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Over $1000 donated in household items to the Jackson Salvation Army

JACKSON, Mich. –

On Tuesday, April 8th, American 1 Credit Union hosted Supermarket Sweep at Polly’s Country Market on Ferguson Road in Jackson. Six teams competed for the coveted 1st place title. Over $1,000 worth of groceries and household items were collected in the five minute dash around the store. All of the items collected were donated to the Salvation Army of Jackson. The American 1 team took second place overall, while took first place collecting all 63 items on the list.

American 1 Credit Union provides low-cost financial services to more than 50,000 members and several hundred partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit our website at for more information.


2013 Teen Idol Competition

On Friday, July 12th ten talented teens took center stage at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Grandstands at American 1 Teen Idol, presented by American 1 Credit union.  American 1 Teen Idol is a youth singing event, where over fifty teens auditioned and ten teens from area cities were selected to perform in the final competition.

The top ten teens were as follows:  Michael Cavender, Marissa Zonts, Kali Mees, Jeremiah Weaver, and Kiley Ladwig, all of Jackson, Nicole Suchman of Adrian, Alaina Kerr of Michigan Center, Taylor Flood of Battle Creek, Tyler Bennett of Hillsdale, and Caitlin LeBlanc of Brimley, MI.  These ten teens ranged in age from 14-19 years old.

Cailtin LeBlanc took first place winning $1,000, and an iPad.  Jeremiah Weaver took second winning $250.  Tyler Bennett took third place winning $150.  The remaining seven contestants won $50. Each of the contestants also won a prize pack filled with items donated by area businesses and a trophy.


The judges were Bob Hoffman of the Wharton Center, Cheryl Fritze of Fox 47 News Morning Blend, and Colleen Flynn of Jackson School of the Arts.  The judges had a great time at the event, but all agreed that the decisions were very tough as all the teens were very talented.

This event is also a fundraiser in which each teen in the top ten is required to raise a minimum of $250 and to declare a charity of choice.  $2,000 is automatically donated to the Jackson School of the Arts, and the rest of the money raised is donated to the overall winner’s charity of choice.  This year, the teens raised a total of $3,622.  Caitlin’s charity of choice was The Ronan Thompson Foundation; a check for $1,622 was donated to this great cause in Caitlin’s honor.

The American 1 Raises $2,000 for the Cascades Humane Society through Local Pet Expo

JACKSON, Mich. – American 1 Credit Union is dedicated to the communities they serve and feel strongly about giving back.  On Saturday, February 9 from 10am to 2pm, thirty local pet vendors were in the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds for the American 1 Paws & Claws Pet Expo.

This free event was a fundraising event for the Cascades Humane Society (CHS).  All vendor booth fees, concession proceeds, craft area donations, and pet photo contest proceeds were donated to CHS.  CHS also accepted several items for the shelter such as pet food, toys, litter, etc.

This event featured a Pet Fashion at 12pm.  There were thirteen dogs and one cat in this year’s expo.  The only cat, named Archer, took this year’s Top Dog Model award, leaving American 1 staff members pleasantly surprised!  “I guess we’ll have to rework the name of the award”, said Jayme Bicknell Event Coordinator for American 1 Credit Union, “We were very excited to have a cat in the show, and we’ll be sure to rename the award for next year to be more cat friendly,” she continued.

For a $1 donation guests could enter their favorite pet photo into our “Cutest Pet” Photo Contest.  This year a lab named Roger too the title of “Cutest Pet”, winning a $25 gift card to Pet Supplies Plus.

Overall over $1,740 was raised for the Cascades Humane Society.  American 1 Credit Union rounded that dollar amount up to an even $2,000.  The credit union makes no proceeds on this event, and even covers the costs of all of the rentals beyond what they donate.

There were also several animals available for adoption from vendors such as The Cascades Humane Society, Last Day Dog Rescue, Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue, Jaxon Kennel Club, and Unleashed… Under Control.

 2013 Paws & Claws Vendors:

American 1 Credit Union

Cascades Humane Society

Forgotten Felines

Invisible Fencing Mid-State, LLC

Unleashed and Lovin’ It!

Custom Canine Couture

Columbia Animal Clinic


Blankies N Beds


Last Day Dog Rescue

Jaxon Kennel Club

Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue

Little Bit of Everything

Sam’s Club

Barn Buddy’s 4-H Group


Carolyn’s Originals

Curly’s Canine Barkery

Advanced K-9 Academy

Caribbean Lou

Pet Supplies Plus


Creature Comforts Pet Resort

Origami Owl Custom Jewelry

Tails to Whiskers Mobile Pet Grooming

American Cancer Society

Pet Stop Hidden Fence

Crossroads Animal Hospital

For over 60 years, American 1 Credit Union has given back to their community with the support of their more than 50,000 members and hundreds of partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit for more information.

American 1 CU Supported Many Christmas Charities

JACKSON, Mich. – American 1 Credit Union is dedicated to the communities they serve and feel strongly about giving back.  American 1 supported many people and charities this Christmas season including forty-one soldiers, two adopted families, and fifteen homeless teens.

American 1 Credit Union adopted two units of soldiers for Christmas.  Staff members donated money and filled boxes.  Forty-one boxes were filled and sent to soldiers overseas.  American 1 took care of all of the shipping costs of these boxes.  We also coordinated the decorating of 600 Christmas cards by students at Townsend Elementary in Vandercook, MI.  The cards were sent to troops overseas in hopes to make sure as many soldiers as possible received at least a card for Christmas.

American 1 also adopted two National Guard families.  One family was from Jackson county and one was from Washtenaw county.  We provided each family with necessary cold weather items such as boots, coats, sweaters, etc.  We also were able to provide each family with a gas card. Our Home Office location in Jackson did a coin drive to raise money to purchase consumers energy gift certificates as well to the Jackson family.

Do’chas II is a shelter for homeless teens in Jackson.  We were able to gather a “wish list” from fifteen teens for Christmas and purchase them several gifts each.

“We appreciate the opportunity to help those in need, especially at Christmas time.  Our staff and our membership really know how to pull together and make a difference,” said Jayme Bicknell, Event Coordinator for American 1 Credit Union.

Today American 1 Credit Union has been providing low-cost financial services to more than 50,000 members and several hundred partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit for more information.

Helping the Community Fight Identity Theft & Save Trees

JACKSON, Mich. – American 1 Credit Union is dedicated to the communities they serve and feel strongly about giving back. On Saturday, September 22 from 12pm to 3pm at the Clinton Township Branch, and on Saturday, September 29, from 12pm to 3pm at the Home Office Branch, American 1 Credit Union held a free community Shred Days. Community members and small businesses were encouraged to bring confidential information to be shredded and recycled, and to help prevent identity theft. There were many community members that took advantage of this opportunity in both locations.

Those who attended could enter into a drawing for a personal shredder provided by American 1 Credit Union. The winners of these drawings were Glenn P., of Clinton Township, and Jouette D., of Jackson.

American 1 held two other Shred Days back in May, at the same two locations. Between all four Shred Days this year, 42.7 trees were saved due to all of the material that was recycled.

Today American 1 Credit Union has been providing low-cost financial services to more than 50,000 members and several hundred partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit for more information.

Paws and Claws Pet Expo

Show your furry family member how much you love them this Valentine’s Day. Visit the American 1 Paws & Claws pet expo on Saturday, February 11th at the American 1 Event Center and celebrate everything animal!

At the Paws & Claws Expo, you can meet local veterinarians, discover pet-related products and services, watch a doggie fashion show at 12pm, and, most importantly, adopt a new furry friend at one of the rescues present at the event. We love pets, but please leave yours at home for this event.

You can also bring photos of your pet to enter in the Cutest Pet Photo Contest ($1 per entry) and even make your pet a valentine. Admission to the event is free, but donations to Cascades Humane Society are welcome.

Buy the one who loves you unconditionally something special this year at the American 1 Paws and Claws Expo – Saturday, February 11th from 10am to 2pm in the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

American 1’s Winter Wonderland raises over $7,000 for charity

For eleven days in December, the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds was transformed into Jackson’s own North Pole for the third year of the American 1 Winter Wonderland (WWL) event, an added event to the Nite Lites in 2008.

Not only did Santa and Mrs. Claus visit, but Santa’s reindeer showed up, with holiday puppet shows and train rides ran every night. New this year, The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop on Friday’s and Saturday’s and the Jackson School of the Arts dance performance on a special night.

For the third year, the Holiday Tree Decoration contest took place in which local businesses and non-profits entered to decorate a tree.

The contest was a fundraiser for charity with 35 live, potted pine trees inside the American 1 Event Center entered into this year’s contest. Guests could vote for their favorite tree by making donations and bid in a silent auction to win the decorations and the tree to take home and plant in their yard. Money raised for each tree was given to a charity chosen by each registrant in the contest.

Guests attending Winter Wonderland donated nearly $6,500 through donations and auction bids. This year’s winning tree was decorated by the 6NW Allegiance Hospital, raising over $700, the highest amount raised by any of the trees, and winning an additional $500 for their charity. The 6NW Allegiance Hospital chose the Stage 4 Traveling Pants, a support organization for women with Stage 4 breast cancer, as their charity and they will receive a donation of over $1,200.

“We thank the community for their support with all we do. If it was not for businesses, organizations and residents getting involved, our community efforts would not have the impact they do,” said Liz Niles, Community Relations Manager for American 1.

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American 1 and Premier Financial to Merge





Contact: Kristi Latoszewski

For immediate release VP, Marketing and Communications

April 25, 2011 (517) 787-6510

American 1 Federal Credit Union and Premier Financial Credit Union to Merge

Jackson, MI American 1 Federal Credit Union (American 1) and Premier Financial Credit Union (Premier Financial) have announced plans to merge in 2011; American 1 being the surviving organization. After months of research and negotiation, the Board of Directors for both organizations has approved the merger. The joining of the two credit unions will result in American 1 serving nearly 50,000 Members in the state of Michigan, with assets exceeding $240 million.

“Premier Financial Credit Union has served the financial needs of our membership for 73 years. In this environment, it’s been challenging to maintain the financial position and growth needed to provide the products, services and locations our members want and need. Our partnership with American 1 will allow us to fulfill our mission and provide the added benefits our members deserve,” stated James Safian, Premier Financial’s CEO.

The merger is slated to be legally complete late summer of 2011, when Premier Financial’s nearly 7,000 member’s accounts transition to American 1. Premier Financial currently offers two locations in the Metro Detroit area. Both of these branches will remain open and American 1 has plans to expand the hours of service for the membership.

“American 1 Federal Credit Union was identified as the ideal merger partner because they are committed to providing superior member service. They have a proven history of financial stability and growth and they are committed to giving back to the communities they serve.” Safian said.

“American 1 Federal Credit Union looks forward to serving the members of Premier Financial Credit Union. This merger is a partnership and a new beginning as both of our credit unions move toward uniting our members, services and operations,” said Dave Puckett, American 1’s President and CEO. American 1 Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution based in Jackson, Michigan. In 2010, American 1 Federal Credit Union had an outstanding return on assets of 1.72%. The notable results placed American 1 in the top 4% of more than 7,000 credit unions in the United States for net income. American 1 Federal Credit Union offers a wide range of consumer banking services with a specialty in auto loan expertise.

Since 1950, American 1 Federal Credit Union serves over 42,000 members in Jackson, Hillsdale, Washtenaw, and Calhoun counties. American 1 is federally insured by the NCUA. More information, including current financial statements, for American 1 can be found at

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Well-represented in Jackson Magazine

Well look at that: not one, but two American 1 board members grace the cover of this month’s Jackson Magazine – their 200th issue.

Both Phil Hoffman (left) and Bishop Ira Combs (back row) have appeared on the Jackson Magazine cover in years passed. For the 200th issue, the Magazine brought back Hoffman, Combs, as well as Jackson Mayor Karen Dunigan and Charlie Aymond, executive director of the Ella Sharp Museum.

Hufffman serves as American 1’s board treasurer. Hoffman is a former Michigan state senator and now runs Hoffman Legislative Consultants. Bishop Combs looks after the Greater Bible Way Temple.

Look for the 200th issue of Jackson Magazine on newsstands throughout town.

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