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Board Candidates 2019

The Nominating Committee submitted the following names of candidates to serve on the Hughes Federal Credit Union board of directors. There are four openings on our board. The nominees with the three highest number of votes will serve a three-year term. The candidate with the fourth highest number of votes will serve a two-year term. The election will take place at the 67th Annual Meeting at 3pm on April 27, 2019, at Amphi High School. 2019 Board Candidate (PDF)

Board of Director Nomination Petition

Members not nominated for the board of directors can petition to be placed on the ballot for the four openings. Members interested in serving on the board must obtain signatures from 1% of voting members, or 1,116 members age 16 or older. Petitions are available at each branch and online. Deadline to submit signed petitions is Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5pm. 2019 Board Petition (PDF)

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 Hughes Platinum Visa® Card Makes “10 Best Credit Union Credit Cards of 2018”

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Combining low rates with personalization gave the Hughes Visa® Platinum Card a top spot in’s “10 Best Credit Union Credit Cards of 2018.”

With large national banks facing issues with consumer trust,, an online financial resource aimed at educating consumers on credit cards focused on the differences between banks and credit unions and recognized the Hughes Platinum Visa® credit card for features that have helped give it an edge over big bank offerings: its low interest rate and card design feature.




Hughes named Best Credit Union in Arizona by Forbes

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 Hughes Federal Credit Union took the number one Arizona spot on Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions” list published on June 28. Locally-owned Hughes received the top rating, a customer satisfaction score of 87.60, among all credit unions in the Mountain West Credit Union Association area that covers Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Only 2.4% of financial institutions nationwide earned a Best-In-State designation.Forbes Logo 2.0Forbes partnered with Statista on an independent survey of more than 25,000 customers across the nation, seeking their opinions on current and former banking relationships. Banks and credit unions were ranked on overall recommendations and satisfaction as well as on five key areas: trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.

“With the proliferation of online banks it is even more important for local banks to demonstrate their advantages in regards to customer service, accessibility and financial advice,” said Forbes staffer Kurt Badenhausen, in a June 28 announcement. Statista CEO Friedrich Schwandt added that the popularity of credit unions is due to customers seeing themselves as shareholders and this could be considered in keeping with the motto “small is beautiful.”

President and General Manager of Hughes Robert J. Swick said “we are honored to be recognized as the best credit union in Arizona by Forbes in its first-ever nationwide survey as this validates our dedication to making a positive difference in the financial lives of our members through best-in-class products, services and customer care and the leadership of our volunteer board of directors.”

 Spirit. Sponsorship. Showing Wildcat® spirit in more than 30 UA™ teams and programs.

At Hughes Federal Credit Union, we continue to show our Wildcat spirit in the support and sponsorship of more than 30 Arizona Athletics teams and University of Arizona programs. It’s a big part of our 65 years of commitment to the community and tradition of excellence. Here’s a list of the programs we enthusiastically support:

  • Arizona Athletics
    Arizona Baseball
    Arizona Basketball
    Arizona Cross Country
    Arizona Football
    Arizona Golf
    Arizona Gymnastics
    Arizona Sand Volleyball
    Arizona Soccer
    Arizona Softball
    Arizona Swimming & Diving
    Arizona Tennis
    Arizona Track & Field
    Arizona Volleyball
    Arizona Women’s Basketball
    Play by Play by Brian Jeffries – Voice of the Wildcats
    Wildcat Club
  • Arizona Cancer Center
  • Arizona KidCats Club – Connecting Kids K-8 with College – In more than 525 classrooms reaching more than 25,000 students
  • Banner Health Foundation | Banner Health
    Diamond Children’s Medical Center
    Steele Children’s Research Center – Kids of Steele
    Jazmyn’s Lunch Break
  • Campus Recreation
  • Earn to Learn – Scholarship for Savings
  • UA Cares
  • University of Arizona Alumni Association
    UA Hispanic Alumni Club
    Asian American Faculty, Staff & Alumni Club
  • University of Arizona Eller College of Management
  • University of Arizona Foundation
  • University of Arizona School of Dance
  • University of Arizona Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research
    University of Arizona Take Charge Cats
    Arizona Financial Face-Off – Financial Literacy Competition – Since 2006
  • Visa® Debit Cards


2017 Bauer MarchHughes Receives Another BAUERFINANCIAL Five-Star Rating

Hughes received another BauerFinancial rating of 5-Star "Superior" rating. BauerFinancial, Inc. has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation's banking industry since 1983. Through the years BauerFinancial has earned the reputation of "the nation's bank rating service".

Federally-insured credit unions are required to file detailed financial reports with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) four times each year. BauerFinancial subjects this quarterly data to an unbiased and independent analysis. Based on the results of this analysis, a star-rating is assigned on a scale of zero to five stars, with four stars indicating an "excellent and recommended" rating and five stars indicating a “superior and recommended” rating. BauerFinancial states that "no institution pays for its rating, nor can they elude it."

Hughes has 110 consecutive quarters (over 27 years) as an "excellent" or “superior" financial institution.

To learn more about Hughes' five-star rating, visit


2017 BBB Torch AwardHughes Federal Credit Union Wins BBB Torch Good Neighbor Award

Hughes Federal Credit Union was the proud recipient of the Good Neighbor Award from the Better Business Bureau’s 2017 Torch Awards held on April 7, 2017 at Casino Del Sol Resort.

The Good Neighbor Award recognizes a company that has shown a commitment to making southern Arizona a better place through community service. The nominated business and employees play a significant role in support of local charities or community service projects. Finalists for the awards were selected by a panel of judges independent of BBB, representing southern Arizona. There were 79 nominees in three categories.


2017 Biz Tucson Spring 2017 ThumbnailBiz Tucson Magazine Features Hughes Federal Credit Union

The Spring 2017 issue of Biz Tucson Magazine spotlights Hughes Federal Credit Union and the impact it has made on Tucson in the past 65 years. If you have a copy of the magazine, look for the feature starting on page 120. Or you can read it online here.


Hughes is Featured on for our 29-Month CD

Hughes FCU was recently featured on in an article highlighting our three different competitive 29-month CDs. While some credit unions have tiered APYs based on deposit levels for individual CDs, we have three categories (CD, $1K+; Mini-Jumbo CD, $50K+; and Jumbo CD, $99K+) for each length-of-term CD. Read the full article at


You Earn More With our Certified Rates

Datatrac SealWhen it comes to savings and earnings, it's all about the rates, and ours are among the best! introducing our new rates and terms, including our NEW 29-Month Term Share Accounts (CDs). Learn more at HughesFCU/Rates >



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News releases


November 15, 2017

2017 Hughes Donates Over $25,000 in IT Equipment Press Release

July 10, 2017

2017 Diana Madaras Debit Card Design Press Release

May 2, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Press Release

April 10, 2017
Hughes Wins BBB Torch Good Neighbor Award

April 6, 2017
2017 Hughes in S&P's Top Performing Credit Unions of 2016

April 3, 2017
Hughes Wins Three Diamond Marketing Awards

January 17, 2017
Hughes Surpasses $1 Billion in Assets

January 4, 2017
Hughes to award $10,000 in scholarships in 12th annual program


December 27, 2016
Hughes staff, members raise more than $15,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

November 14, 2016
Ultimate Arizona Wildcat Basketball Fan Promotion

October 21, 2016
Hughes Receives Dora Maxwell Award

October 20, 2016
2016 Love My Credit Union Campaign

September 30, 2016
Hughes Selected Readers’ Choice Awards Best Bank/Credit Union

August 23, 2016
Android Pay and Samsung Pay now available

August 22, 2016
2016 Ultimate Arizona Wildcat Football Fan

August 8, 2016
100,000 Member Sweepstakes Promotion

August 1, 2016
Hughes Federal Credit Union Surpasses 100,000 members, doubles in seven years

June 1, 2016
Hughes announces continued partnership with Sallie Mae® to offer private education loan

April 18, 2016
2016 Scholarship Winners

January 4, 2016
Hughes staff, members raise more than $14,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

January 4, 2016
Hughes to Award $6,000 in Scholarship Funds


November 9, 2015
Ultimate Arizona Wildcat Basketball Fan

September 25, 2015
Marana Grand Opening and Credit Union Day 2015

August 17, 2015
Ultimate Arizona Wildcat Football Fan 2015

July 20, 2015
Hughes Earns 2015 Datatrac Great Rate Awards

June 16, 2015
Hughes Offers Apple Pay® for Debit and Credit Cards

May 26, 2015
Hughes Offers Sallie Mae Student Loans

May 18, 2015
Hughes Federal Credit Union offers remote Signatures

April 20, 2015
2015 Scholarship Winners
2015 Annual Meeting & Election Results

March 30, 2015
Hughes Earns Top Award for Coach Sean Miller Commercial

January 2, 2015
Hughes to award $6000 in scholarship funds

Hughes's monthly newsletters


Hughes Financial Teen Scene


Howie Javelina's All Stars Club


Bear Essential News for Kids – Kids Make Cents



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