Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., has broken all records for loan volume in January despite poor economic conditions. Affinity Plus reports an increase of 367% in loan volume compared with January last year. As of January 31, 2003, Affinity Plus posted a net increase of $14 million in loan balances for the month compared to a more typical $3 million to $4 million in January. Teachers Federal Credit Union, Farmingville, N.Y., has closed 2002 as a banner year with total assets increased 27%, totaling $1.4 billion. In addition, deposits soared 27% to $1.26 billion, loans grew 11% to $602 million and total capital increased to $159 million. California Bear Credit Union, Los Angeles, reached an asset milestone of over $100 million, representing a 28% growth rate in the last two years. In addition, CBCU celebrates 70 years of service this year. Emick Howard & Seibet, Inc., a design/build firm, has celebrated its 25th anniversary. EH&S has recently completed architectural design for a shopping center in La Quinta, Calif., Lexus of Bellevue, and Norlarco Credit Union of Fort Collins, Colo., which received national recognition. North Island Financial Credit Union, Chula Vista, Calif., Executive Vice President of Corporate Administration Bill Vidano has celebrated his 30th anniversary with the credit union. Vidano has been a part of NIFCU’s largest period of growth: from 25 employees when he started working for NIFCU in 1972 as an assistant manager in the collections department to 345 employees.

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