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Celebrating ESL Employees During Hispanic Heritage Month: Kelvin Martinez Montes

October 2023

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to introduce you to ESL employees who took the time to share some of their background and thoughts about their career journey at ESL. We are proud of their accomplishments and their commitment to help our community thrive and prosper.

Meet Kelvin Martinez Montes, Financial Services Rep Developmental Program

My family is from Puerto Rico. They were born in San Juan but lived in various parts of the island. I grew up in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico and in the Bronx in New York.

Growing up, I spent most of the year with my mom in the Bronx. I would visit Puerto Rico every summer beginning in June and returning to the Bronx in September just in time for school. I did this until I was about 14 years old. Reflecting on my upbringing, I think about how I got to experience two different ways of living throughout the year, and it gave me a sense of gratitude for everything I did.

What are some of the best memories you have as they relate to your culture?

The food. Since we did not have a lot of money growing up, our time spent together was oriented around eating together and giving thanks for having another meal. As an adult now, I value having meals with those whom I care about the most and think of it as a bonding moment.

Tell us about your career journey at ESL.

My career at ESL has accelerated at a speed that I was not expecting, but I’m fully geared and ready to tackle. I came in as a Tele-Banker 1 (teller), quickly moved up to Tele-Banker 2 (banker), and then in another short three months moved into the Financial Services Rep Developmental Program. I am currently studying to obtain my licenses (SIE, S6, & S63) to be able to continue my relationship building with members to be able to meet their needs at the credit union level and the needs of our wealth partners.

What are some of your favorite things about ESL?

The community ESL has built internally and externally. No matter where you go in the branch and headquarters, you’re always treated with respect and kindness. You go anywhere with your ESL gear and people will smile and say, “Hi” because they recognize you work for the credit union. The community understands ESL’s purpose to help the community thrive and prosper and I love being a part of that!

Why do you think it’s important to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month?

It is important to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month because understanding the differences in cultures and how different values have affected different communities will help ESL expand opportunities while helping the community thrive and prosper.

Do you have a favorite Spanish/bilingual singer?

My favorite Spanish singer is Bad Bunny. The constant evolution and influence on the Puerto Rican culture by Bad Bunny has been captivating and enjoyable.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy cooking, exercising, karaoke, and meeting new people. I am new to reading for pleasure, so I am excited to discover new novels.