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Times Union Names Sunmark a Top Workplace in 2021

Sunmark Credit Union has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by The Times Union. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“During this very challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations, as well as a sign of resiliency and strong business performance,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draw on real-time insights into what works best for their organization, so they can make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business.”

Paul Kelly, Vice President of Human Resources at Sunmark said “It is an honor to be chosen as a Times Union Top Workplace. Sunmark values culture and works very hard to ensure our team has a positive and engaging professional experience.  To be acknowledged by our team members and being recognized with a Top Workplace Award, is truly the ultimate compliment.”

Sunmark Credit Union has a long and rich history in the Capital Region. It was first established in January 1937, when General Electric employees banded together to form Schenectady G.E. Turbine Department’s Federal Credit Union #1884.

The Credit Union opened its first stand-alone branch in 1973 – at 1616 Broadway (still home to our Schenectady branch). Ten years later, in September 1983, the name was consolidated to Turbine Federal Credit Union. Two additional branches, in GE Building 33 and on Route 50 in Glenville, opened (1986 and 1995, respectively).

The last 20 saw significant growth. In 1997, to reflect the broader member base, the Credit Union changed its name again with the help of our members – this time, to Sunmark. In 2002, Sunmark opened its doors to serve anyone living or working in Schenectady, Albany, Saratoga, and Rensselaer counties. In 2005, Sunmark added Montgomery and Schoharie counties to its community charter.

Effective January 1, 2020 Sunmark received final approval from federal and state regulators to convert from a federal to a state-chartered credit union. Additionally, a vote of the Sunmark membership was held and the conversion officially approved. Sunmark updated it's name to Sunmark Credit Union. With the new State-charter, Sunmark expanded to Warren, Fulton, Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties. Sunmark will also be able to serve persons that belong to a business or association that has signed up with Sunmark to make membership available to its employees or association members outside of New York State. 

Throughout its history, Sunmark responded to our members changing needs by adding new branch locations, technologies and services. As we continue to grow, we continue to serve in the credit union mantra: People helping People.

If you would like to join the Sunmark team, see the available positions on the Sunmark Careers page.