STOCKTON, Calif. (6/9/10)--Safety. Soundness. Stability. Steadiness. Strength. These are five stars recently purchased and named by Financial Center CU to celebrate Five-Star Superior Ratings for the past 16 consecutive years. The ratings were from Bauer Financial Inc. The purchase of the stars was announced by President/CEO Michael Duffy at the $300 million asset Stockton, Calif.-based credit union’s 55th annual meeting in May. “Now is the time to tout the sound decisions that were made throughout the 2000s,” Duffy said. “Our careful planning is paying off and is creating a true competitive advantage. This is our opportunity to educate the local community and provide consumers a safe alternative for their hard-earned money.” Most recently, Financial Center’s strength and success was showcased in an article that ran in the Stockton Record, a newspaper that circulates to more than 60,000 households in the credit union’s immediate area. The credit union was highlighted as the only five-star institution in the county.