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FAIRWINDS Named Best Place to Work in Orlando (Giant Category) by Orlando Business Journal

Orlando, Fla. (August 3, 2010) FAIRWINDS Credit Union, one of the largest locally-owned financial institutions in Central Florida, ranked at the top of the Giant category (301 - 1000 employees) as the Best Place to Work in Orlando by the Orlando Business Journal. FAIRWINDS is one of only eight companies to return as a finalist from last year and the only company to receive the top honor for two consecutive years in the Giant category.

The Best Places to Work award recognizes companies for providing a positive and rewarding work experience for employees. FAIRWINDS was specifically highlighted for tuition reimbursement opportunities, encouraging a family-friendly workplace and hosting events and celebrations to maintain high employee morale.

"Our greatest asset is our employees and we take pride in fostering a positive work environment," states FAIRWINDS President/CEO Larry Tobin. "We are honored to be recognized as a leader in the Central Florida workplace."

This is FAIRWINDS' fourth year on the Best Places to Work list. The credit union was also recently named by Florida Trend magazine as the fifth best places to work in Florida in the Large category.

FAIRWINDS Credit Union, headed by President/CEO Larry Tobin, is one of the largest financial institutions based in Central Florida, with assets over $1.5 billion, more than 144,000 members and over 500 employees. The financial cooperative established in 1949 is open to anyone living or working in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Polk, Brevard or Lake counties, including The Villages. Membership also is available to family of members who live outside the seven eligible counties. For more information, visit