Wright-Patt Credit Union to Open Its Largest Member Center to Date in Gahanna

Jun 22, 2021 | News, Newsletter

Tracy Szarzi-Fors, WPCU, Inc.
Carrin Wester, City of Gahanna

 

Columbus, OH – Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) opened the doors of its seventh Columbus area member center on Monday, June 21 in Gahanna. Mayor Laurie Jadwin stated that the City is excited to welcome Wright-Patt Credit Union to Gahanna.  “Having strong financial institutions that are focused on resident engagement is an asset in any city.  Beyond adding to our financial sector, I am thrilled that Wright-Patt has chosen to make an investment in a community center that will serve members and organizations alike within Gahanna.”

Located at 1317 N. Hamilton Road, the new, state-of-the-art member center will help WPCU better serve its members living and working in Gahanna and neighboring east-side Columbus communities, such as Westerville, Blacklick, Pataskala and New Albany.

At 7,200 square feet, the new Gahanna location will also be WPCU’s largest member center to date and will feature WPCU’s first-ever Community Room, which will be made available to local organizations at no charge to host meetings, networking activities, and other events.

“We’re excited to bring Wright-Patt Credit Union’s promise of putting people first to Gahanna and better serve even more members in the area,” said Todd Elliott, Market President, Columbus. “We are especially thrilled to introduce our first Wright-Patt Credit Union Community Room. It will provide a fantastic space for local nonprofits and small businesses to host community programs, events and meetings. It also allows us to carry out the credit union’s role as a true community partner.”

Additionally, the member center will feature an open lobby with freestanding dialogue-style teller stations that allow for a better, more connected banking experience. WPCU partner-employees and members conduct their transaction side by side, enabling members to view their account information throughout the process. Financial Coaches working at the new member center will be available for one-on-one financial coaching to help its members reach their financial goals.

“When we make the decision to enter an area, we want to become part of the fabric of that community,” said Tracy Szarzi-Fors, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for WPCU. “Not only are we fully invested in helping members there achieve the financial flexibility and freedom they want, but we want to do our part to build a stronger community.”

Gahanna Economic Development Director Nate Strum added, “As one of the region’s leaders in the financial service sector, Gahanna is the ideal market for Wright-Patt Credit Union’s newest location.  With our diverse population and the community’s growing needs, I look forward to Wright-Patt Credit Union’s continued success here in Gahanna.”

For more information about the new Gahanna Member Center or inquiries about its Community Room, contact Bailey Hanley at bhanley@wpcu.coop or columbusbusinessdevelopment@wpcu.coop.

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