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Orlando, FL (July 5, 2011) - Sterling Harrell, a banking industry veteran born in Tallahassee, FL, joined FAIRWINDS Credit Union in April as its newly appointed Vice President of Commercial Lending. Harrell brings 13 years of experience in managing business, corporate, and commercial banking teams. He currently resides in Lake Mary with his wife, Jamie, and their two daughters.

A business graduate of The College of William & Mary, Harrell is a respected industry professional who previously worked for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Fifth Third Bank. Harrell says he chose to pursue a career with FAIRWINDS because of the credit union's "sincere commitment to our community and their unfailing effort to provide exceptional service and value to their members."

Harrell serves on the Associate Board of Directors for Florida Citrus Sports, a nonprofit organization that works to stimulate economic development and improve quality of life in the Central Florida community. He also spends his free time volunteering with the Children's Ministries at Northland. He strongly believes in the credit union philosophy of people helping people and is "excited to bring passion and integrity as I advocate for our present and future members."

Harrell's leadership experience, combined with his commitment to improve our community, makes him a welcome addition to the FAIRWINDS Credit Union Commercial Lending team.

About FAIRWINDS Credit Union
FAIRWINDS Credit Union is one of the largest financial institutions operating solely in Central Florida, with over $1.5 billion in assets, more than 145,000 members, and over 500 employees. Headed by President and CEO Larry Tobin, the financial cooperative established in 1949 is open for membership to anyone living or working in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, or Lake Counties, including The Villages. For more information, visit