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How TruWest Credit Union Came to Be

Since 1952, TruWest Credit Union has been serving members in the Phoenix and Austin areas. From our humble start as a Motorola Credit Union, we have worked hard to expand our membership reach in the community, our number of branches and the services we offer.

Take a stroll down memory lane and see how we got to where we are today. For members who have been with us from the start, it will be a whimsical stroll filled with memories and nostalgia. For new members or those considering us, it will give you a sense of our long history of service, what makes us who we are and our commitment to our members.


  • 1952 – On August 12, Motorola Credit Union (now TruWest Credit Union) is incorporated, servicing only Motorola employees


  • 1964 – Membership expands to include retired Motorola employees
  • 1965 – Our 8,000th member is awarded a transistor radio!
  • 1966 – We hit another milestone with 10,000 members


  • 1973 – Peter DiSylvester is named manager of the Credit Union
  • 1975 – The slogan “Once a Member, Always a Member” is implemented
  • 1975 – Membership expands again to include spouses and dependent children
  • 1977 – We celebrate our 25th anniversary


  • 1982 – Our name changes to Motorola Employees Credit Union – West (MECU West)
  • 1983 – Our home office branch opens, the first community branch in AZ
  • 1986 – We’re the first credit union to unveil “New Car Central” for one-stop auto shopping
  • 1987 – We hit 35,000 members


  • 1994 – We open the first community branch in Austin, TX
  • 1996 – We launch our first website
  • 1998 – We welcome our 50,000th member
  • 1999 – Our membership expands again as we welcome ON Semiconductor employees


  • 2002 – We receive approval from the Arizona State Banking Department and our members to expand membership to anyone living or working in the East Valley of metro Phoenix
  • 2003 – On January 1, members approve the credit union’s request to change our name to TruWest Credit Union
  • 2004 – Our membership expands to include anyone living or working in Maricopa County, AZ, and Travis County, TX


  • 2012 – TruWest Credit Union celebrates 60 years of service
  • 2013 – Passes the 60,000 member mark
  • 2017 – TruWest expands into Yavapai and Pima Counties in Arizona, and launches the new website. With 65 years of service excellence, we have more than 80,000 members and 12 branch locations between Arizona and Texas

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