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12 Questions with Truliant's Uptown Charlotte Manager Charles Adjete

Contributed by: Heath Combs

Charles Adjete is Truliant’s Uptown Charlotte, N.C. Member Financial Center manager. The location is at 400 South Tryon M8, Charlotte, NC 28285. He is shown at left in this blog's photo, presenting a Truliant Mini Grant check to Grace-Mar Services Inc.

1. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?

When I was a kid my superhero was Superman because he was strong, powerful and above all he was trying to save the world. I believe the spirit of super heroism is in every one of us. Uniformed men and women battling to sustain peace in various nations, parents struggling through present life hardship to make the world bearable for their children's future, teachers …they are our everyday heroes.

2. Where are you from? Where did you grow up? How did you get to Truliant?

I was originally from Togo - west Africa.  I spent my childhood moving from one country to another following my parents for their work.  I enjoyed my teenage years in Orleans, France which is around 80 miles South of Paris. It is a very interesting place growing up, very historic city, Joan of Arc became well known and famous for liberating Orleans from English siege. I remembered every year the town held a festival to celebrate her victory.

In the fall 1998, I moved back to the United States to continue my education. After graduating with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Truliant gave me a career opportunity that I cherish today. I started as a teller at the Clanton Road location which is now relocated to Tyvola Road. I always wanted to work in the financial field, and Truliant at the beginning was just a job to gain experience. After four months of working for the company, I understood that this is the place for me to build my career.

Not only does the credit union take good care of its employees, but also its members and lives up to its mission of enhancing the quality of their lives. I feel a sense of pride when I look at what we have accomplished in the past 15 years.

3. You step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

If I stepped outside and find a winning lottery ticket for ten million I will feel blessed and at the same time pressured by my faith in God to do the right thing. I will have to turn it in. I will still feel blessed to be part of someone's "once-in-a-lifetime" Story journey.

4. Tell me about a local group/nonprofit you are involved in and why.

I am presently serving on the board of Togolese of Charlotte Association. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a non-political organization committed to empower the Togolese Community in Charlotte through education, unity and cooperation within the Togolese-American community. In addition of serving on the board, I am a member of the development committee in charge of coordinating the association activities. I also active in my Church teaching children class and mentoring.

5. What are you passionate about?

Growing up I was passionate about track and field. I like to run. I ran cross-country in college and it was fun. I still run now and have participated in multiple 10k and half marathons, including  Charlotte Racefest. My dream is to one day qualify for the Boston Marathon. I am also passionate about making difference in people’s lives by volunteering, mentoring or just helping people find solutions to their problems. And working for Truliant I have been able to help, saving members money so they can invest in their kids’ education or restructuring their debts so they can keep living in their house and avoid foreclosure.

6. What is one of the most useful financial tools you recommend to our members?

FinanceWorks is a great way to track spending and save. It allows you to view all your accounts with one single login and also tracks your spending to help you be on budget.

7. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

U Can't Touch This” by MC Hammer -  It just puts you in a good mood.  

8. What are you watching on TV right now and why?

The Big Bang Theory, and fun TV shows. They allow me to relax and laugh after a long day at work.

9. Tell me an inspiring story about a member.

About three years ago, a longtime member came in to inquire about ways to save money for his son college education. He did not know where to start. We talked about different type of loans he can take to pay his son’s college and also set him up with the our member advisors group. 1  A week later, we met again. After consolidating few debts, we were able to free up over $200.00 toward the college savings. The member was just so happy knowing he can now send his son to college.

I received a note from him six months ago to thank me again for all I have done, for my kindness and concern and also to inform me his son just completed his freshman year at Chapel Hill which would not have happened if not for Truliant.

10. What restaurant is your favorite near your MFC location?

Lately, I have been going to the French Quarter Restaurant off of Church Street. Great Food.

11. What tips do you give members to improve their financial health?

Improving credit/score or maintaining a good credit score can definitely help save on interest. Most financial decisions, including insurance rates, nowadays are made based on credit report, so having a good credit can help you meet your financial goals. It’s also important to have a budget in place and save by setting up systematic savings monthly/ weekly for emergency fund.

12. What dish do you cook better than anyone?

Spaghetti alla Bolognese, with sauce made from scratch. My wife loves it.
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