Partner Colorado Credit Union Launches New Website

Arvada, CO – September 2017 – Partner Colorado Credit Union, an Arvada, Colorado based credit union, recently launched a redesigned website,  The new website includes a complete overhaul of design including navigation, copy, simplified applications, and a range of new financial education tools, such as relevant content and financial calculators. Partner Colorado’s new website offers users a more intuitive digital site experience to better serve members.

“The new website provides Partner Colorado members and prospective members with a more intuitive experience that gives them easier access to information on products and services they need,” stated Krista Stafford-Evans, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Partner Colorado. “Aside from improvements in design and content, we needed a site platform that is easier to maintain and manage, while ensuring we maximize our SEO opportunities.”

Some of the functional changes to the site include:

  • A user-friendly CMS that allows Partner Colorado to maintain and add content without HTML or Javascript complexity.
  • A fully responsive design that makes navigating and accessing site information easier regardless of the type of mobile device.
  • Content optimized for search engines.
  • ADA Compliant

Partner Colorado hired Geezeo’s in-house marketing agency, Geezeo Interactive (GI), to plan, develop and design the new site. The GI creative team actively sought client input and collaborated closely with Partner Colorado’s marketing team to improve site navigation, build a clearer member journey and craft an overall design that supported the credit union’s brand.

“This mobile-first website will allow Partner Colorado to execute its SEO, social and SEM strategies without a lot of outside help. The CMS they are now using is loaded with features to set up search and social optimized content,” said Jim Craig, VP Consulting Services for Geezeo.

About Partner Colorado Credit Union

Established in 1931, Partner Colorado Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit cooperative with total assets exceeding $345 million. The credit union serves more than 31,000 members throughout the Denver metro area. Partner Colorado offers a wide range of financial products and services, including checking, savings, home and auto loans. Members benefit from the advantages of a credit union, including lower interest rates on loans and higher yields on savings. Partner Colorado actively supports the community by donating funds and employee volunteer hours to many Denver Metro area organizations. For more information, visit

 About Geezeo Interactive

Geezeo Interactive is the marketing arm of Geezeo, a fintech firm offering hundreds of financial institutions tools that enhance the online banking experience. Geezeo’s integrated Personal Financial Management (PFM) platforms are thoughtfully integrated within a financial institution’s online banking and mobile platforms, offering consumers a holistic view of financial assets,

liabilities, cash flow, goals and budgets. Geezeo’s included Engagement Banking platform, offers relevant, data-driven content that helps financial institutions develop online customer dialog while generating growth through acquisition and increased wallet share. For more information on the privately held company, visit




Contact: Krista Stafford, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
(303) 422-6221, ext. 9069

Denver Community Credit Union CEO retires, successors named

Denver, Colo.– Denver Community Credit Union has announced that president and CEO Carla Hedrick has retired as of March 2017, after 37 years as a leader of Denver Community Credit Union.

President and CEO from 1991 to 2017, Denver Community grew from $46 million to $315 million in assets, and it serves over 25,000 members. Hedrick was known as an advocate for credit unions, supporting legislation on community charters and financial education in Colorado.

The credit union has named Shane Silvernale and Tessa Bonfante to lead the credit union, both as CEO.

Silvernale has been a member of the Denver Community leadership team as the CFO since 2005. He has served in key positions such as a board member on the credit union’s fully owned mortgage organization, CU Lending Source, and as chair of the board of TriCue, a credit union technology organization.

Bonfante has been a member of the Denver Community leadership team as COO since 2007. She has served on the MWCUA Denver Chapter Board, Credit Union Lending Source Board of Managers and currently serves on the CU Service Network Board and CU Direct Connect Master Committee. She strives to serve the community through her board position at Volunteers of America – Colorado Chapter as well as the Grandview High School PTO Board.

Both Silvernale and Bonfante have been key decision-makers supporting the healthy strategies of consistent growth, quality member service, and dedication to community.

“The board of directors is grateful for Carla’s many years of service, and for her dedication to develop the future leaders of Denver Community. We are excited to have Shane and Tessa lead our organization’s member-focused tradition of service and education,” said Board Chairman DiPaolo.

About Denver Community CU:

Since 1934, Denver Community Credit Union has been advancing financial opportunity for its members and community. Anyone who lives or works in Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, or Denver Counties is welcome to become a member. We serve our communities with quality loans with low rates, and savings and checking products that help members effectively manage their money. Our staff provides top level service by focusing on finding solutions that help members reach further to achieve their financial goals. The credit union also positively impacts members and communities with the award-winning Clear Money Program; a financial education program. Learn more at

Helen Gibson, VP of Marketing and Education
P: 303-626-0760
Toll Free: 1-877-293-6328



TUCSON, Arizona. (September 7, 2017) – Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, emerged the biggest overall winner in the 2017 Arizona Daily Star Readers’ Choice Awards. Vantage West was named WINNER in 10 categories, including Best Bank/Credit Union, and FAVORITE in 7 additional categories.

Vantage West Credit Union wins Best Bank / Credit Union, Best Credit Card, Best Debit Card, Most Innovative Workplace, Best Community Partner, Best Community Presence, Best Workplace Culture, Best Benefits Program and Best Overall Company To Work For, Best Membership Organization and Bob Ramirez – Vantage West Credit Union wins Best Boss awards at the Readers Choice Event, Hilton El Conquistador, Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Tucson, Ariz.

Results of the annual opinion poll conducted in the Tucson community were announced during the 2017 Arizona Daily Star/ Readers’ Choice Awards ceremony held on August 30, 2017.

“We would like to thank our members and our community, whose support propelled us to achieving this record number of wins. We truly appreciate this overwhelming vote of confidence from the public. This will only enhance our motivation to find ways to return value to those who have supported us, so we can continue to collaborate and prosper together,” said Robert D. Ramirez, Vantage West President and CEO.

Vantage West was honored with 17 accolades, as follows:




Voted WINNER in 10 Categories:

  • Best Bank/Credit Union
  • Best Debit Card
  • Best Credit Card
  • Best Community Partner
  • Best Community Presence
  • Best Membership Organization
  • Best Overall Company to Work For
  • Most Innovative Workplace
  • Best Benefits Program
  • Best Boss (Bob Ramirez)

Voted FAVORITE in 7 Other Categories:

  • Best Financial Planning Service
  • Best Locally Owned Business
  • Best Mortgage Lender
  • Best Workplace Culture
  • Best Adult Education/Enrichment Classes
  • Best Locally Owned Service
  • Best Training Program

This is the third year of the Readers’ Choice Awards contest and the third year in which Vantage West has earned accolades. To learn more about Vantage West Credit Union, visit

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West Credit Union is a $1.7-billion financial institution and the largest in southern Arizona, which serves a growing membership of more than 148,000. Vantage West has 17 branches in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties and serves its vast global membership via online channels, as well. Vantage West is a full-service financial institution, offering consumer and business loans, credit cards, and deposit products, as well as retirement accounts and other financial services. Vantage West is federally insured by NCUA.

 Media Contacts:
Jill Casey
Vantage West Credit Union
Cynthia Miller
Vantage West Credit Union

Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Seeks Your Support for Hurricane Harvey Victims

The Chairman of Mountain West Credit Union Foundation, Todd Pearson, has authorized a donation to in the amount of $10,000 to assist the credit union victims who have experienced devastating loss caused by Hurricane Harvey.  We here at the Foundation know that the need is very high and hope that you might also consider giving, too. To donate now click here.


Four-Member Committee Helps Govern Credit Union Operations

Tempe, Ariz. – August 25, 2017 – TruWest® Credit Union is now accepting résumés through September 11, 2017 to serve on its Supervisory Committee. The four-member Supervisory Committee ensures the credit union operates in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the National Credit Union Administration and Department of Financial Institutions. Members who are in good standing, looking for a volunteer opportunity and ready to live the ‘people helping people’ credit union philosophy are welcome to apply to this position.

Ideal candidates will have a college degree and background work in a field complimentary to the credit union such as accounting, finance, law, contracts, or audit. In addition, the successful candidate will have time during the day to attend the monthly meeting in the Phoenix area. Leadership and analytical experience will be brought into consideration as well.

Appointed by TruWest’s Board of Directors, the Supervisory Committee members make sure that the plans, policies and procedures set forth by the Board of Directors are properly administered. Committee members are encouraged to attend monthly board meetings and provide their input on topics of discussion where they have experience and knowledge.

To apply for consideration and submit an application, click here.

About TruWest Credit Union

TruWest Credit Union is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. and operates as a cooperative to provide its membership with a lifetime of quality financial services and a culture of caring for its members, employees and communities. TruWest is a strong and sound financial institution with more than 81,000 members and assets totaling more than $1 billion. TruWest Credit Union has 12 branches—nine in the metro Phoenix area and three in Austin, Texas. For more information and locations, visit

CULedger Announces New CUSO CULedger, LLC

DENVER, CO (August 16, 2017) – CULedger, blockchain technology used to provide credit unions and their members with innovative, cutting-edge products and services, announced the formation of CULedger, LLC, a new credit union service organization (CUSO). Credit unions will have a majority ownership in the newly formed CUSO.

“CULedger is an opportunity for credit unions to be leaders of innovation in financial services,” Rudy Pereira, President/CEO Premier America Credit Union and chairman of the CULedger steering committee. “Getting involved now in CULedger and CULedger, LCC will offer credit unions the ability to participate in shared-ledger technology that is on path to reshape the credit union industry as a whole in the years to come.”

At its core, shared-ledger technology creates an online system through which multiple certified parties can securely exchange information and conduct transactions with those exchanges certified by all the organizations–called nodes–participating in a permissioned network using industry-leading distributed ledger technology that is being adopted by financial institutions worldwide.

CULedger began in 2016 as an endeavor between CUNA and Mountain West Credit Union Association to develop a concept for a credit union system-wide permissioned distributed shared ledger platform. It has since grown with collaboration between CUNA, the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Best Innovation Group, and other credit union system partners.

CULedger is planning informational sessions for credit unions interested in investing in the new CUSO in September and October. There will also be a search for a CEO for the blockchain network following the investor sessions. Anyone interested in receiving more information about these informational sessions can express their interest here.


About CULedger:

CULedger is a credit union industry initiative for developing innovative applications of distributed ledger technology. Supported by the efforts of the Credit Union National Association, the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Best Innovation Group, credit union system partners and credit unions, CULedger will benefit credit unions and their members by reducing risks associated with cybersecurity and fraud, improving member experience and cutting costs. For more information, visit

About CUNA

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 110 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 124 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $38 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at or on Facebook at To learn more about credit unions visit

Contact: Vicki Christner – CUNA Communications; 202-329-9950;


Landings Credit Union Donates 225 Uniforms to help students


Tempe Arizona, August 2017 – Landings CU’s 8th Annual Clothing Drive was a huge success! The credit union donated 225 uniform pieces including shirts, skirts, and dresses to the Connecting With Kids program (CWK) from the funds collected from the drive. CWK is a service center that provides everyday essentials and school supplies to students in the Tempe Elementary School District. This program gives students of low-income families the boost they need to start school year fresh and ready to learn. “This program is near to my heart”, says Adrianne Rexius, Landings HR Director. “There are so many things that kids have to worry about these days, not knowing what they are going to wear shouldn’t be one of them.”


Employees and Credit Union members donated money during the month of July and raised $1400, exceeding last year’s donations by $400 and 75 uniform pieces. For over 60 years Landings Credit Union has been a proud community partner, deeply rooted in the credit union principal of ‘people helping people’.



Contact: Tara Roether

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About Landings Credit Union

Landings Credit Union, based in Tempe, Ariz., serves a wide range of members including students, faculty, staff and family for all schools in Maricopa County along with over 400 select employee groups. The current asset size is $150 million dollars with over 14,000 members. Landings Credit Union has been serving members for over 60 years, helping them with all of their financial needs. For more information on Landings Credit Union, please visit

AZ Regulatory Compliance School Open for Registration

Credit union compliance professionals face a complex regulatory environment and challenging compliance issues.  For those needing a refresher course or a solid understanding of the regulations and laws affecting their regulatory compliance responsibilities, plan to attend the Mountain West Regulatory Compliance School taught by compliance experts, Bruce Jolly and David Reed. This 2-day program will provide you with the latest information regarding operational compliance issues, and update you on current areas of concern expressed by regulators and examiners.  Plan to attend this important program so you can stay up-to-date with the latest compliance regulations and ensure your credit union is operating within the current laws. Registration deadline is October 11, 2017. To register for the Oct. 25-26 Regulatory Compliance School in Phoenix, AZ, click here.

Denver Community Credit Union Hold Open House to Celebrate West Alameda Branch


(Denver, COLORADO) August 4, 2017 – Denver Community Credit Union is celebrating the opening of its newest branch, located at 3299 West Alameda Avenue. A grand opening party will be held on August 12, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The branch is the former West Denver Community Credit Union, which recently merged with Denver Community Credit Union.

“We are excited to welcome the members of West Denver Community Credit Union and to have the additional location to better serve our members,” said Helen Gibson, Vice President of Marketing & Education.

The grand opening party will feature food, music, entertainment and more. “We’ll have food from Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, popcorn, a bouncy castle and face painting,” said Gibson. “We hope it is a great day for our members and the community.”

The branch will allow members access to traditional services such as drive-up ATM and teller accessibility, along with account services, shared branching and refreshments.

About Denver Community Credit Union

Since 1934, Denver Community Credit Union has been advancing financial opportunity for its members, staff, and community. Anyone who lives or works in Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, or Denver Counties is welcome to become a member. We serve our communities with quality loans with low rates, and savings and checking products that help members effectively manage their money. Our staff provides top level service by focusing on finding solutions that help members reach further to achieve their financial goals. The credit union also positively impacts members and communities with the award-winning Clear Money Program; a financial education program. Learn more at


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Media Contact: Helen Gibson, Vice President of Marketing & Education


Elevations Credit Union strengthens executive leadership team

DuPré joins as Chief Information Officer; Lindley elevated to Chief Lending Officer

FORT COLLINS, CO (August 1, 2017) — Elevations Credit Union has named two executives to its senior leadership team. Pete DuPré and Ray Lindley will serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Lending Officer (CLO), respectively.

DuPré joins the Elevations team from First Data Corporation, where he served as CIO of the organization’s Latin America Region. An experienced IT leader, he also led teams at Amazon Web Services, Vantiv, and Micro Focus.

“I am eager to bolster Elevations’ technological capabilities to deliver even greater value to our members,” said DuPré.

As Elevations Credit Union’s CIO, DuPré will develop and drive the implementation of the credit union’s technology strategy and lead IT operations, business applications and digital channels teams.

“Pete is a seasoned and proven executive who will help us fulfill our technology strategy,” said President and CEO Gerry Agnes. “We’re fortunate to have Pete on our team.”

Lindley brings vast expertise in consumer, retail, mortgage and business lending operations to his new role. Most recently, he served as Elevations’ Senior Vice President of Lending, and prior to joining Elevations in 2013, Lindley led teams at Washington Mutual and Chase.

“Ray’s leadership was instrumental in Elevations Credit Union’s recognition as the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in the state,” added Agnes. “He’s a natural fit to continue guiding and growing our lending lines of business.”

In his new role, Lindley will continue enhancing Elevations’ lending processes and offerings. Having successfully launched Elevations’ commercial lending team, he looks forward to introducing new small business banking products and services to the community.

“I’m incredibly proud of all that our lending teams have accomplished in the last few years and remain grateful for their commitment to serving our members,” explained Lindley. “But I’m even more excited about the opportunity before us to continue innovating and improving our members’ lives and businesses.”


Pete DuPré
Chief Information Officer

Ray Lindley
Chief Lending Officer

About Elevations Credit Union

Elevations Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institution serving Colorado’s Front Range. Elevations provides a broad portfolio of financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, home equity lines of credit, student loans, business loans and financial planning. Founded in 1953 as the U of C Federal Credit Union in Boulder, Elevations has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in assets to an institution with more than 120,000 members that manages over $1.7 billion in assets and is the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado. In 2014, Elevations earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2015 and 2016, Elevations was named one of the Best Companies to Work for in ColoradoTM in the large company category. Readers of local newspapers name Elevations “Best Bank/Financial Institution,” “Best Mortgage Lender” and “Best Customer Service” year after year. To learn more, visit


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