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  • Greenville Federal Credit Union announces the hiring of a new CFO.


    Greenville, SC, July 20, 2021 - Greenville Federal Credit Union announced the addition of Phil Barnhill as Chief Financial Officer.

    In this new role, Barnhill will lead the credit union’s financial and accounting team and join the executive team.

    Barnhill is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with a solid career in leadership positions, including as Assistant Controller at Southern First Bank most recently. Prior to that he excelled in a number of financial specialist areas including as Account Manager at USA Risk Group and Senior Audit Associate at Johnson Lambert. Barnhill has a B.S. in Accountancy and M.S. in Professional Accountancy – both from Clemson University.

    “We are pleased to welcome Phil to our team to help us navigate new accounting regulations and the ever-increasing complexities of Greenville Federal Credit Union in this time of transformation,” said credit union CEO, Paul Hughes. “With changes mandated to Loan Loss accounting in 2022 as well as our developing business in Commercial loans and other areas, Phil’s expertise will help us position our credit union for growth and stability in the future.”

    “I am excited to join the well-established team at Greenville Federal Credit Union during a time of great growth and opportunity,” Barnhill said. “I look forward to guiding the credit union through the changing accounting landscape while continuing our primary focus of serving our members.”

    Founded in 1968, the $360 million credit union continues to experience steady growth in the Upstate with more than 32,000 members, five branch locations and 89 employees. The credit union’s community-based charter allows anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Greenville County to join. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the federal government, insures all accounts up to $250,000.


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    posted by Catherine James, SVP Marketing and Brand Strategy 2021-07-20
  • Credit union announces Elaine Hardin as the July "Community Hero."

    Greenville Federal Credit Union and The Greenville News announced Elaine Hardin as the July "Community Hero." Hardin is recognized for changing the lives of children in her unique role as a child life specialist at Greenville's Shriners Hospital for Children.


    Photo: Josh Morgan, The Greenville News 

    The Greenville News Announcement Article:

    The credit union is pleased to recognize Elaine Hardin for her lengthy career in caring for recovering patients, and showing them that “your physical abilities don’t define your life’s possibilities." 

    A plea for nominations. 

    Do you know an unsung hero? Each month nominations will be collected for candidates that work in health care, public safety, education, the military, nonprofit agencies and the business world, the religious sector, entertainment or athletics. They can be a student or a young child or a retiree, etc. The selected "Hero" will be profiled in the Greenville News and recognized at a County Council meeting. 

     If you know of someone that should be recognized nominate them by sending an email to: 
In your nomination, please explain why the person you are recommending is a community hero and your contact information.

    posted by Catherine James, SVP Marketing 2021-07-16
  • Greenville Federal Credit Union announces major grants program to support local non-profits.


    Greenville Federal Credit Union announced it will award $50,000 in grants to local non-profits as part of a charitable giving emphasis in the fall of 2021.  The grants are a continuation of the Thanks and Giving Grants program launched during the credit union’s 50th Anniversary in 2018.  The Thanks and Giving Grants program is designed to identify and provide funding support for community-based 501(c)(3) organizations that promote youth, education, community and economic assistance or relief in local areas across Greenville County. The 2021 Thanks and Giving Grants program will award five grants of $10,000 each to non-profit organizations committed to developing and implementing programs designed to improve prosperity in local communities within Greenville County.

    “From the beginning, our credit union’s mission has been to give back to the Greenville community by providing affordable financial services to the people we serve and by investing back into the community in as many ways as we can.” said President Paul Hughes. “Continuing the Thanks and Giving Grants program this year will help us identify local organizations that share our community, youth and education focus, and allow us to directly support new projects that could have significant and positive impact for years to come.”

    The 2021 Thanks and Giving Grants application is now open and the deadline to submit completed applications is September 17, 2021.  Eligible organizations must hold a current tax-exempt status as a charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be physically located in Greenville County, and directly benefit the local community.  Eligibility considerations will be made for organizations located outside of Greenville County if the proposed project will be implemented and funding used solely within Greenville County.  A panel representing Greenville Federal Credit Union will review applications and select the five recipients based on a set of criteria established by the Thanks and Giving Grants committee. 

    The 2021 Thanks and Giving Grants criteria and application can be found on the credit union’s website at:

    On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the five Thanks and Giving Grants recipients will be announced during a special presentation and celebration lunch for members, special guests, lawmakers and local dignitaries at the credit union’s Wade Hampton Boulevard location.

    About Greenville Federal Credit Union
    Greenville Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial alternative to traditional banking with five branch locations in Greenville, Greer, and Mauldin serving more than 32,000 members. The more than $360 million credit union was founded by nine teachers from the School District of Greenville County as an educator’s credit union in 1968. In 2001, the credit union approved a conversion to a community-based charter to serve anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Greenville County. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the federal government, insures all accounts up to $250,000.  For more information, please visit the credit union’s website at or call 800-336-6309.

    posted by Catherine James, SVP Marketing and Brand Strategy 2021-07-01

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