Az Business, in partnership with BestCompaniesAZ, has selected the Most Admired Companies of 2020, including Desert Financial Credit Union.

People helping people. Those three words chronicle the difference between traditional banks and credit unions — and Desert Financial does it best.

Celebrating 81 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s largest local credit union with more than $5 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and 47 locations across the Valley, and growing.

As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial differentiates itself by sharing success with members, the community and team. In 2019 alone, Desert Financial gave back nearly $11 million to Valley nonprofits, the community and members, driven by a shared belief that it’s the right thing to do.

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Desert Financial Credit Union

Most Admired Company: 2020

Top Arizona executive: Jeff Meshey, president and CEO

What it does: Arizona’s largest local credit union.

Admirable trait: Desert Financial’s commitment to its employees is clear. Since the company values education and staff development, it recently launched InvestED, which grants employees free tuition for online courses and degree and certification programs at Arizona State University. Other benefits include elder care time off and reimbursing parents for their children’s sports, arts and extracurricular activities. To stay ahead of the curve, Desert Financial offers voice banking technology through Google Assistant, Google Home and the Amazon Alexa app.