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Best Life Podcast | Altra Federal Credit Union
16 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Episode 7: Pay For and Paying Less for College
With the cost of higher education rising, it’s now more important than ever to take steps to make college more affordable. In this episode we look at ways to pay for, and how to save money, when it comes to going to college. We speak with Lyndsey Thomas who is a Financial Resource Coordinator at Western Technical College in La Crosse (westerntc.edu/financial-aid), Director of Strategic Partnerships at Student Choice (altra.studentchoice.org) Denice Burmeister, and Ryan Sperling along with Bo Bassindale who are both Financial Peer Mentors at It Make$ Cents (uwlax.edu/it-makes-cents) at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
14 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Episode 6: NetGiver and Supporting Nonprofit Organizations
As we start to turn the corner on the pandemic, and life begins to return to something that more closely resembles normal, it’s more important than ever to support charities and nonprofit organizations that improve lives and also our communities. In this episode, we look at an app that Altra has partnered with called NetGiver, which makes sure all of the money you donate to a charity, goes to that charity or nonprofit organization with no fees! Tony speaks with the CEO of NetGiver (netgiverapp.com), Eric Berg, to learn more about it and how it helps our members and nonprofit organzations. We are also joined by Cheryl Dutton, who is the VP of Marketing at Altra; Shawn Hauser who is Altra’s Community Relations Manager, and we also discuss the importance of donations and community support to nonprofits with Lindsey Hemker, who is the Development Manager at Spark Children’s Museum (sparkrochestermn.org) in Rochester, MN.
16 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Episode 5: Rose Capital of America – Tyler, Texas
June is National Rose Month and we are learning more about Altra in the Rose Capital of America, Tyler, TX! Tony speaks with Brian Selph, Retail Market President; Esmeralda Molina, Retail Market Manager; Justin Davenport, Office Manager – South Broadway; and Daisy Phillips, Community Engagement Coordinator. We learn more about a couple of building projects, the services and technology you can find at our Tyler area offices, and how the Rose Capital of America is doing as we are starting to come out of the pandemic.
14 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode 4: Business Banking
It is an understatement to say that Covid has had an effect on many current businesses and employers in variety of ways, many not exactly positive…but it’s also worth noting that the pandemic has also led to a boom in new businesses being created. A recent study has shown that more than 4.4 million businesses were created in 2020. Tony Beyer speaks with two of Altra Federal Credit Union’s Business Banking Relationship Managers — Emily Medvecky and Walt Smanski — to learn what new business owners need to know to get off to a successful start and how Altra can help.
15 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 3: Financial Literacy & CU Youth Month
April is Financial Literacy Month and it’s also Credit Union Youth Month. While this April may look different than in years past, Altra has some exciting news and ways to help youth live their best lives including using dinosaurs to promote saving money, a new spend account with rewards, and a $10,000 scholarship for college. Altra’s Youth Services Manager, Danielle Anderson, speaks with Tony to discuss what’s going on around Altra in April.
15 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Episode 2: Real Estate
Low interest rates have many wondering if now is the right time to purchase, or refinance their home? Tony speaks with VP of Real Estate Services Craig Sacia and La Crosse Area Market Manager Tara Mayberry on what members should know about the housing market, what to expect when buying or refinancing a home, and the importance of getting pre-approved to move quickly on your dream home!
15 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Episode 1: Internet Security
The pandemic has many doing more online than they ever have before, whether it's working, shopping, or socializing. While technology and the internet have created many conveniences for our everyday lives, it's also created more opportunities for fraud and scams. Tony speaks with Ian Nicholson, Senior Information Security Administrator at Altra Federal Credit Union about how to keep your information, accounts, and finances safe while online.
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