The Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2022 Thomas H. Scott Awards of Excellence on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the Monroe Civic Center. The selections came from 46 nominations which honors companies making significant contributions to the Ouachita parish economy through capital improvements, expansion, job creation, and community involvement during 2021/2022. This year’s nominees collectively created or retained 2,189 jobs in Ouachita parish and made capital investments of over $31 million. The awards are administered by a volunteer committee from the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the ULM College of Business & Social Sciences, and BayouLife Magazine.
Centric Federal Credit Union was named ‘Corporate Business of the Year,’ taking home top honors for businesses with over 100 employees. Other nominees included Brookshire Grocery Company l Spring Market, Ochsner LSU – Community Health Center, and Wendelta DBA Wendy’s.
Today, Centric serves more than 36,000 members in Ouachita and Lincoln parishes. During 2021, Centric’s Membership grew by over 18%. Through Live Better, a financial wellness program for employers, Centric works to engage and empower Northeast Louisiana. In 2021, Centric hosted over fifty financial education workshops, free of charge for over 1,500 attendees.
Centric is a previous Thomas H. Scott Award recipient, taking home top honors in 2013. In 2019, after winning multiple awards at the state-level, Centric was recognized by the Credit Union National Association as an Honorable Mention winner for the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award, as well as a Second-Place winner for the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award. Most recently, Centric was recognized by Forbes as being one of the Best Credit Unions in Louisiana for 2021.