Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One Nevada Credit Union Celebrating 65 Years of Service and Runs 65th Anniversary Contest.

Click to tweet: http://ctt.ec/i5G7P To celebrate their 65th Anniversary, @OneNevada is giving away $65 every day for 65 days! Enter here: http://bit.ly/65thAnnivGiveaway

LAS VEGAS, NV. — This year marks One Nevada Credit Union’s 65th anniversary serving Nevadans. To celebrate, the credit union is giving away $65 to one random winner every day for 65 days, beginning February 10. Entries can be submitted at http://bit.ly/65thAnnivGiveaway.

From it’s humble beginnings in 1950 with 77 members and only $1,807 in deposits to the largest locally owned, federally insured credit union in Nevada serving over 75,000 members with $730 million in assets.

The credit union started out as Vegas Air Base Federal Credit Union February 10, 1950, when nine civilian employees pooled $5.00 each to begin the credit union. In 1958, the credit union changed its name to Nellis Federal Credit Union. Along the way, the credit union changed its name several times with the most recent change in 2011. Known at the time as Nevada Federal, the credit union converted to a state charter and became One Nevada Credit Union.

While much has changed over the decades, the most important factors remain the same. The credit union is a not-for-profit cooperative, owned by its member depositors, and led by an unpaid volunteer Board of Directors.

“The credit union’s focus has always been our member-owners, and without them, we could not have remained so strong throughout the years and survived very tough economical conditions, said Bradley Beal, President and CEO, One Nevada Credit Union.  “We are excited to celebrate 65 years and remain committed to provide the very best service, rates and products to our member-owners,” continued Beal.

One Nevada Credit Union Membership is open to all Clark, Nye and Washoe county residents.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are you in the market for a new car?

To make sure you’re making the right choice regarding an auto loan, here are four questions to ask before you sign the dotted line:

1.  What is the loan type and amount of the interest rate?

With any type of loan comes an interest rate, but all rates are not the same.  They vary among factors like your credit score, how much you’re putting down on the car, etc. The interest rate percentage can vastly impact your monthly payment amount. Knowing what the interest rate is will help you determine how much interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan.

2.  What is the loan’s term?

A term is the length of your repayment period. Finding this out is essential because some finance contracts require that there be a specific time period, typically two or three years. If that’s the case, your monthly payments will be higher.

3.  What will my monthly payment be?

Make sure the dealer factors in the interest rate and any other fees bundled into that payment. For instance, if you’re purchasing add-ons to your vehicle, like fabric protection and paint sealant, that is an extra cost that should be calculated into your repayments. It’s important to understand the exact amount that you’ll be paying each month.

4.  What documentation is needed?

To apply for a loan, you’ll need to provide several documents, such as, proof of income and a current pay stub. Also, you may need to acquire comprehensive insurance coverage.

Most important, if you don’t understand something, please be sure to ask us!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Member Profile: George Heinemann - Original Mels Diner

Member Profile: George Heinemann
Career Title: District Manager, Original Mels Diner
Member since: 2000
Reno resident since: 2000
Favorite thing about One Nevada: staff, service, products, and locations


Q: Tell us about Original Mels Diner and how long have you’ been there?
A: Mels dates back to 1947 when Mel Weiss opened his first diner located in San Francisco and success seemed to follow him for a long period. I have been in the industry 40 years and I’m coming up on twenty years with Original Mels, but my previous experience was with Marie Callender’s. There I learned from the ground up with Don Callender while attending high school and college. I believe that foundation helped me to be a value to Original Mels as they expanded back in 1994. I opened their second location in Roseville, California with a percentage of stock from the company. I relocated to Reno to open the Sands Casino property and liked it here so much, I stayed. I’m glad to announce that a second location for Reno will be opening soon in the Damonte Ranch area and hopefully keep Mels roaring out of the past and into the future.

Q: How long have you been in the Restaurant industry?
A: I have been in the industry 40 years.

Q: What is the difference between a Diner and a Restaurant and why does it seem there are so many more Diners on the east coast?
A: Diners did crop up back east, and they were a product of the time being in the city before sprawling suburbia began. They were on every other corner and offered people good home style cooking at affordable prices. Out west, you did eventually see the diners, but they were confined to the cities. Diners are taking the big step to populate suburbia now, and I think they’re viewed more as a restaurant with the nostalgia for our experienced customers.

Q: What is your most popular dish at Mels?
A: With out a doubt; burger, fries and a shake.

Q: What is your funniest or most memorable customer story?
A:  The funniest is when a customer is visiting Mels for the first time, they order the Chicken Fried Steak and once they receive it, tell their server “Excuse me, this isn’t Chicken.” Probably the most touching is a married couple who were so happy we opened a location in Reno, since Mels is their favorite place and also where they met some 50 years ago.

Q: Have any celebrities visited Mels or any well-known Nevadans?
A: Mels has played host to many entertainers, bands, singers and actors that were performing or just visiting Reno. To name a few; Alec Baldwin and his brothers, Kelly Clarkson, some of the cast from the movie American Graffiti, almost everyone who goes to Burning Man, famous bowlers, athletes, cowboys, pilots and racing teams.

Q: With a lot of competition in the restaurant industry these days, what do you think keeps Mels successful?
A: We know our market and we don’t try to be something we are not. Moving forward, we test new menu items that we consider to be healthy comfort food, as well as maintaining our service and food standards. We’ve held true to our concept of good food and service with a side of nostalgia.

Q: How do you stand out above other restaurants in the area?
A: Mels is unique, because the many years that have come and gone, we’ve held true to our concept of good food and service with a side of nostalgia.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing or craziest thing that has happened at Mels diner?
A: I often thought I would write book after opening the Reno location in the Sands Casino Hotel. I believe that being a tourist attraction with so many great events, we have people from all walks of life that come and enjoy the Mels experience. Guests are singing and dancing to the music and dressing up in 50’s attire. We haven’t had any babies born in the restaurant yet, but even on slower days, there’s never a dull moment.

Q: How do most of your patron’s find out about Mels?
A: Original Mels theory on advertising has always been the value of our prepared food, service and environment. Since 1947, people have chosen Mels as a place you can visit and feel connected to - a simple, delicious, comforting lifestyle.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I find setting goals and achieving them with my staff very rewarding, as well as the smile on customers’ faces and great parting comments from guests.

Q: At the credit union, we pride ourselves on five star customer service. What do you look for when hiring servers and what makes a great server?
A: For servers, it’s showtime every shift and some people handle that better than others. Teamwork plays a big part in that. We look for people who are customer service minded, with fun upbeat attitudes and healthy organized work habits.

Q: So what’s your favorite dish on the menu?
A: That’s difficult to answer, but here it goes. Menu items have increased over the years with many items offered, but for Kathy and I, our choice for breakfast is the Vegetarian Omelet with Mels home-style grilled red potatoes. For lunch, we lean towards the Rueben sandwich and Patty Melt with Mels fries. Talking about dinner, we almost always have the Homemade Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and top that off with a Milk shake.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring Diner/Restaurant managers?
A: You’re always striving for consistency in this business and the key, I believe is, to empower your staff through support and training, show them how much they’re appreciated, and listen to your customers and act on their opinions.



Anything else you’d like to share?
Realistically I couldn’t do my job without the support of my lovely wife Kathy and my son Jack. Family is so important, and it’s difficult balancing work and family as everyone knows. That’s the one thing I’m always trying to get better at.

I think all businesses share a similar recipe for quality service and consistency. One Nevada Credit Union rates high because of people like Dana P. who is probably one of the first or second Nevadans I met when moving here 14 years ago. I appreciate the interest and concern she has for family, my business and me. Thanks Dana. Thanks One Nevada Credit Union.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ONE NEVADA CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES $100 Kids Holiday Card Art Contest Winners

One Nevada Credit Union is excited to announce the winners of their third annual Kids Holiday Card Art Contest.  On Tuesday, December 2, the credit union chose one winner from each of the three age category entries and one Grand Prize Winner to be featured on the cover of the Credit Union’s company holiday card.  Each winner received $100.
Charlotte A. was the first prize winner for three to six year olds, Alexandra M. won for the seven to nine year old category and Pricilla R. received first place for 10 to 12 year olds and was chosen as the Grand Prize winner. Priscilla was invited to One Nevada headquarters to receive her life size check and take photos with CFO, Paul Parrish. In addition, Priscilla’s art will be used as the cover of the credit union’s 2014 Holiday Card. All winning artwork can be seen on One Nevada’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1Bxb9N1.

“We thoroughly enjoy reviewing all of the submissions as they come in and are impressed every year with the talent of our local kids,” said Greg Barnes, Senior Vice President Marketing. “We’re excited to give the kids in our community an opportunity to win some extra cash for the holidays. It’s such a fun contest to hold during the holidays and a great way to create a unique locally designed holiday card,” continued Barnes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One Nevada Credit Union Partners with The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program to Donate over 100 Gifts to Local Children

One Nevada Credit Union is proud to announce their partnership this holiday season with the Salvation Army and their Angel Tree Program. This is the credit union’s eighth year collecting holiday gifts for children who are less fortunate.
The Angel Tree Program gives individuals throughout the community the opportunity to provide holiday gifts for children who otherwise might not receive gifts during the holiday season. The Salvation Army carefully screens participating families who receive the gifts. Angel tags with the requested gifts are given out to donating participants in order to fulfill the children’s (“angels”) wishes for particular items.

Credit Union employees had the opportunity to adopt as many “angels” as they wished to provide gifts between $10 and $30 (angels have 2 items on the angel tag listed and both items are requested to be purchased). One Nevada’s Human Resource team provided the tags to participating employees and collected the toys on December 5.  Sixty tags were requested and 120 gifts were provided for the Angel Tree Program.

“It is One Nevada’s pleasure to assist the Salvation Army in making sure that children in our community have gifts to open this holiday season. Our employees look forward to participating in the Angel Tree program every year and bringing joy and smiles to these deserving children, “ said Beth Galofaro, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What's Cooking at One Nevada: Holiday Menu

Here are a few great recipes just in time for the holidays.  Try these tempting new creations on your Holiday menu from our One Nevada Employee Cookbook! 

HOLIDAY BREAKFAST
Ingredients:
8 slices bread with crust removed
15 slices cooked bacon
¾ lb. ham
3 c. cheddar cheese
3 c. milk
6 eggs
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. dry mustard
¼ c. chopped onion
¼ c. chopped green pepper
1 ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Tabasco
½ c. melted margarine or butter
2 c. crushed corn flakes


Line a casserole dish with 4 slices of bread. Layer with the bacon, ham, cheese, onion and peppers. Cover with 4 slices of bread. Pour the mixture of eggs, milk and the other ingredients over the top. Set overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, cover with the crushed corn flakes and pour the melted butter over the top. Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 10 minutes. 

Our employee contributor for this recipe likes to serve this with warmed maple syrup.


GRANDPA’S HOLIDAY JELLO

Ingredients:
1 lg pkg black cherry Jello
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, cubed in ½ inch squares
1 can sweet Bing cherries, pitted
½ c. cocktail sherry
1 c. chopped walnuts

Drain cherries and reserve juice, put cherries in refrigerator.  Boil cherry juice and enough water to equal 1 cup.  Dissolve Jello in cherry juice and water.  Add sherry to liquid Jello and place in refrigerator until soft set.  Add cream cheese, cherries and walnuts.  Gently mix and replace in refrigerator until firm.


EGGNOG POUND CAKE

Ingredients:
1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 eggs
¼ c. melted butter
1 ½ c. eggnog
¼ tsp. nutmeg
2 T. rum
1 can buttercream frosting
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. rum extract

Generously grease a 10-inch bundt pan with soft butter.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine cake mix, nutmeg, eggs and eggnog.  Melt butter and add to mixture along with the rum until blended.  Beat batter until smooth and creamy.  Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool slightly.  Prepare frosting with vanilla and rum extract.  Frost while cake is still warm.

PIE CRUST

Ingredients:
2 c. flour
1 ½ tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/3 c. shortening
1 ½ tsp white vinegar
1 whole egg
¼ c. water

Mix flour, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening. Mix vinegar, egg and water. Add to flour mixture. Add additional flour if needed until right consistency to roll. Do not knead.  Roll out on floured board to size of pan.

Monday, October 20, 2014

One Nevada Receives Second Place Award for “Best Places to Work in Southern Nevada”

One Nevada Credit Union Receives Second Place Award for “Best Places to Work in Southern Nevada” sponsored by Southern Nevada HR Association.
One Nevada Credit Union has been awarded second place among small sized businesses at the 2014 Best Places to Work in Southern Nevada awards luncheon sponsored by Southern Nevada Human Resources Association. One Nevada was honored at the 13th annual awards banquet held on October 10, 2014, attended by nominees, association members and guests.

SNHRA's "Best Places to Work" awards program recognizes top Southern Nevada employers for innovative human resource practices and programs. Amongst many outstanding employee benefits, One Nevada offers generous incentive programs for all employees. Average employee tenure for the credit union is an impressive 10 years. More information about SNHRA and the full list of winners can be found at http://bit.ly/1ySumaG.

 “We are honored to once again be recognized by the Southern Nevada Human Resource Association as one of the best companies to work for in Southern Nevada.”  We take great pride in our positive work environment, our strong corporate culture which fosters and supports leadership, integrity, service and teamwork and most importantly all of the great people that work for this organization,” said Senior Vice President, Human Resources Michael Traficanti.


Background information:

With $714 million in assets, One Nevada Credit Union is the largest locally owned, federally insured Credit Union in the state. It is one of the strongest, well-capitalized credit unions in the country with more 10.8% net worth. One Nevada has 15 branches and over 65 ATMs and serves over 76,000 members. Membership is open to all residents of Clark County, Washoe County and Nye County. The National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. Government Agency, insures member deposits at One Nevada. For more information, visit https://www.onenevada.org.
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