Ent Awards 2017 Youth Endowment Series Grants to 34 Colorado Nonprofits

Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 26, 2017) – Ent Credit Union awarded 34 Colorado nonprofit agencies a total of $90,000 through its 2017 Youth Endowment Series (YES) Grants program. The recipient agencies include:

  • A Precious Child
  • Adoption Options
  • Assistance League of Pueblo
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Inc.
  • Child Advocates-Denver CASA
  • Children’s Advocacy Center for the Pikes Peak Region, Inc.
  • Colorado Center for the Blind
  • Colorado Springs Teen Court, Inc.
  • Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center (CSTRC)
  • Court Care for the Pikes Peak Region
  • Denver Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs
  • Kidpower of Colorado
  • Knights of Heroes Foundation
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Mi Casa Resource Center
  • Mountain Park Environmental Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado Springs
  • Posada
  • Pueblo Child Advocacy Center
  • Pueblo Children’s Chorale, Inc.
  • Pueblo Zoological Society
  • Resource Exchange, Inc.
  • Restore Innocence
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado
  • Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Soaring Eagles Center for Autism
  • Special Kids Special Families, Inc.
  • Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation – A Legacy of Hope Scholarships for Children
  • Suicide Prevention Partnership
  • Sweet Dream in a Bag, Inc.
  • The Adoption Exchange – Colorado Springs
  • The Adoption Exchange – Pueblo
  • Tri-Lakes Cares

Since its inception in 2000, Ent’s YES Grants program has awarded more than $1 million in grants to more than 130 Colorado nonprofits that serve the diverse health, human services and other needs of children.

An Ent employee panel reviewed all grant applications and made funding recommendations based on the purpose of the grant and the projected benefit to the community, among other criteria. For more information about the YES Grants program, visit Ent.com/YESGrants.

About Ent

Ent Credit Union is the leading financial institution in southern Colorado with more than $4.8 billion in assets and more than 280,000 members. The credit union provides a full range of financial solutions through 27 service centers, online, mobile and telephone banking services, a Colorado call center and both a consumer and a mortgage loan center. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld and Adams counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.

 

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Media Contact:

Victoria Selfridge

Vice President, Corporate Communications
(719) 550-6894
VSelfridge@Ent.com

Mountain West Credit Union Association Presents Prestigious Awards

Professional, Volunteer of the Year Honored and HOPE Award Winner Named at Annual Meeting & Convention

DENVER, Co. (April 26, 2017) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association presented its annual credit union Professional and Volunteer of the Year awards at a special dinner April 13 at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The awards dinner was held during the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s 6th Annual Meeting & Convention.

Each year, the Association solicits nominations to determine the Professional and Volunteer of the Year. The Association also gave out the 2nd HOPE Award. HOPE stands for “Helping People Every Day.” HOPE nominees were recognized throughout the year either at their credit union, a Chapter event or within their state.

Professional of the Year

Professional of the Year, Sandy Neves

Sandy Neves, Retiring President and CEO of Fitzsimons Credit Union in Aurora, CO was named the Credit Union Professional of the Year. “Sandy’s dedication to both the credit union movement and her community are evident in the long list of committees and activities in which she has participated in her decades-long career,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. “Her service includes work within the credit union community and his local community, giving time and energy to matters that are vitally important to the community’s well-being.”

She began working at her credit union as a teller thirty-six years ago and was tapped to be the CEO eight years later after serving in various roles in the credit union. Since then, she has taken it from a $50 million credit union to $175 million and led it through several major economic disruptions and forced relocations.

She leads by example and serves on numerous Boards and committees both in the credit union movement and her community. Recently, her credit union completed the process to receive Juntos Avanzamos certification, one of only three in the state. Juntos Avanzamos is a distinction given to given to credit unions that demonstrate a vision and commitment to serving the Hispanic community by providing education and services that improve financial well-being.

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year, Michael A.K. Fansler

Michael A.K. Fansler, chairman of the board, Aventa Credit Union (Colorado Springs, CO) was named the Volunteer of the Year. He has been active in the credit union movement for fifty-one years. He has served in every capacity imaginable, from driving a float in the local parade to participating in Hike the Hill visits in Washington, D.C. He has served the credit union movement at every level, local chapter, state and in national government affairs. In large part to his leadership, the credit union has grown in assets from $500k to $175M. 

 

HOPE Award

Hope Award winner, Rosemary Sprenger

Rosemary Sprenger, from Banner Federal Credit Union in Phoenix, AZ was named the recipient of the HOPE Award. Sprenger’s kindness and generosity that goes above and beyond her job description played out in the life of a member who lost everything in a house fire. The distraught member came in seeking help to get documentation for her account. But when Sprenger heard the story, she went into action. She led an initiative to help provide basic necessities and household items for the member that made a difficult time a bit easier.

 

Board Seats Filled

In addition to the awards banquet, Association and Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Board seats were officially filled during pre-convention meetings.

The Association Board filled seats, two by acclamation and one by nomination. The two positions filled by acclamation were: Colleen Curtis, Southwest Healthcare Credit Union, Phoenix, AZ, was re-elected for a three-year term for Arizona and Steve Higginson, Reliant Federal Credit Union, Casper, WY, was re-elected for a three-year term for Wyoming. In Colorado, by nomination, John Faries, Columbine Federal Credit Union, Centennial, CO, was elected for a three-year term in at-large.

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 twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua. To learn more about credit unions visit AsmarterChoice.org.

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Contact:
Patti Hazlett, Director of Public Affairs
phazlett@mwcua.com

Elevations Credit Union ranked No.1 mortgage lender in Boulder County

BOULDER, CO (April 24, 2017) — Elevations Credit Union funded nearly $1.4 billion in mortgage loan production in 2016, making the credit union the No. 1 mortgage lender in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, the No. 6 in Larimer County and the No. 10 mortgage lender in the Denver Metro Area, according to Land Title Guarantee Company’s 2016 Year End Report released this spring.

Elevations ranks as the No. 8 credit union mortgage lender nationally, according to data released by the American Credit Union Mortgage Association. Additionally, five Elevations mortgage loan originators were included in the Scotsman Guide’s 2016 Top Originators ranking, which ranks the nation’s top mortgage producers. They are Cameron White-Ford, Aaron Staufer, Greg Roller, Michael Roth and Lauri Larson, all of whom serve the Boulder and Broomfield County markets.

Elevations is a not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing its membership with financial solutions. According to VP of Mortgage Lending Elizabeth Million, “We take a holistic approach to mortgage lending, with people underwriting people – not systems underwriting statistics – and people really respond to that personalized service.”


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 elevationscu.com.

Contacts

Ian Toner
Senior Associate :: Financial Services
Communications Strategy Group
Denver | New York | Chicago
720.726.5460 (o) | 716.830.0195 (m)

 

VANTAGE WEST RECEIVES NATIONAL MARKETING AWARD

Hispanic Marketing Initiative Wins 2017 Category’s Best Diamond Award

TUCSON, Arizona. (April 24, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Vantage West Credit Union was honored with a prestigious Category’s Best Diamond Award for Segmented Marketing by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), in recognition of its outstanding marketing, community outreach, and business development efforts to serve Arizona’s growing Hispanic market.

The award was announced by the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals, during its 24th annual conference held recently in San Antonio, Texas.

Luis Soto, Vantage West Marketing Manager

“Vantage West is truly honored to be recognized on a national level by our credit union peers for our efforts to serve Hispanic members.” said Luis Soto, Vantage West’s Marketing Manager. “We want to ensure we provide relevant financial products and services to the communities we serve, and we will continue to evaluate our efforts and innovate as we move forward.”

Recognizing the need to better serve Arizona’s growing Hispanic market, Vantage West launched its Hispanic Marketing initiative in 2015, which focused on deeply understanding the segment rather than relying exclusively on messaging in Spanish. The program continued to gain momentum in 2016 as the credit union responded to the needs of highly motivated, success-driven Hispanic millennials.

Today, Vantage West’s Hispanic initiative includes traditional and digital marketing campaigns created specifically for the segment, and employing bilingual staff at its branches and Member Information Center.  Vantage West has established strong partnerships with various organization such as the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, Chicanos por la Causa, and La Frontera Arizona, and is actively engaged in local events that are meaningful to the Hispanic community in Tucson and southern Arizona.

Vantage West was the first credit union in Arizona and the Mountain West to receive the Juntos Avanzamos designation in 2015, confirming its commitment to serving Hispanic members.

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

JAMES MANILLA, FORMER PCC LEADER AND UA VP, APPOINTED TO VANTAGE WEST BOARD

 

 

TUCSON, Arizona. (April 24, 2017) – Vantage West Credit Union (vantagewest.org), southern Arizona’s largest credit union, is pleased to announce the appointment of  Dr. James Manilla to serve as Associate Director to the Vantage West Board of Directors.

Dr. James Manilla

As former President/Chancellor of Pima Community College and  Vice President for Development at the University of Arizona, Dr. Manilla brings with him a wealth of leadership experience and professional achievements, along with personal integrity and the willingness to serve and provide insight in support of the Board’s objectives.

The Vantage West Board of  Directors helps set the  strategic direction of the credit union, supports efforts to ensure  it maintains an excellent financial standing, and guides the credit union as it continues to provide value to the membership.

About Dr. Manilla

Dr. Manilla has distinguished himself in the academic field with a lifetime career  marked by key leadership roles in various organizations. Upon retiring in 2015, he served as President of four community colleges, culminating in his role as President/Chancellor of Pima Community College from 1979-1987.

For the next 18 years, Dr. Manilla took on his next leadership position as Vice President for Development at the UA. During this time, he led two successful fund-raising initiatives as Executive Director for the first Capital Campaign to raise $100 million, and then again  five years later to raise $1 billion.

Throughout this professional career in Tucson, Dr. Manilla was active in various community organizations. These include Board of Director roles with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Metropolitan Convention Visitors, Davis-Monthan DMSO Board (founding member), Green Fields School Board, and Tucson Airport Authority.

A native of Skaneateles, New York, Dr. Manilla honorably served  in the  U.S Armed Forces from 1942-1945 and was deployed to Europe during World War II.

Dr. Manilla obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1949, and later earned his Master’s degree at Syracuse University and Doctorate degree in higher education administration at Wayne State University.

Dr. Manilla is currently a member of the National Leadership Council of the University of Arizona Foundation.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hughes Federal Credit Union Wins BBB Torch Good Neighbor Award

Tucson AZ – April 10, 2017 – Hughes Federal Credit Union was the proud recipient of the Good Neighbor Award from the Better Business Bureau’s 2017 Torch Awards held on April 7, 2017 at Casino Del Sol Resort.

The Good Neighbor Award recognizes a company that has shown a commitment to making southern Arizona a better place through community service. The nominated business and employees play a significant role in support of local charities or community service projects.

“Hughes Federal Credit Union has been making a positive difference in the financial lives of its members and giving back to the community for 65 years. In 2016 employees volunteered 2,231 hours and the Credit Union contributed $80,000 to local charities, reaching 26,670 students,’ reported Kellie Terhune Neely, VP Marketing. “We thank our dedicated staff, volunteer board of directors and Credit Union for their commitment to service and long history of giving back to the communities we serve.”
“The Credit Union has received state and national recognition for their community service efforts in the past and most recently was awarded the 2016 Dora Maxwell Social/Community Responsibility Award that recognizes a credit union in Arizona for the breadth and depth of social responsibility that strengthens their community,” added Terhune Neely.

Finalists for the awards were selected by a panel of judges independent of BBB, representing southern Arizona. There were 79 nominees in three categories.

Hughes Federal Credit Union
Established 65 years ago, Hughes Federal Credit Union is a locally-owned and member-owned financial cooperative with more than 109,000 members and $1.1 billion dollars in assets. The credit union has a “Superior” 5-Star Bauer Financial rating and is one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation. It is rated A+ and has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 1974. This Credit Union is federally-insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information, visit HughesFCU.org.
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Contact:
Kellie Terhune Neely
April 10, 2017 VP Marketing
520-205-5670
KTerhune@HughesFCU.org

AEA Federal Credit Union Receives Grant for First-Time Homebuyers in Yuma

Yuma, AZ, April 19, 2017 – The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHL Bank San Francisco) recently awarded AEA Federal Credit Union a total of $250,000 in matching grant funds for first-time home buyers in Yuma County.

The funds are part of the 2017 Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership (WISH) Program which offers eligible low- and moderate-income households 3-to-1 matching grants up to $15,000 for the purchase of a home. The program targets workings families and individuals ready to transition from renting to owning. Funds can be applied to the down payment or closing costs of a home purchase.

“AEA is the only participant of the WISH program in Yuma County,” said Brian Mendivil, President and CEO at AEA Federal Credit Union. “We’re excited to be able to help ease the journey of homeownership through this program for many of our members in the community.”

AEA Federal Credit Union will work closely with local realtors and the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma (HACY) reaching out to eligible families. Anyone interested in learning more about the program can call AEA Federal Credit Union Mortgage Department at 928.783.8881.

AEA Federal Credit Union has been building relationships since 1942. They have $249 million in assets and more than 31,500 members with five branches serving Yuma, Somerton and Parker, Arizona. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Yuma and La Paz counties. For more information, visit aeafcu.org.
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Contact: Kathleen Hippensteel
VP of Marketing
928.373.5408

Landings Credit Union Named Equal Pay Business Partner

 

Tempe, AZ April 2017 –   Landings Credit Union along with 6 other businesses has been named the first Equal Pay Business Partner in the City of Tempe.

The Equal Pay Business Partner program requires companies to complete a worksheet to determine if they are providing equal pay.  Payroll numbers do not have to be submitted to the city.  Businesses that need some work to get the the equal pay designation can receive coaching from the city’s Office of Strategic Management and Diversity.  Those that qualify receive Equal Pay Business Partner status, which gives businesses the opportunity to use the Equal Pay Business Partner logo on their websites, in hiring materials and on storefront windows.

The program was initiated by City of Tempe council members Lauren Kuby, David Shapira, and Robin Arredondo-Savage which have been working on this since February of 2015.  The working group took substantial time to verify that the city’s own standing as an employer committed to equal pay was solid.  As a result, The City of Tempe also received the designation today.

The other companies who were awarded the Equal Pay Business Partners include GoDaddy, Mountain Park Health Center, Express Employment Professionals, Architekton, Mulligan’s Manor, and Dinos2 Personalized Auto Sales, Inc.

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

Ent Voted “Best Bank” and “Best Mortgage Company” in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 18, 2017) – Ent Credit Union has been voted the “Best Bank” and “Best Mortgage Company” by readers of The Gazette who participated in their annual “Best of the Springs 2017” survey.

In recognizing Ent in the “Best Bank” category, The Gazette’s survey results, published Sunday April 16, stated: ‘Voters praised this Colorado community credit union, saying: “Wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else,” “Best service ever” and “Hands down best for many years for all financial services.”’

In recognizing Ent in the “Best Mortgage Company” category, The Gazette noted: ‘A “local company that keeps your loan and offers incredible service” and “mortgages like it used to be” while also actively supporting community causes and nonprofits.’

About Ent

Ent Credit Union is the leading financial institution in southern Colorado with more than $4.7 billion in assets and more than 280,000 members. The credit union provides a full range of financial solutions through 27 service centers, online, mobile and telephone banking services, a Colorado call center and both a consumer and a mortgage loan center. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld and Adams counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA. Learn more at Ent.com.

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Media Contact:

Victoria Selfridge

Vice President, Corporate Communications
(719) 550-6894
VSelfridge@Ent.com

BLUE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION CELEBRATES NEW BRANCH WITH GRAND OPENING BLOCK PARTY

FORT COLLINS, CO – Blue Federal Credit Union partnered with local Fort Collins businesses to host a grand opening celebration at its newest branch location.  The grand opening was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at their newest location, located at 2261 E Drake Road.

At the “block party” style celebration, Blue hosted local business displays to deliver a fun and meaningful event for the Fort Collins community.  There was a local business spotlight on three Fort Collins businesses focused on health and happiness – The Garden Juicery, Wunder Juice and Orangetheory Fitness.

“Orangetheory loved participating in Blue’s grand opening and we were thoroughly impressed with the turnout and buzz from our new, amazing neighbors. We look forward to partnering with Blue for our own grand opening soon,” said Kylie Chrisman, Studio Manager of the new Orangetheory Fitness slated to open next door to the new branch later this spring.

The Garden Juicery owner, Barry Lewis, also commended Blue on their local partnership outreach.

“Like us, Blue is dedicated to involvement in the local community. I’m happy to partner with Blue to support my employees’ financial needs and look forward to working with Blue in the coming years,” commented Lewis.

The event also featured guest speaker Joe Parker, Athletic Director at Colorado State University who praised Blue for its commitment to the Rams’ athletic programs and shared details about the new football stadium, where the Rams will play for the first time in the upcoming season. Additionally, Fort Collins Mayor, Wade Troxell, and several city officials including police officers joined Blue’s guest list while enjoying the local flavors and mingling with other attendees.

“With this grand opening, it was important to us to include and showcase our local community partners in the celebration of our third branch location in Fort Collins,” said Stephanie Teubner, President and CEO of Blue Federal Credit Union. “Fort Collins has welcomed us with open arms and the comradery and local spirit really inspired us to host an event not just for us, but for those who have supported Blue along the way.”

Attendees had the opportunity to win several raffle prizes at the party.  All raffle prizes were purchased or donated from surrounding businesses to help showcase the local flavor and culture. The Credit Union also offered a grand prize of $1,000 which will be donated to a non-profit charity of the winner’s choice from the Blue Foundation in May.

“Doing good around our community is the fabric of who we are,” said Vice President of Marketing, Michele Bolkovatz. “We’re involved in dozens of charitable causes including Realities for Children, the Larimer County Food Bank and many others.”

Located near the intersection of Drake and Timberline Road, Blue’s third Fort Collins branch location features a modern, non-traditional design that exemplifies Blue’s commitment to the community while offering members a personalized and engaging experience. The Drake branch officially opened for business on March 6, 2017.  The newest branch comes on the heels of Blue’s second Fort Collins location which opened in Old Town in late 2016. The expansion in the Fort Collins market is a direct result from Blue’s aggressive growth strategy in Colorado and Wyoming.

“We’re looking at several opportunities to continue our branch expansion across the Front Range,” said Teubner. “The success and traffic we’ve seen at Drake and Old Town paves the way for a lot of exciting plans and we look forward to sharing those with the community and our members in the near future.”

Blue serves nearly 75,000 members worldwide with 13 branch locations in Colorado and Wyoming.

Contact: 307-432-5426 or mindy@bluefcu.com