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March 12 – Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union Names New CEO

SBJ Staff Report

March 12, 2012 - The Board of Directors of Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union has named Dale Taratuta president and CEO of the financial institution.

Taratuta joined the credit union staff in February 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. His 30 years of experience at financial institutions includes 17 years in management, eight of which have been at the executive level.

Prior to joining the staff of Georgia Heritage, Taratuta was Vice President of Finance at two credit unions in Michigan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Western Michigan University and a Master’s in Finance from Wayne State University.

Membership and banking at Georgia Heritage FCU is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chatham, Effingham or Bryan counties.  The credit union branch and administrative offices are located at 1085 West Lathrop Avenue, just outside International Paper, in Savannah.

Located in front of Publix on the Pooler Parkway, the credit union’s Pooler branch was opened in early March. For more information, go to www.gaheritagefcu.org.

Like all credit unions, Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with a long history in the Savannah area, as one of the oldest locally-owned financial institutions in the area. The Union Bag Federal Credit Union was organized on April 15, 1940, to serve the employees of the Union Bag Corporation working at the Savannah paper factory.

In 1966, the Credit Union changed its name to Union Camp Savannah Federal Credit Union to coincide with the new name of its sponsor group. Having remained a single sponsor organization for 59 years, the Credit Union changed its name to Georgia Heritage FCU in 1999 when Union Camp was purchased by International Paper.

In 2006, the Credit Union received a community charter which allows anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties to join.

It is owned and operated by the members, and exists solely for the purpose of serving the members' best interests, according to the Board of Directors. 

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