Affinity Plus recognizes 20-year leader with a “CU Builder Award” from the Minnesota CU Foundation

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press release: Minnesota Credit Union Foundation 03/25/2014 – ST. PAUL, Minn. – Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union honored Debbie Bruns as a Credit Union Builder through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF). Bruns, who dedicated more than 20 years to the credit union in the community of Grand Rapids, is set to retire in April.

“Debbie never wavered from her strong passion to put people first – including members, employees, and those she interacted within her community,” said Affinity Plus President & CEO Dave Larson, calling Bruns “instrumental” to the credit union’s growth and success.

Bruns was originally hired as a branch employee, soon after promoted to manager, and then served as a branch director for seven years. Today, Affinity Plus has three locations in Grand Rapids with more than 30 employees.

She is credited with completing Affinity Plus’s first loan in the Grand Rapids market, which took place in a bowling alley. Since that time, she has been a community leader and has positioned the credit union as a fair and reputable lender, building the largest auto loan portfolio in Itasca County.

“Her service has been nothing short of outstanding,” Larson added.

The Credit Union Builder distinction recognizes those who have dedicated time and energy to building the credit union movement. Nominations for this award are made by credit unions and other organizations in honor of or in memory of a significant individual who has been instrumental in their success.

“Community leaders like Debbie are the heart and soul of credit unions, dedicating their careers to building this amazing industry and serving members from across the state,” said MnCUF Chair Pat Brekken. “The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is proud to honor Debbie for her passion and commitment to Affinity Plus and the entire credit union movement.”

Bruns joins 25 other individuals who have been honored over the past six years with the MnCUF’s Credit Union Builder Award. The names of the recipients and the contributing credit unions are permanently displayed in the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s lobby as a tribute to their accomplishments. The honorees receive acknowledgment from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, and donors are also listed online and in the Foundation’s annual report.

To learn more about MnCUF’s Credit Union Builder Award and to view a list of those who have been honored with this recognition, visit the Foundation website (

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