You may have noticed a smiling new face in the Snow Valley branch of Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, in Kitimat.
New branch manager Warren Sumner relocated to Kitimat a few months ago, having previously worked at Envision Financial’s Willoughby branch in Langley. Sumner is excited about the opportunities presenting themselves to residents and business people in his new home.
“I think what’s happening with the LNG terminal is making for exciting times,” he says. “It’s a good time for me to support the community and help strengthen the relationships the staff at our Snow Valley branch have built with local residents.”
Young family welcomed to the area
Sumner, who hails from Australia, moved here with his wife and infant daughter. The family has embraced the community and appreciates the welcome they’ve received.
“I got a great feeling when I first visited, that it would be a really cool place to live and raise a family. After we moved in, one of our neighbours even brought us a fish he had just caught,” he says. “People go above and beyond for each other here, and that translates well to how we do things at the branch for our members.”
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Promoted from assistant branch manager with Envision Financial in Langley, Sumner is literally an “all-rounder” who’s served in virtually every role so he’s familiar with all aspects of the business. That means he can support the branch staff in helping with your financial needs and is available and happy to lend his own advice where needed.
You’ll still see former branch manager Wendy Kraft around town, too, working in a business development role and connecting Sumner with community members, including at the Business After Business mixer being hosted by Envision Financial on Sept. 16.
You’ll hear the word ‘free’ a lot here
As Sumner can attest, the Envision Financial team appreciates being able to save you money, especially on things like your day-to-day banking. “We’re very proud of our free chequing account, it’s the best in its class, with no monthly fees – including on e-transfers,” he says.
Not only that, he adds, members enjoy complimentary access to Envision Financial’s experienced and knowledgeable team of financial planners. “Everyone can benefit from having that conversation, mapping out their financial goals and how they want to achieve them. We’ve got some great advisors and a strong team that’s ready to help you.”
Stop in to the branch at 954 Wakashan Ave., say ‘Hi’ to Warren Sumner, share your community story and ask him about ways to achieve your personal or commercial financial goals. Envision Financial is open weekdays from 9:30 to 5 p.m. (to 6 p.m. on Fridays) and can be reached at 250-639-4700.