Charter Oak Honored as Best Credit Union

Waterford, CT – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has been named “Best Credit Union in Connecticut” in The Commercial Record magazine’s ninth annual reader survey.

“It’s an honor for all of us at Charter Oak to be chosen as the Best Credit Union in Connecticut,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our employees work hard each day to provide the best in services and products, and it’s very encouraging to see that Connecticut’s banking profession strongly agrees,” said Orenstein.

In its December 2016 year-end issue, The Commercial Record said its readers responded vigorously to voice their choice in the ninth annual survey, adding that the Best of 2016 winners “won the loyalty and support of the Nutmeg State’s financial and real estate communities.”

The annual survey by The Commercial Record highlights the best providers of services and goods in both the banking and real estate professions across Connecticut. Since early September, the magazine conducted an online survey of its readers, promoted its annual survey through ads in the magazine, through emails to thousands of readers and customers of The Commercial Record and on its website,

Charter Oak won the top Gold award in The Commercial Record Best of 2016 Survey. The magazine survey includes three categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Commercial Record magazine is published monthly by the Boston-based Warren Group, which offers a range of real estate products, information services and printed and online publications. For more information about The Warren Group’s products and services, please visit its website at or call 617.428.5100.

During 2016, Charter Oak also was named Best Credit Union in three other contests. This past spring, Charter Oak was voted Best Credit Union by readers of The Day newspaper, followed in June by Best Credit Union honors in the “Best of Norwich Magazine” contest. Charter Oak was again honored as Best Credit Union in the “Best of Northeastern Connecticut” contest featured in the September issue of Norwich Magazine.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with 15 branches in New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any financial institution serving eastern Connecticut. For more information about Charter Oak’s range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, or visit our website at, or contact our Call Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.

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Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is like a bank, just better! We've been proudly serving eastern Connecticut since 1939 and we offer great checking, deposit, lending, insurance and investment products. And because we're a credit union, we're owned by our members, not by shareholders. So we can offer lower rates on loans and higher rates on deposits. It's easy to become a Charter Oak member: simply live, work, worship, learn, or volunteer in New London or Windham counties. So join today and see why Members Bank Better at Charter Oak! Learn more at, or visit any of our convenient branches, or simply call 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237.