New Young & Free Maine Spokester Announced

Maine Credit Union League Update

It's official!  Jake Holmes is the new Young & Free Spokester for Maine's 25-and- under crowd. The official announcement was made at this year's Convention during the 78th Annual Delegates' Meeting & Luncheon on Friday, May 20. Jake will assume the position, previously held by Mallory Lavoie for two consecutive terms, on Friday, June 17.

Jake, a native Mainer, first discovered his passion for sharing stories through his lens in high school. He went on to study video production at the New England School of Communications at Husson University in Bangor, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Communications Technology in May. During college, Jake worked at WVII and WFVX, Maine's local ABC and FOX television affiliates, first as an intern, and then went on to be hired as a production assistant.

As a recent graduate, Jake began taking a better look at his finances and noted the interest rates and fees on his student loan payments. As the Young and Free Spokester, Jake hopes to, "spread awareness about the benefits of credit unions and help young people avoid the mistakes I've made" when choosing how and where to borrow money for education and other life expenses.

"It is very important for Millennials to learn about finances because we truly are the future of this state. I want to see Maine grow in a positive way," stated Jake. "I want to show people that it is possible to live and be financially stable in this beautiful state. I want to showcase all the fun and unique things you can do in Maine on a budget."

Debra Trautman, VP of Corporate Marketing for the Maine CU League, said Jake possesses the enthusiasm, passion and background "we were looking for in our next Spokester.  For the past two years, Mallory has generated lots of positive activity and growth for Young & Free Maine, and we believe Jake will continue the program on that path and offer new perspectives and ideas."

Jakes first appearance as the Young & Free Maine Spokester will be at the Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, June 25. To check out Jake's announcement video, click here.

Young & Free Maine, powered by Maine's Credit Union, provides financial services customized for the 18-to-25 crowd. To learn more, visit the Young & Free Maine website.

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