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FAIRWINDS Credit Union Earns Top Spot on List of Great Places to Work

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Ranks first among large companies in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2020 Top Workplaces program


ORLANDO, Fla. (December 1, 2020) – FAIRWINDSCredit Union, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, has earned first place among large companies (500+) in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2020 Top Workplaces program. Conducted by Philadelphia research company Energage, the goal of the program is to identify the region’s top companies and what employees say make them great places to work. The annual rankings are based on employee responses to a questionnaire about workplace culture.

At FAIRWINDS, our core purpose is to guide members toward financial freedom by helping them save more, eliminate debt, build wealth and live generously. It’s a philosophy that’s engrained in our company’s culture and begins with helping our own employees achieve a debt-free lifestyle,” explained President and CEO Larry Tobin. Notably, in FAIRWINDS 70-plus year history, it has never laid off an employee.

The company’s employee benefits include:

  • Paying an average of 82% of the total monthly health insurance premium for full-time crew and 40% for part-time crew.
  • Paying 100% for all crew members to have a life insurance and long-term disability policy.
  • Contributing $700 a year into full-time crew members’ health savings accounts.
  • Matching crew (401)k contributions up to 6%. Providing a sick and wellness reimbursement program that allows employees to use their sick hours (which never expire) to reimburse themselves for health and wellness items, such as doctor co-pays, prescriptions, elective procedures and fitness trackers.
  • Covering the cost for Dave Ramsey’s SmartDollar and EveryDollar programs as well as Toastmasters membership fees.
  • Offering a unique internal debt-free club that rewards crew members for reaching financial goals, such as becoming debt free.

FAIRWINDS also supports employee participation in the company’s philanthropic arm, the FAIRWINDSFoundation, whose purpose is to inspire generosity, match generosity, volunteer everywhere, and support organizations that improve lives through financial well-being. For example, in a recent “Live Generously Campaign,” employees received $50 and one directive: Make a difference. They responded by paying for strangers’ groceries, helping neighbors in need, donating to charities and more.

“Financial education and the journey to financial freedom isn’t just for our customers; it’s an important destination for our employees, as well,” Tobin added.

About FAIRWINDS Credit Union

FAIRWINDS Credit Union, headed by President and CEO Larry Tobin, is headquartered in Orlando and is consistently ranked as one of the best financial institutions and employers in the region. Founded in 1949, the company has 593 employees. At FAIRWINDS, we believe that financial freedom is freedom to go further – whether that means putting a child through college, retiring early or starting a new business. As such, we are the financial partner that doesn’t want our members to have debt. FAIRWINDS empowers members to pursue and achieve their personal and business goals by offering products and services that promote healthy spending and saving habits.


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Diane Sears

A career journalist, author and advocate for business growth, Diane Sears is the CEO, editor and publisher of i4 Business. She is also the founder and president of DiVerse Media LLC, which has handled content marketing projects including nonfiction books, white papers, executive speeches and scripts since 2000. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Go for the Greens Foundation, which helps connect women-owned and minority-owned business owners with growth opportunities internationally.

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