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We are a not-for-profit financial institution committed to having your best interest at heart.

Our Values

We value our employees, members and the communities we serve, sharing their commitment to honesty, integrity and respect for the hard-earned dollar. By building strong relationships, we strive to be our members’ trusted financial advisors, navigating customized solutions to support their financial goals. Simply put, we are people helping people.

We owe our longstanding relationships with our members to the commitments we make every day. At Fort Financial, we are committed to:

Our Story

Fort Financial Federal Credit Union began in 1946 when the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions approved the charter for Salisbury Axle Federal Credit Union. Just two years later, membership was at 591 and growing. By 1960 membership had almost doubled and for the next several decades up to the present time, this number would rapidly increase.

In 1977, the credit union’s name was changed from Salisbury Axle Federal Credit Union to Dana Corporation Federal Credit Union. The following year, a new Fort Wayne, Indiana facility was built just south of the plant on Spring Street.

The credit union officially became Fort Financial Federal Credit Union in December of 2002, and the new name was adopted at the 56th annual meeting in February 2003.

As the credit union continues to grow, a new corporate headquarters opened January 3, 2023 on the northwest side of Fort Wayne, at the intersection of Lima and Wallen roads. A new branch on the northeast side of Fort Wayne, at the corner of Maplecrest and Saint Joe Centers Roads, opened on November 14, 2022, while the credit union's newest branch at the corner of Illinois Road and Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne opened April 24, 2023. These new branches will be configured to better serve the changing needs of our members.

Currently, Fort Financial operates 9 branches in Indiana, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Leadership

Executive Management Team

Name Title
Steve R. Collins President & CEO
J. A. Arnold Senior Vice President & Chief Lending Officer
Michael Stratton CFO & Vice President of Strategic Services
Rob Anderson Vice President of Information Technology
Jessica Davis Vice President of Member Experience

Board of Directors

Name Organization
Jeff Leichty (Chair) Indiana Tech
Shelly Musolf (Vice Chair) Indiana Tech
Tammy Long (Treasuer) TransUnion
Sarah Delgadillo (Secretary) Wabash City Schools
Bryan Sharp PERRY proTECH
Steve Collins Fort Financial
Darius Darling Brotherhood Mutual
George Eldridge (Emeritus Board Member) Retired (Dana Corp.)

Supervisory Committee

Name Organizaton
Karen Platt (Chair) Retired (Fort Financial)
Elise Faber Saint Francis/DWD CPAs and Advisors
Leah Stoffel Saint Francis/FORVIS

Associate Board Members

Name Organization
Matt Carsten Carsten Oil
Greg Martin Dana Corp.

Branch Management

Assistant Vice Presidents/Regional Managers Branches
Kristie Gerke Fort Wayne
Amber Jordan Auburn, Angola, Churubusco, Corinth & Gastonia
Branch Managers Branch
Robert Kirkland Corporate (Lima and Wallen Roads)
Susie Ray Angola
Amber Jordan Auburn
Churubusco
Kelley LeBlanc Corinth
Allen Schilb Dupont Road
Lori Thomas Gastonia
Maplecrest (St. Joe Center and Maplecrest Roads)
Kristie Gerke Parkwest (Illinois Road and West Jefferson Blvd.)