Energy Federal Credit Union Members Vote to Merge With PenFed

Posted November 21 2016
by PenFed Team
PenFed Credit Union News Release

16,000 more consumers become eligible for great rates on loans and savings

TYSONS, Va., Nov. 21, 2016—By an overwhelming margin, members of Energy Federal Credit Union of Rockville, Maryland, voted to merge with America’s second-largest federal credit union, PenFed Credit Union of Tysons, Virginia.

As a result of joining PenFed, nearly 11,000 members will earn higher rates on savings and gain access to lower rates on loans. The new members include many public servants in federal, state and local governments. In addition, another 5,000 employees and contractors of dozens more firms in the community will become eligible to join PenFed.

“As we welcome them into the PenFed family, members of Energy Federal Credit Union will receive a bonus dividend,” said PenFed President and CEO James Schenck. “This is the beginning of a relationship that will help thousands of dedicated men and women in public service do better financially. The management teams of our two credit unions realize the substantial added value this merger will deliver. Together we will achieve PenFed’s core mission to help those in the national defense community, and all who support them, secure a sound financial future.”

Schenck pointed out that while PenFed already serves U.S. Department of Energy employees at two locations in Washington, D.C., and Germantown, Maryland, PenFed will operate a full-service branch in Rockville, Maryland, as part of its network of 39 branches.

“Our ability to serve members 24/7 through our PenFed.org website, PenFed Online mobile platform, and PenFed call centers—in addition to our strategic branch footprint—will deliver best-in-class experiences whenever and wherever members need extraordinary financial services,” said Schenck.

PenFed Executive Vice President and President of Affiliated Businesses Shashi Vohra described the appeal of the partnership. “Energy Federal Credit Union members will find a natural home with PenFed. We are thrilled to offer our new members and any potential new members our market-leading products and best-in-class service. We also look forward to welcoming Energy Federal Credit Union’s hard-working employees and providing enhanced career opportunities for them going forward.”

PenFed Senior Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions Ricardo Chamorro has led PenFed’s efforts to identify and establish a dialogue with potential merger partners. “Energy Federal Credit Union and its loyal members are a great complement to our family,” said Chamorro. “I am excited about helping PenFed serve more members as we continue with future expansion plans. Our main goal is to increase credit union membership while taking perfect care of all stakeholders in our future partnerships.”

“Energy Federal Credit Union’s board of directors proposed and unanimously supported this opportunity for our members to become part of a larger and stronger credit union,” said Chairman Richard Turtill. “Members will benefit from market-leading and award-winning products and services, even more than Energy Federal Credit Union alone could offer.”

Energy FCU President and CEO Ron Roy shared his enthusiasm about partnering with PenFed. “The possibilities for our members and employees are really quite exciting,” said Roy. “Our partnership with PenFed will provide enhanced products and services to our members, while creating renewed opportunities for our staff.”

When the merger takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017, Energy FCU’s $103 million in assets will come under the care of PenFed.

About PenFed Credit Union


Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, PenFed Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in the country, serving over 1.5 million members worldwide with more than $21 billion in assets. Its long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost effective manner, while being responsive to members’ needs. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, checking, and a wide range of other financial services with its members’ interests always in mind. PenFed Credit Union serves a diverse population, and no military service is required to join. We offer many paths to membership, including numerous employee groups and association affiliations. It’s easy to apply. We invite you to come see why you belong at PenFed Credit Union. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit PenFed.org, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/V/D.