All 180 Freedom First employees gathered in Salem on President's Day for the annual Employee Meeting. CEO Paul Phillips reviewed the past year, recognized stellar employees, and welcomed several guest speakers. 2017 Community Grant recipient The Prevention Council of Roanoke County spoke on their expanding Digital Literacy and safety program, as well as on how Southwest Virginia's opioid epidemic is affecting our youth.
Ed Walker — Roanoke's very own Real Estate Developer, Roanoke Citizen of the Year (2014), Entrepreneur, & Idea Man — spoke about the importance of social enterprise and how as a credit union, Freedom First is in a prime position to bridge the gap between private business and charitable organizations. He expanded on this point by saying, “The work you do is a necessary condition to individuals and the community becoming everything they can be. Access to capital and knowledge is a foundational requirement to a community reaching its full potential. I hope to see more investors and depositors make deposits at Freedom First to keep capital here in the community."
Tony Pearman, CEO of Access Advertising & Public Relations, closed the meeting with his recommendations on how Freedom First can provide even more excellent services, products, and member satisfaction in the year ahead.
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