Kate Renner - VP of Marketing


ORLANDO, FL - (October 29, 2012) FAIRWINDS Credit Union may have to change their colors to black and gold. As the new Official Student Banking Services Provider for the University of Central Florida, Knights fever is spreading throughout the credit union.

FAIRWINDS rose to the top of the competitive bidding process with its extensive student-centered products and services, unique perspective of being a local community partner, and financial strength.

As the student banking services provider, FAIRWINDS will offer students, faculty, and staff the convenience of linking their UCF ID card to a FAIRWINDS checking account. By linking the two with a unique PIN, purchases can be made both on and off campus at thousands of retail and ATM locations. In addition, the credit union provides free ATM transactions at all Publix Presto! machines and at all FAIRWINDS branch locations. FAIRWINDS is one of a growing number of credit unions in the country providing this type of service to colleges and universities.

FAIRWINDS is no stranger to working with UCF. The credit union has been the official credit union partner for the UCF Alumni Association since 2005 and has naming rights to the FAIRWINDS UCF Alumni Center on campus.

Larry Tobin, President/CEO of FAIRWINDS Credit Union and a UCF alum, welcomes the partnership not only as an opportunity to continue working with the university, but also as a way to help students start off on the right track with their financial future. "It is an honor to support the students, faculty, and staff on their journey toward financial independence, responsibility, and ultimately financial freedom," says Tobin. "We are excited to have a positive impact not just on their financial futures, but also their families."

"During the course of the student banking conversations, it quickly became clear that FAIRWINDS was seeking to be more than a business partner to the university," says Curt Sawyer, Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance at UCF. "They truly recognized they would be investing in the very students who are the future leaders of our community. Otherwise stated, the higher the quality of education, the stronger the community becomes. This visionary thinking was quite simply a very compelling value-proposition for UCF."

About FAIRWINDS Credit Union
FAIRWINDS Credit Union is the largest locally-owned and operated financial institution in Central Florida with 154,712 members and more than $1.6 billion in assets. Headed by President/CEO Larry Tobin, FAIRWINDS is a full-service financial institution serving the needs of consumer and business members with customized solutions and local decision-making.

About University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida is one of the most dynamic universities in the country. Offering 211 degree programs, it has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, science, hospitality management and digital media. The largest public university in Florida and the second-largest in the country, UCF has more than 60,000 students and has granted more than 207,000 degrees in its 42 years of offering classes.