Our story

Our story

Our story begins in 1937 when seven teachers in Pinellas County were denied a loan from a bank.

The teachers banded together to form a financial institution of their own – a credit union – with just $99.25 and an office at St. Petersburg Junior College. Unlike a bank, credit unions are not-for-profit and owned by the members they serve, so the institution was appropriately named the Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union in 1950.

Eventually, membership grew far beyond teachers, so the name was changed to Achieva Credit Union to reflect how its members come from all walks of life. Achieva developed a full suite of services, too, including mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, financial planning and business banking and lending solutions.

Today, Achieva serves more than 160,000 members with 26 branches throughout 15 counties in west-central Florida. Our membership is always growing, and we’d like you to be part of our story.

Join Achieva to be a part of something GOOD.

Our Milestones

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Our stats

  • $1.72 billion in assets, $1.30 billion in loans and $1.51 billion in deposits
  • 160,000 members and counting
  • 26 branches throughout 15 counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota
  • 400+ employees who deliver GOOD service: The proof is in our 83 percent customer satisfaction rate (based on a customer experience survey).*
  • $405,000 in classroom grants to local schools.

(*Source: Achieva Credit Union annual report)

Board of directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of Achieva members, all unpaid volunteers who look out for the best interests of their fellow members.

  • T.D. Hawkins, Chairman
  • Linda Emanuel, Vice Chairperson
  • Janet Cantees, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jack Berthy
  • Rohland Bryant
  • James Dawson
  • Tom Oberhofer
  • Everett Silvernail
  • Bill Williamson II