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Chamber Link www.daltonchamber.org August 2015 4 Feature Story w s Come network with us! Latino Business Mixer Thursday, September 10th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ABC Insurance Services 1149 Walnut Ave. Free to attend! Everyone welcome! How did you get started in your current business? Started 20 years ago at Fidelity Federal Savings Bank. I walked in to the bank to open a bank account & walked out with job as bank courier and of course my bank account. I was around 17 years old at the time attending Dalton High & working under a mentor/apprenticeship program with Mr. Ronnie Booher. I am very grateful to have gone through a management training program at Regions Bank. Gained experience at different banks in Dalton & have worked with won- derful Community Leaders and have learned greatly from each. Currently Serving our Community at Georgia United Credit Union as Chattanooga Ave. Branch Manager in Dalton Ga. Why did you choose Dalton? Son of a missionary family moved to Dalton in 1991 when Rev. Ernesto Mendez (father) was invited to come to Dalton by First Baptist Church of Dalton Ga. To help with their Latino Ministry I consider myself a Daltonian & very proud of our Community! What has been helpful to you in your journey to success? I am very fortunate/blessed to work in an environment that promotes community involvement which has connected me with Great Leaders & our Community as a whole. Greatly involved with our Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce & the formation of our local Whitfield-Murray Latino Business Advisory council which educates about the importance of community involvement! I am excited to be with an organization like Georgia United Credit Union that believes in giving back to the community through financial semi- nars, community sponsorships and working with the local schools. With my new role as Branch Manager at Georgia United's Chattanooga Ave. branch in Dalton, I'm thrilled to continue to participate in and promote educational seminars jointly with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and the Rome/Dalton-University of Georgia Small Business Development Center. What might you tell other Latino Business owners about connecting in the community? I would like to emphasize to our Latino Business Community that their involvement is crucial to our Communities contin- ued success! Also that our younger generations are watching every move we make & in order for Community Involvement to become second nature in their lives & they need to see each of us involved! Together we Achieve More! Unidos Logramos Más!! Zab Mendez Georgia United Credit Union

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