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Colonial Holds Third Annual Diversity and Inclusion Celebrationhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonial_Holds_Third_Annual_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Celebration.aspxColonial Holds Third Annual Diversity and Inclusion Celebration<p>​On Friday, August 16, Colonial held our third annual Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) celebration. This year's theme, "One Colonial. One Community." was chosen because of Colonial's ongoing efforts to support our local communities through volunteer work, donations and other means of support. </p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"></p>​ <p>Colonial's annual D&I Celebration is an event that recognizes the importance of diversity, not just visual diversity, like gender or ethnicity, but also diversity of ideas, perspective, passions and beliefs. We also recognize the importance of having an inclusive culture built on respect and trust that encourages everyone to embrace th​e unique talents they have to offer.</p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Colonial celebrates Women's History Month by wearing purple" src="/community/PublishingImages/DSC_4251_smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:266px;" /> <p>​The organizations in attendance were the​ <a href="https://www.bgcgtc.org/" target="_blank">Boys and Girls Club of Tarrant County</a>​​, <a href="https://www.transforminglives.org/" target="_blank">the Center for Transforming Lives</a>, Fort Worth ISD, Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth, <a href="https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-chisholmtrail/" target="_blank">Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail</a>, <a href="http://ladderalliance.org/" target="_blank">Ladder Alliance</a>, <a href="https://www.loveacts.org/" target="_blank">Love Acts</a>, <a href="https://www.optimistclubfortworth.org/" target="_blank">Optimist Club of Fort Worth</a>, <a href="https://rmhfw.org/" target="_blank">Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth</a>, <a href="https://www.safehaventc.org/" target="_blank">Safe Haven</a>, <a href="https://samaritanhouse.org/" target="_blank">Samaritan House</a>, <a href="https://www.unitedwaytarrant.org/?fbclid=IwAR2tWcubfae792xzdn-cD1mhgyG-G3YVCB9gQcfvzzz0vR2ffloB4LI8UPA" target="_blank">United Way of Tarrant County</a> and <a href="https://www.womenscentertc.org/" target="_blank">the Women's Center of Tarrant County</a>. </p><p>In addition to inviting our community partners to this year's celebration was special guest speaker Kam Phillips of Dream Delivered. Phillips gave two inspiring presentations that were also live-streamed to employees who were unable to attend in person. She spoke about her work with Dream Delivered and making an impact in the community.</p><p>After last year's successful school supply drive that saw hundreds of donations to support two Fort Worth-area schools, Colonial wanted to hold a donation drive to support another local organization: The Women's Shelter of Tarrant County.</p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Colonial celebrates Women's History Month by wearing purple" src="/community/PublishingImages/DSC_4264_smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:266px;" /> <p>Dozens of items were donated to help support the organization whose mission is: "to inspire and empower women, men and children to overcome violence, crisis and poverty."</p><p>For the third consecutive year Colonial had food trucks on-site for lunch and employees enjoyed fun-filled music and a photo booth to celebrate the occasion. Employees also received a "One Colonial. One Community." tumbler.</p><p>Off-site branches held custom celebrations at their various locations and tuned in to watch the live stream of the guest speaker. CU Members Mortgage, a division of Colonial, enjoyed a fun-filled celebration that included games, yummy food and collected donations for Hope's Door New Beginning Center, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to building lives without violence in the Plano, Texas community.</p><p>Colonial's D&I Celebration will reach far beyond the event in August. For the first time Colonial is holding a month-long "One Colonial, One Community Team Volunteer Challenge."</p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Colonial celebrates Women's History Month by wearing purple" src="/community/PublishingImages/DSC_4295_smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:266px;" />​ <p>For the entire month of October, employees are encouraged to volunteer with their favorite local organizations and keep a record of the amount of time they have volunteered. At the end of the month, the winning team will be the branch or department that volunteers the most hours based on average time per employee. </p><p>The winning team will receive the "Jimmy Trophy," named after Colonial's beloved founder, Jimmy DuBose.</p><p>We would like to thank all of our community partners, employees and D&I Ambassadors for making this event a success. We look forward to providing more updates from our inaugural "One Colonial, One Community Team Volunteer Challenge" as we continue to give back to our wonderful communities.</p><p> ​<br> </p>2019-08-27T04:00:00Z
Colonial in the Community – Spring 2019http://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonial_in_the_Community_Spring_2019.aspxColonial in the Community – Spring 2019<p>​​​​​​​​​​The spring season is upon us. As we welcome warmer weather, longer days and of course, home buying season, we never forget the communities we serve. For decades Colonial has provided grants, co​​mm​unity service and other services to help those who are less fortunate. Below we have some highlights of what we’ve been up to in the community this spring.​</p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">​<strong>Women’s Center o​​​f Tarrant ​​County D​​onation</strong></span></p><p> <img class="alignright wp-image-4215" src="http://www.colonialwalletwisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/womendonation.jpg" width="300" height="300" alt="" style="float:right;margin:5px;padding:0px;display:inline;" />The Colonial Savings Foundation recently provided a generous donation in support of the Women’s Center of Tarrant County. The donation will provide assistance to the center’s Employment Solutions program which works to provide holistic support to help women and men achieve their career and financial goals through integrated coachin​​g services.</p><p>In Picture: From left to right: Roberta Rotond​o, Women’s Center Events Manager and Laura Cadahia, SVP Human Resources – Colonial. </p><p></p><p></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Colonial Celebrates 25 Year​s w​ith Meals on Wheels</strong></p><p> <img class="alignleft wp-image-4215" src="http://www.colonialwalletwisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Meals-on-Wheels2.jpg" width="300" height="300" alt="" style="float:left;margin:5px;padding:0px;display:inline;" />Colonial celebrated an exciting milestone of 25 years of support for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County! Meals on Wheels recently honored Colonial’s 25 years of service by donating a co​​mmemorative brick in the entry way to their Tarrant County headquarters in Haltom City, Texas.</p><p>Meals on Whee​ls Mission Statement is: “To promote the dignity and independence of older adults, persons with disabilities, and other homebound persons by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services.”</p><p>Meals On Wheels​, Inc. of Tarrant County is a nonprofit charitable organization that started in 1973. They now provide approximately​​ 1 million meals each year to citizens in need.</p><p>Pictured from le​​ft to right: Colonial Meals on Wheels Volunteers Blynda Coe, Jim DuBose, Jessica Craig, Bryan Korb, Dan Hagan and Laura Cadahia</p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;">​<br></p><h2 style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;margin:5px 0px 10px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"></h2><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Hendrick Scholarship​​ Founda​tion Donation</strong></p><p> <img class="alignright wp-image-4215" src="http://www.colonialwalletwisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Hendrick-Scholarship-Foundation2.jpg" width="300" height="300" alt="" style="float:right;margin:5px;padding:0px;display:inline;" />Colonial proudly supports the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation (HSF) of Plano, Texas. HSF’s mission is to provide Plano Independent School District students and graduates aged 14 -19 who have overcome adversity with scholarships and support services to promote success in lif​​e by providing coaching/mentoring, educational planning, career guidance, referrals to community resources to assist with meeting basic living needs, life skills and personal development workshops.</p><p>Founded in 1991 by a gr​​oup of community businessmen and leaders, HSF has awarded more than $1 million dollars in scholarships to more than 300 students.</p><p>Pictured from left to right: John C​​alhoun, SVP Internal Audit – Colonial and Nancy Humphrey, Executive Director – HSF.</p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> </p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Junior Achie​​vement​ Donation</strong></p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> <img class="alignleft wp-image-4215" src="http://www.colonialwalletwisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Junior-Achievement-Donation-2019-Cindy-Hames-President2.jpg" width="300" height="300" alt="" style="float:left;margin:5px;padding:0px;display:inline;" /> </p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> </p><p>On Tuesday, April 16, the Colonial Savings Foundation presented a generous donation of $4,000 to support Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail’s (JA) financial literacy development programs. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organizatio​n dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.</p><p>Pictured from​ left to right: Robert Turner, VP – CRA Officer – Colonial and Cindy Hames, President of Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail in Fort Worth.</p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> </p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> </p><p style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> </p><h2 style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;margin:5px 0px 10px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> <strong style="border:0px;font-family:inherit;font-style:inherit;margin:0px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;"> <br></strong></h2><h2 style="border:0px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;margin:5px 0px 10px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#333333;"> <strong style="border:0px;font-family:inherit;font-style:inherit;margin:0px;outline:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;"> <br></strong></h2><p></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Samaritan House​​​​ Donation</strong></p><p></p><p> <img class="alignright wp-image-4215" src="http://www.colonialwalletwisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Samaritan-House2.jpg" width="300" height="300" alt="" style="float:right;margin:5px;padding:0px;display:inline;" />On Wednesday, April 24, Colonial prese​nted Samaritan House of Fort Worth with a donation to support their continued efforts to create a supportive community by providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.</p><p>Colonial will also be serving as a sponsor to Samaritan House’s Joe’s Run, an annual 5k/10k with all proceeds benefitting their worthwhile​​ cause.</p><p>Pictured from right to left​: Norbert White, President and CEO – Samaritan House, Robert Turner, VP – CRA Officer – Colonial, Heather Ly, VP and CFO – Samaritan House, Darla Tate, Director of Development – Samaritan House and Drew Byrne, Corporate Marketing Manager – VP – Colonial.</p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">YGC36 Don​​​​ation</strong></p><p>Colonial supports the YGC36 Youth Development Program with funding specifically provided for the expanded educational opportunities of the scho​​lar athletes served by the organization. Beyond building its tutoring platform, the YGC36 program provides encouragement by serving as a key resource for these students to gain needed exposure to college scouting offices through competition at higher level venues.</p><p>Pictured is the 2019 YG​​C36 team.</p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"><strong>Tarrant County Food B​​</strong><strong>​ank Spo​nsorship</strong></span></p><p>Colonial is excited to serve as a VIP Table Sponsor for the 17th annual Empty Bowls Luncheon. The Empty Bowls Luncheon is an annual event that benefits Tarrant Area Food Bank’s (TAFB) work to fight hunger i​​n the community. TAFB is the primary source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties.</p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Easterseals North Texa​​​s – Hats off to M​​​others Sponsorship</strong></p><p>Colonial is proud to serve as the “Boater” hat sponsor for the Easterseals North Texas’ Seventh Annual Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon. Hats Off to Mothers honors Fort Worth women who have made significan​​t contributions to their families and the Fort Worth Community.</p><p>Easterseals North T​exas is a nonprofit organization that has provided services for individuals with disabilities and their families since 1939. Each year they assist more than 5,000 individuals of all abilities.</p><p>We’re just gettin​g started! Thank you to all of the generous Colonial employees who donate their time to help support all of these wonderful organizations.</p>2019-06-20T04:00:00Z
Introducing: Colonial’s Spanish Language Home Loan Portalhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Introducing_Colonials_Spanish_Language_Home_Loan_Portal.aspxIntroducing: Colonial’s Spanish Language Home Loan Portal<p>Colonial is proud and excited to introduce our new, Spanish language home loan portal. The <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/home.aspx">Spanish Language Home Loan Portal</a> continues the theme that GoColonial.com set forth when it was launched in April 2016 – education and information. Current and potential customers alike can find information on all of Colonial’s home loan products and are encouraged to contact one of our knowledgeable <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loan-officers.aspx">Spanish-speaking Loan Officers</a> that will assist them in all phases of the mortgage process – all in one place.</p><p>Colonial decided to launch a Spanish language portal in an effort to reach customers that may have previously been hesitant to inquire about purchasing a home due to language barriers. <img class="alignright ms-rte-paste-setimagesize" src="http://www.colonialwalletwisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/spanish-alternate3.jpg" alt="Introducing: Colonial’s Spanish Language Home Loan Portal" width="320" style="float:right;margin:0px 0px 10px 10px;padding:0px;display:inline;" />According to the National Association of Hispan​ic Real Estate Professionals ® (NAHREP®), Hispanics will account for more than half of all new homeowners over the next several years.</p><p>“Colonial has been assisting individuals and families with their home loan financing needs for more than 67 years,” said David Motley, President. “Our new Spanish language home loan portal allows us the opportunity to better serve our community by providing information not only about Colonial as a whole, but our full suite of home loan products. We understand the importance for Spanish-speaking customers to be able to review various mortgage programs in the language that they are most comfortable with, and have the ability to call or email a Spanish-speaking loan officer who will be available to answer any questions they may have about moving forward.”</p><p>Now Spanish-speaking customers have the ability to browse Colonial’s full suite of home loan products and offerings including <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loantypes/prestamo-convencional.aspx">Conventional</a>, <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loantypes/hipotecas-de-administracion-federal-de-vivienda.aspx">FHA</a>, <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loantypes/prestamos-de-veteranos.aspx">VA</a>, <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loantypes/prestamo-usda.aspx">USDA</a>, <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/home.aspx">Jumbo</a>, <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loantypes/prestamo-de-condominio.aspx">Condo</a>, <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loantypes/prestamos-de-construccion.aspx">Construction</a>, <a href="/Pages/spanish/homeloans/loantypes/prestamo-de-refinanciacion.aspx">Refinance</a>, and more – all in their native language.</p><p>It is important to note that while Spanish-speakers have the ability to browse home loan products and contact a Spanish-speaking loan officer, all transaction documents and disclosures will be provided in English. Translation and interpretation, if required, will be the responsibility of the applicant.</p><p>Stay tuned for more updates as Colonial continues to look for ways to better serve our customers and communities, alike.</p>2019-05-29T04:00:00Z
Colonial Savings, F.A. Named Fannie Mae 2018 STAR™ Performerhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonial_Savings_FA_Named_Fannie_Mae_2018_STAR_Performer.aspxColonial Savings, F.A. Named Fannie Mae 2018 STAR™ Performer<p>​Colonial Savings, F.A. has again been named a Fannie Mae STAR™ Performer in General Servicing for 2018. Fannie Mae’s Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards™, or STAR™ Program, recognizes those who have demonstrated best practices in a number of servicing categories including a review of relevant people, strategies, processes and applicable metrics.<img class="alignright wp-image-4996" src="http://www.colonialwalletwisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2018-STAR-seals_general_servicing.jpg" width="245" height="240" alt="" style="float:right;margin:5px;padding:0px;display:inline;" /></p><p>This award comes on the heels of the launch of Colonial’s Mortgage Services’ new state-of-the-art website that is designed to make it easier than ever for Colonial customers to make a mortgage payment, access FAQs, schedule automatic payments and more.</p><p>“We are very proud to again be named a Fannie Mae STAR™ Performer,” said Tim Neer, SVP, Director of Loan Servicing. “Colonial continues to be a top-tier mortgage servicer year after year. Being awarded this distinction helps to solidify the fact that we continue to make positive changes for our customers.”</p><p>“Colonial has been a customer-first company since it was founded as Fort Worth Mortgage Corporation in 1952,” said J. David Motley, President. “Colonial has continued to improve the customer experience, embracing the latest technology and other methods to ensure our customers receive the level of service they have come to expect over the last 67 plus years.”</p><h2>About Colonial</h2><p>​Founded in 1952 as Fort Worth Mortgage Corporation, today Colonial is a national, multi-service financial institution headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. A federally charted thrift, Colonial is one of the largest servicers of residential mortgage loans in the United States, with a servicing portfolio of $26 Billion. Colonial operates three mortgage origination divisions, Colonial National Mortgage, a leading retail mortgage lender; CU Members Mortgage, which provides mortgage services credit unions nationwide; and Community Bankers Mortgage, which provides mortgage origination and servicing to community banks as well as a network of eight consumer/commercial banks located throughout North Central Texas. It is also affiliated with Colonial Life Insurance Company of Texas, DuBose & Associates Insurance and Colonial Lloyds. The privately held company provides a full array of personal and business financial products and originates approximately $1.5 billion in FHA, VA, Jumbo, conventional, condo and innovative single close construction loans annually.</p>2019-03-25T04:00:00Z
Mortgage Services Launches New Payment Websitehttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Mortgage_Services_Launches_New_Payment_Website.aspxMortgage Services Launches New Payment Website<p>​​​​​​​​​​​​Mortgage Services is excited to introduce a new-and-improved website that makes it even easier to access and submit your mortgage loan payments. Our new payment system and website has a number of enhanced features including a modern and mobile-friendly design, automatic and one-time payment features, the ability to view multiple loans from one login and so much more.</p><p>“As one of the most recognized mortgage servicers in the country, Mortgage Services is always looking for ways to improve the overall customer experience,” said Tim Neer, SVP, Director of Loan Servicing. “Our new payment system and website allows you to make your mortgage payments easier than ever and gives more flexibility to our customers who would like to schedule or set up automatic payments to fit their schedules.”</p><p>Register today for online access to review the wonderful features and benefits, or log in to your existing account. New features include:</p><p></p><ul><li>Modernized and simplified home page</li><li>View all of your loans through a single user ID and password</li><li>Link to our new Insurance Service options</li><li>Easy-to-navigate menus and mobile-friendly technology</li><li>Make one-time payments on your mobile device, anytime</li><li>​Sign-up for automatic payment plans</li><li>Store your banking information in our convenient “wallet feature” for faster online payments</li><li>Access self-service options to make account updates or requests</li></ul>​​ <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 0ac72613-fc43-4ff3-9c1e-88eee13f4c2a" id="div_0ac72613-fc43-4ff3-9c1e-88eee13f4c2a" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_0ac72613-fc43-4ff3-9c1e-88eee13f4c2a" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​ <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 14fbce8f-f91b-49ff-9cd7-61cb6b92a9f5" id="div_14fbce8f-f91b-49ff-9cd7-61cb6b92a9f5" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_14fbce8f-f91b-49ff-9cd7-61cb6b92a9f5" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​​ <p></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 37ca56d0-5403-4904-9438-00a2d9fc7c6f" id="div_37ca56d0-5403-4904-9438-00a2d9fc7c6f" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_37ca56d0-5403-4904-9438-00a2d9fc7c6f" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​ <p></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 7c026870-8096-48cc-8934-3127f3e5c20b" id="div_7c026870-8096-48cc-8934-3127f3e5c20b" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_7c026870-8096-48cc-8934-3127f3e5c20b" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​2019-02-12T05:00:00Z
Colonial Donates Holiday Packages to Troopshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonial_Donates_Holiday_Packages_to_Troops.aspxColonial Donates Holiday Packages to Troops<p>​​​​​​The holiday season is a time that many of us take for granted. We’re able to spend the holidays surrounded by our friends and loved ones, laughing and telling stories as we exchange gifts and enjoy a special meal.</p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/troopsimage1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" /> <p>But for many of the brave men and women who currently serve in the military, spending the holidays with friends and family isn’t always an option.</p><p>As we sleep soundly, they are tasked with protecting our country. They are stationed on bases, ships and submarines around the globe, often hundreds or thousands of miles away from their loved ones. Their job is a dangerous one, and we wanted to make sure their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed this year.</p><p>Continuing with a tradition that began in 2015, Colonial held our annual Holiday for the Troops drive. Once again, we were blown away by the support of our employees as they donated hundreds of items including holiday cards, cookies, chips, candy, toiletries, movies, games and so much more.​​</p><p>This year, items donated were given to the men and ​​​​women of the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112, or VMFA – 112. This group of brave men and women – nicknamed the Cowboys – are part of the United States Marine Corps F/A -18 Hornet squadron and is tasked with both maintaining and flying these aircraft for military use.</p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/community/PublishingImages/troopsimage2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" />​​​The idea to donate to this squadron came from Samantha Koppang, Servicing Administrator, whose husband previously served with the VMFA – 112.​ <p>“It can be hard being away from family and friends during the holiday season, so being able to reach out and give gifts to these men and women means the world,” said Koppang. “I think that it’s so important to remind them that they are appreciated and that their sacrifice doesn’t go unnoticed. This unit, in particular, is close to my heart, so it meant even more to be able to give these gifts and remind them that their community was thinking about them during the holiday season.”</p><p>Koppang was in contact with Staff Sergeant Scott Kupres, who escorted her on base along with Colonial’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (D&I) members Marlon Walker, Mail Center Supervisor and Graham Ashley, Public Relations & Content Manager.</p><p>While on base, the three presented the donated gifts along with some Colonial swag to the VMFA – 112, who were very appreciative to receive these gifts just in time for Christmas.</p><p>“It made me very happy to see people bring gifts to the Marines,” Said Kupres. “I think of them as family, especially the new Marines. They still miss being back at home. They work very hard and they do it because they believe in something bigger than themselves. Seeing that the people are behind them and care enough about them to send gifts was a true blessing.”</p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/troopsimage3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" />​​ ​ <p>After the gifts were presented, Ashley, Koppang and Walker were taken on a special tour of the hangar where the Marines repair and maintain their aircraft.</p><p>“It can be pretty easy to get caught up in our own lives, so being able to see first-hand the impact Colonial’s donations have on these men and women was certainly a rewarding and unique experience,” said Ashley. “It was also really great to see the kind of work these men and women do every day as they serve our country.”</p><p>We would like to extend a special thank you to Staff Sergeant Kupres for being such a great contact and host throughout the entire process.</p><p>Thank you to all of our employees who donated items to benefit these Marines. It’s truly amazing to see our employees join together for such a worthwhile cause. We look forward to next year where we hope it will be even bigger and better! Oorah!</p>​2019-01-24T05:00:00Z
Colonial in the Community - Fall/Winter Recaphttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonial_in_the_Community_Fall_Winter_Recap.aspxColonial in the Community - Fall/Winter Recap<p>​​​​​​​​​​​​Colonial takes an immense amount of pride in serving our local communities. Whether it be providing grants t​o benefit underprivileged individuals, volunteering at area events or providing homebuyer and banking education, Colonial believes in doin​g the right thing for our neighbors and customers alike. Here’s what we’ve been up to in the community this fall.​​</p> ​ <p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Cleburne Education Foundation<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter01.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><p>In late September, The Colonial Savings Foundation gave​​​ a grant donation to the Cleburne Education Foundation (CEF) whose mission is "to enhance the learning opportunities for students and teachers of the Cleburne Independent School district." ​​​</p><p>CEF’s current goals include:</p><ul><li><p>To raise private dollars from the community to invest in projects and programs in Cleburne ISD not funded by local, state or federal tax dollars.</p></li><li><p>To support teachers and administrators in their efforts to provide the most innovative and creative learning opportunities for their students.</p></li><li><p>To work together with the community and Cleburne ISD so all Cleburne students can achieve their dreams.</p></li></ul><p>We were thrilled to donate to such a worthwhile organization.</p><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">National Cyber Security Awareness Month​</strong></p><p>October marked National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Month encourages vigilance and protection by all computer users.  </p><p>Throughout the month of October, Colonial provided links to facts, tips and best practices about how to stay safe online. We feel that it’s extremely important to educate our customers and employees alike about how to avoid cyber threats. Visit our <a href="/Pages/fraud/fraud-awareness.aspx">Cyber Security and Fraud Awareness Section​</a> for a full list of resources.</p><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Young Women's Leadership Academy<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter02.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><p>In October, the Colonial Savings Foundation was proud to give a donation of $2​,500 to the Youn​g Women's Leadership Academy of Fort Worth (YWLA). YWLA offers girl​s a dynamic learning experience that encourages critical thinking, inspires confidence and nurtures the intellectual and social development necessary for success in college and life.</p><div> <br>  </div><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Boulder Golf Tournament Sponsorship​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter03.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><div><p>Colonial National Mortgage’s Boulder Branch was proud to serve as a sponsor of the Colorado National Guard Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament.</p><p>According to the Colorado National Guard Foundation website, the organization has been serving Soldiers, Airmen and their families since 1991 and assists Colorado Guard members who experience financial hardships and other immediate family emergencies.</p><p>Our Boulder team was in attendance and enjoyed an afternoon of golf in support of this noble cause.</p></div><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Colonial donates headphones to Harrison Lane Elementary​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter04.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><p>When Harrison Lane Elementary School of Hurst, Texas found that they did not have enough headphones for their computer lab, they asked via Facebook if there was anyone out there willing to give a donation. Colonial Loan Officer <a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=James%20Wilson">James Wilson</a> wanted to help.</p><p>“I found out about their need for headphones while looking at a Resurrecting South Hurst Facebook page,” said Wilson. “Since I work and live in Hurst, this caught my attention because not only is it helping the community, but I believe it sends a positive message to the kids that go to school there.”</p><p>Wilson reached out to Colonial’s Marketing Department to see what could be done and they were more than happy to purchase and donate more than 35 headphones to support the school.​​​</p><p> <br> </p><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Veteran's Day</strong></p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter05.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" />Colonial is a proud supporter of our country’s Veterans. A lot of people may not know that Colonial was actually founded by a veteran. Jimmy DuBose started Colonial in 1952 after he returned from serving as a bomber pilot in World War II.      </p><p>For more than six decades, Colonial has celebrated this nation’s Veterans. A number of Colonial employees and U.S. Military Veterans were recognized for their service and sacrifices for our country. ​</p><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Junior Achievement</strong></p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter06.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" />Another tradition we continued this year was partnering with Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail. We had the privilege of working with three amazing groups of students from Stripling Middle School and Trimble Tech High School of Fort Worth, respectively. Volunteers from Colonial worked with students to teach them about financial literacy, healthy spending and savings habits, budgeting and more. As a bonus, Trimble Tech students visited Colonial’s Corporate Headquarters for a tour of the campus and one-on-one discussions with employees.              </p><p>To further show our support, Colonial was happy to give a donation to each of these teachers to help provide school supplies and other learning materials.</p><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Stripling Middle School Donation<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter07.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 10px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><p>On Wednesday, November 14, Jim DuBose presented a donation to Stripling Middle School in Fort Worth to benefit the many education programs offered. DuBose was also asked to attend their Academic Awards Ceremony as a special guest that was held in the Jimmy DuBose Auditorium, named after Colonial Founder and Jim’s father.                           </p><div><div><div><p>Every six weeks, Stripling holds a ceremony to honor students who have shown outstanding work in academia and rewards them for school spirt and perfect attendance.</p></div></div></div><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">New Hope Christian Academy<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter08.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><p>The Colonial Savings Foundation was proud to present our year end 2018 CRA Donation to support the educational programs and community outreach of the New Hope Christian Academy (NHCA).</p><p>NHCA was established as an urban center pre-school and elementary education facility in downtown Plano, Texas. The academy provides encouragement towards hands-on leadership and community service opportunities, tuition and financial assistance to low income families.</p><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">City of Cleburne's Annual Christmas Parade<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter09.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><p>On Sunday December 9th, Colonial's Cleburne Banking Center participated in the City of Cleburne’s annual Christmas Parade.                      </p><div><div><p>Jerry Payne, Senior Relationship Manager, played his saxophone as the banking staff danced and had fun on the float! Banking Center Manager Deborah George, along with employees Tanya Thomas and Chelsea Fulfer were joined by their children as they wished parade goers a Merry Christmas!</p></div></div><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/fallwinter10.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /></strong></p><p>The Colonial Savings Foundation recently presented a $30,000 grant to Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth (HOFW). As a leading provider of counseling services for low-income families seeking to acquire affordable housing over the past 25 years, the organization has:</p><ul><li><p>Assisted more than 8,445 homeowners in saving their homes</p></li><li><p>Saved the mortgage industry over $60 million in administrative and legal costs associated with foreclosures</p></li><li><p>Worked with more than 14,600 Tarrant County residents in their efforts to maintain or access affordable homeownership</p></li></ul><p>We were thrilled to donate to such a worthwhile organization.</p><p> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Thank you to all our volunteers!​</strong></p><p>A special thank you to all of our volunteers who donated their time, money and expertise. We couldn’t have done it without your help!​​</p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p>2019-01-25T05:00:00Z
Colonial in the Community - June 2018http://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/colonial_in_the_community_june_2018.aspxColonial in the Community - June 2018<p>​​​​​The month of June saw a lot of excitement for all of us at Colonial. Summer "officially" began, we had some really fun company-wide celebration​​s​, attended some worthwhile events, gave back to our local communities and more. Below we have some of the community highlights for the month of June.</p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Joe's Run Supporting Samaritan House of Fort Worth<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Joe's Run Donation.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/colonial_in_the_community_june_2018/Joe%27s%20Run%20Donation.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:183px;" /></strong></p><p>Colonial employees enjoyed some fun in the sun at the annual Joe's Run 5k and 10k race at the beautiful Magnolia on the Green in Fort Worth. Colonial has served as a sponsor of Joe's Run for a number of years, which benefits Samaritan House of Fort Worth, whose mission is to "create a supportive community, providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs."</p><p>Later in June, the Colonial Savings Foundation was happy to present a donation to Samaritan House to support their wonderful organization.</p><p>Pictured from left to right: Brent Davis, Commercial Banking President - Colon​ial, Robert Turner, VP – Lending Compliance Manager- Colonial, Norbert White, President & CEO Heather Ly, VP & CFO, Darla Tate, Director of Development and Ted Lovato, VP & Chief Programs Officer. </p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">MBA Path to Diversity Scholarships</strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="MBA Scholarship2018.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/colonial_in_the_community_june_2018/MBA%20Scholarship2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:233px;" /></p><p>We would like to congratulate Rhonda Young, Audit Coordinator and Jonathan Forna, Senior Underwriter for receiving Mortgage Bankers Association's Path to Diversity Scholarships! The scholarship recognizes existing industry professionals from diverse backgrounds who are seeking to advance their careers through continuing education. We love our employees and couldn't be more proud of these two. Way to go!</p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Community Storehouse Donation</strong></p><p>Colonial Savings' Nancy Brannan, Banking Center Manager, presented a donation to Lisa Wust to support the Community Storehouse - Quest Summer Reading and Lunch program in Fort Worth.</p><p>The Quest – Summer Enrichment Program is geared towards identifying a student's academic needs and providing an environment to help children connect what they are learning in the classroom with the world around them. Community Storehouse is dedicated to the education and wellbeing of low-income children in the community. </p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>Supporting the 15</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Annual Fort Worth Housing Summit</strong></span></p><p>Colonial was excited to support the city of Fort Worth's 15th annual Housing Summit.</p><p>Workshops included "Home Buying 101: Ready to Buy in Today's Real Estate Market," "Obtaining a Mortgage Loan" and "Down Payment Assistance and Homeownership Counseling." The 15th Annual Housing Summit was sponsored by the City of Fort Worth, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Fort Worth Housing Solutions.</p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Pride Month <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Pride Month2018.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/colonial_in_the_community_june_2018/Pride%20Month2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:272px;" /></strong></p><p>As part of Colonial's ongoing Diversity Month Celebrations, we celebrated June as LGBT Pride Month. June was chosen as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots that occurred at the end of June 1969.On Friday, June 22, employees wore rainbow colors in support of the LGBT community.</p><p>It was a great month of June for us at Colonial. We are fortunate to be able to give back to communities we serve. If you missed our <a href="/community/Pages/Community_Update_May_2018.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">May recap</span></a>, click the link and be sure to check back for more of Colonial's activities in the months to come. </p><p> </p><p> </p>2018-07-06T04:00:00Z
Colonial in the Community - May Recaphttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Community_Update_May_2018.aspxColonial in the Community - May Recap<p>It was another busy month connecting with the community here at Colonial. The month of May had a number of highlights including awarding a scholarship to a well-deserving future college student, a trip to the Nation's capital to advocate for Asian-American and Pacific Islanders in the real estate finance industry and more. Continue reading to find out everything we were up to in the month of May.</p><h2></h2><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">The Optimist Club of Fort Worth</strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="The Optimist Club.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Community_Update_May_2018/The%20Optimist%20Club.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:350px;height:257px;" /></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>The Colonial Savings Foundation awarded a generous scholarship of $1,500 to Ana Gonzalez, Senior student from South Hills High School in Fort Worth.</p><p>Each year, the Optimist Club of Fort Worth raises money through their Christmas Tree sales project and requests for funding to award financial scholarship awards for outstanding students from each of the 13 high schools in the Fort Worth ISD.</p><p>This year over $25,000 was raised and distributed to the top ranked student scholar-athletes who were nominated by the counselors from their respective schools. </p><p>Pictured from left to right are Lisa Forrest, Main Office Banking Center Manager for Colonial Savings, Scholarship Recipient, Ana Gonzalez and Bill Loughry, Member / School Liaison from the Optimist Club of Worth Forth.</p></blockquote><h2><img class="ms-rteImage-0 ms-rtePosition-2" alt="CT 100 Clay Shoot - Cleburne First Responders.JPG" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Community_Update_May_2018/CT%20100%20Clay%20Shoot%20-%20Cleburne%20First%20Responders.JPG" style="margin:5px 15px;width:350px;height:229px;" /></h2><h2></h2><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>Chisholm Trail 100 Club</strong></span></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>Colonial was proud to support the Chisholm Trail 100 Club's 7th Annual Clay Shoot Tournament and Auction. The sold out event, held in Grandview, Texas, supports dependents of First Responders that are killed or injured in the line of duty. </p><p>The Chisholm Trail 100 Club was started in 2009 when citizens of Johnson County, Texas joined together to create a non-profit organization to support the emergency personnel in the area. The effort spread quickly, as local businesses and members of the community flocked to raise money and awareness to support the cause. </p><p>Jerry Payne, Senior Relationship Manager, (third from the left) represented Colonial at this year's event, where we have served as a sponsor for the past three years.</p></blockquote><h2></h2><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>Lewisville Branch Grand Re-Opening</strong></span></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>On Thursday, May 10, Colonial's <a href="https://locations.gocolonial.com/tx/lewisville/217-south-stemmons.html"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Lewisville Branch</span></a> held a Grand Re-Opening to celebrate our newly renovated building. We had a great turnout and were joined by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce along with dozens of area banking and mortgage professionals and customers who enjoyed drinks, food and fun!</p><p> </p></blockquote><h2><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="AREAA_DC.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Community_Update_May_2018/AREAA_DC.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:350px;height:262px;" /></h2><h2></h2><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>Asian Real Estate Association of America – Austin Visits Washington, D.C</strong></span>.</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Allin%20Nguyen"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Allin Nguyen, Sr. Loan Officer - Austin</span></a>, represented Colonial at the Asian Real Estate Association of America's (AREAA) 2018 National Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. where members took to The Hill to lobby for policies that will help increase sustainable Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) homeownership.</p><p>Pictured is Nguyen, (bottom, third from the left) with AREAA members from across the U.S. </p></blockquote><h2> </h2><h2></h2><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;">Colonial President and MBA Chairman David Motley at OMBA's Annual Conference</span><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="DAVE_OK_MBA.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Community_Update_May_2018/DAVE_OK_MBA.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:350px;height:234px;" /></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>Colonial President and MBA Chairman David Motley served as a speaker at the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association's (OMBA) Annual Conference. The Annual Conference brings together area mortgage and real estate professionals and expert speakers for networking opportunities, team building and education.</p></blockquote>2018-06-18T04:00:00Z
Colonial's D&I Committee Off to Busy Start in 2018http://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonials_Diversity_Update.aspxColonial's D&I Committee Off to Busy Start in 2018<p> <span class="ms-rteForeColor-3 ms-rteFontSize-4"><strong>D&I Adds New Members</strong></span><br> It's been a busy 2018 already for Colonial's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Steering Committee. The D&I Steering Committee kicked off the new year by welcoming new members Richard Harvey, Angelica Morales, Jenna Nicklas, Jacki O'Donnell, Amanda Pace, Retta Roberson, Boris Sestan, Koen Wade, Marlon Walker and Artis White to kick off the new year. New committee members joined existing members Graham Ashley, Christen Lee, Juan Ordaz, David Starks, Katie Thompson, Miles Thornton and Sabrina Williams who round out the rest of the committee.</p><p>With the addition of these new volunteer members D&I will continue to bring together and celebrate the uniqueness of our employees including different ethnicities, cultures, gender, age, sexual preference, experience, education, religious backgrounds and more.</p><p> <span class="ms-rteForeColor-3 ms-rteFontSize-4"><strong>Introducing: Heritage Months</strong></span></p><h2> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Dave Motley, Bob Ray Sanders and Jim DuBose" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Colonials_Diversity_Update/Bob-Ray-Sanders_Web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:350px;" /> </h2><p>New for this year, D&I launched Heritage Month Celebrations to help Colonial employees learn more about different unique cultures. Heritage Month Celebrations will be recognized by spreading awareness, hosting events, welcoming guest speakers and more.</p><p>In February, Colonial celebrated Black History Month in a number of ways including weekly "Did You Know" facts on the Colonial Intranet Homepage, an African clothing day and a potluck celebration lunch in Building A. </p><p>The highlight of the Black History Month celebrations was a special presentation by legendary journalist, Bob Ray Sanders. Sanders' speech, "I, Too, Sing America" was named after poet and activist Langston Hughes' renowned poem entitled "I, Too." In his discussion, Sanders spoke about black history in Tarrant County, his career in journalism and more.</p><p>March brought us Women's History and Irish-American Heritage Months, respectively. D&I continued to share fun and Interesting information through our weekly "Did You Know" Intranet posts and on Thursday, March 8, employees donned purple and shared photos in honor of International Women's Day. In the same spirit, on Friday, March 16, employees wore green and shared photos to honor Irish-American Heritage Month.</p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Colonial celebrates Women's History Month by wearing purple" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Colonials_Diversity_Update/Wome%27s-History-Month.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> May celebrates three heritage months: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. Keep an eye out for some really interesting and insightful information on the Colonial Intranet as we continue with our series of intranet banners and look for things to come in the coming weeks as we further celebrate these cultures and demographics.</p><div><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-4 ms-rteForeColor-3"><strong>D&I Champion</strong></span></p><p>Diversity and Inclusion is more than a committee. It's a company culture that creates an environment where our differences are celebrated and all employees from all walks of life feel welcome and a part of something special.</p><p>It was recently brought to our attention that Karen Egan of CU Members Mortgage exemplified the D&I spirit, and we would like to recognize her as our latest D&I champion. Karen, we thank you for leading by example in making Colonial a more inclusive workplace.</p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-4 ms-rteForeColor-3"><strong>More Things to Come!</strong></span></p><p>The D&I Steering Committee is just getting started! Keep your eyes peeled for more from the committee in 2018! </p></div>2018-05-18T04:00:00Z
Fort Worth West Branch Finds New Homehttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Fort_Worth_West_Branch_Finds_New_Home.aspxFort Worth West Branch Finds New Home<p>Colonial's Fort Worth West mortgage operations have found a new home in the Cultural District in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth West Branch is located off Bailey Avenue, just north of West 7th Street and is led by Branch Manager Jamie Vest.​</p><p style="text-align:left;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Colonial's Fort Worth West mortgage operations have found a new home in the Cultural District in Fort Worth" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Fort_Worth_West_Branch_Finds_New_Home/DSC_0461_final_web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:268px;" />Vest is joined accompanied by the following talented mortgage professionals:</p><ul><li><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Amanda%20Anderson">Amanda Anderson, Loan Officer</a></li><li><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Jennifer%20Babadilla">Jennifer Babadilla, Junior Loan Officer</a></li><li><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Kathryn%20Cosby">Kathryn Cosby, Loan Officer</a></li><li>Kelly Jimenez, Loan Processor</li><li>Letonia Lindsey, Processor Assistant</li><li>Matt Pearson, Loan Processor</li><li><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Ryan%20Snell">Ryan Snell, Loan Officer</a></li><li><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Angie%20Vickerman">Angie Vickerman, Loan Officer</a></li><li><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Donnie%20Waugh">Donnie Waugh, Loan Officer</a></li><li><a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Jeremy%20Woodson">Jeremy Woodson, Loan Officer</a></li></ul><p>On Thursday, May 3, the Fort Worth West Branch held an open house that featured great music, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments to introduce clients to their new home. The open house saw a great turnout with more than 40 Fort Worth-area real estate agents, home builders, title companies, insurance representatives and other industry professionals in attendance. </p><p>We look forward to continue providing the west Fort Worth community superior customer service as we work with our customers to help them achieve their dreams of homeownership!</p>2018-05-04T04:00:00Z
Colonial's March Donationshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonial_Donations_March2018.aspxColonial's March Donations<p>​​​​​​The month of March saw Colonial continue to support local organizations by awarding grants and donations to help support the efforts of these fine organizations. ​</p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>The Center for Transforming Lives</strong></span></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>On March 21, the Colonial Savings Foundation gave a donation to The Center for Transforming Lives (CTL). For more than 110 years, the organization has provided anti-poverty programs for women and children in Tarrant County. </p><p>Today, the Center for Transforming Lives helps homeless and impoverished women, children, and families move from poverty to independence through:</p></blockquote><ul><ul><li><strong>Homeless services</strong> – an emergency shelter for women and housing assistance for families.</li><li><strong>Early Childhood Development</strong> – providing free or subsidized early childhood education to impoverished and homeless families.</li><li><strong>Financial Empowerment Services</strong> – individual financial coaching and other programs to promote financial self-sufficiency.</li></ul></ul><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>To read more about CTL, visit www.transforminglives.org.</p></blockquote><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>The Salvation Army</strong></span>​​</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>The Colonial Savings Foundation presented a donation to The Salvation Army on March 26 at the JE & LE Mabee Social Service Center located in Fort Worth.</p><p>The Salvation Army assists approximately 25 million Americans every year and consists of more than 1.5 million members. To learn more, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.​</p></blockquote><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>The Ladder Alliance</strong></span></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Ladder Alliance.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Colonial_Donations_March2018/Ladder%20Alliance.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:350px;" />Also in March, Colleyville Banking Center Manager Cindy Griffith presented Sharon Cox, Executive Director of the Ladder Alliance with two donations to support the organization. </p><p>Colonial also showed their support for The Ladder Alliance by serving as a sponsor for the 6th annual "It's in the Bag Lunch and Auction."</p><p>The Ladder Alliance, which is based in Fort Worth, serves between 300 and 400 women each year and its mission is to provide women victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the tools to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives. For more information about the organization, visit www.ladderalliance.org.​ </p></blockquote><p> </p><p> </p>​2018-03-30T04:00:00Z
Colonial's February Donationshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Colonial_Donations_February2018.aspxColonial's February Donations<p>​Colonial takes great pride in supporting the local community. For more than six decades, we have supported local organizations and charity efforts around Fort Worth and beyond. Below we have the month of February's donations:</p><h2><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="ES_Web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Colonial_Donations_February2018/ES_Web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></h2><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4" style="color:#f78f21;"><strong>Easterseals</strong></span></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>The Colonial Savings Foundation recently gave a grant of $15,000 to Easterseals North Texas. The grant is provided as funding support to organization's continuing efforts serving the region's children and their families to advance the independence of individuals with disabilities and other special needs.</p><p>Easterseals North Texas has provided services for individuals with disabilities and their families since 1939. Each year, Easterseals assists more than 5,000 individuals of all abilities in the North Texas community by providing unique programs and services for individuals with a wide variety of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Mental and Developmental Delays. </p><p>To learn more, visit www.Easterseals.com<strong>.</strong></p></blockquote><p><span style="color:#f78f21;font-size:18pt;"><strong>The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth</strong></span></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>The Colonial Savings Foundation is proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth! We were thrilled to present them with a $2,000 grant to support their wonderful organization! The Boys and & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth provides enriching programs for youth from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens.</p><p>You can get involved with the organization by becoming a volunteer, from tutoring to helping with special events, joining the Panther Club, which is a group of young professionals dedicated to making a difference in the community, starting a career with the Boys & Girls club or by donating. Visit www.FortWorthKids.org to learn more. </p></blockquote><p> </p>2018-02-28T05:00:00Z
Relentless Racing Enjoys Another Year of Successhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Relentless_Racing_Enjoys_Another_Year_of_Success.aspxRelentless Racing Enjoys Another Year of Success<p>Colonial-Sponsored multisport racing team, Relentless Racing, continues to make quite a name for itself both locally and across the United States. The Fort Worth-based team competes in events across the Country including 5k and 10k races, triathlons, Ironman races, marathons, trail runs and more.</p><p>After getting off to a hot start at the beginning of the 2017 racing season, which traditionally runs from February through November, the Relentless Racing team continued to shine throughout the fall and into winter.</p><p>Relentless Racing team members Cyril Russell, Jason Bahamundi and Alison Miller were even featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Sports Day newspapers, respectively. Their recent accomplishments were celebrated as they continue to train and perform at a high level. </p><p>One of the reasons for their continued success was the addition of professional triathlete Lauren Brandon. Brandon placed in the top 10 in a number of races on the professional racing circuit, highlighted by outstanding showings at the World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.</p><p>The Ironman World Championships is one of the world's most grueling races, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run.</p><p>Brandon was co-leader out of the water at Ironman World Championship and was out in front early on during the cycling stage, all while Colonial's logo was visible on her racing uniform.</p><p>Relentless Racing staples and husband-and-wife duo Brian and Ali Miller continued their great year of racing at the tail end of the 2017 season. They both enjoyed strong finishes at a number of high-profile races including the Ironman World Championship, where Alison finished 17<sup><font size="2">th</font></sup> in her group.</p><p>After her strong finish in Hawaii, Ali won the overall female title at Fort Worth's Friends of the River Bash on October 26.</p><p>Relentless Racing also added seasoned racers Bob Kilinski and Jason Bahamuni to the team, who both enjoyed great finishes at Ironman races in Florida and Maryland, respectively.</p><p>Congratulations to the entire Relentless Racing team on another year of hard-work and strong finishes. We can't wait for you all to hit the ground running, swimming and cycling at the start of the 2018 season in February!</p><p> </p><p><img src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Colonial-Sponsored_Multisport_Racing_Team_Enjoys_another_Year_of_Success/Brian-Ali-Relentless.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:928px;" /> </p>2018-01-23T05:00:00Z
Colonial Spreads Holiday Cheer to Soldier Stationed Abroadhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/colonial-supports-the-troops.aspxColonial Spreads Holiday Cheer to Soldier Stationed Abroad<div><br> </div><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Sharp_Family-Crop.PNG" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/colonial-supports-the-troops/Sharp_Family-Crop.PNG" style="margin:5px 20px;width:350px;height:235px;" /> Spending time with family and friends during the holidays is something many of us may take for granted. We have our holiday traditions, like dinner at grandma's or watching our favorite holiday films, but for the many men and women who are currently serving in the United States military, they are unable to be home for the holidays. They are stationed around the world on ships, bases and submarines, miles away from the ones they love.</p><p>In keeping with a tradition that began last year, Colonial employees wanted to give a piece of home this holiday season to one of our Colonial family's loved ones while they are stationed abroad.</p><p>This year's recipient of holiday care packages was Kathleen Sharp, daughter of Laura Smith, a Senior Underwriter with Colonial.</p><p>Sharp, a doctor at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, is also a Major in the Texas Army Reserves. Sharp was called to duty on September 30 and has been deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa since. Being away from family is always difficult, but that is magnified when your loved one is away for the holidays.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Colonial Spreads Holiday Cheer to Soldier Stationed Abroad - Kathleen Sharp" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/colonial-supports-the-troops/Kathleen_Sharp_web.jpg" style="margin:5px 20px;width:350px;height:467px;" />Sharp has four children, two sets of twins, Cheyenne and Kaitlin, 13 and Maya and Aaron, 15.</p><p>"This is the first time my daughter has ever been away from us during holidays, we all miss her so much," said Smith. "However, with the goodness and love Colonial has provided her and her troops, it makes missing her a tiny bit better."</p><p>Sharp received care packages just in time for Christmas, each containing a special letter from Colonial along with a multitude of gifts and treats including snacks, baked goods, games, DVDs and hand-written notes form Colonial employees. She will share all of the donated treats with her fellow soldiers who will no doubt feel the joy Colonial has spread.</p><p>"It put a smile on everyone's faces and made their tummies happy," said Sharp. "They were greatly appreciated."</p><p>"Knowing my daughter and her troops were able to receive some comforts of home while away means so much to me, it truly warms my hearts," said Smith. "I thank you all for providing them with all the love."</p><p>The drive was organized by Colonial's Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee who saw contributions from employees company-wide. We would like to say thank you to everyone who donated items to help spread a little holiday cheer to a soldier abroad.</p><p> </p><p>​​​​​​</p>2017-12-21T05:00:00Z
Colonial Partners with Junior Achievementhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Junior-Achievement-2017.aspxColonial Partners with Junior Achievement<p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Junior-Achievement-2017/stripling-group-photo_web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 15px;width:350px;height:233px;" />Colonial is proud to announce that we will again be partnering with Junior Achievement (JA) this year. This year, Colonial employees will volunteer their time at two Fort Worth-area schools – Stripling Middle and Tremble Tech High School – to help encourage financial literacy.</p><p>"The Colonial Savings and Junior Achievement program volunteers are here to share their real-world experience helping students to broaden their minds and believe in their own capabilities," said Robert Turner, VP – CRA Officer/Fair Lending Manager. "The Junior Achievement Financial Literacy classes empower students to envision their own future economic success. We are in the classroom to ignite that spark to experience opportunities and prepare students to meet the realities of work in a 21st-century marketplace."</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Trimble-Tech-group-photo_web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Junior-Achievement-2017/Trimble-Tech-group-photo_web.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:350px;height:263px;" />Colonial employees James McGee and Janet Walter will oversee volunteers at Stripling Middle and Tremble Tech High Schools, respectively. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your commitment to this program.​</p><p><em>Above Photo: Stripling Middle School Students with Brent Davis, Commercial Banking President, Sarah Niehoss, Stripling Middle School Teacher, Jerry Payne, Sr. Relationship Manager and James McGee, Sr. Compliance Analyst.    </em><br></p><p><em>Below Photo: Trimble Tech Students with David Morrow, Trimble Tech Teacher, Marvin Duckett, Audit Coordinator, Drew Byrne, Director of Digital Media and Graham Ashley, Public Relations Manager.</em></p><p style="text-align:left;">  </p><p> ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</p>2017-12-01T05:00:00Z
Colonial Employees Attend NAHREP 2017http://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/nahrep.aspxColonial Employees Attend NAHREP 2017<p>Colonial was thrilled to be in attendance at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals' (NAHREP) annual National Convention and Latin Music Festival and Elevate Mortgage Summit in Dallas, Texas on September 9 – 12. </p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="NAHREP-group.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/nahrep/NAHREP-group.jpg" style="margin:5px 10px;" />Each year, thousands of Real Estate and Mortgage professionals from around the country gather to learn the latest trends from some of the most respected leaders in the industry, share industry knowledge and insights, participate in business building workshops and more.</p><p>"It's imperative to have an organization such as NAHREP to continue to improve homeownership in the Hispanic community," said Leticia Vu, Multicultural Market Manager. "One very important way they accomplish this is by educating and empowering the real estate professionals who serve the Hispanic home buyers and sellers. Their annual national convention is a perfect example and the highlight of the year!  We at Colonial value our relationship with NAHREP because we understand how important it is to partner with an organization that is such an advocate for Hispanic homebuyers."</p><p>This year's conference included talented speakers from not only all over the mortgage industry, but also included NBA head coach Earl Watson, the first head coach with a Hispanic background, Gabriela Natale, the first Hispanic woman to win three back- to-back daytime Emmys, and former President George W. Bush served as a keynote speaker.</p><p>Over the course of the four-day conference, Colonial and CU Members staff was on-hand to show their support of NAHREP and to network with other industry leaders. </p><p>Founded in 1999, NAHREP touts itself as "the voice for Hispanic Real Estate and proud champions of homeownership for the Hispanic community." </p><p> </p><p><em>Pictured right: Nelson Leonor, Leticia Lucio Vu and Simon O. Hernandez </em></p><p><em>Pictured below: James Miller and Leticia Lucio Vu</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/nahrep/NAHREP-booth.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></em> </p>2017-09-20T04:00:00Z
Colonial Donates Back to School Supplies to Two Fort Worth Area Schoolshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/back-to-school-donations.aspxColonial Donates Back to School Supplies to Two Fort Worth Area Schools<p>Colonial recently hosted a back to school supply drive at our corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas to benefit two Fort Worth-area schools. Donation boxes were set up all around the Colonial campus to collect items for students at Stripling Middle School and Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy at Forest Oak.</p><p>For the majority of schools in Texas and around the country, school supplies are purchased by the student's families and even the teachers themselves, typically coming out of their own pocket. Colonial wanted to ease the financial burden for many of these families and teachers by donating school supplies including, pencils, notebooks, Kleenex, rulers, markers, highlighters, papers and more. </p><p>Colonial was overwhelmed by the support of our employees as we collected hundreds of items including multiple prepacked complete supply kits containing one composition notebook, one subject notebook, loose leaf paper, index cards, 10 #2 pencils, pencil sharpener, 15 pencil erasers, four glue sticks, one bottle glue and a pencil pouch, as well as individual donations of notebooks, boxes of #2 pencils, folders, packages of markers and hundreds of other items that will contribute to the children's education and be put to great use.</p><p>"Colonial's long history of contributing to the community is inspiring," said Debbi Spiker, AVP Employee Relations and Benefits. "The generosity and compassion of the Colonial family, in support of these two wonderful schools, was extraordinary and made such a difference in the lives of so many children."</p><p>Colonial has had a longstanding relationship with Stripling Middle School who recently named their auditorium after Colonial Founder and Chairman Emeritus Jimmy DuBose, who attended school there.</p><p>The 2017 – 2018 school year marks Colonial's first partnership with Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy at Forest Oak. </p><p>Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="stripling-supply-donation.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/back-to-school-donations/stripling-supply-donation.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:400px;" /> </p><p><em>Pictured from left to right: Glenda Bain, Payroll Clerk, Kay Roper, Benefits Specialist, Amy Bishop, Principal, Stripling Middle School, Mark Mendoza, Purchasing Lead and Ryan Harvey, Purchasing Clerk.</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="forest-oak-supply-donation.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/back-to-school-donations/forest-oak-supply-donation.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:405px;" /> </p><p><em>Pictured from left to right: Kay Roper, Glenda Bain, Marvin Duckett, Audit Coordinator, Joseph Cato, Counselor, Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy at Forest Oak, Mark Mendoza and Ryan Harvey.</em></p><p>​</p>2017-08-28T04:00:00Z
Colonial Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion with #IAmColonialhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/iamcolonial.aspxColonial Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion with #IAmColonial<p>At Colonial, our emphasis is on people. People make the operation work and they work best in an environment where they are respected. Colonial recognizes the powerful dimension that diversity and inclusion adds to our work environment. It broadens our views and opens our minds to different possibilities.</p><p>Colonial's mission is to create an environment where differences are celebrated, employees are engaged, debate is respected and where diversity of thought leads to innovative solutions. We believe a diverse and inclusive environment is critical to our success and that it is crucial to create and sustain a culture where every voice matters.</p><p>As such, we hold ourselves and all of our employees to the highest standards of integrity, ethics and service excellence. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce which reflects the community we service.</p><p>We hope you enjoy this video celebrating Colonial's Diversity and Inclusion. <strong>#IAmColonial </strong></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 93f319f3-9592-41f5-a24d-975f54d8e735" id="div_93f319f3-9592-41f5-a24d-975f54d8e735" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_93f319f3-9592-41f5-a24d-975f54d8e735" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 16141c2f-9257-4729-8d10-5539078ff6c3" id="div_16141c2f-9257-4729-8d10-5539078ff6c3" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_16141c2f-9257-4729-8d10-5539078ff6c3" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 3523eb79-6729-4463-a7fe-d9ccb8753ad8" id="div_3523eb79-6729-4463-a7fe-d9ccb8753ad8" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_3523eb79-6729-4463-a7fe-d9ccb8753ad8" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>2017-07-21T04:00:00Z
Joes Runhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/joes-run.aspxJoes Run<p>A little rain didn't stop hundreds of participants at the 20<sup>th</sup> annual Joe's Run in Fort Worth on Saturday, June 3. The annual 5K/10K event, described as "Fort Worth's favorite race," took place at Magnolia on the Green Park in Fort Worth.<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="The annual 5K/10K event, described as "Fort Worth's favorite race," took place at Magnolia on the Green Park in Fort Worth." src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/joes-run/joes-run-parrot-hat-web.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:175px;height:263px;" /></p><p>Race participants had the option of running or walking the event, which was followed by live music, tasty margaritas and delicious sliders. A number of Colonial employees attended the event, both as race participants and volunteers. </p><p>Colonial's booth was the talk of the after-party, due in part to the giveaways that included beach balls, wacky pencils and the now famous "parrot hat." Men, women and children crowded shoulder to shoulder around the Colonial booth for a chance to receive the one of the limited number of parrot hats brought by Colonial's marketing team. </p><p>All race proceeds benefitted Fort Worth's Samaritan House, whose mission is "to create a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs." </p><p> </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 122b9f18-eb24-46de-a5a3-de13ebbe18c1" id="div_122b9f18-eb24-46de-a5a3-de13ebbe18c1" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_122b9f18-eb24-46de-a5a3-de13ebbe18c1" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="joes-run-web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/joes-run/joes-run-web.jpg" style="margin:0px;width:550px;height:366px;" /> </p>2017-06-08T04:00:00Z
Chairman Emeritus Jimmy DuBose Honored by Fort Worth ISDhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/chairman-emeritus-jimmy-dubose-honored-by-fort-worth-isd.aspxChairman Emeritus Jimmy DuBose Honored by Fort Worth ISD<p>On May 9, Colonial’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus was honored by the Board of the Fort Worth Independent School District with a unanimous vote to name the auditorium of Stripling Middle School the Jimmy DuBose Auditorium. Jimmy is a 1934 alumni of Stripling and ever since he has supported the school in countless ways to benefit the teachers and students. </p><p> </p><p>Stripling Principal Keri Flores spearheaded the initiative in appreciation of all Jimmy has done for the school.</p><p> </p><p><em>Pictured at right is Jim Dubose, Caroll DuBose and Jimmy DuBose in front of the Fort Worth ISD Annex Building. </em></p><p><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"><em></em></font></span></font></span> </p><p><em>Pictured below is Jimmy DuBose and Tobi Jackson, Trustee - District 2. </em></p><p><img alt="Pictured below is Jimmy DuBose and Tobi Jackson, Trustee - District 2. " src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/chairman-emeritus-jimmy-dubose-honored-by-fort-worth-isd/DSC_6986_final_web_500px.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:266px;" /> </p><p><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"><em></em></font></span> </p>2017-05-10T04:00:00Z
The Colonial Savings Foundation Donates to the Center for Transforming Liveshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/center-for-transforming-lives.aspxThe Colonial Savings Foundation Donates to the Center for Transforming Lives<p>On April 26, 2017, the Colonial Savings Foundation donated $5,000 to the Center for Transforming Lives. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the Center for Transforming Lives "moves women, children and families from poverty to independence through housing stability, affordable high-quality child care and financial empowerment coaching."</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="center-for-transforming-lives_post.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/center-for-transforming-lives/center-for-transforming-lives_post.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:255px;" />Started in 1907 as the first YWCA in the state of Texas, the Center for Transforming Lives began as a boarding house, cafeteria and employment bureau for women who were coming to Fort Worth in search of employment. Today, the organization has an annual operating budget of more than $6 million, offering their services for more than 2,500 low-income and homeless women, children and families break the cycle of poverty.</p><p> </p><p><em>Pictured from left to right: Robert Turner, VP - CRA Officer of Colonial Savings and Carol Klocek, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Transforming Lives.</em></p><p><em></em> </p><p><em></em> </p><p><em></em> </p><p> </p>2017-04-26T04:00:00Z
Colonial Employees Visit Western Hills Elementary for 'High Five' Initiativehttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Western-Hills-Elementary.aspxColonial Employees Visit Western Hills Elementary for 'High Five' Initiative<p>On Friday, April 7, a group of Colonial employees spanning multiple departments visited Western Hills Elementary School in Fort Worth to participate in their "High Five" Initiative.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Western-Hills-Elementary/western-hills-web.jpg" alt="" style="margin:15px 25px;width:375px;height:250px;" />Every six weeks, community volunteers and parents lineup outside the school entrances to give high-fives to incoming students as a way to encourage them to do their best at school. Colonial employees also handed out wacky pencils and gum much to the students delight. </p><p>The school came from humble beginnings, first operating out of a portable building in 1961 until the school building was completed in 1966. To date, Western Hills educates more than 850 second through fifth grade students.</p><p>Thank you to our wonderful volunteers. To see these children's faces light up with joy when as they arrived for school was a real treat. </p><p><em></em> </p><p><em><em></em></em> </p><p><em><em>Pictured from left to right: Rhonda Young, Audit Coordinator, Brianna Young, Quality Control Clerk Assistant, Jeff Carmichael, BSA/AML Manager, Angel Warren, Shipping Specialist, James McGee, Sr. Compliance Analyst, Tabatha Callier, Closer II and Steve Schreiner, Advocacy Specialist. </em></em> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>​</p>2017-04-07T04:00:00Z
Colonial Savings Recognized as One of the Strongest Banks in the Nation - Receives 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancialhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/colonial-receives-five-star-bauerfinancial.aspxColonial Savings Recognized as One of the Strongest Banks in the Nation - Receives 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial<p>BauerFinancial, the Nation's Premier Bank Rating Firm congratulates Colonial Savings, Fort Worth, Texas for ringing-in 2017 with its highest 5-Star Superior rating. Colonial Savings is no newcomer to Bauer's 5-Star Rating. In fact, Colonial Savings has earned this top honor for 22 consecutive quarters.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Bauer-Website-banner-2017.png" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/colonial-receives-five-star-bauerfinancial/Bauer-Website-banner-2017.png" style="margin:5px;width:450px;height:170px;" />Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, commends Colonial Savings for maintaining a strong capital position while fulfilling its commitment to solving the financial needs of it's the communities it serves. "Community banks aren't pushing products or services on you that you don't need or want", says Dorway.  "They are there to provide a service and fill a need, which Colonial Savings has been able to do seamlessly all while maintaining its pristine health." </p><p>Colonial Savings was established in 1952 and has been providing quality services to its neighbors and friends ever since. Today, after 65 years, it operates through eight banking offices located in North Texas and 15 retail mortgage offices in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas and Tennessee. Colonial Savings provides home loans to customers in all 50 states through their Home Loan Center and on the web at <a href="/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">GoColonial.com</span></a>. </p><h2>About BauerFinancial</h2><p>BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading independent bank and bank rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and banks since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Star-ratings are all available for free at bauerfinancial.com.</p><h2>About Colonial</h2><p>Founded in 1952, Colonial is a national, multi-service financial institution headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and is one of largest servicers of mortgage loans in the United States, with a servicing portfolio of $26 Billion. It is the parent company of Colonial National Mortgage, a leading retail mortgage lender; CU Members Mortgage, which provides mortgage services to more than 1,000 credit unions nationwide; Community Bankers Mortgage, which provides mortgage origination and servicing to community banks; and Colonial Savings, a network of eight consumer/commercial banks located throughout North Central Texas. It is also affiliated with Colonial Life Insurance Company of Texas, DuBose & Associates Insurance, and Colonial Lloyds. The privately held company provides a full array of personal and business financial products and originates approximately $2.5 billion in FHA, VA, Jumbo, conventional, condo, and innovative single close construction loans annually. </p><p> </p><p>​</p>2017-03-02T05:00:00Z
James McGee Receives MBA Scholarshiphttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/James-McGee-Receives-MBA-Scholarship.aspxJames McGee Receives MBA Scholarship<p>James McGee, Senior Compliance Analyst at Colonial, has been awarded the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Path to Diversity & Inclusion Professional Development Scholarship. </p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="James-McGee-Receives-MBA-Scholarship-web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/James-McGee-Receives-MBA-Scholarship/James-McGee-Receives-MBA-Scholarship-web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />According to the MBA website, the Path to Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program is designed to advance the careers of employees from under- represented segments of the community through education, and expand the pool of qualified employees from under-represented segments of the community in the real estate finance industry.</p><p>"It is a tremendous honor to receive the scholarship," said McGee. "I look forward to advancing my career and will use the scholarship to pursue the Certified Mortgage Banker designation."</p><p>McGee, who has worked in the mortgage industry for 12 years, also noted that he is thankful for the letter of recommendation he received from Richard Harvey, Chief Compliance Officer with Colonial.</p><p> </p><h2>Congratulations, James!</h2><p> </p><p>​</p>2017-02-10T05:00:00Z
Colonial Gives Record Donation to Housing Opportunities of Fort Worthhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Housing-Opportunities.aspxColonial Gives Record Donation to Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth<p>On February 6, the Colonial Savings Foundation donated $30,000 to benefit Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth (HOFW). Colonial has provided funding to the HOFW programs for more than 25 years.</p><p>HOFW continues to help families access and maintain affordable homeownership as they have since 1989. The HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency offers a number of direct services at no-charge including, one-on-one homebuyer education, counseling assistance with mortgage delinquencies, budget and money management skills, reverse mortgage counseling and more. </p><p>Housing Opportunities of Fort Worth is staffed by professional counselors with extensive knowledge of housing matters and community resources. The Fort Worth-based non-profit also collaborates with community organizations which can provide further assistance to homeowners. </p><p>Ken Majka, Colonial VP of Compliance, presented the grant to David O'Brien, Executive Director of HOFW. Majka has served on the Board of Directors for the HOFW for more than 10 years.</p><p>Colonial is proud to support this outstanding organization that works so tirelessly to provide much needed assistance to current and potential homeowners.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img alt="Housing_Opportunities_of_Fort_Worth_bannerl.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Housing-Opportunities/Housing_Opportunities_of_Fort_Worth_bannerl.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>​</p>2017-02-07T05:00:00Z
Colonial Celebrates 65 Years of Businesshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/65th-Anniversary.aspxColonial Celebrates 65 Years of Business<p style="text-align:left;">February 2nd marks a major milestone in our company's history. On this date in 1952, our beloved Founder, Jimmy DuBose, incorporated Fort Worth Mortgage - now Colonial Savings, F.A. Starting with just two people, Colonial has grown over the past 65 years to become one of the most stable and respected financial institutions in the nation, with more than 700 employees across the country.</p><p>Offering local banking solutions in North Texas, life and property insurance and home lending in all 50 states, Colonial continues to take tremendous pride in our business and the culture that has allowed us to continue to thrive all these years.</p> <p>We also recognize that we would not be where we are today without our valued customers that have put their trust in us over the last 65 years. We at Colonial feel honored to be able to assist you in achieving your dream of homeownership, saving for college tuition, starting a business or protecting the things that matter most. </p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="65th_anniversary_web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/65th-Anniversary/65th_anniversary_web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:756px;height:426px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> </p>2017-02-02T05:00:00Z
Fort Worth Samaritan Househttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/fort-worth-samaritan-house.aspxFort Worth Samaritan House<p>​Colonial recently donated $10,000 to the Forth Worth Samaritan House. Samaritan House is an organization dedicated to creating a supportive community by providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs. To find out more and to donate, visit their website at www.SamaritanHouse.org. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="IMG_0877.JPG" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/fort-worth-samaritan-house/IMG_0877.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:700px;height:362px;" /> </p><p>Pictured from left to right: Norbert White, President and CEO of Fort Worth's Samaritan House, Jennifer Searles, VP of Development for Samaritan House, Robert Turner, VP - Manager, CRA Officer at Colonial and Brent Davis, DFW Commercial Banking President, Colonial.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>2017-01-26T05:00:00Z
Colonial Employees Donate Care Packages to the Troopshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/care-packages-for-the-troops.aspxColonial Employees Donate Care Packages to the Troops<p>For many men and women who are serving in the military across the country and the world, unfortunately, they will be unable to make it home for the holidays. They are stationed across the globe on bases, ships and submarines, miles away from the ones they love the most. Colonial employees wanted to find a way to bring some of the comforts of home to these men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="carepackage-for-the-troops-boxes.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/care-packages-for-the-troops/carepackage-for-the-troops-boxes.jpg" style="margin:5px 20px;" /></p><p>The idea stemmed from Sabine Wade, VP of Underwriting at Colonial's corporate headquarters. Her son, Justin Browning, is currently deployed as a Marine in the Western Pacific and will not be home for the holidays. </p><p>"They missed Thanksgiving with their families and will miss Christmas and New Years as well," said Wade. "This is a way to show them we are thinking about them and appreciate their sacrifice of being away from their loved ones during the holidays."</p><p>Colonial employees rallied together quickly and generously, donating enough items to fill seven very large boxes. Because of these generous contributions, troops stationed in Qatar, Korea, Italy, Spain, Japan and ships in the Western Pacific and Asia will be able to enjoy a little taste of home this holiday season. </p><p>Along with a special message from Colonial, items donated included board games, homemade goods, books, DVDs, magazines, snacks, blankets, toiletries and much more. </p><p>Thank you to everyone who contributed! We look forward to planning future donations to the men and women stationed around the world.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>​</p>2016-12-19T05:00:00Z
Junior Achievementhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Junior-Achievement.aspxJunior Achievement<p>At the end of last year, Dave Motley, President of Colonial, was approached by Randal Mays, President of Junior Achievement (JA) of the Chisholm Trail to explore ways in which the bank could renew its involvement with JA through their Volunteer Engagement Program.</p> <p>From those initial discussions grew the design for a multifaceted instruction program to be launched as the 2016 school year got underway. In October, Colonial's JA Financial Literacy Program was underway with two schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). This year we will be providing instructions at Stripling Middle School and Trimble Tech High School.</p><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Junior-Achievement-Trimble-Tech-web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Junior-Achievement/Junior-Achievement-Trimble-Tech-web.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:400px;height:267px;" />Robert Turner, Vice President, CRA Officer/Fair Lending Manager is the coordinator of this year's Junior Achievement sessions.</p><p>Janet Walter, VP of Marketing is serving as the Team Leader of the Trimble Tech High School Group. James McGee, Senior Compliance Officer is the co-coordinator for Trimble Tech High School. Other team members for the high school students are:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>Tracy Cole – Production Operations Manager VP</p><p>Sabine Wade – Underwriting Manager</p><p>Brent Davis – DFW Commercial Banking President</p><p>Drew Byrne – Director of Digital Media</p><p>Marvin Duckett – Audit Coordinator</p></blockquote><p>Ken Majka, VP of Compliance is serving as the Team Leader for the Stripling Middle School group of volunteers. Other team members are:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>Mahlon Meier – Sr. Compliance Analyst (Primary presenter)</p><p>Jim DuBose – Chairman of the Board</p><p>Brent Davis – DFW Commercial Banking President<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Junior-Achievement-Stripling-web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Junior-Achievement/Junior-Achievement-Stripling-web.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;" /></p><p>Jerry Payne – Senior Relationship Manager</p><p>Tracy Cole – Production Operations Manager VP</p><p>Sabrina Williams – Manager of HR Diversity and Inclusion</p></blockquote><p>The focus of the curriculum in this cycle will be covering "Banking Basics for Students" and will also highlight career options in the banking industry.   </p><p>Headquartered in Fort Worth, Junior Achievement (JA) of the Chisholm Trail was founded in 1956. Since its inception, JA has grown to more than 150 sponsoring companies serving more than 28,000 students annually.</p><p>JA offers activity-based, interactive instruction that focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy as well as career and college readiness. </p><p>Thank you to all the Colonial volunteers for assisting with this wonderful program. Teaching financial literacy, savings tips and the value of educating oneself about finances will be an invaluable tool for these students for the rest of their lives. </p><p> </p><p> </p>2016-11-21T05:00:00Z
​Colonial Donates $5,000 to YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worthhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/YMCA-Donation.aspx​Colonial Donates $5,000 to YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth<p>Colonial recently gave a generous donation of $5,000 to the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Colonial-Savings-YMCA-check-presentation-10-27-2016-web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/YMCA-Donation/Colonial-Savings-YMCA-check-presentation-10-27-2016-web.jpg" style="margin:5px 10px;width:375px;height:291px;" /> </p><p>The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth was established in 1890 and in 1903 the first YMCA was organized to serve Fort Worth's African American community. Currently with 13 branches, a sports complex and camp, the organization continues to strengthen the Fort Worth community through encouraging youth development, emphasizing healthy living as well as inspiring social responsibility.</p><p> </p><p>Pictured from left to right: Tony Shuman, YMCA President, Teri McGuill, SVP/Chief Development Officer and Brent Davis, DFW Commercial Bank President.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>2016-10-31T04:00:00Z
Colonial Gives $1,000 Grant to "Night of Hope"http://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/night-of-hope.aspxColonial Gives $1,000 Grant to "Night of Hope"<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="6Stones-web.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/night-of-hope/6Stones-web.jpg" style="margin:5px 10px;width:375px;height:286px;" />Colonial has donated a $1,000 grant to support 6 Stones' Night of Hope program. </p><p>The Night of Hope program allows Colonial to share the Joy of Christmas with more than 4,000 deserving children and their families in the HEB community. </p><p>To find out more, visit www.6Stones.org.</p><p>Pictured from left to right: Cindy Griffith, Colleyville Banking Center Manager, Chris Brooks, Colonial Senior Relationship Manager, Scott Sheppard, Executive Director of 6 Stones, Ciara O'Modhrain, Development Manager for 6 Stones and Brian Cramer, Director of CPR of 6 Stones.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>2016-10-12T04:00:00Z
Colonial Sponsors Colleyville Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Luncheonhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/ColleyvilleChamberLuncheon.aspxColonial Sponsors Colleyville Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Luncheon<p>Colonial served as the September event sponsor for the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce non-profit luncheon. The luncheon celebrated local, non-profit charities that assist in supporting the Colleyville community by providing valuable services to those in need. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Founded in 1976, the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is "to promote the economic, civic and cultural well-being of the Colleyville area."</p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p>2016-09-28T04:00:00Z
Relentless Racing Update - August 2016http://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Relentless-Racing-Update-August2016.aspxRelentless Racing Update - August 2016<p>Colonial-sponsored multisport racing team Relentless Racing is in the heart of racing season. Relentless Racing, who consists of nine members, competes in events across the United States and around the world. Below are some recent results from the 2016 racing season.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Alison Miller</strong></p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Relentless-Alison.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Relentless-Racing-Update-August2016/Relentless-Alison.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:220px;height:220px;" />On Saturday, May 21, Miller placed sixth overall in the women's division at the eleventh annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs' 50-mile race in Los Alamos, NM. The run includes stretches of extremely steep climbs and descents on very technical terrain at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet.</p><p>The Ironman 70.3 Vineman took place on Saturday, July 9. Held in Napa, CA, Miller placed third and qualified for the 2017 World Championships.</p><p>Miller placed second at the El Scorcho run at Trinity Park in Fort Worth, Texas on July 16 and 17. This year marked the tenth year of the annual run which began at 11 p.m. and lasted into the early morning hours.</p><p>On Sunday, August 7, Miller competed in the River Cities Triathlon in Benton, LA, where she won the women's championship. In a field of nearly 900 racers, it is a tremendous accomplishment.</p><p>Miller will be competing in the grueling 100 mile Leadville Trail 100, in Leadville, CO, on August, 20.</p><p> </p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Relentless-Brian.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Relentless-Racing-Update-August2016/Relentless-Brian.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:220px;height:220px;" /><strong>Brian Miller</strong></p><p>Miller won the Master's Division of the River Cities Triathlon in Benton, LA, on August 7. Former winners include Lance Armstrong and numerous other professional triathletes. </p><p>Miller will also be competing in the Leadville Trail 100 on August, 20. The 100 mile race covers extreme terrain in the Rocky Mountains, with elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,600 feet.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Cyril Russell</strong></p><p>Russell qualified to race at the World Championships for the Ironman 70.3 in Australia with his race results from the Ironman 70.3 at Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, Texas on June 19th. </p><p>Russell will be racing at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on September 4!</p><p> </p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Justin-at-Mayors-tri-2016.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/Relentless-Racing-Update-August2016/Justin-at-Mayors-tri-2016.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:220px;height:220px;" /><strong>Justin Grissom</strong></p><p>Grissom placed third overall at the Mayor's Triathlon held in Downtown Fort Worth on July, 10, 2016. The race consists of a 300-meter swim, 15-mile bike ride throughout Fort Worth and a challenging run.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Loc Ly-Spann</strong></p><p>Ly-Spann will also be competing in Australia at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. He will also compete at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October, 8. This race covers more than 140 miles!</p><p> </p><p>Congratulations to the entire Relentless Racing team! </p><p> </p><p> </p>2016-08-16T04:00:00Z
Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail - Fort Worthhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Junior-Achievement-of-the-Chisholm-Trail.aspxJunior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail - Fort Worth<p>Colonial recently donated to the Junior Achievement (JA) of the Chisolm Trail – Fort Worth. Headquartered in Fort Worth, JA of the Chisolm Trail also has offices in Abilene, Amarillo and Midland/Odessa. Through innovative partnerships between businesses, educators and volunteers across the region, JA of the Chisholm Trail will reach more than 35,000 kindergarten through twelfth-grade students this year.</p><p>Founded in 1919, JA was originally a high school after-school program teaching students how to create and operate a business. Currently, JA has more than 120 offices in the U.S. and 123 countries around the world and reaches more than 9 million students annually.</p><p>JA offers activity-based interactive instruction that focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and college readiness. Colonial is proud to a supporter to such a strong organization.</p><p>Pictured from left to right: Randal Mays, President, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail in Fort Worth and Robert Turner, VP – CRA Officer, Colonial Savings.</p><p> </p><p> </p>2016-07-27T04:00:00Z
Western Hills Elementary Career Dayhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/WesternHillsCareerDay.aspxWestern Hills Elementary Career Day<p>​James McGee, Sr. Compliance Analyst, volunteered as a guest speaker at the Western Hills Elementary Career Day in Fort Worth on Friday, May 20. McGee spent the day visiting nearly a dozen second and third-grade classes to speak to students about the importance of doing well in school, and the many possibilities available in the world of banking and finance.</p><p>McGee has four children, Jazlon (14), Jaydah (11), Justice (5) and Jones (10 months). Growing up, McGee remembers professionals speaking to his class during Career Day events, and the impact it had on him as a boy. "Career Day was very important for me growing up and has inspired me to challenge myself, reach for the stars in life and to never settle for less," McGee said. </p><p>McGee hopes that the children he speaks to retain the helpful information that he shares and remember his story that led him to career success. He also hopes that parents, teachers and other volunteers will be inspired to educate their children on the wealth of career opportunities that will be available to them in the future. </p><p> </p>2016-06-09T04:00:00Z
Shelton Green Guest Speakerhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Shelton-Green-Guest-Speaker.aspxShelton Green Guest Speaker<p>On Thursday, May 19, Junior Mortgage Banker <a href="/pages/loanofficer.aspx?name=Shelton%20Green">Shelton Green</a> emceed the 2016 Evening of Honors: The Precursors, as we Saw It panel – Symbols of an Ivory Tower: Past & Present. The event honored the first entering class of African American students to The University of Texas at Austin and served as the culmination of the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary of The Herman Sweatt Symposium in Civil Rights, an annual event in recognition of Herman Marion Sweatt, the first African American student to attend UT Austin.</p><p>"It was truly one of the biggest honors I have ever had in my entire life to play such a small role in such a huge part of history," said Green. "To be in the presence of and rub shoulders with pioneers of any kind is always encouraging and always inspiring."</p><p>The ceremony was held at the Etter-Harbin UT Alumni Center in Austin, Texas and featured nearly 30 students in attendance from the UT Austin's first class of African Americans. </p><p>Green joined Colonial in June of 2015 after more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist where he was voted the 2013 "Best Man on the Street" by the Austin Chronicle. </p><p> </p>2016-06-07T04:00:00Z
2016 Employee Health Fairhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/Health-Fair.aspx2016 Employee Health Fair<p>Colonial's employee health and benefits fair was held on Friday, May 13 at the corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The annual fair promotes health and wellness by providing a fun and convenient way for employees to participate in annual preventative screenings and to learn about new wellness initiatives.</p><p>This year's fair had more than 10 free health screenings available including Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, vascular, allergy testing and more. </p><p>"Our hope is that the health fair provides our employees with tools and education to empower them to be proactive about their personal wellness," said Debbi Spiker, Assistant Manager of Human Resources. "Colonial is committed to investing in the health of each employee. Doing so in a fun atmosphere where employees have the opportunity to gather and enjoy an appreciation luncheon is a great way to spread that message."</p><p>Planning for the health fair is no easy task. Spiker and her team begin planning six to eight months in advance to reserve dates with some of the vendors that make the event possible. This year's participants included Texas Health Resources, Walgreens, Simply Fit Foods, United Healthcare, Premier Wellness, Relentless Racing, Carter Bloodcare and more. </p><p>Thank you to all of the employees and local businesses who helped make this year's health and benefits fair a success!  </p><p> </p>2016-05-25T04:00:00Z
Relentless Racing Update - May 2016http://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/RelentlessRacingUpdate.aspxRelentless Racing Update - May 2016<p>​​​​Colonial-sponsored multi-sport racing team – Relentless Racing – has enjoyed an outstanding past few months. <br> <br> Relentless Racing team members Loc Ly-Spann and Justin Grissom participated in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18. More than 30,000 runners participated in this year's race, which first began in 1897. Ly-Spann and Grissom had great showings in the event.​ </p><div style="width:200px;margin-top:-50px;margin-left:20px;float:right;">​<img alt="Loc Ly-Spann competing at the Boston Marathon" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/RelentlessRacingUpdate/BostonMarathon.jpg" style="margin:0px 5px;width:200px;" /> <p style="text-align:right;"><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5">Loc Ly-Spann at the Boston Marathon</em>​​</p></div><div>​​ <div><p>​Alison and Brian Miller participated in a half-ironman race in New Orleans on April 16. Alison won her age group and had the fastest time of all the more than 470 amateur competitors. Brian also had an exceptional showing, finishing second in his age group and ninth among more than 1,000 amateur men's competitor​​s.​</p><p> <br>  </p><div style="width:320px;margin-right:20px;float:left;"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Ali and Brian at the New Orleans Ironman 70.3" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/RelentlessRacingUpdate/AliandBrian.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:315px;height:177px;" /> <p> <em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5">Ali and Brian at the New Orleans Ironman 70.3</em> </p></div><p>T​he Relentless Racing team currently consists of nine members – eight males and one female. Triathlon season begins in March and typically takes place until November. This year, members from the Relentless Racing team will be participating in events across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida, California, Hawaii, Australia and France! </p><p><br> </p><p> <br> <br> <strong>​Congratulations to all of the Relentless Racing team members. Keep up the great work!</strong></p><p> </p><p>​​</p></div></div>2016-05-06T04:00:00Z
Longhorn Council – Boy Scouts of Americahttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/LonghornCouncil.aspxLonghorn Council – Boy Scouts of America<p>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colonial is proud to support the youth of our community. Colonial Banking Center Manager Nancy Brannan recently attended a breakfast at the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller, Texas to support Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and The Longhorn Council.</p> ​ <div style="width:380px;margin-left:20px;float:right;">​<img align="right" alt="Left to right: Keenan Williams, Cary Moon, Mark Mathews, Mayor of Keller, Boy Scouts from Keller Troup 54, David Jones, Keller Fire Chief, Nancy Brannan, Colonial Banking Cent​er Manager – North Fort Worth, and Dennis Serratt, Keller Chamber of Commerce President." src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/LonghornCouncil/LonghornCouncilBoyScouts4-2016.png" style="margin:5px 0px;width:380px;height:297px;" />​<p style="text-align:right;font-size:14px;">​​<em>Left to right: Keenan Williams, Cary Moon, Mark Mathews, Mayor of Keller, Boy Scouts from Keller Troup 54, David Jones, Keller Fire Chief, Nancy Brannan, Colonial Banking Cent​er Manager – North Fort Worth, and ​Dennis Serratt, Keller Chamber of Commerce President.</em>​</p></div> ​ <p>The breakfast fundraiser was held to help provide much needed funds to many boy scouts who would not otherwise be financially able to attend summer camps, or the annual National Scout Jamboree. </p> ​ <p>The BSA is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them i​n the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develop personal fitness.</p> ​ ​ <p>​The Longhorn Council of the BSA serves youth in nearly two dozen counties from San Antonio, Texas all the way north of the Red River. The Longhorn Council works with hundreds of volunteers to provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities specifically to the youth in neighborhoods across the counties they support.</p> ​ <div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 6691d046-1ef9-41ba-a7fb-1b3c2d4ec693" id="div_6691d046-1ef9-41ba-a7fb-1b3c2d4ec693" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_6691d046-1ef9-41ba-a7fb-1b3c2d4ec693" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div>​ <p> </p><p> </p>2016-05-02T04:00:00Z
Samaritan House Donationhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/SamaritanHouse.aspxSamaritan House Donation<p>​​​​Samaritan House is an organization dedicated to creating a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.</p><p>Robert Turner, Manager of Colonial's Community Reinvestment Act initiatives, presents Norbert White, President and CEO of Fort Worth's Samaritan House, with a check for $5,000 to support the organization's housing services for persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs.  ​<br></p><p><img class="ms-rteImage-0 ms-rtePosition-1" src="/community/PublishingImages/Samaritan-House.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 15px;width:450px;" /></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Pictured from left to right: </strong></p><p>Norbert White, President and CEO of Fort Worth's Samaritan House and Robert Turner, Manager of Colonial's Community Reinvestment Act Initiatives.</p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p>2016-03-25T04:00:00Z
Hot Rods and Heroeshttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/HotRodsandHeroes.aspxHot Rods and Heroes<p>On Saturday, March 19, employees from Colonial’s Cleburne branch volunteered at the inaugural Hot Rods and Heroes Spring Street Festival to benefit the Chisholm Trail 100 Club. Colonial served as the title sponsor for the event that included a classic car show and family-friendly activities. </p><p>The Chisholm Trail 100 Club was started in 2009 when citizens of Johnson County, Texas joined together to create a non-profit organization to support the emergency personnel of the Johnson County area. When tragedy strikes, the effects are both swift and devastating. The 100 Club recognizes the need to respond immediately with personal support and understanding. </p><p>Whatever the need – be it financial, advisory or moral support, the 100 club is there to ease the pain of the family Law Enforcement Officer, Fire Fighter or EMS Responder injured or killed in the line of duty.  </p><p>​For more information, visit www.CT100.org. </p><div> <br>  </div><p style="text-align:right;"><br> </p><p style="text-align:right;"> ​</p>2016-03-21T04:00:00Z
Ryan Family YMCAhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/RyanFamilyYMCA.aspxRyan Family YMCA<p>​Ryan Family YMCA is one of 13 branches of the Fort Worth YMCA community. The Y makes accessible the support & opportunities that empower people & communities to learn, grow and thrive.</p><div align="center"> <img alt="Ryan-Family-YMCA.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/RyanFamilyYMCA/Ryan-Family-YMCA.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </div> <p><strong>Pictured from left to right:</strong> Teri McGuill, VP of Financial Development YMCA of Metro Fort Worth, Sabina Williams, Colonial Talent Acquisition/ Diversity & Inclusion AVP and Tony Shuman, CEO of YMCA Metro Fort Worth.</p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p>2016-02-26T05:00:00Z
Cleburne Christmas in Actionhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/CleburneCIA.aspxCleburne Christmas in Action<p>​Colonial's Cleburne, Texas, banking center recently donated to Cleburne's Christmas in Action (CIA). </p><p>​CIA works with local businesses to make it possible for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners of Cleburne and Johnson County to receive the assistance necessary to keep their homes safe and well-maintained.</p><p><br> </p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="CleburneCIA.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/CleburneCIA/CleburneCIA.jpg" style="margin:0px 15px;width:300px;height:253px;" /> </p><p><strong><br></strong> </p><p><strong>Pictured from left to right: </strong></p><p>Sharon Cumins, Cleburne New Accounts, Kim Autrey, Cleburne Banking Center Manager, Lloyd Hudzietz, Christmas in Action Board Member and Doris Stout Cleburne Banking Center Teller.</p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p><p><br> </p>2016-02-18T05:00:00Z
Fort Worth Business Assistance Centerhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/FWBusinessAssistanceCenter.aspxFort Worth Business Assistance Center<p>​The Fort Worth Business Assistance Center provides information, counseling, educational workshops and resources for small business owners and start-ups.</p><div align="center"> <img alt="FWBAC-Donation.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/FWBusinessAssistanceCenter/FWBAC-Donation.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:434px;" /> <br> </div> <p>Pictured from left to right: Brent Davis, DFW Market Commercial Banking President, Robert Turner, Fair Lending Compliance Manager, Cheryl Jones, Economic Development Specialist and Lucas Sawyer, Chairman of the BAC Board of Directors. </p><p><br> </p>2016-02-05T05:00:00Z
Colonial Earns “Five Stars -- Highly Recommended” rating from Bauer Financialhttp://www.gocolonial.com/community/Pages/BauerFinancial.aspxColonial Earns “Five Stars -- Highly Recommended” rating from Bauer Financial<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="bauer-5star-2016-square.jpg" src="/community/PublishingImages/Pages/BauerFinancial/bauer-5star-2016-square.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px;" />Bauer Financial, Inc., the nation's leading bank rating and research firm, has recognized Colonial Savings as a 5-Star Superior bank.</p><p>Bauer Financial has been evaluating and rating banks since 1983. A 5-Star Superior rating indicates that Colonial is one of the strongest in the nation, excelling in areas of capital, loan quality, profitability and more.</p><p>Among other factors, to earn this rating Colonial must not only report solid capital levels, but also a desirable loan portfolio with negligible levels of delinquent loans.</p><p><em><br></em> </p><p><em>BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting </em><em>www.b​auerfinancial.com. </em></p><p> </p>2015-10-01T04:00:00Z

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