Nov 6, 2023
Sam Howell in Northwest's Branch

HERNDON, VA, November 6, 2023 – Northwest Federal Credit Union, a full-service, member-owned financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia, announced a strategic partnership with Sam Howell, quarterback of the Washington Commanders. The partnership was brokered by Howell’s marketing firm, ESM out of Greenville, SC. This news follows Northwest’s recent announcement of becoming the Official Credit Union of the Washington Commanders.

Sam Howell is a household name in the Washington, DC, area well-known for his strong leadership both on and off the field. The alliance between Northwest and Howell will help shine the light on their shared commitment to serving the community.

Northwest president Jeff Bentley expressed his excitement about the collaboration, stating, “Sam Howell is such an impressive young man and amazing athlete, and we are so happy to welcome him as a new member of Northwest. He’ll be so much more than a spokesperson for Northwest as we’ll be working side by side on upcoming charitable efforts and community activities.”

Sam Howell echoed this excitement stating, "I’m looking forward to collaborating with Northwest and working together on our shared philanthropic and charitable passions. I recently became a member of Northwest and had an awesome experience learning more about the credit union mission and how Northwest is an active part of that.”

One of the first joint community efforts between Northwest and Howell will be the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation Food for Kids Drive, held in coordination with Helping Hungry Kids and Seven Loaves Services, Inc. Howell will be volunteering alongside Northwest to fill backpacks with nutritious food for the weekend to provide to children who are paying free and reduced meal rates for lunch at school.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to work with Northwest in this effort to help these kids in need,” said
Howell. “This is already a cause that is dear to me as I partner with TABLE, an organization that works to help
alleviate hunger in Orange County, North Carolina. Working with Northwest gives me another way to help
make a difference here in the DMV.”

ABOUT NORTHWEST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: Northwest Federal Credit Union is a 280,000-plus member-owned financial institution dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of banking and financial services to its members. With a focus on personalized customer service and community involvement, Northwest Federal Credit Union offers a variety of products, including savings and checking accounts, loans, mortgages, and investment options. Striving to enhance the financial well-being of its members, the credit union emphasizes competitive rates, convenient digital banking solutions, and a commitment to supporting local communities through various outreach initiatives. Northwest Federal Credit Union maintains a strong presence across the DMV, with several strategically located branches to serve its members. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, the Northwest Why statement is: "Together we serve and inspire to transform lives." Northwest Federal Credit Union is the Official Credit Union of the Washington Commanders.

ABOUT SAM HOWELL: Sam Howell is the starting quarterback for the Washington Commanders. In just his second NFL season, Sam ranks in the top 10 of all NFL quarterbacks in passing yards, completions and passing touchdowns. A Korean-American, Sam graduated from the University of North Carolina as the most decorated player in program history. He broke 21 records, including the most passing yards, passing TDs, passing efficiency, and total offense. His legacy continues beyond UNC earning a place in ACC records finishing second in passing yards per game and passing efficiency.

ABOUT EVERETT SPORTS MARKETING (ESM): ESM is a premier sports management firm providing branding and marketing consultation to elite athletes in the NFL, NIL as well as corporations and institutions with business interest in sports. ESM leverages a novel approach to data and analytics to derive influence and partnership values. This approach allows our athletes and partners to reset the market with greater return and a deeper purpose.- BE LEGENDARY

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON COMMANDERS: The Washington Commanders, owned by a group of investors led by Managing Partner Josh Harris, were founded in Boston in 1932 and are one of the original members of the NFL's Eastern Division. The Washington Commanders relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1937 and have since become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and one recipient of the Walter Payton Man of The Year Award, Darrell Green. A proud and storied franchise, the team has won five World Championship titles, including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Since 1997, the team has played its home games at FedExField, a multi-purpose stadium located in Landover, MD. Washington Commanders Football Operations are headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, at the OrthoVirginia Training Center at Commanders Park, and Business Operations are headquartered at FedExField.