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Local executive recognized for volunteer contributions

W_-_Colson_copy ALACHUA – Kathy Colson, Senior Vice President of Finance of SunState Federal Credit Union is the recipient of the 2012 ABLe Award.

Each year, the Alachua Business League bestows the ABLe award on a deserving member of the organization. To receive the award, a member must show great activity in the community, show extraordinary belief in others, must lead with style, and must exemplify the Alachua Business League values.  This year, the organization feels Colson, of SunState Federal Credit Union, is most deserving of the recognition.

Growing up outside Alachua, Colson, was born and raised a true GRIT (Girl Raised In The South).  When speaking with her, you think of the soft-spoken, yet strong, confident women for which the South is famous.   Yes, she loves to cook and values Southern hospitality, but don’t make the mistake of thinking she’s meek or passive.

Colson, while serving as CFO of SunState Federal Credit Union, still manages to actively participate in numerous community activities, demonstrates her belief in others through genuine inclusion, leads with a style of strength and gracious professionalism.  SunState Federal Credit Union is involved with many events in the communities they serve. They also help promote events for many nonprofit organizations in the area. Colson leads the enthusiastic ABL with professional guidance and respect for all members.

The Alachua Business League, Inc. began in 2003 with a mission to bring residents, visitors, families, and friends to discover the charm of “beautiful downtown Alachua,” to coin a Rick Robertson phrase.  Annually, since 2003, the ABL presents two festivals, the Alachua Spring Festival and the Alachua Harvest Festival, both of which play host to thousands of visitors.  The festivals showcase the friendly, shaded and rustic ambiance of Main Street Alachua, as well as the goods and services of local entrepreneurs.

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