Pictured from left to right: Bob Bogart, Georgia United CFO; Debbie Smith, Georgia United CEO; Adam Durkin, NMCU vice chairman of the board; Melany Ward, former NMCU president; Tyler Maney, Amos, Maney & Payne, LCC CPA; Amanda Chosewood, North Main board treasurer; Debbie Beam, NMCU board member; Laura King, Georgia United president. Credit/Georgia United Pictured from left to right: Bob Bogart, Georgia United CFO; Debbie Smith, Georgia United CEO; Adam Durkin, NMCU vice chairman of the board; Melany Ward, former NMCU president; Tyler Maney, Amos, Maney & Payne, LCC CPA; Amanda Chosewood, North Main board treasurer; Debbie Beam, NMCU board member; Laura King, Georgia United president. Credit/Georgia United

While the credit unions are 60 miles apart from each other, the $2 billion Georgia United Credit Union in Duluth, Ga., and the $29.9 million North Main Credit Union in Cornelia, Ga., announced a majority of their members approved the merging of the two credit unions during a special meeting on June 29.

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