E. Bantz to retire from CrossRoads Financial Federal Credit
Janet E. Bantz, President, and CEO of CrossRoads Financial
Federal Credit Union has announced her retirement effective
January 1, 2020.
Bantz has been the leader of the Credit Union since 1989
when she was hired to serve as Manager of what was then
known as Portland Forge Employees Federal Credit Union.
At the time, the Credit Union served consumers from 5
employer groups, including the Portland Forge and Jay
Schools and held $4 million in assets with 6 employees
and one office. Today, CrossRoads Financial Federal Credit
Union (CFFCU) holds more than 57 million in assets, has
over 9,000 members and employs 29 people. She has guided
the Credit Union through a name change, transformation
of the main office, expansion of the branch network to
its current four full-service offices and met community
needs with the award winning program—Tackling Hunger.
“As our membership and credit union grew over the
years, it’s not because the population increased.
It was because we offer a good alternative to financial
services the people had access to, and the word spread
as we met their financial needs” commented Bantz
on the growth of CrossRoads. She said we have always strived
to take care of members and provide the products and services
to meet their ever changing needs.
Prior to her credit union career, Janet served as Controller
and Executive Vice President at the former Citizens Bank
in Portland. During her leadership at CrossRoads, there
have been many financial relationships developed. Janet
has been a confidante and advisor, she has assisted members
of the community with accounts, loans, teaching and building
trust for their future growth. Bantz has led by example
and been an active part of the community, providing leadership
on numerous committees and boards, including United Way
of Jay County, Jay County Chamber, Rotary Club, Girls
Club, Jay Community Center, JRDS, Jay County Hospital
and IU Health Jay.
The CFFCU Board of Directors has been working with Janet
to plan a smooth transition in naming a successor. “Janet
more than deserves our gratitude for her tireless work
on behalf of the credit union and our members. Though
she will be greatly missed by everyone, she will be leaving
the Credit Union in excellent condition. Her successor
has been approved by the Board and will be announced at
a later date” said Joday Auker, CFFCU Board Chair.