Florida OFR promotes Brinkley to Credit Union Bureau Chief
Sept. 27, 2019 — Mr. Brinkley has been with the OFR since July 2005. He started as a Credit Union examiner in our then Jacksonville Field Office. He quickly rose and became an analyst in Tallahassee Headquarters, serving both in the Credit Union Bureau and South Florida Banking Bureau. He earned a promotion to the Financial Administrator over the South Florida Banking Bureau in 2012, before rejoining the Tallahassee Credit Union Field Office as a supervisor in 2014 and becoming Area Financial Manager in 2017. Ben Brinkley replaces former Credit Union Bureau Chief Bruce Ricca.

After urging by LSCU, FL Bar adopts amendment clearing path on IOLTAs
Aug. 2, 2016 — At the urging of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU), the Florida Bar has passed an amendment to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar relating to Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTAs) to give attorneys the opportunity to open their trust accounts at credit unions.

State finalizes acquisition of bank by credit union
State and federal regulators approved acquisition of Calusa Bank, a $165 million state-chartered bank in Sarasota and Charlotte counties, by Achieva CU in Dunedin.

Florida’s credit unions hit records in memberships, deposits
July 2, 2015 — Florida’s credit unions surged to new highs in membership and assets, according to the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates..

Newly Merged First Florida Credit Union Wins National Award
April 16, 2015 – The merger of two institutions—no matter how closely matched—is always a challenging process.

Florida, Alabama Credit Unions Recognize Lawmakers

April 13, 2015 – The Florida Credit Union Association and the Alabama CU Association handed out their 2014 Lawmaker of the Year awards in their respective states.

Merger in the Works for First Florida and State Employees Credit Unions
May 21, 2014 – Jacksonville, Fla. – Two longtime Jacksonville-based credit unions are taking steps towards merging. The merger between First Florida Credit Union and State Employees Credit Union, which compete head-to-head in Florida, would make the combined institution the third largest credit union in Jacksonville, behind VyStar Credit Union and Community First Credit Union. The credit union will operate under the First Florida name.



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