Bethlehem, PA – March 20, 2018– Lehigh Valley Business has named Tricia Szurgot, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union's Chief Marketing and Experience Officer, one of its 2018 "Women of Influence," in recognition of her professional accomplishments, including her community engagement efforts and excellence in leadership.

"Tricia is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader with the natural ability to inspire, motivate, and empower in order to support the organization’s goals and mission”, said Donna LoStocco, President and CEO of First Commonwealth. “She is a purpose-driven thought leader and expert in helping transform organizations through strategic brand, culture and operational alignment".

Szurgot has a long history of innovation in the marketing and leadership sectors. She was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 CMO of the Year Officers Award by The CMO Club, made up of the world’s leading CMOs, and has been awarded fourteen national marketing, branding and communications awards in her 20+ years in senior management.

Among many professional achievements, Tricia is the Executive Director of The First Commonwealth FCU WE Thrive LV® Foundation (2018). This newly established foundation strives to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley through financial empowerment. Tricia also spearheaded the launch of First Commonwealth’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative focusing on community engagement; and was instrumental in creating a financial wellness program to bring financial literacy to individuals, families, schools, employers and organizations throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley, free of charge.

Tricia has mentored hundreds of future marketers throughout her 20+ years as a marketing leader, specifically in the financial services industry. She is a regular speaker at regional and national conferences, specifically related to corporate social responsibility, brand experience and professional empowerment.

"It's an honor to be among this prestigious list of women. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to do what I love every day, working hand in hand with many passionate people who inspire and motivate me," said Szurgot. "It's wonderful to shine the spotlight on our mission and be recognized for making a positive impact in our community."

The Lehigh Valley Business “Women of Influence” awards program recognizes 28 female leaders in the Greater Lehigh Valley for their contributions to their companies, industries and communities. Szurgot and her fellow recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 9 at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.

First Commonwealth, based in Bethlehem, PA, is a leader in banking innovation and the largest credit union in the Greater Lehigh Valley. With eight financial center locations and a best in class digital banking center, First Commonwealth serves more than 61,000 members and 1,200 member companies in the Greater Lehigh Valley and beyond. As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, First Commonwealth is a leader in the B2C and B2B financial services marketplace and has been committed to growth, innovation, technology and personal, friendly service since 1959. First Commonwealth has 170 employees and $700 million in assets and serves its membership through purpose-driven and mission-based values to help members prosper. First Commonwealth FCU is committed to giving back through their First Commonwealth FCU WE Thrive® Foundation and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.