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.

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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 culedger.com.

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 cuna.org.

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.

Contact: Vicki Christner – CUNA Communications; 202-329-9950; vchristner@cuna.coop

 

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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480-744-1202

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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 landingscu.org.

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 https://www.denvercommunity.coop/

 

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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 elevationscu.com.

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Hughes Federal Credit Union Launches Blog to Promote Financial Literacy

Tucson AZ – August 1, 2017 – Hughes Federal Credit Union is happy to announce the launch of its new blog, titled Hughes View. To celebrate the launch, Hughes Federal Credit Union is giving away an iPad and a $50 iTunes gift card to one lucky social media participant. Hughes View can be found online at blog.hughesfcu.org.

“Hughes View aims to provide member-owners and the public with resources and information to help them become more financially sound and responsible,” explained Kerry Graham, Web Digital Manager at Hughes Federal Credit Union. “Our mission is to always make a positive difference in each member’s financial life, and our new blog is another financial literacy tool we are happy to provide,” Graham continued.

From now until August 4, visit Hughes Federal Credit Union on Facebook (Facebook.com/HughesFCU)  for a chance to win an iPad and a $50 iTunes gift card. Enter to win by liking, sharing or leaving a comment on the designated post with financial questions or advice you would like to see featured on the blog in the future.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected and contacted via Facebook on Monday, August 7. Deadline to enter is August 4, 2017 (11:59pm MST). Visit the blog at Blog.HughesFCU.org for official rules.

Hughes Federal Credit Union

Established 65 years ago, Hughes Federal Credit Union is a locally-owned and member-owned financial cooperative with more than 113,000 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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Elevations Credit Union Adds Two to its Northern Colorado Team

Boulder, Colo. – Elevations Credit Union announces the addition of two industry veterans to its growing team in Northern Colorado.

Kari Coover joins Elevations Credit Union as a Senior Commercial Loan Officer. Coover brings 14 years of commercial and retail banking experience to Northern Colorado. In addition to Kari’s vast experience in the banking industry, she is involved with the Northern Colorado Ladies networking group, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and the Food Bank for Larimer County. Kari will begin at the credit union’s mortgage loan office in Windsor, but will eventually be based at the newly announced Fort Collins Midtown branch located at 2025 S College Ave.

Elevations also welcomes Nadine Trujillo-Rogers, Business Banking Relationship Manager, to its team. Trujillo-Rogers has been a banker in Northern Colorado for over 23 years, specializing in Business Banking. Before coming to Elevations, Nadine worked at First Citizens Bank as a Vice President, Financial Sales. Like Coover, Trujillo-Rogers will begin at Elevations’ mortgage loan office but will also move to the Fort Collins Midtown branch.

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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

Ent Breaks Ground for New Service Center Near Outlets at Castle Rock

 

Ent’s Senior Management and Board celebrated breaking ground on their 29th Service Center with members of the Castle Rock EDC, Chamber and City Council to include Mayor Jennifer Green and James Townsend.

Castle Rock, Colo. (July 18, 2017) – Ent Credit Union celebrated the groundbreaking, Thursday, July 13 at 1:30 pm on what will become their second service center location in Castle Rock at 5944 Promenade Parkway, adjacent to the Outlets at Castle Rock. The new Promenade Service Center will be Ent’s 29th location.

The approximately 5,000 square foot new 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 teller cash recyclers to facilitate faster cash dispensing to members 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 teller 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 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. The first of their kind in Douglas County, Ent has also proposed adding a free-standing ITM adjacent to their existing Wilcox Service Center in Castle Rock, which is being considered by the town’s design review board.

“We are pleased to be starting construction on what we anticipate will become Ent’s flagship location in the Castle Rock community,” said Matt Gendron, Ent’s executive vice president of operations. “The service center’s size and location, with convenient access from popular Castle Rock shopping destinations, will allow members to get in and out quickly while experiencing the same outstanding member service they’ve come to know and expect at all of our service centers.”

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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 $4.9 billion in assets, more than 289,000 members and 28 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. Learn more at Ent.com.

 

Hughes Platinum Card Named In “Top 15 Credit Union Credit Card”

 

Tucson, AZ – July 17, 2017 – Not all credit cards are the same. Hughes Federal Credit Union has a Visa® Platinum Card that really shines, having been named on July 13 as one of the “Top 15 Best Credit Union Credit Cards” by GoBankingRates.com, a leading portal for financial news and product coverage.

“Hughes’ no-gimmick, low rate credit card program is validated with this national recognition,” said Robert Swick, Hughes president/general manager. “Hughes members enjoy our ‘One Low Rate’ for purchases, balance transfers and cash advances. GoBankingRates.com also cited our excellent theft and purchase security coverage, along with medical and legal referral, and trip assistance.” Swick added, “This is just one more reason to choose local and member-owned Hughes Federal Credit Union.”

The Visa® Platinum Card also includes a full suite of digital wallet offerings including Android, Apple and Samsung Pay; as well as a Design Your Own Credit Card option.

“Hughes strongly believes in making a positive difference in the financial lives of our members and in helping members use credit wisely,” notes Swick. “We’re proud of this national recognition because it’s an objective confirmation that we are fulfilling these goals.” For more information please call 520-794-JOIN or visit HughesFCU.org/CCard. For more regarding the top 15 credit union credit cards visit GoBankingRates.com.

Hughes Federal Credit Union

Established 65 years ago, Hughes Federal Credit Union is a locally-owned and member-owned financial cooperative with more than 112,000 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. Apple Pay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Android Pay is a trademark of Google. Samsung Pay is a trademark of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. For more information, visit HughesFCU.org.                                             

Contact:
Kellie Terhune Neely
VP Marketing

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Elevations Credit Union Wins Four MAC Awards for Marketing Excellence

BOULDER, Colo. — Elevations Credit Union has won four MAC Awards for marketing excellence from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions, including the grand prize “Macquee” award for their Adventures in Localism Social Media Videos. The Macquee award is voted on by peers live at the conference and recognizes the best overall marketing campaign throughout the country. 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