ACU 81st Annual Meeting and Election April 27, 2019


Advantage Credit Union members may vote either in-person or electronically.  A member shall have one vote regardless of the number of shares held by the member.  Members shall be at least 16 years of age in order to vote. 

Electronically: Members may vote electronically by using our online banking (ItsMe247).  If you do not currently use our online banking, you may need to contact the credit union to have your password reset.  You may call or come in if you need further assistance setting up online banking.  Electronic voting will take place for a limited time from April 1, 2019 through April 21, 2019.  Go to and select “Online Banking”.  After you log in to your account in ItsMe247, you will find a banner on the left side of the screen you may click on that says “Place Your Vote!   You may vote by checking the box next to the name of the candidates that you choose.  You are allowed to vote for no more than 3 candidates.  After making your selection, click below on “Record My Vote”.  Once you vote online, the “Place Your Vote” banner will no longer display on your ItsMe247 screen and you will not be able to change your vote.  If you vote online, you will not be allowed to vote again at the annual meeting. 

In Person: If you do not vote electronically, you may still cast your vote in person at the annual meeting and election held at the American Legion, 1101 W 4th Street S, Newton, Iowa on April 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  TWe

Three positions on the Advantage Credit Union Board of Directors are open for election.  Each position is for a three year term.  Nominations will NOT be taken from the floor at the annual meeting. 



Steve Hartz: Steve has been a member of Advantage since 1973 and a board member for over 26 years. Steve is retired from Maytag, where he worked for 30 years in production and was a union rep for the UAW. He currently works for Newton schools as a bus driver, a role he has held for 18 years. As a bus driver, Steve participates in an annual school bus safety program with the highway patrol at the beginning of the school year.  During his time in Newton, he has served on the PTA for Aurora Heights, twice serving as board president. He also was a member of the city-wide PTA. Steve has also donated 15 gallons of blood through local blood drives. Being a board member of Advantage for 26 years, Steve credits his time as a union rep to look at problems in many different ways to find a solution.  He enjoys being a member of the credit committee although he would be willing to serve wherever he is needed. Steve was born in Des Moines but moved to Melcher-Dallas when he was young. He married his wife Janet in 1971. They have three sons, all living away from Newton. They have eight grandchildren.

Ron Jones: Ron has been a member of Advantage for 45 years and a board member for 15 years.  He worked at Maytag for 31 years, starting in factory personnel and retiring as department manager. After Maytag, he went to TPI as a manager for 7 years.  He currently works at Windstar lines as a professional tour bus driver. Ron was the past Commander of the American Legion Post 111 as well as past president and member of the Jasper County Bowling Association. As an experienced board member, he understands the knowledge needed to make the credit union work best for our members’ needs.  If re-elected, Ron would like to see the continued success of the credit union as we move into the future. He is a graduate of William Penn University with a degree in Business Administration. He and his wife Peggy have been married for 40 years. They have one daughter and four grandchildren.

Dan Bebout: Dan has been a member of Advantage for 3 years.  He has worked at Thombert, Inc. for 22 years in the shipping and receiving departments and also Shop Chair of the Union. Dan is president of the Newton Booster Club and has been heavily involved in youth sports including football, baseball, softball and basketball. Dan served in the United States Navy. He loves giving back to the community, learning new things and taking on new challenges. He feels becoming a board member is a great way to stay involved in his home town as well. Dan is married to his beautiful wife Jen and they have three children. Ike (19), Anna (16) and Evan (12).