The Point: Best credit unions in NC

In North Carolina, there’s a big debate over who has the best barbecue. Some argue their hometown style is the tastiest. Others insist that they have the best barbecue fixings.

I prefer potato salad, coleslaw and hushpuppies with mine. The debate wages on over the best sauces and cooking styles. Dry rub or wet? Chopped or pulled? Smoked or grilled? Each barbecue pitmaster has his or her secret recipe and techniques. There are competitions throughout our state where communities showcase their yummiest recipes and products.

There is a contest among financial institutions as well, as to who is the best. Banks and credit unions constantly banter with one another. We compare our rates, customer/member satisfaction ratings and financial performance continually. Well, the results are in.

Forbes announced LGFCU as the best Credit Union in North Carolina. The survey was conducted among credit unions and banks across our country. More than 25,000 customers were surveyed on current and former banking relationships. Financial institutions were rated on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five subdimensions: trust; terms and conditions; branch services; digital services; and financial advice.

We are elated with this distinction. But we can’t hog the limelight. (Get it? Hog?) We share this distinction with our sister credit union, State Employees’ Credit Union® (SECU). We believe we were singled out in large part because of the services LGFCU members receive from SECU staff. The collaboration between our credit unions has been in place for 35 years. By the way, SECU was named by Forbes in the top three of North Carolina credit unions as well.

Now that it’s settled which are the best credit unions, let’s move back to barbecue. I’m going to settle this debate once and for all.

The best barbecue is the kind on my plate.