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

JEFF POST, FORMER CUNA MUTUAL PRESIDENT AND CEO, APPOINTED TO VANTAGE WEST BOARD

TUCSON, Arizona. (May 12, 2017) – Vantage West Credit Union (vantagewest.org), southern Arizona’s largest credit union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Post to serve as an Associate Director on the Vantage West Board of Directors.

Jeff Post

As former President and CEO of CUNA Mutual Group, Post brings to Vantage West a wealth of leadership experience and professional achievements, personal integrity, and the willingness to serve and provide valuable 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 Jeff Post

In his role as Associate Director, Post will share valuable insight he gained during his more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Post retired as President and CEO of  Wisconsin-based CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and investment products to credit unions and their members worldwide.

Prior to joining CUNA Mutual, Post was President and CEO of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, a leadership position he achieved after rising through the ranks. As CEO, he led an impressive financial turnaround in the company, improved underwriting results by over $1 billion annually, and repositioned the company to market leadership in five distinct business segments. In his ten-year career with the company, Post also served as Chief Actuary and CFO.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Post grew up in the Midwest and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Actuarial Science from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

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

 

Ent Credit Union Opens First Service Center In Douglas County

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 12, 2017) – Ent Credit Union opened a new 3,500 square foot service center in Castle Rock, Colorado on May 1. Their 28th service center location, the Wilcox Service Center is Ent’s first location in Douglas County and features a tech bar for on-site mobile service, 24-hour walk-up ATM, free coin counter, loan servicing, and offers instant issue debit cards for added member convenience.

“We’re very pleased to be expanding into Douglas County to better serve our members in the Castle Rock area,” said Matt Gendron, Ent’s executive vice president of operations. Douglas, Arapahoe, Fremont and Jefferson counties were added to Ent’s field of membership in April 2016. The credit union currently has more than 3,000 Douglas County members. 

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 28 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

TRONA VALLEY COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION TO ACQUIRE SUBSTANTIALLY ALL OF THE ASSETS AND ASSUME SUBSTANTIALLY ALL OF THE LIABILITIES OF STATE BANK, A WYOMING CHARTERED COMMERCIAL BANK

 

Green River, WY – Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union, Green River, Wyoming and State Bank, Green River, Wyoming today jointly announced the execution of an Asset Purchase and Liability Assumption Agreement (the “Agreement”) whereby Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union will acquire substantially all of the assets and assume substantially all of the liabilities of State Bank. This strategic acquisition will result in a credit union with over $218 million in total assets dedicated to serving consumers and businesses in the Greater Southwest Wyoming Area.

The transaction will result in a strategic, cultural, and financial fit between two Green River, Wyoming based financial institutions and bolsters Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union’s presence in the Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming markets. Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union is a federally chartered community credit union with approximately $181 million in assets as of December 31, 2016, and with offices in Green River, Rock Springs, Evanston and Mountain View, Wyoming. State Bank, headquartered in Green River, Wyoming, is a state chartered commercial bank with approximately $37 million in assets as of December 31, 2016, and also has one branch located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. After consummation of the transaction, Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union will continue to create superior, lasting banking relationships with the primary purpose of making its members more successful.

“We are excited about combining these two financial institutions covering the Southwest Wyoming Area,” said Jeremy Gibson, President and CEO of Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union. “Both entities have developed strong relationships with their member-customers. Both entities have built robust platforms and production capabilities, and established low cost deposit bases with significant focus on member service.”

“We are excited to join forces with Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union and believe we are building a powerful credit union dedicated to serving the demanding needs of growing and successful individuals and businesses here in the Southwest Wyoming Area,” said Mark Borders, President of State Bank. “The combination of these two financial institutions is a great cultural and business strategy fit as we share the same passion for serving customers with superior personal service and products customized to fit each client’s needs.”

The board of directors of both institutions approved the transaction, which is subject to customary conditions, including the approvals of the NCUA, bank regulatory agencies and the shareholders of State Bank.

FIG Partners acted as financial advisor to Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union. Stinson Leonard Street LLP served as legal counsel for Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union. Moss Adams served as special accounting advisor to Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union. GLC Advisors & Co., LLC acted as financial advisor to State Bank. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP served as legal counsel for State Bank.

About Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union

Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union was designed and built to provide a unique experience for its members, providing a broad range of consumer services to individuals throughout the Southwest Wyoming Area. For more information on Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union and our unique banking experience, call us at (800) 331-6268 or visit us at www.tronavalley.com.

About State Bank

State Bank is focused on meeting the banking needs of business and individuals in its primary service area of Sweetwater County, Wyoming. State Bank was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Green River, Wyoming with an additional branch office in Rock Springs, Wyoming. State Bank offers a variety of banking products that include loans, deposits, and other banking services.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements, which describe management’s expectations regarding future events and developments such as the benefits of the business combination transaction involving Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union and State Bank, continued success of the Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union’s style of providing services and the strength of the economies in which it operates. Future events are difficult to predict, and the expectations described above are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty that may cause actual results to differ materially and adversely.

Contact:
Jeremy Gibson, President & CEO
Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union
(307) 875-9800
Mark Borders, President
State Bank
(307) 875-5070

 

 

Announcing Hyperledger Indy: Purpose-built, Decentralized Independent Identity for Individuals and Enterprise

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, May 2, 2017 / — At the 24th Internet Identity Workshop (IIW), the Sovrin Foundation announced today that its distributed ledger, custom-built for independent digital identity project has been accepted into incubation under Hyperledger, the open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies hosted by The Linux Foundation. The project, Hyperledger Indy, will give people, organizations, and things independent control over their digital identities while giving the enterprise new solutions to the complex challenges of digital identity in general. Sovrin Foundation announced its Associate membership of Hyperledger in December last year.

Hyperledger Indy’s code base enables creating and managing decentralized, self-sovereign identities using distributed ledgers. It also provides a robust cross-ledger identity management capability to other incubated projects such as Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Sawtooth, Corda, and others.

“I’m excited about incubating Indy at Hyperledger. Hyperledger is home to world-class blockchain projects from leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology,” said Phil Windley, Chair, Sovrin Foundation, IIW Co-Founder and Enterprise Architect, BYU. “We’re honored to join this community and bring a purpose-built identity system that is just as decentralized as they are—and which can interoperate with all of them.”

With Hyperledger Indy, the community gains tools, libraries, and reusable components for providing digital identities rooted on blockchains or other distributed ledgers. For the Sovrin Foundation, being incubated within Hyperledger means Indy will attract more developers who want to unleash the transformative power of digital identity that is decentralized, self-sovereign, and independent of any silo. This joint effort will result in accelerated development to solve digital identity challenges that span not just the different Hyperledger projects, but any device, application, domain, or service on the Internet.

“Identity done right is a critical need for the distributed ledger ecosystem and the world at large. With Hyperledger Indy, we are working to provide a digital identity utility that works for individuals, enterprises and connected things,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “We need identities that are secure, private, distributed, and interoperable across all our projects, and Hyperledger Indy is a force-multiplier for those efforts.“

“Many organizations are talking about how independent identity could help refugees and at risk populations around the world. iRespond is actually implementing this now in Asia, and Africa,” said Peter Simpson, Executive Director, iRespond. “iRespond’s solutions will use the Sovrin network which is based on project Indy, so we are thrilled to see Sovrin join the Hyperledger family. I invite Hyperledger developers to help make a critical difference in the lives of millions of at-risk people around the world.”

With digital identities powered by Indy, people and organizations will possess an increased ability to exchange and verify identity information easily, securely and privately. Implementations of Indy can be deployed within a single enterprise or community, across an ecosystem of partners, or for the Internet as a whole—the latter being the purpose of the Sovrin ledger as a global public utility for independent identity.

“Trust defines the relationships that credit unions have with their members,” stated Jim Nussle, CEO, Credit Union National Association.  “The CULedger initiative’s purpose is to leverage blockchain technology to provide credit unions and their members with innovative, cutting-edge products and services. Sovrin’s identity service will help credit unions safeguard their members’ identity and personal data, which is absolutely critical to maintaining that trust. Having Indy incubated by Hyperledger is a major validation of CULedger’s leadership in this exciting new industry.”

“With Hyperledger Indy, people and organizations around the globe can, for the first time, have their own permanent, self-sovereign digital identity that no one can take away, and begin to interact peer-to-peer with complete trust and privacy,” said Timothy Ruff, CEO of Evernym, which developed the original open source code base and helped launch the Sovrin Foundation as an international non-profit in 2016. “We’re excited that Indy will be part of Hyperledger, as it validates the fundamental premise of independent identity, facilitates interoperability, and helps accelerate global adoption.”

To learn more, visit:

Sovrin Foundation Website: http://www.sovrin.org

Indy/Sovrin FAQ: http://www.sovrin.org/indy_faq

Hyperledger Website: https://www.hyperledger.org/

 

Contact:
Sean W. Bohan, Community
Sovrin Foundation

 

About The Sovrin Foundation

Founded in September 2016, the Sovrin Foundation is a private-sector, international non-profit body for governing the Sovrin Network as a global public utility for independent identity. Consisting of a Board of Trustees, Technical Governance Board, Executive Director and Staff, the Sovrin Foundation is purpose-built for this unique and critical infrastructure governance function. Sovrin partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, and civic organizations, along with developers, volunteers, donors, and more. For more information about Sovrin, visit http://www.sovrin.org or follow us on Twitter: @SovrinID and #Sovrin.

About The Linux Foundation®

The Linux Foundation® is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the global technology community, The Linux Foundation is solving the world’s hardest problems through open source and creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company.

https://www.linuxfoundation.org

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation® hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/

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