michele walczakWhile Michele Walczak has always had a special place in her heart for credit unions, she never considered working at one, until a light bulb went off after years in commercial banking.

“With commercial banking it became all about the numbers and less about doing the right thing and building relationships, which is where my passion was,” the branch manager at the $72 million Great Erie Federal Credit Union in Orchard Park, N.Y., said.

“My first account, first car loan, was at a credit union,” Walczak said. “When I had my son, I took the opportunity to follow my heart, applied at a credit union, fell in love with the credit union difference and knew I was where I belonged.”

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