Mountain West Credit Union Association Formally Endorses Mark Gordon for Governor of Wyoming

Support of credit unions and understanding of the need for continued regulatory relief led to the endorsement.

Denver, CO (August 13, 2018) — The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA), which represents 21 of Wyoming’s federal credit unions, as well as credit unions in Colorado and Arizona, announces it is endorsing Republican Mark Gordon in his bid for Governor of the State of Wyoming. The endorsement comes after candidate interviews and a vote by MWCUA members.

“Gordon has long supported credit unions in his previous role as the State Treasurer,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA. “He is a fiscal conservative and his values for responsible financial practices align with those of credit unions. Additionally, he understands the need for continued regulatory relief actions to help credit unions and their members.”

“Our interview process made it clear that Mr. Gordon was the right candidate for Wyoming credit unions,” said Brian Rohrbacher, President and CEO of Atlantic City Federal Credit Union in Lander, WY, who participated in the interview process. “His long-standing support of credit unions is admirable, and he has a strong sense of the importance of credit unions in the communities they serve.”

Gordon is a rancher, small businessman, and currently Wyoming’s State Treasurer. As Treasurer, he led a transformation of the office resulting in improved returns on state investments, better protection of state savings, and increased transparency and access to state financial data for the general public. Gordon is recognized as a national expert in finance, investing, and wealth management, Mark served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 2008 through 2012. There he championed transparency, accountability and private enterprise.

Wyoming Republicans will determine their candidate for the Governor’s race in the August 21 primary, with the winner heading to the November general election.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 127 member credit unions, 3.3 million credit union members and $41 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.

Hughes Accepting Local Businesses into New Business Partner Program

Tucson AZ – July 31, 2018 – Southern Arizona now has a new way for local businesses to gain customers. Hughes Federal Credit Union is accepting applications for companies to join its Checking PLUS Local Business Partner Program. Local businesses can enroll in the program and offer attractive discounts on their products or services and reach thousands of Hughes members. There is no fee to participate.

Benefits PlusÒ  is a consumer discount program offered by Hughes through Checking PLUS where account holders can access exclusive deals using the Benefits Plus mobile app. In addition to local discounts, the program delivers valuable savings and rebates on global travel services, eGift cards, movie tickets and more.

“We’re excited to offer this revenue-generating opportunity to local businesses such as restaurants, museums, auto shops, and much more, and to add to the many discounts we offer our members,” said Hughes Marketing Manager Dani Gomez. “At the heart of this program is the desire to motivate local spending to strengthen the greater Tucson economy. As a locally owned financial institution, we know that community engagement is vital to business growth.”

Hughes is looking for family friendly businesses local to Tucson with brick-and-mortar locations. Preference will be given to companies that have been in operation for more than two years. Many different types of companies will be accepted and a full list of categories is available on the application. Affiliate merchants will be promoted in a variety of marketing materials including the Hughes website and mobile GPS technology. Participating businesses will also receive a complimentary Benefits Plus membership and a Checking PLUS account. Interested local business owners can learn more and apply at HughesFCU.org/MerchantPLUS.

Hughes Federal Credit Union

Established 66 years ago, Hughes Federal Credit Union is a locally owned and member-owned financial cooperative with more than 122,000 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. Hughes has been named Arizona’s Best Credit Union in Forbes 2018 “Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions” list. This Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information about Hughes Federal Credit Union, please visit HughesFCU.org, or follow Hughes at Facebook.com/HughesFCU and Twitter.com/HughesFCU.

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Contact:

Kellie Terhune Neely

VP Marketing

520-205-5670

KTerhune@HughesFCU.org  

 

 

 

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Meridian Trust Announces New Executive Vice President

Cheyenne, WY – Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union has named Bryan Thomas as Executive Vice President.

Mr. Thomas was previously the vice president / chief lending officer at On Tap Credit Union in Golden, CO.

Prior to working at On Tap, he was the vice president / chief administration officer at WyHy Federal Credit Union based in Cheyenne.

In his new role at Meridian Trust FCU, he will be assisting CEO Kim Withers with the overall management of the credit union and moving the board’s strategic vision into a reality.

Bryan has more than 23 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, with emphasis in consumer science and business management, from Colorado State University. He is also a graduate of CUNA Finance School and the CUES CEO Institute.

In his free time, Bryan enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Casey and their four daughters Katelyn, Avery, Emma, and Wrigley.

Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union provides financial services to more than 28,000 members, with Wyoming branches in Cheyenne, Lander, Rawlins, and Jackson, along with a branch in Scottsbluff, NE; and PowerTrust branches located in Casper and Rock Springs, WY.

 

For More Information, Contact

Ed Beckmann 307.633.6416

ebeckmann@mymeridiantrust.com

TruWest® Credit Union and American Lung Association® Announce Partnership in Arizona and Texas

TEMPE, AZ TruWest Credit Union and the American Lung Association  are excited to announce a joint partnership in furthering community efforts to fight lung disease. The Tempe, Arizona-based credit union will offer financial support for ongoing events as well as robust employee involvement at the local level.

“We believe in the work of the American Lung Association,” said Alan Althouse, CEO and President of TruWest Credit Union. “The goals and objectives of the Lung Association and the mission of TruWest are a great match in being dedicated to providing support in the community. We couldn’t be prouder to partner with this incredible organization.”

Nationwide, lung diseases affect more than 33 million Americans, with cancer being the highest cause of death. Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in Arizona. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The Lung Association combats these statistics by conducting lung health education, life-saving research, support, programs and services, and advocacy.

“This new partnership with TruWest means more support for the programs that our local communities so desperately need,” said Lung Association Chief Mission Officer Deb Brown. “Every two and a half minutes someone in the U.S. is told that they have lung cancer. The time to volunteer and help to save lives is now. TruWest’s involvement will allow its members and employees to further our mission.”

TruWest Credit Union kicked off the partnership with a $20,000 donation to the Lung Association on July 11, 2018, at the credit union’s headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. Credit union members can offer their support by donating at any of TruWest’s nine metro Phoenix, Ariz. or four Austin, Texas branch locations, or online at lung.org.

TruWest will also co-sponsor and participate in Lung Association events in Arizona and Texas, including LUNG FORCE Walks and Fight For Air Climbs.

For more information about TruWest Credit Union and the partnership visit truwest.org/lung.

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 86,000 members and assets totaling more than $1 billion. TruWest Credit Union has 13 branch locations—nine in metro Phoenix and four in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit truwest.org.

 About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit lung.org.

 

House passes reg relief for credit unions;

Washington, DC (July 19, 2018) – Today the House approved H.R. 6147, the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Credit Union National Association (CUNA) supports the legislation as it continues to build upon CUNA’s Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation.

The bill would delay the effective date of National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) risk-based capital rule to January 2021 and provide funding for the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, which is used for grants and awards to foster growth, achieve sustainability and revitalize communities.

“We thank House leadership for passing regulatory relief measures that will greatly benefit credit unions,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “CUNA has maintained since NCUA first proposed the risk-based capital rule that it is a solution in search of a problem, so we support any legislative means to reduce the rule’s impact on credit unions.”

CUNA sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in support of the legislation and also urged the House of Representatives to increase the bill’s $216 million allocation to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. CUNA’s efforts led to an increase of its funding level to $248 million in the final bill. The CDFI Fund was fully funded at $250 million in H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

“Certified CDFIs, including credit unions, are able to turn the awards and grants from the fund to leverage significant amounts of private and non-federal dollars in support of vital community investments,” Nussle added. “CUNA will continue our advocacy to push for full funding of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund as it is an important investment by the federal government.”

Some additional provisions that would benefit credit unions include:

  • Placing the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) under the appropriations process;
  • Give the president the authority to remove the BCFP director; and
  • Enhancing Congressional review of BCFP rulemaking.

 

The bill also includes languages from several CUNA-League supported bills, such as:

  • Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 1153), which would remove certain premiums and title insurance from the points and fees calculation;
  • Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act (H.R. 2396), would “provide credit unions sufficient flexibility to ensure that members have access to the privacy policy pertinent to their relationship with the credit union;
  • TRID Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 5078), which would amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act to require the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to allow the accurate disclosure of title insurance premiums and any potential available discounts to homebuyers;
  • Common Sense Credit Union Capital Relief Act (H.R. 4464), which would delay NCUA’s risk-based capital rule;
  • Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection–Inspector General Reform Act, which would create an independent inspector general at the CFPB.

 

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Credit unions show support for several candidates in Tuesday primary election

WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2018) — The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Credit Union Legislative Action Committee (CULAC) are showing support for credit-union friendly congressional candidates in this week’s primary elections. Key states include Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah with runoff elections in Mississippi and South Carolina.

CUNA and the Utah Credit Union Association are supporting former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the vacant GOP primary seat currently being occupied by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

In Colorado, the Mountain West Credit Union Association is standing alongside Joe Neguse (D) who oversaw the state’s local credit unions while serving as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

In New York, credit unions support incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan (R) who is being challenged by former Rep. Michael Grimm (R) in the state’s 8th District. CULAC and the New York Credit Union Association are also supporting New York Assembly Leader Joseph Morelle (D) in the state’s 25th Congressional District Democratic primary to fill the seat left open by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) who passed away earlier this year.

In Oklahoma, CULAC and the Cornerstone Credit Union League stand alongside business owner Kevin Hern (R) in a five-candidate Republican primary to fill the seat for former Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R). Bridenstine has been confirmed as the administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Credit unions are also supporting candidates in Tuesday’s runoff elections including District Attorney Michael Guest who will run against Whit Hughes in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District. In the June 6 primary, Guest led all candidates with 45% of the vote to Hughes’ 22%. In South Carolina, CULAC and the Carolinas Credit Union League support state Sen. William Timmons (R) in the 4th Congressional District runoff against former state Sen. Lee Bright (R) to fill the seat left open by the retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy (R).

Mary Lee Blommel to retire from MWCUA

Last Friday, we held a retirement reception for Mary Lee Blommel. For those that don’t know Mary Lee, you have missed out. She has been with our organization for over 36 years, beginning with the Arizona League in 1982. She has a total of over 57 years in the credit union movement. She began her career with the Association as a field representative. She has had several titles throughout the years, but no matter what the title, she has seen her job as helping credit unions. She is hard working, dedicated and has made an enormous difference for credit unions and their members. If you haven’t had the chance to wish her a happy retirement, she will be in our office this week. You can reach her at mlblommel@mwcua.com. Mary Lee thank you! There is no question you have made a difference and will be deeply missed.

Ent Credit Union to Build Location in Parker, Colorado

 

(Left to right) Pictured are:  Vic Lauer, principal of Keys + Lauer Architects; William Ayen, vice chair of Ent’s Board of Directors; Mike Waid, mayor of the Town of Parker; Chad Graves, Ent’s CEO; Steven Fuscher, chairman of Ent’s Board of Directors; Matthew Gendron, Ent’s chief engagement officer; and Victoria Selfridge, Ent’s vice president of Corporate Communications.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 26, 2018) – The construction of Ent’s first full-service location in Parker is underway at 18700 Cottonwood Drive. The new Cottonwood Service Center will be Ent’s third location in Douglas County. The approximately 5,000 square foot facility will incorporate state-of the-art technology to provide members with added convenience, including: self-service safe boxes, the ability to instantly issue debit cards, teller pods with cash recyclers, which enable staff to serve members more quickly and Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) in the center’s outside drive-up lanes.

 

ITMs provide members with the option to have a live video chat with a member service representative or to use the machine as a 24/7 ATM. Using the chat feature, members can ask questions, make deposits, cash checks and perform more complicated transactions – all from the convenience of their car. Ent’s video tellers are available to assist members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.


“This new location will provide local, convenient access to personal service for the more than 1,000 Ent members who currently live within a five-mile radius,” said Brian Kayton, Ent’s Denver area regional manager. “We look forward to becoming part of the Parker community.”

About Ent

Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates and lower fees. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.0 billion in assets, more than 300,000 members and 29 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is 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.

 

 

Media Contact:

Victoria Selfridge

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

Landings CU’s 2018 Water Drive is another HUGE SUCCESS, bringing in 13,000 bottles!

Tempe, AZ June 2018 – On June 13th Landings Credit Union ended their 3rd annual water drive with a staggering 13,000 bottles of water. This month-long drive brought in donations from members, staff and business partners and was given to non-profits of the East Valley.

If you’ve spent any time in Arizona in the summer, you know that it is blistering hot. This time of year puts an extra strain on non-profits to keep families and homeless hydrated. This water drive has helped to stock the pantries at Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) and AZCEND.

TCAA provides education, stability, and advocacy for low-income 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.  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 13th, which is also the National Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) Day of Service, Landings staff moved about 550 cases of water from their branch lobbies to the locations selected by the non-profits. Over the past three years Landings CU has donated over 38,000 bottles of water.

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 $165 million with over 14,000 members. Landings Credit Union has been serving members for 65 years, helping them with all of their financial needs. For more information on Landings Credit Union, please visit landingscu.org.

CUDE Day of Service

CUDE Day of Service is program for credit union professionals who have participated in the Development Educator’s program, designed to educate and empower participants to understand the challenges and impacts of development issues (health, housing, hunger, access to credit, savings mobilization, transportation, education, environment, appropriate technology, women in development etc.) and how they can impact them.  The program is a way for DEs to transform their training and its teachings into community service to empower our members and strengthen local communities.

Contact:
Tara Roether
Marketing Specialist
480-784-1069

 

Mountain West Credit Union Association, Maine Credit Union League Announce Support of STATES Act

Bill provides states’ rights and public safety protections

DENVER, Co. & WESTBROOK, Me. (June 7, 2018) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) and the Maine Credit Union League (MCUL) today sent a letter to Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) supporting their bill, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018. This legislation provides important states’ rights and public safety protections for our credit unions and their members.

MWCUA President and CEO Scott Earl co-authored the letter with Todd Mason, President and CEO of the Maine Credit Union League. Both states have legalized recreational marijuana industries. Colorado has faced numerous challenges providing financial services to these businesses and Maine is just beginning to navigate the process of implementing businesses.

“As financial services providers serving over 4 million members in the states we represent, credit unions play a central role in our communities by fulfilling banking needs that may not be otherwise available,” said Earl.

Mason added, “Currently, we cannot serve an industry that generates several billion dollars in sales and tax revenues-the recreational cannabis industry- without substantial risk due to ongoing uncertainty over federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act. This has become not only a states’ rights issue, but an important public safety issue.”

Without access to standard banking services, some of these companies have had to come up with alternative solutions and many are unable to undertake the most basic functions of successful businesses, such as paying vendors, employees and taxes, but instead have large amounts of money unsecured, unaccountable and at risk for abuse.

“The STATES Act would provide the certainty we need as financial services providers to service this growing industry and protect our members and the taxpayers of our states. This is a matter independent of the question of legalization of cannabis and is about ensuring the rights of states to fully implement the will of their voters,” noted Earl.

Both states thanked the Senators for their leadership in drafting the legislation and urged Congress to take swift action to address this matter and pass the STATES Act without delay.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 127 member credit unions, 3.3 million credit union members and $41 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.

About the Maine Credit Union League

The Maine Credit Union League is the nonprofit trade association for Maine’s 55 credit unions that serve nearly 700,000 members. Founded in 1938, the Maine Credit Union League is committed to helping credit unions succeed and improve the financial lives of their members by ensuring that credit unions are in the right place at the right time with the right solution.

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