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Through consistent hard work and persistent focus on helping members and the communities we serve, Star One has received many prestigious awards over the years. Our awards range from financial safety and soundness to community involvement. By providing sound financial services that improve the lives of our members, working to be a strong corporate citizen and contributing to local organizations, Star One is helping to make Santa Clara County a better place to live, work and play.

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Member Benefits Top Performance Award

For the second year in a row, Star One is honored as top credit union in the nation at delivering benefits to its members. Star One Credit Union received the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Member Benefits Top Performance Award on March 9, 2015 at Washington, D.C.

The award recognized Star One for its low loan interest rates, higher-than-average deposit yields, and fewer or lower fees compared to banking institutions. The Credit Union was honored as the top credit union in providing direct financial benefits to its members.

Credit unions nationwide submitted dividends and loan rates and fees to CUNA, which was compared with bank rates and fees, and CUNA calculated how each credit union's members benefitted by using their credit union compared to local bank averages. According to CUNA's calculation, Star One delivered direct benefits totaling $831 per member household, over $50 million for the entire membership, in 2014. Star One's member benefits total per household was the highest, with $54 more than the next closest credit union.

Bauer Financial, Inc.

Star One was recognized by Bauer Financial, Inc. and awarded “Superior,” their highest rating, for over 84 consecutive quarters.
The nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983. Financial institutions cannot pay for ratings, and cannot avoid being evaluated by Bauer Financial, Inc.

IDC Financial Publishing, Inc. “Superior”

Star One was awarded the highest financial rating by IDC Financial Publishing, Inc.
IDC ranks credit unions using its proprietary methodology and regulatory reports submitted to the federal government. The ‘Credit Union Financial Profiles’ identifies several financial ratios, assigns a weight factor to each based on its relative importance to the health of the institution, and then combines the overall view into a numeric summary rank. IDC has a remarkable track record of being able to identify deteriorating or improving performance many months, and sometimes years, before it becomes apparent to less-sophisticated ranking companies.

Weiss Ratings “Excellent”

Star One received the highest financial rating of A+ by Weiss Ratings.
For more than 20 years, Weiss Ratings has had an unparalleled track record warning of the weaknesses of hundreds of insurance companies and financial institutions that subsequently failed. Weiss Ratings strives for fairness and objectivity in its ratings and analyses, ensuring that each company receives the rating that most accurately depicts its ability to deal with severe economic adversity. Weiss Ratings accepts no payments for its ratings from rated institutions. 

Visionary Leadership Award

At the 6th Annual Call to Action Conference of the Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) held in 2009, Star One Credit Union was conferred the Visionary Leadership Award for its ongoing efforts to protect the aged from financial abuse. Following receipt of the award, Star One’s President & CEO Rick Heldebrant noted, “Star One Credit Union remains committed to raising awareness within our community about elder financial abuse. Our commitment to this imperative is especially relevant given the current economic environment. We believe education and awareness leads to prevention and are powerful tools in the fight against this crime. As a Credit Union we value our unique position within the community we serve and take seriously our commitment to educate others on ways to avoid financial exploitation and loss.” Star One remains an active supporter of EFPN’s dedication to the prevention of elder financial abuse through community education, public awareness campaigns and professional training.

Abby Award

Arts Council Silicon Valley awarded Star One Credit Union an ABBY Award at the 2008 Silicon Valley Arts & Business Awards Luncheon for our Small Business Support.

Star One was nominated by American Musical Theatre, San Jose (AMTSJ) for sustained general operating funds and for fully funding AMTSJ’s High School HONORS, the Company’s program for training and mentoring young musical theatre performers and technicians.

Operation Care & Comfort

Rick Heldebrant, President and CEO of Star One Credit Union, accepted on behalf of Star One an American Flag that was flown over A1 Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq during "Operation New Dawn" in 2010. The American Flag was given in recognition for Star One’s commitment and dedication to the service men & women of United States forces – Iraq. On behalf of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, & Marines they thanked Star One for their continued support of the troops.


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