Leadership Message Spring 2020

Chris Rutledge

Kurt StenersonThroughout the communities served by Gulf Winds, there are countless individuals, families, and businesses struggling to adjust to the many abrupt changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that a trusted financial partner is invaluable during these times and assure you that we remain Safe, Sound and Secure. We are taking preventative measures to keep our members and employees safe, while providing continued access to your accounts and financial services.

When I was named the Executive Vice President of Digital Innovation last November, I was challenged to leverage technology to meet our members’ current and future needs. Now, more than ever, we realize the importance of this technology. As we move forward to serve you and new generations of members, we strive to provide critical services without compromising personal attention.

Gulf Winds’ mobile and online banking allows you to bank when and where you want — whether you’re verifying your balance, depositing a check or applying for a loan. If you need access to cash, we have a network of more than 85,000 nationwide fee-free ATMs. We safeguard these tools with trained experts on our fraud team and innovative technology that protects your accounts and personal information.

Technology also allows us to provide personal service tailored to your individual needs. While much of our business is already conducted digitally, we’re investing in new communication tools so you can reach us from wherever you are.

We’re doing our best to provide Service That Soars Above — and we won’t stop there. For the latest updates on branch hours and tools to help during these unprecedented times, you can visit our website at GoGulfWinds.com/COVID19. If there is something we can help with, tell us! Your feedback helps us streamline our services and serve you better. We look forward to continuing to be your financial partner. We’ll get through this together.


Kurt Stenerson
EVP of Digital Innovation