We greet the New Year a stronger and larger Credit Union as we welcome Harbor Federal Credit Union to the Southland family! The merger with Harbor increases our total Members to more than 60,000 and grows our assets to more than $725 million. Over the course of this year, our combined Credit Union will work on integrating our core banking systems to allow our combined Members reciprocal access to each other’s branches and network.
The exciting addition of Harbor caps off a busy year for Southland. Our Credit Union completed security enhancements, brought VISA credit card servicing "in house," updated our website and made additional investments in our branching network – all in the past year. As we look forward to 2017, Southland has outlined an ambitious roadmap of improvements to provide greater value for your Membership. We plan to further enhance our digital presence and explore additional branch opportunities to serve the most Members as possible.
Becoming Southland’s sixth CEO in the past 80 years has been a humbling and exciting experience. Over the decades, the steadfast leadership of our Credit Union has navigated us through economic hardships, a digital revolution and increased competition from banks and lenders. Southland has thrived because our commitment to putting the needs of our Members first has never changed. As Southland’s CEO, I pledge to keep this commitment and chart a course that keeps the Credit Union at the core of your family’s financial success.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year,
Thomas Lent, CPA
President & CEO