founded the J. Field Foundation to support individuals with traumatic brain injuries.
 
"Whatever your challenges, never say never,” Jennifer said. “Don’t be discouraged, keep moving forward. I did it one baby step at a time, and I keep at it.”
 
This free event will be held at the Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison. To register, please visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org/jenniferfield

Posted on October 27th, 2016

​Connex Credit Union Helps Fund “Miracles” With
$2,000 Donation to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Credit union matched $1,000 in contributions from employees and members

​Connex Credit Union’s Vice President of Customer Advocacy Carl Casper (left) and Marketing and Electronic Services Specialist Roquita Johnson (right) present a check worth $2,000 to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Development Coordinator Melissa Troiano (middle). Funds were raised through the national Miracle Jeans Day promotion.

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 26, 2016) –
Throughout September, Connex Credit Union partnered with Credit Unions for Kids during its national Miracle Jeans Day promotion. The credit union collected donations from members and employees for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Employees that donated five or more dollars were permitted to wear jeans to work on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.
Donations were made at all local Connex branches, as well as through the Miracle Jeans Day website. This campaign was part of ConnexCares, Connex’s philanthropic initiative, and the credit union pledged to match contributions up to $1,000. This goal was eventually achieved and a check worth $2,000 was recently presented to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. This donation will help the hospital staff continue conducting breakthrough research and implementing life-saving equipment.
“It warmed my heart to witness the selfless contributions from both Connex employees and members to support Miracle Jeans Day,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Making a difference within the communities that have embraced us is a core value of our company and we are elated for the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for the young patients of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.”
The originator of Miracle Jeans Day, Credit Unions for Kids, is a non-profit collaboration of credit unions, chapters and business partners from across the nation. These groups engage in fundraising activities that benefit 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network by funding cutting-edge research and helping to develop new innovative technology. Each year these hospitals treat nearly 10 million patients. A donation as small as $5 could buy a blanket for a baby or a blood pressure cuff designed for tiny arms.
For more information about Connex Credit Union  and the ConnexCares program, please visit connexcu.org, stop in at your local Connex branch or call 1-800-CR-UNION.
Connex Credit Union’s Vice President of Customer Advocacy Carl Casper (left) and Marketing and Electronic Services Specialist Roquita Johnson (right) present a check worth $2,000 to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Development Coordinator Melissa Troiano (middle). Funds were raised through the national Miracle Jeans Day promotion. 
 
About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
 
About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.
 

Posted on October 26th, 2016

​Take Control of your Financial Future with a FREE
Retirement Planning Workshop from Connex Credit Union Nov. 10
This no-obligation seminar is available to both members and non-members

 
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 25, 2016) – On Thursday, Nov. 10, Connex Credit Union is hosting “Social Security and Your Retirement” as part of its series of free, no-obligation financial education workshops held throughout the year. These seminars are available to both members and non-members as part of the ConnexCares  philanthropic initiative. Taught by industry professionals and brimming with valuable information, these workshops are designed to help consumers learn about important financial topics and discover how to set and achieve financial goals.
Connex Investment and Retirement Services Representative William DeBille will be joined by featured guest speaker, Metlife Vice President of Regional Sales Tracy D’Angelo, in leading this discussion surrounding Social Security and its influence on retirement. Developing a clear path to retirement will serve as the key focus of this workshop and guests are encouraged to ask any questions they may have about Social Security. This seminar is beneficial for any interested adult, regardless of the age they plan to retire.
“Social Security and Your Retirement” begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Eli’s on Whitney located at 2392 Whitney Avenue in Hamden.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
This event is free and you are not required to be a Connex member, but you must register to attend.  Seats fill fast, so visit connexcu.org or call 1-800-CR-UNION to sign-up today!
About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
 
About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.

Posted on October 21st, 2016


Posted on October 21st, 2016

​Connex Credit Union Announces
Olivia Fay as Vice President of Unbanking
Fay will assist the marketing team in developing new programs
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 20, 2016) – Connex Credit Union, one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions, is proud to announce that they have selected their Vice President (VP) of Unbanking for the 2016-2017 school year. The Vice President of Unbanking is a unique opportunity that provides a local student with real-world marketing experience unlike any other internship. Olivia Fay, a junior at Quinnipiac University, has been selected to help the Connex marketing department generate new ideas to improve the lives of its members.
Fay resides in Westwood, Massachusetts but is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. A perennial Dean’s List student, Fay has completed courses in Integrated Marketing Communication, Business Law, Business Communications and other subjects that will allow her to excel in this position.  Additionally, she was also involved in a comprehensive business simulation requiring her to develop business plans and strategies, as well as track, analyze and compare the results.
This past summer, Fay assisted Skycore (Waltham, Massachusetts) as a marketing intern. She resumed her studies in the fall and will be returning to her job as Statistician with Quinnipiac Intramurals, a position she has held since 2014, in addition to her role as VP of Unbanking.
When she is not working, Fay is a proud member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. As a part of this organization, she has participated in a variety of charitable projects that will serve her well in populating new initiatives for ConnexCares, Connex’s philanthropic program. Additionally, she is an avid ice hockey player and skier, and also enjoys travelling.
“Selecting our VP of Unbanking is an endeavor that we do not take lightly and reducing an abundant amount of highly-qualified applicants was not an easy task,” said Louise Nestor, director of Marketing, Connex Credit Union.  “After much deliberation, we are confident that Olivia will take advantage of this real-world opportunity and use her work ethic and talent to assist our credit union in its quest to improve the lives of our members.”
As the VP of Unbanking, Fay is required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week and will receive a stipend.
A short introduction video from Fay herself will be uploaded to the official Connex YouTube page after she is settled into the position. This YouTube page is home to entertaining and useful clips from the credit union including the new Financial Flash web series offering quick tips and tricks to help you take control of your financial situation.
For more information on any of the programs at Connex Credit Union, please visit connexcu.org or contact Roquita Johnson at rjohnson@connexcu.org.
About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.
 

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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Posted on October 20th, 2016


Posted on October 19th, 2016

​​Local Police Officer Marilisa Anania Receives $3,000 as Grand Prize Winner of ConneXfactor Financial Fitness Competition $5,000 in total prizes distributed at special recognition ceremony Oct. 12


​Connex Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Mancini (left) presents a check worth $3,000 to 2016 ConneXfactor Grand Prize Winner Marilisa Anania (right).
 
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 18, 2016) – On Wednesay, Oct. 12, 2016, local police officer Marilisa Anania was awarded $3,000 as the grand prize winner of ConneXfactor during a special ceremony to honor all of the winners and participants.

ConneXfactor is a financial fitness competition sponsored by Connex Credit Union as a part of its ConnexCares philanthropic program where five individuals compete to see who can improve their fiscal situation the most in a six-month span. Each participant was paired with a Connex Financial Advocate who acted as a coach, providing them with tips and guidance throughout the duration of the contest.

“ConneXfactor has brought to life our commitment to customer advocacy and improving the financial lives of every Connex member,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “The progression made in just six months by these contestants is astounding and we are pleased ConneXfactor afforded us the opportunity to utilize our valuable resources and Financial Advocates to assist them in restructuring their financial futures.”

Successes were documented and closely monitored throughout the competition. A panel of judges reviewed each contestant’s progress to determine the winners.

$3,000 Grand Prize Winner Marilisa Anania,Financial stress due to significant debt from student loans, superfluous credit card use and purchasing a car was a burden on 26-year-old West Haven resident Marilisa Anania’s daily life. Coach Michelle Panzo, who also guided the winner of the 2015 ConneXfactor competition, helped Anania develop specific goals including paying down credit card and student loan debt, saving for a home and increasing her credit score.
Anania garnered a newfound appreciation for the importance of money management. Budgeting became an essential part of her life as she began to save funds weekly as opposed to scrambling for money to pay bills at the end of each month. Portions of each paycheck were distributed into special purpose accounts ensuring money was always available when a payment was due. 
Anania was also encouraged to pay off her high-interest credit cards first. With money readily available in these special purpose accounts she was able to make consistent payments, avoid costly late fees and ultimately exceed her credit debt reduction goal by $400. Furthermore, her credit score rose 40 points during this process.
Her ability to tackle debt while simultaneously cultivating a savings that exceeded her original expectations by $2,000 earned Anania the title of 2016 ConneXfactor champion and a check worth $3,000.
“Words cannot express how thankful I am for this opportunity,” said Marilisa Anania. “Reinvigorating my financial strategy has not only impacted my life today, but has also put me on a path towards a successful financial future.”

$1,000 First Place Winner Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson found herself at a financial crossroads by depleting her savings to pay off debt and alleviate monthly expenses. Coach Michael Federico helped Johnson realize she lacked a proper plan for the allocation of each paycheck. Adapting consistent procedures to track her finances, Johnson established an appropriate timeline for her financial goals which kept her engaged while stimulating steady progression.
Johnson paid off all her credit card debt, made additional contributions towards her student loans and still managed to exceed her savings goal, earning her $1,000 as the first runner-up in ConneXfactor.

$500 Second Place Winner Christine Cohen
Christine Cohen, a mother of three, was so focused on managing her successful business that she procrastinated in planning for her children’s education and her retirement. Working alongside Coach Kerry Perotta, Cohen refinanced the mortgage on her home and used the additional monthly income to generate a fund for her children’s education and make payments toward a life insurance policy.
Furthermore, Cohen improved her financial future by developing a retirement strategy for both her and her husband after meeting with Connex Investment and Retirement Service’s Representative William DeBille. 
Cohen completes ConneXfactor with a stronger understanding of both her current and future financial strategies and as a recipient of $500 for finishing in second place. 

$250 Supplementary Prizes
Natalya Carmona-Bryant and Ruth Carruth each received $250 for their participation, and like the other three contestants, leave the competition with the resources necessary to manage their financial situation.
Due to the success of the program, Connex plans to continue ConneXfactor in 2017.
Please visit the ConneXfactor blog at www.connexfactor.com for additional information and financial tips.

About ConnexCares:
ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.

About Connex Credit Union:
As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 46,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org
Jennifer Johnson, First place winner
Christine Cohen, Second Place Winner