Letters from Leadership | June 22, 2018

President’s Report Summer 2018

Tony Budet

Your financial health is our top priority. It is with this in mind that we continually listen, respond, and refine our products and services to help you live the life you want to live. In this way, we not only serve you, but contribute to the well-being of our communities.

When we dream of our communities as ideal places for us to live, work, and play, several critical issues come to mind — housing affordability, employment opportunities, and education. These areas require our attention if we’re going to enjoy community prosperity.

We recently hosted a conversation attended by representatives of major foundations, non-profit organizations, government entities, and private companies, all of whom are interested in innovative solutions to support housing affordability. As Austin’s #1 mortgage lender, we hope to lead the way when it comes to making sure every Member has a path to home ownership.

We’re also exploring ideas for creative employment programs with partners like Seton®, Goodwill®, and Austin Community College®. Our goal is to increase opportunities for higher wage, mid-skill level jobs in our communities. We understand the inextricable link between reliable employment and financial well-being.

And finally, we’ve been having in-depth conversations with our colleagues in higher education, in hopes of learning more about their strategic priorities. As a result, we’re directly partnering with them to bring more scholarships, internships, ongoing education, and enrichment programs to campuses within our field of membership. For example, we’re partnering with Dell Medical School to support select students who would not otherwise have funds to attend medical school. We’re hoping to position them to focus on family medicine post-graduation, which is a big need in our communities.

We’re convinced our efforts in these areas will bring us even closer to our Members. As always, it all comes back to you. Thank you for your membership and continued support.


Warmest regards,

Tony C Budet

(This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 edition of Currency Affairs.)