Shih-Shan Tan and Ron Vogel are recipients of the credit union’s Grow Your Green grand prize for their insightful saving strategies
San Jose, CA (January 7, 2010) —Technology Credit Union (Tech CU) is proud to announce that Ron Vogel of San Jose, Calif., has been selected the Tech CU Grow Your Green Super Saver of 2009. As a result, he has received a $1,000 cash prize from the credit union. Tech CU launched its Grow Your Green campaign and online community last March, in an effort to support and encourage members to set and achieve savings goals throughout the year. On Dec. 15, Tech CU picked the 2009 Super Saver—someone who had been actively saving and participating in the community—awarding $1,000 toward their savings goal.
Not only did Vogel save consistently all year to reach his financial goals, he also shared many of his valuable money-saving tips with other Grow Your Green members. From advice on investing to tips on finding free music and videos on the Internet, Vogel regularly contributed to the Grow Your Green community, posting several blog entries each week.
“We worked hard to win this,” Vogel said with his wife, Shih-Shan Tan, beside him. “This was a team effort. Shih-Shan would look for story ideas and then I would research them and develop them into blog posts. We wrote them with our own experiences of spending and saving in mind.”
One of those experiences came when Vogel was just six years old. “I loaned my grandfather $20 and a week later, he gave me $30—to cover the full amount, plus interest,” he explained. “That’s when I learned that if I was smart with money, I could make more of it.”
Vogel has since tried to share his money management skills with others. This time it has paid off—literally.
“We knew that more people were being affected by the economy last year so we wanted to help them focus on saving,” said Kathleen Litman, vice president of marketing at Tech CU. “From the start, we designed the Grow Your Green site to encourage comments from, and interaction between, the participants who were saving toward a particular goal. Ron was a major contributor and really cared about helping others. We’re thrilled he’s our Super Saver.”
Tech CU thanks all its members who participated in Grow Your Green. The campaign ended Dec. 31, but the credit union will continue to offer money-saving tips and articles on personal finance topics through Tech CU’s main blog (www.techcublog.com) and in-house magazine, Money Savvy, both which can be accessed at or through the Tech CU website, www.techcu.com.
ABOUT TECHNOLOGY CREDIT UNIONTechnology Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving individuals who work, live, go to school or regularly worship in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Tech CU was started in 1960 and is now among the top 1 percent of the nation’s largest credit unions. It is recognized as one of the best managed and strongest financial institutions in the country, as indicated by Tech CU’s 5-star rating from Bauer Financial, the nation’s largest independent rating service for banks and credit unions. With more than 78,000 members, over $1.2 billion in assets and 10 full-service branches around the Bay Area, Tech CU is a leader in the credit union industry. For more information, visit www.techcu.com.
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