A Groundbreaking Ceremony



Telco Credit Union, based in Tarboro, NC, broke ground on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 for their new full service office in Greenville, NC. The 3,700 sq foot building was designed by the EAST GROUP of Greenville, with Farrior & Sons, Inc. serving as the general contractor. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of the year with the new facility adding seven new jobs to the local workforce. The Greenville location is the first branch for the Credit Union, who have planned an aggressive expansion program for the next three years. Leo Corbin, Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, spoke at the event. Also present, and serving as hosts, were members of the Telco Credit Union Board of Directors.

“We are extremely pleased to see our planning and vision beginning to come to fruition,” noted President and CEO of Telco Credit Union Charles Johnson. “This state-of-the-art facility, along with its convenient location, will enable us to offer the value of an independent credit union to our current clients, and to recruit new members in Pitt County.”

One of the state-of-the-art features will be TelcoExpress ITMs (Interactive Teller Machines). The ITMs feature traditional teller services via video with live tellers at the Telco headquarters in Tarboro. TelcoExpress extends personal service hours, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Telco’s installation of these new machines at this branch will be among the first in the State, and the first in eastern North Carolina.

“We did quite a bit of research, focus groups and speaking with our members and they are excited about the extended hours and wide range of services the TelcoExpress ITMs will provide,” said Johnson. He continued, “We plan to have a good number of staff members on hand to help our members become familiar with this new way of banking.”

Telco Credit Union is one of North Carolina’s oldest credit unions, formed in 1941 by Carolina Telephone employees. Telco now serves over 8,000 members in eastern North Carolina. Members’ benefits include profit returns as well as higher dividends on savings, lower interest rates on loan

Another National Award for TSG!

The Sumner Group was recently named a winner in the 32nd Healthcare Advertising Awards. The agency was a Merit Winner for the “Twist Again” television campaign developed for CarolinaEast Health System. The campaign included print, outdoor, radio and TV spots promoting CarolinaEast’s Orthopedic practice.

This year, over 3,700 entries were received, making the awards the largest health care advertising awards competition and one of the 10 largest of all advertising awards. A national panel of judges reviewed entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact. Jacque Sumner, company president and account executive for CarolinaEast said, “This is the fifth year the Sumner Group has been recognized. We are most excited for our client and their marketing director, Megan McGarvey. Ms. McGarvey not only encourages a good deal of collaboration but has some wonderful ideas.”

See the campaign below:

End the Trend Finalists Announced!


For drivers, taking your attention away from the road, even for just a split second, could be dangerous, even fatal. The End the Trend campaign, which was developed by the Sumner Group, is designed to help cut down distractions on the road – such as texting, taking selfies or taking an eye off the road. Participants each created an awareness video, and competed for views.

There have been over 97,000 video views and 2,400 shares since End the Trend began!

Here are the 5 finalists:

Ryan Day – New Bern High School

Havelock High School Football Team

Mia Freeland and Caitlyn Gross – New Bern High School

Ryan Dewan – Belmont Abbey College

Pitt County Teen Safe Drivers – DH Conley

The Judges have decided the top 3 award winners and they will be announced at a special awards luncheon on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Sponsors for the campaign include Phil Ford, Kellum Law Firm, Cella Ford, Wirth Chiropractic and WNC-TV.