Kelly Group (Photo: Palmetto Citizens FCU) Kelly Group (Photo: Palmetto Citizens FCU)

A college degree isn’t a requirement for a successful career in credit unions. Just ask Kelly Group, service center manager for Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union ($976 million, Columbia, S.C.).

After becoming a young mother and graduating high school, Group took a teller job out of necessity at age 18 at First Palmetto Savings Bank near her home town of Elgin, S.C. Three years later, she moved 25 miles away to Columbia, the state capitol, and applied for a job at Palmetto Citizens. In less than 10 years, she advanced from serving as a member service representative on the teller line to working in MSR sales, to lending assistant, loan officer, assistant manager and finally to her current position as the first manager of the credit union’s now two-year-old location in Camden, S.C.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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