Premier Members One of Two Colorado-Based Credit Unions Named by S&P Global

Boulder, Colo. (June 18, 2019) – Premier Members Credit Union has been named one of the national best-performing credit unions of 2018 according to a March report from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

S&P ranked the nation’s credit unions using five core financial performance metrics: member growth, market growth, operating expense as a percentage of operating revenue, net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans and delinquent loans as a percentage of total loans. Each company’s standard deviation from the industry mean was calculated for every ranking metric, equally weighted, then added together to calculate a performance score.

To be eligible for the ranking, a credit union had to report more than $500 million in total assets and a net worth ratio of at least 7.0% as of December 31, 2018. Based on these criteria, 552 credit unions qualified for the ranking.

About Premier Members: Premier Members Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution dedicated to providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Colorado’s Front Range. With more than 73,000 members, $1.1 billion in assets, 13 retail branch locations and four locations in area high schools, PMCU is a leader in the credit union industry. In addition to being at the forefront of the industry in sustainable business practices, PMCU takes pride in giving back to the communities it serves, supporting a wide variety of activities and fundraising events for charitable organizations like United Way, Realities for Children of Boulder County, Impact on Education and many more. To learn more, visit

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Andrea Balazs, Corporate Social Responsibility
Premier Members Credit Union, 303.657.7304


Pima Federal Credit Union Raises $50,000 for the Local Community.

Tucson, Arizona – June 4, 2019 – Pima Federal Credit Union (Pima Federal) is pleased to announce that its 7th Annual Pima Federal Golf Classic raised $50,000. The event, held on May 2, 2019 at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain, hosted 137 golfers and included a live raffle and silent auction. Pima Federal contributed an additional $1,000 resulting in a total amount raised of $51,000. The following three local organizations were selected as the beneficiaries of the signature fundraising event: Literacy Connects, Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation, and Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. Pima Federal is proud to provide each of these organizations with a $17,000 donation to help further their mission of providing vital resources and support in our community.

Pima Federal President and CEO, Eric Renaud stated, “The Golf Classic is a signature charity event for our credit union, and it is one of many ways our employees make a significant impact in the communities we serve. The joy I see in our employees in planning and hosting the event is a source of pride, demonstrating how Pima Federal is making a positive impact for these important organizations.”
Pima Federal is dedicated to supporting the community and does so through volunteerism, educational
support, and community giving/fundraising. Since the Golf Classic was established in 2013, $417,000 has been raised to directly benefit our community. This important fundraising event aligns directly with Pima Federal’s common purpose of helping others.

Pima Federal would like to thank their partners, sponsors, guests, media partners, and the community for their continued support of the Golf Classic.

In 1951, sixteen teachers pooled together $84 in deposits and founded our credit union with the common purpose of helping people. To this day, our common purpose still exists. We stay true to our roots as a not-for-profit financial cooperative whose main focus is providing the highest possible value to our membership in the simplest way. Our company culture is built on the simple notion that a great financial institution is about relationships and not transactions. We’re here for our members and we thrive by delivering on our value promise of Smart. Simple. Personal. For more information, please visit

Jennifer Overpeck, Vice President of Marketing,
Lynette Arvizu, Senior Marketing Officer,


TUCSON, Arizona (June 10, 2019) – Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, announced today the promotion of Keysha Webb to Vice President-Retail Delivery. In her new role, Webb is responsible for developing and driving a value-added service delivery model that includes Digital Banking, Member Solutions Center, Retail Sales, and Deposit Operations. These high-volume channels will focus on optimizing the Member experience through innovative technology, systems, and solutions.

Since joining Vantage West in 2011, Webb assumed key roles in various departments across the organization including Internal Audit, Branch Administration, and Digital Commerce. During each career progression in the past 8 years, she demonstrated knowledge, experience, dedication, and leadership qualities as each new position brought on greater responsibilities.

Prior to her new position, Webb as AVP-Retail Solutions successfully led the credit union’s first Digital Banking Conversion this April with outstanding results. Vantage West now has a more robust Online and Mobile platform benefiting more than 106,000 Members who are currently signed up for Digital Banking services. She also implemented a 24/7 service model for Member phone support.

Webb obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, major in Accounting, from the University of Arizona, and her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Marketing from the UA, Eller College of Business and Public Administration.

“Allowing our Members to do their banking when it’s convenient for them is the key driver to our innovation and simplified processes. We believe in creating a unified experience at our branches or online,” Webb said.

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West is the largest credit union in southern Arizona. It was established in 1955 to serve airmen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Since then the credit union has expanded to serve Members in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties. Vantage West offers consumer and business banking services, and is federally insured by NCUA. Vantage West is an Equal Opportunity Lender NMLS # 485751

Canvas Credit Union’s Foundation Awards $43,000 in College Scholarships

Twenty-eight outstanding Colorado students honored at annual celebration.

LONE TREE, CO, June 13, 2019 — Canvas Credit Union, along with its Dedicate to Graduate Foundation, presented a total of $43,000 in college scholarships at their annual awards banquet, held at the Double Tree Hotel in Thornton, on June 1, 2019. Scholarship recipients included 27 metro-area and northern Colorado high school graduates, and a Canvas Credit Union member who just completed her sophomore year at Baylor University.

Supported by the Dedicate to Graduate Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, these scholarships are recognition of outstanding achievement, both in school and in the community. Since 2017, Canvas Credit Union’s annual scholarship programs have awarded more than $150,000 to help students pay for college expenses.

“Each year this event brings joy to my heart,” said Malcolm Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Community Involvement. “This is a celebration of the exceptional young adults in our communities. They maintain impressive grade point averages while participating in a variety of school, work, and volunteer activities. It’s an honor to support these students. They are our future!”

Scholarship Recipients

Community Leadership Award

  • Cecilia Pablo Martinez, George Washington High School, Denver, CO – $6,000

Dedicate to Graduate Scholarship Awards

  • Emma Khorunzhy, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, CO – $5,000
  • Myracle Sadie Fielding, Baylor University, Waco, TX – $5,000

Community Leadership Award Finalists

  • Sasha Bailey, Brighton High School, Brighton, CO – $1,500
  • Logan Barnhart, North High School, Denver, CO – $1,500
  • Maria Mejia, Aurora Central High School, Aurora, CO – $1,500
  • Tesfalem Tsige, Greeley Central High School, Greeley, CO – $1,500

Community Scholarship Awards

  • Oscar Rodriguez Perez, Gateway High School, Aurora, CO – $1,000
  • Nicholas Marone, Pomona High School, Arvada, CO – $1,000
  • Jodaun Dotson, Rangeview High School, Aurora, CO – $1,000
  • Danni Wang, Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Kylie Hammond, Northglenn High School, Northglenn, CO – $1,000
  • Parsu Adhikari, DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Anna Holland, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Miles Harrison, Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Abigail Barnes, Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch, CO – $1,000
  • Nina Ruiz, East High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Molly Stevanak, Lakewood High School, Lakewood, CO – $1,000
  • Blake Knipple, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Kira Cordova, Columbine High School, Littleton, CO – $1,000
  • Hunter Ogg, Loveland High School, Loveland, CO – $1,000
  • Kyra Lee, Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Grace Urbanski, Chaparral High School, Parker, CO – $1,000
  • Megan Monroe, Littleton High School, Littleton, CO – $1,000
  • Hao Lu, Thornton High School, Thornton, CO – $1,000
  • Fartun Ali, Colorado High School Charter, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Ikia McConnell, South High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Sydney Headley, Windsor High School, Windsor, CO – $1,000

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About Canvas Credit Union (
Canvas Credit Union (Formerly Public Service Credit Union) is a safe and insured financial institution with over $2.5 billion in assets and more than 245,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 80 years, Canvas currently has 26 branches.

Contact Information
Tansley Stearns
Chief People & Strategy Officer
Canvas Credit Union

CUNA Awards – Call for Entries!

Be Recognized for the Work You Do in Your Community

The Mountain West Credit Union Association and Credit Union National Association are pleased to sponsor three recognition programs for credit unions:  the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award Program, the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award, and the Desjardins Youth & Adult Financial Education Awards. When you enter any of these competitions, your credit union will compete with others in the same asset category.  Chapters/multiple credit unions involved in community activities are eligible to enter the chapter/multiple credit unions category.  State winners in these programs will advance to the national competition.  All entries must be submitted by Friday, June 28th.  Learn more and submit your entry online at

CU Roundtable discussion produces great content

We have so many wonderful leaders and future leaders in our member credit unions. A testament to this is in the energy and engagement of those who were able to attend this year’s Annual Meeting and Convention.

During AMC, we hosted a roundtable discussion for CU Execs, Managers, and Staff.  This summary not only gives a great recap of the meeting, but it offers others a place to seek out ideas and leverage successes so we can all take our movement to the next level.

MWCUA Roundtable


Hughes Announces Strong Growth, Scholarship Winners at Annual Meeting

Tucson, AZ— May 8, 2019 – Hughes Federal Credit Union announced another year of strong growth as well as the winners of its 14thAnnual Scholarship at Hughes’ Annual Meeting on April 27. The 67thannual meeting was held at Amphitheater High School, with approximately 400 member-owners in attendance.

In 2018, Hughes Federal Credit Union experienced strong growth in assets, capital, deposits, loans and membership for the eight year in a row. Also, member savings surpassed $1 billion, an increase of $20.9 million over the previous year, and total member-ownership grew by 8.81%.

“We’re pleased to share another year of strong performance,” said Robert J. Swick, president/general manager. “The strength of the 2018 results, combined with strong member demand, helps assure high dividend rates on all interest-earning deposit accounts and the One Low Rate loan program, and enhances our Checking PLUS with Benefits Plus program.”

In other business at the annual meeting, three incumbents were reelected to the 2019 volunteer board of directors for three-year terms, including Ashesh Bhahala, Roberta Reeves and Robert Swick. Volunteer board service distinguishes credit unions from banks.

Hughes has granted $80,000 in scholarships to local high school student members since 2005. Congratulations to these deserving students who were awarded $2,000 each:

  • Grace Gephart – Canyon Del Oro High School
  • Ryan Hunt – Mountain View High School
  • Brooke Larson – Tanque Verde High School
  • Anna Raygoza – Pusch Ridge Christian Academy
  • Michael Snyder – Sabino High School

About Hughes: Established in Tucson in 1952, Hughes Federal Credit Union has $1.2 billion in assets and 128,000 members. Hughes is rated number one by Forbes in their inaugural best-in-state bank and credit union ranking and has a “Superior” 5-Star Bauer Financial rating. It is rated A+and has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 1974. The Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information, visit, or follow Hughes at


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Kellie Terhune Neely

VP Marketing



Celebrating our political advocacy superstars

Political advocacy is one of the most important things that we do as a movement. Our credit unions, and their staffs understand the critical value of being involved both politically and financially. During our Annual Meeting and Convention, the Government Affairs team had the opportunity to recognize those credit unions, Legislative and Political Coordinators, and Boards of Directors & Chapters who make our political advocacy efforts possible.

We congratulate and thank:

Our 2018 Advocacy Teams of the Year – (not pictured)

Arizona – TruWest Credit Union

Colorado – Elevations Credit Union

Wyoming – Atlantic City Federal Credit Union


2018 Legislative and Political Coordinators of the Year


Arizona – Robb Scott, Deer Valley Credit Union

Wyoming – Brian Rohrbacher – Atlantic City Federal Credit Union

Colorado and MWCUA – Rainy Thoen, Community Choice Credit Union


The following member credit unions and chapters for attaining 100% Board participation in our CULAC fundraising efforts.


Denver Chapter of Credit Unions

Valley of the Sun Chapter of Credit Unions

Southern Arizona Chapter of Credit Unions


Rocky Mountain Chapter of Credit Unions (not pictured)

Pueblo Chapter of Credit Unions (not pictured)


Partner Colorado Credit Union

Canvas Credit Union

First Credit Union

Bellco Credit Union

Fitzsimons Credit Union

Atlantic City Federal Credit Union

Community Choice Credit Union

Last but not least, TruWest Credit Union for 25 consecutive years!

Congratulations to you all.

Mountain West Credit Union Association Releases Annual Report

More than 500 Credit Union Professionals Gather at Annual Meeting & Convention

SCOTTSDALE, Az. & DENVER, Co. (April 24, 2019) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) released its annual report to association members and disclosed financial reporting for the year ending December 31, 2018 at its annual business meeting April 24. The meeting was conducted during the MWCUA Annual Meeting & Convention being held April 24-26, 2019 at The Fairmont Scottdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

More than 500 conference attendees representing 59 credit unions from across the Association’s tri-state trade area will participate in the three-day event. Credit unions from Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming make up the regional membership. The Association holds its annual business meeting as part of the convention. Voting members are updated and receive the Association’s Annual Report, released at the meeting.

“The Association is driven by the same principles that make up our member credit unions,” said Jim Yates, the Association’s Board Chair and President of First Education Federal Credit Union in Cheyenne, WY. “Helping to build financial stability, retain democratic control, and provide ongoing education are at the heart of what we do. It is our mission to serve our member credit unions to the best of our ability and provide solid value for their investment.”

This year’s meeting is highlighted by a keynote address delivered by CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle. Nussle will also meet with CEOs, as well as young professionals during the conference. Attendees will also enjoy breakout sessions offering the latest industry training including technology & fraud detection; the global economy; advancing credit union interest with legislators, building a better board, regulatory issues and strategies for leaders & teams, to name a few. There is also a special conference track dedicated to young professionals in credit unions. Other keynote speakers include Dr. Andy Hines from the University of Houston, motivational speaker Mark Lindquist. The week’s events also include the Association’s annual awards, as well as a celebration of the work that credit unions do on behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network through the CU4Kids program.

“We look forward every year to the Annual Meeting & Convention as is gives us the opportunity for in-person collaboration, and to celebrate our successes together,’ said Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA. “We also present a full slate of informative and valuable sessions to help our credit unions better serve their members and in turn, further the movement. We are truly part of something special.”

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 123 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $38 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Advocating every day on behalf of our member credit unions, the Association, Strategic Partners, the Foundation and local area Chapters, all support the credit union movement through government relations, communications, innovative products and services, networking, community outreach, education & training, leadership development, scholarships and grants, public affairs, and operational/regulatory compliance assistance.


2019 MWCUA Annual Report

Media Contact: Patti Hazlett, Director of Public Affairs

720.479.3203/720.355.2828 (mobile)