Your community credit union
Your best financial life starts here.
As a full-service financial institution, Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union provides a wide range of accounts and banking services designed to help members live their best financial lives.
In other words, banking with Gulf Winds isn’t just banking; it’s a relationship developed by helping you live life on your own terms. We care about the things that matter to you – that first car, college tuition, weddings, homes, retirement – all the dreams and responsibilities that fill your life. As a non-profit credit union, we focus on finding banking solutions that empower you to build the best financial life for you and your family.
Back in 1954, starting with just a few employees, we began helping members with their financial goals. Today, we carry over $627 million in assets and our 60,000+ members enjoy the conveniences of 12 branch locations along with a nationwide network of CO-OP ATMs. With our comprehensive mobile and online banking services, you can stay close to your money no matter where you live or travel. Take a look at all we offer to see what works best for you.
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What’s the difference between a bank and a credit union?
Bottom-line: We work to help members, banks make profits for shareholders. And that difference is huge. Unlike banks, at Gulf Winds, our members are owners – people just like you who want to save money, get a loan, and make their financial life easy. Every member owns an equal “share” in Gulf Winds, regardless of how much money they have in their account. As a non-profit, our earnings directly benefit you in the form of higher savings rates, better loan rates and lower fees. This isn’t a newfangled idea; for more than 100 years credit unions have been serving people who simply want a place to bank that isn’t, well, a bank.
History & Structure
Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, formerly Chemstrand Employees Credit Union and Monsanto Employees Credit Union, was organized April 9, 1954. The credit union is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors presently composed of 13 members. The Board of Directors, elected by the general membership, appoints a Supervisory Committee of four individuals who watch over the financial soundness of the credit union. The Board also hires a management team, composed of the President/CEO and others, who manage the daily activities of the credit union.