3 % Money Market Gains Premier Members Credit Union National Attention

 

Premier Members Recognized as Nation’s Top Seven “Best Credit Unions You Can Join”

(Boulder, Colo.) June 20, 2017 Premier Members Credit Union’s unique 3% Money Market account was one of the factors which contributed to their national recognition as Kiplinger magazine’s “Best Credit Unions You Can Join.”

The 3% Money Market account, a reverse-tiered money market, gives the highest rate on the lowest tiers and blends the rate as the balance gets distributed down each different-earning tier. As an illustration, a deposit of $5,000 would earn a blended APY of 2.10%; a deposit of $10,000 would earn a blended APY of 1.43%; and a deposit of $25,000 would earn a blended APY of 0.87%.

“Our 3% money market rate allows our members to earn more on their savings even when they are just getting started saving money,” said Jason Bauer, Chief Marketing Officer. “Additionally, even at the higher savings tiers, the unique blended-rate feature allows for best-in-market rates for those saving more. We are proud to offer such an unrivaled, all-inclusive product to our members regardless of how much they can save, and proud to see it lead to national attention for PMCU.”

Kiplinger evaluated credit unions across the nation on factors such as fees, minimum-balance requirements and interest rates on checking, savings and CDs. Premier Members Credit Union was one of seven “Best Credit Unions You Can Join,” by Kiplinger and the only Colorado credit union to be recognized.

In addition to its 3% Money Market account, Premier Members Credit Union was also recognized for its checking accounts, credit cards and loans and savings products, as well as its relationship with the Boulder Valley School District Foundation, Impact on Education.

About Premier Members: Premier Members Credit Union (PMCU) is a not-for-profit, eco-conscious financial institution dedicated to providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Boulder, Colo., and the Denver Metro area. With more than 65,000 members, $952 million in assets, 12 full-service retail branch locations and four locations in area high schools, PMCU has grown to become a leader in the credit union industry. PMCU takes pride in giving back to the communities they serve, supporting a wide variety of activities and fundraising events for charitable organizations like United Way, Realities for Children of Boulder County, Junior Achievement and many more. To learn more, visit pmcu.org.

Media Contact:
Andrea Balazs
303-657-7304

 

 

Landings Water Drive brings in 15,000 bottles

Landings Credit Union held a month long water drive in May and through the thoughtful donations of members, staff, and business partners was able to secure over 650 cases of water or approximately 15,000 bottles for local charities in the East Valley.

Landings staff fills up the Arizona Investment Link truck to deliver the 15,000 bottles of water to local charities.

When the weather climbs to over 100 degrees in the Valley of the Sun the need for water for families in need and the homeless is a top priority. This week alone, the weather here in Phoenix is expected to climb dramatically from the mid 90’s to a prediction of near 120 degrees by next Tuesday. Several of the local charities benefitting from the Landings water drive include the Tempe Community Action Agency, The United Way Food Bank, and AZCEND.

Tempe Community Action Agency provides education, stability, and advocacy to working poor families, children, seniors, and the homeless. They help to secure food and shelter to those in need and operate a food pantry and interfaith homeless emergency lodging program among other programs. The United Way Food Bank provides too many services to list here. From education, to basic needs, to health, the United Way has been around since 1921 helping people in need. AZCEND is a Chandler based organization formerly known as Chandler Christian Community Center established in 1966 by a consortium of Chandler churches with the common cause of alleviating poverty in their community. AZCEND has programs that include Community Action, Family Resource Center, Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers, and an Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program as well as a Food Bank.
On June 14th with the help of Landings Staff and a box truck generously donated by Arizona Investment Link, a local real estate company here in the valley, we moved over 650 cases of water to these local charities. Last year we donated 7,000 bottles of water and this year’s goal was 10,000 which we far exceeded.

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 landingscu.org.
Contact: David Rindone
Assistant Vice President Marketing
480.784.1075
drindone@landingscu.org

48 CU professionals become certified CU Development Educators (CUDEs)

Congratulations to all the new DE’s, and especially, MWCUA’s own Shaun Ongstad!

Foundation’s transformational CU training held in Madison

MADISON, WI (June 14, 2017) — Forty-eight credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). The DE training was held May 31 – June 7, 2017 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

After completing the June DE Training, Lisa Sutton, SVP Human Resources at PSCU, said, “DE Training was one of the most impactful learning experiences I’ve ever participated in. While a relative newcomer to the credit union world, I felt I had a reasonably good understanding of their mission and purpose, as well as their strong social agenda. Clearly, that was not the case. I have been educated, enlightened, and evangelized by this movement. Working in an industry where people helping people is such a core value, makes me feel my job is important and makes a difference every day.”

Team Projects

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. For this training’s final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included financial stability among young adults and families, credit union board development, building microfinance programs in the Philippines, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.

Class Graduates

The most recent DE graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S, as well as representatives from Kenya and Swaziland. They are: Harrinson Agudelo-Rios, Members CU in Connecticut; Aida Arce, GECU in Texas; Danielle Bargas, Catalyst Corporate FCU in Texas; Monica Belz, Kauai Community FCU in Hawaii; Myles Bristowe, PSCU in Florida; Dawson Brown, Tallahassee-Leon FCU in Florida; Maggie Conaghan, Central CU of Florida; Kris Conner, Streator Onized Credit Union in Illinois; Cynthia Daly, Peoples Trust FCU in Texas; Michelle Damato, Suncoast CU in Florida; Emily Engstrom, CUNA Mutual Group in Wisconsin; Nilsa Farriss, Suncoast CU in Florida; Tracey Fitzgerald, BECU in Washington; Francois Henriquez, Shutts & Bowen LLP in Florida; Melanie Hutchinson, Trona Valley Community FCU in Wyoming; Jalena Johnson, Vocal CU in Montana; Malcolm Johnson, Public Service Credit Union in Colorado; Tina Jones, Hiway FCU in Minnesota; David Kangogo, Kenya Police Sacco in Kenya; Sherrie Krizic, Local Government FCU in North Carolina; Amos Kuresia, Kenya Police Sacco in Kenya; Tami Langton, Coastal Federal Credit Union in North Carolina; Dean Lewis, Gesa CU in Washington; Alvaro Macias, Ascentra CU in Iowa; Amy Manley, Laramie Plains Community FCU in Wyoming; Daniel Masha, Imarika Sacco Society Limited in Kenya; Jennifer McHugh, Royal Credit Union in Wisconsin; Katelyn McManamon, Penn East FCU in Pennsylvania; Mark Minickiello, Harborstone Credit Union in Washington; Karen Nussle, Ripple Communications in Washington, D.C.; Shaun Ongstad, Mountain West Credit Union Association in Arizona; Amberlee Payne, Pentagon FCU in Tysons, Virginia; Nasario Rodriguez, American Airlines Credit Union in Texas; Diane Sandoval-Griego, Guadalupe CU in New Mexico; Julie Schmidt, Laramie Plains Community FCU in Wyoming; Dana Schuller, SchoolsFirst FCU in California; Trish Shermot, Visions FCU in New York; Kathy Smith, Credit Union National Association in Wisconsin; Jim Speshock, Christian Financial Credit Union in Michigan; Lisa Sutton, PSCU in Florida; Becky Taviano, Topmark FCU in Ohio; Tabatha Thurman, WEOKIE CU in Oklahoma; Tracey Toko, Peach State FCU in Georgia; Jesse Valdovinos, Gesa CU in Washington; Gugu Vilakati, Lubane Sacco in Swaziland; Ashley Wilsey, Educational Systems FCU in Maryland; Raffo Wimsett III, Commonwealth CU in Kentucky; and Gina Yetman, Resource One CU in Texas.

2017 DE Trainings

The Foundation is holding four DE Trainings this year, all taking place in Madison, Wis. The September training session is sold out, but registration for the November session will be opening in late June. If you are interested in participating in the November 2017 DE Training, visit ncuf.coop to learn more or you can email cude@ncuf.coop to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up.

More June DE Training Testimonials

“Having advocated for credit unions at the League level for over 17 years, educating policy makers on how credit unions benefit their members and communities, and having built a pretty decent level of knowledge on issues facing credit unions, I thought DE Training would be a culmination,” said Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Community Development at Harborstone Credit Union. “It is actually a whole new beginning for me – one I feel deeply privileged to be starting.”

“DE Training was like hitting the ‘refresh button,’ in teaching us how dig deep into our roots, allowing us to rediscover our foundation and purpose,” said Raffo Wimsett, Business Development Representative Senior at Commonwealth Credit Union. “Sounds simple, but with life constantly interrupting, DE strategically slows all your day-to-day worries down by opening your mind to an even bigger picture – our mission! Something we often forget.”

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About National Credit Union Foundation

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.  Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

Contacts

Christopher Morris
608-231-4374

CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS AND INCREASES NUMBER AWARDED

CHEYENNE, WY – Blue Federal Credit Union is proud to announce they have awarded a total of six (6) $2,000 scholarships to community high school graduates pursuing higher education.  The scholarships are awarded through the Credit Union’s Blue Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that was founded to help the Credit Union fulfill its “Do Good” mission.

The Foundation scholarship individual awards were increased from $1,000 per student in 2016 to $2,000 in 2017 and can be used for tuition, books, housing and other college necessities. After receiving 68 applications, the Foundation organized a committee made up of local educators and community leaders to deliberate and select the recipients.

“It was so difficult to narrow down so many amazing candidates for these scholarships,” said Michele Bolkovatz, Secretary Treasurer for the Blue Foundation and Blue Federal Credit Union’s Vice President of Marketing. “I’m so humbled to see the talent that our community high schools are producing; it was an incredibly tough decision to select our finalists.”

An unexpected and happy outcome was the selection committee’s decision to award a sixth $2,000 scholarship this year, an increase from the original five (5) slots announced in early 2017.

“After careful review of the candidates, the committee felt strongly that a sixth scholarship should be awarded to another student and we couldn’t be more excited to help a deserving individual pay for their education,” said Bolkovatz.

The recipients of the 2017 Blue Foundation scholarship include: Sarah Kyrsl (Dordt College), Jenna Wichmann (University of Wyoming), Sawyer Ruben (Michigan State University), Jackson DePenning (University of Colorado – Boulder), Theodore Dulchinos (Santa Clara University), and Angelina Gregg (undecided). Each student was presented their $2,000 scholarship at the Blue Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting on June 8. The winners are all members of Blue, which currently serves over 75,000 members in the Colorado communities of Broomfield, Boulder, Fort Collins and Wellington and in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.

Blue is committed to education and the communities they serve.  In addition to scholarships, the Credit Union provides financial education seminars and resources to improve financial literacy in our communities. To learn more about the Blue Foundation, visit www.bluefcu.com/foundation.

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Blue Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution serving the communities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Our purpose is to create a true cooperative that’s connected to and inspired by the communities we serve, committed to building lifelong relationships with our members and recognizing their loyalty, and guided by the belief that their success is ours. Please visit www.bluefcu.com for more information.

 

Elevations Foundation Awards Scholarships to 23 Local Students

The Elevations Foundation awarded an all-time high $61,000 in scholarships at its annual Celebration of Community on May 15 at the Longmont Museum. For the first time ever, the event was co-hosted by the Education Foundation of the St. Vrain Valley, which awarded an additional $38,000 in scholarships.
The 23 Elevations Foundation scholarship recipients are 2017 graduates of Boulder Valley, Poudre, St. Vrain Valley and Thompson School Districts. Elevations Foundation’s scholarship initiative has provided over $265,000 in scholarships for higher education during its first seven years. Award criteria is, in part, needs-based.

“Elevations Foundation is rooted in education and committed to providing needs-based scholarships to graduating seniors,” said Dennis Paul, Elevations Foundation Vice Chair and Director. “Increasing awareness for scholarship and the challenging landscape young people face today is critical.”
Elevations Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization that carries out the philanthropic pursuits of Elevations Credit Union and is led by Board Chair Scott Dunn. Since its inception in 2010, Elevations Foundation has provided over $1 million in community grants, scholarships and emergency assistance. Elevations Credit Union is one of the largest local financial institutions serving Colorado’s Front Range. elevationscu.com/foundation

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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 more than $1.8 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 elevationscu.com.

For More Information, Contact
Isaac Droke
Isaac.droke@elevationscu.com 303.443.4672 x1169

AventaCares Supports the Colorado Springs Heart Walk

Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 13, 2017) – On June 3, 2017 AventaCares took part in the Colorado Springs Heart Walk benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). AventaCares had a team of 26 walkers made up of Aventa Credit Union associates and their family members. AventaCares raised over $2,000 for the American Heart Association by selling AHA hearts in the branches, holding dress down “Red Mondays” and auctioning off a prize basket.

This is the sixth year Aventa Credit Union associates have participated and raised money for the American Heart Association. “We believe in the American Heart Association’s mission to help prevent heart disease and stroke. We are proud to take part of this yearly event and we were thrilled that with the help of Aventa Credit Union associates and its members, we were able to raise $2,000 for the American Heart Association,” said Deb Brown, AventaCares committee member and Heart Walk team captain.

About AventaCares

AventaCares is a 501(c)3 founded in February 2012 by Aventa Credit Union associates who wanted to promote reinvestment in our communities. AventaCares mission is to support charitable activities in the areas that Aventa Credit Union serves, with the goal of improving the quality of life in our communities. For more information, visit aventacares.org.

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For More Information
Julie Gwisdalla
Marketing Coordinator
719.482.7700

 VANTAGE WEST AWARDS  SCHOLARSHIPS TO 10 DESERVING AZ STUDENTS

TUCSON, Arizona. (June 8, 2017) – Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union,  announced today the awarding of  $1,000 each in scholarship funds to 10 outstanding  students pursuing higher education in Arizona this coming fall semester.

This is  in line with the credit union’s advocacy to help its members grow and be successful through quality  education. “We are proud to offer this scholarship opportunity to help students take the next steps forward in reaching their educational goals,” said Vantage West President/CEO Robert D. Ramirez.

Winners of the 2017 Vantage West Credit Union Scholarship Program are:

  • Cassandra Colby – Empire High School in Vail, headed to NAU (Nursing)
  • Kasey Carpenter – Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, headed to NAU (Chemistry with a focus on Forensics and a minor in Criminology)
  • Valerie Pedersen – Canyon Del Oro High School in Oro Valley, headed to UA (Nursing and Spanish)
  • Dalia Lis  Tanque Verde High School in Tucson,  headed to UA ( Physiology- Medicine, minor in Spanish)
  • Mariah Dockum – Mammoth-San Manuel Unified High School in San Manuel, headed to UA (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science)
  • Brett Dennis – Empire High School in Vail, headed to UA (Fisheries Management and Wildlife Conservation)
  • Gabriella Encinas – Sahuaro High School in Tucson, headed to Arizona State University (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Afra Nawar – previous graduate of BASIS Chandler, continuing at ASU (Electrical Engineering)
  • Farhan Rahman – previous graduate of BASIS Chandler, continuing at ASU (Electrical Engineering)
  • Kathryn Rottler – previous graduate of Cienega High School in Vail, continuing at UA (Accounting)

 

They were selected by a panel of judges based on a number of criteria including academic excellence, philanthropy, quality and content of a written essay, and good character.

To date, Vantage West has awarded close to $40,000 in total scholarships since launching the program in 2013.

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West Credit Union is a $1.7-billion financial institution in Arizona, which serves a growing membership of more than 145,000. 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.  vantagewest.org

Media Contacts:
Jill Casey
Vantage West Credit Union
520-917-6751
Cynthia Miller
Vantage West Credit Union
520-917-6715

 

Denver Community Credit Union and West Denver Community Credit Union announce merger

DENVER, Co. — In a special meeting held on March 28, 2017, members of West Denver Community Credit Union approved a merger with Denver Community Credit Union.

The merger provides the West Denver Community Credit Union members access to an expanded branch network and to a variety of financial products and services. Members will enjoy the convenience of online and mobile banking services, mobile app with mobile deposit, and access to a large surcharge-free ATM network. Plus, members will access Denver Community Credit Union’s award-winning financial education program. The legal merger was completed on May 1, 2017.

“This merger will allow our members to receive expanded services and opportunities to better enhance their financial lives through the many educational offerings they will now have access to,” said Pat Price, Manager of West Denver Community Credit Union.

“We welcome the 1,668 members of West Denver Community Credit Union,” said Tessa Bonfante, COO of Denver Community Credit Union. “We look forward to providing additional services to them, and to help grow membership for others who will benefit from credit union membership.”

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 https://www.denvercommunity.coop/

About West Denver Community CU:

West Denver Community Credit Union has been serving members since 1946. It was established by the parishioners of Presentation of Our Lady Parish. In 1986, the credit union moved to its current location on West Alameda at Irving Street. In 1996, it updated its charter to serve additional communities West of Denver.

Elevations Credit Union Wins Five Diamond Awards for Marketing Excellence

BOULDER, Colo. — Elevations Credit Union has won five Diamond Awards for marketing excellence from the Credit Union National Association, including “Category’s Best” awards for TV advertising, complete campaign and brand awareness. Elevations was also recognized for “Best Use of Humor” for the Adventures in Localism Social Media Videos. Elevations is one of the largest local financial institutions serving Colorado’s Front Range. elevationscu.com
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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 more than $1.8 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 elevationscu.com.

For More Information, Contact
Isaac Droke
Isaac.droke@elevationscu.com 303.443.4672 x1169

Elevations Announces Contribution to Northern Colorado Prospers Initiative

Fort Collins, Colo. – Elevations Credit Union is pleased to announce a five-year contribution totaling $100,000 to the Northern Colorado Prospers initiative of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce. The initiative’s goal is to help build vitality in the region, including the widening I-25 and the expansion/retention of existing businesses in Northern Colorado.

“Spend time around the Elevations team and you will understand why they earned a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – smart, customer-centered, and engaged. Elevations understands the direct tie between their success and the community’s success; they are inextricably bound together. When they learned about Northern Colorado Prospers, they immediately ‘got it’ and were one of the first organizations to move in behind it. Others are now following Elevations’ lead,” said David May, President and CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

The contribution to the Northern Colorado Prospers initiative is one more example of Elevations’ commitment to the Fort Collins area. Elevations has also recently moved to a larger mortgage loan office in Windsor to accommodate its growing mortgage staff and has begun construction of a new flagship branch on South College Avenue. Elevations is also working diligently to acquire a third branch location in Old Town Fort Collins, and expects to secure a site during the second quarter of 2017.
“Elevations is proud to be part of Northern Colorado Prospers and the Fort Collins community. Our five year commitment of support will help to ensure the region thrives. We greatly appreciate the leadership in Northern Colorado demonstrating such far-sighted and strategic vision,” said Gerry Agnes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elevations Credit Union and a member of the Fort Collins Chamber Advisory Board.

For more information on the Northern Colorado Prospers Fund, visit their new website,
http://northerncoloradoprospers.com/.

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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 more than $1.8 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 elevationscu.com.

For More Information, Contact
Isaac Droke isaac.droke@elevationscu.com 303.443.4672 x1169