Jennifer, our 200th member with her husband and Chip

On April 19, 2019, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union reached a major milestone: the celebration of its 200,000th member. Jennifer Nagel from Crystal was the milestone maker, after she opened her account at the New Hope branch with Member Advisor Chioma Ejimkonye.

With the help from Jennifer’s husband, Brent, the couple came into the New Hope branch on Friday, April 26, 2019, for a big surprise! Jennifer had no idea she was the milestone maker, so with confetti canons, cake, balloons, and a sign, it definitely caught her by surprise.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Jennifer, and talk about what brought her into Affinity Plus, and what it means to hold the title of the “200,000th member.”

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I’m married, I have two kids and we live in Crystal.

What brought you into Affinity Plus?

I found an awesome deal on a car and so we were members and I knew you guys had great rates for auto loans. I saw the car I wanted at 9 a.m., so I stopped in here at 10 a.m. and set up a membership and then talked about getting a loan.

How is the new car, give us all the details.

Well, it’s pretty exciting! (laughs) It’s my second minivan. I was hoping to not have another minivan but it’s so practical and we found a really great deal.

(it’s a white mini van!)

What has your experience been like so far at Affinity Plus?

It was really easy! I hadn’t been into a branch for a couple years, the last time was when we got our mortgage loan, but when I came in here, this is a new location, and it’s nice and easy, the staff was friendly. I was worried I would have to wait a little while but I didn’t – they saw me right away and helped me and approved me for the loan right away.

What does it mean to be the 200,000th member?

Well, I am surprised and I was not expecting this! I really appreciate the effort that everyone went through – there’s cake, balloons and confetti and prizes and a nice sign that I can put up in my house and surprise the kids when they get home from school today.

Why should people choose Affinity Plus?

Everyone’s been super welcoming when we came in, they have great rates, and I have been happy with it. My brother came here when he was a student at the University of Minnesota and now he’s 40 and still recommends Affinity Plus and that’s really how we got here.

Based in St. Paul, Minn., Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative that puts people first above profits. Members of Affinity Plus receive maximum value through competitive rates, minimal fees, and unique, member-centric products and programs. Established in 1930, Affinity Plus has 30 branches located throughout Minnesota and is owned by more than 250,000 members. Affinity Plus has more than $4 billion in assets. Additional information is available at or by calling (800) 322-7228.