Filene event in Arizona Jan. 17-18, 2019

Our friends at The Filene Institute are offering a two-day event next month titled Nature vs. Nurture: Understand the hidden influences affecting your members’ financial behaviors across their life cycle. Free to Filene members, the sessions will help attendees understand consumer’s financial needs through the lifecycle of financial behaviors.

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Ent Credit Union Named 2018 Best Workplace In The Pikes Peak Region


The HR team from Ent Credit Union celebrates their recognition as the #1 “Best Workplace” in the Pikes Peak Region.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Ent Credit Union has been named the #1 workplace in the Pikes Peak region in The Gazette’s 2018 Best Workplace awards, in the extra-large employer (299+ employees) category.

For this annual recognition program, The Gazette seeks nominations for companies that “operate with a clear mission, strong leadership and vision for success.” Nominees then distribute an online survey to their employees, asking for their perspective on the company’s organizational health, engagement and leadership, training, compensation and benefits and corporate social responsibility. Companies with the highest employee survey scores, with more than 40 percent of their employees participating in the online survey, are eligible to be recognized. In 2018, Ent received the highest employee survey scores in the extra-large employer category and was named the #1 extra-large workplace in the Pikes Peak Region.

 “Having a mission and a purpose that you can feel inspired by gets you to the office, working with great people makes it fun to keep coming back, and having an organization that supports you and the things in your community that you are passionate about is icing on the cake,”  said Victoria Selfridge, Ent’s Vice President of Corporate Communications.

“At Ent, we recognize that our employees are a key part of our organization’s continued success, and one of the credit union’s strategic goals is to be consistently regarded as an ‘employer of choice’ in the communities we serve,” said Sharie Flanagan, Ent’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. “It has been very rewarding to learn, through this local recognition program, that our employees consider us a workplace of choice in the Pikes Peak region.”


 About Ent Credit Union

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, lower fees and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.4 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. 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 Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld 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

Elevations Credit Union promotes Ray Lindley to Chief Operating Officer

BOULDER, CO (December 10, 2018) — Elevations Credit Union announces the promotion of Ray Lindley to Chief Operating Officer. “Ray’s depth of experience made him the natural choice for our new Chief Operating Officer, and he will serve us expertly in this position,” said Gerry Agnes, President & CEO of Elevations. “We have an extraordinarily strong, talented leadership team here at Elevations, and we are fortunate that Ray has chosen to fill this vitally important leadership position.”

In his new role, Lindley will direct all aspects of the credit union’s consumer, mortgage and business lending programs plus wealth management and oversee its retail delivery channels—including all Elevations branches and the contact center. Ray has been instrumental in making Elevations the No. 1 credit union mortgage lender in Colorado and the No. 1 mortgage lender in Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Lindley held leadership roles with Washington Mutual and Chase before joining Elevations in 2013. A graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s of business administration in economics. In 2016, he graduated from the CUES Institute of Executive Leadership as a Certified Credit Union Executive. Lindley serves on the executive committee of the CUNA lending council, a group that supports and develops the lending practices of credit unions across the country. He is also a board member of the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce.

Ray Lindley

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 loans, student loans, business banking, commercial 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 130,000 members that manages more than $2 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


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TUCSON, Arizona. – Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, announced today the appointment of Teresa Nowak as its new Business Relationship Manager III. In her new role, she will help foster collaborative relationships with local businesses and communities on behalf of the credit union.

Teresa is a native Tucsonan with 20 years of business banking experience in the local market. She is an accomplished and multi-awarded professional who brings a valuable depth of banking expertise to Vantage West Members. She specializes in complex commercial loan requests, as well as relationship management for business owners, C-Suite executives, medical practices, multi-family, and not-for-profits.

Prior to joining Vantage West, Teresa held leadership and commercial banking positions in various financial institutions that include international banks and locally owned community banks. She was named the 2011 Woman of Influence and 2007 Up & Comer by Inside Tucson Business, the 2009 Emerging Leader by the Arizona Bankers Association, and the 2009 Ordinary Woman Doing Extraordinary Things awardee by the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, among other accolades.

Teresa is also a trusted advisor to non-profit boards.  She has taken on fiduciary responsibilities in multiple agencies including The Diocese of Tucson Parish Pooled Investment Trust, Catholic Community Services, and the Southern AZ Risk Management Association.

Teresa obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona, and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is currently a PhD candidate in Depth Psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also earned her Master of Arts in 2016. Additionally, she earned her diploma in Bank Management from the Western States School of Banking at the University of New Mexico Graduate School of Management.

“I am excited to join an experienced team of like-minded financial professionals, and to contribute my area of expertise to develop and strengthen lasting relationships with our Members. My goal for success is to help innovate growth opportunities with focus on businesses and professionals who desire holistic financial services, while deepening our Members’ experiences, and creating meaningful impact for the community,” she said.

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, is on a mission to ignite collaborative relationships with their Members and the communities they serve, so all can thrive together. Vantage West offers consumer and business banking services, and is federally insured by NCUA.


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Vantage West Credit Union


Internationally acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell to speak at 2019 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference

MADISON, Wis., and WASHINGTON (December 6, 2018) – Credit Union National Association (CUNA) today announced that Malcolm Gladwell, author of New York Times bestselling books such as The Tipping Point and Blink, will deliver a keynote address at the 2019 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.

“We’re extremely proud to have Mr. Gladwell presenting at this year’s conference,” said Todd Spiczenski, chief products and services officer at CUNA. “His work has been and continues to be thought-provoking and transformative, and like the credit union movement, aims to challenge long-held misconceptions.”

Gladwell is listed among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people and one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. He is the author of five books, all of which are bestsellers.

CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference is the largest credit union advocacy event, gathering more than 5,000 credit union leaders annually to Washington D.C. to network, learn about the latest issues and hot topics in the credit union industry and meet with lawmakers to make a case for fair regulation on behalf of the more than 110 million credit union members nationwide.

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Senate confirms Kathy Kraninger as BCFP director

The Senate voted today to confirm Kathy Kraninger as the next director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Kraninger replaces Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, and will serve a five-year term as director.

“We’re pleased to have a new permanent director leading the BCFP, as credit unions and other parts of the financial services marketplace need stability at the bureau,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We look forward to working with Ms. Kraninger and her staff on ways to help credit unions serve members better.”

President Donald Trump nominated Kraninger, who works at the Office of Management and Budget and has served at the Department of Homeland Security, in June to replace Mulvaney as acting director.

CUNA created a comprehensive white paper with numerous specific ways the bureau can provide credit unions with regulatory relief, and submitted it in response to a series of bureau requests for information on how it performs its functions.

Canvas Credit Union Unveils Arvada Branch Grand Re-Opening

Free Cocoa, Fun, and Prizes at the Canvas Homecoming: Arvada Branch, a Shindig Celebrating the Credit Union’s Newly-Renovated Location

LONE TREE, CO (November 28, 2018) — Canvas Credit Union is unveiling a new look on December 8, during their Canvas Homecoming: Arvada Branch celebration. The family-friendly grand re-opening for the branch boasts fun for kids and adults, with free hot cocoa, local eats, and prizes on hand.

This event caps off a larger evolution for the credit union. Earlier this year, Canvas Credit Union was conceived, when Public Service Credit Union officially changed their name. With more than eighty years of experience serving Colorado communities, the credit union was ready to paint a new path and shake things up, while continuing their vision to help people afford life. This grand re-opening will be the first of many, as Canvas re-invents each of their 26 branches to embrace their new identity.

“This is a new experience, you’ll feel it the moment you walk in the door. It’s an open and welcoming space that reflects who we are,” said Todd Marksberry, Canvas Credit Union’s President and CEO. “This is more than a makeover for our branches, we’re passionate about changing how people feel about financial services. We’re putting out the welcome mat in Colorado, come join our Canvas Family.”

The Canvas Homecoming festivities take place between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, at the Canvas Credit Union Arvada Branch located at 7502 W. 80th Avenue in Arvada. In addition to meeting the team at the Canvas Arvada Branch, there will be free financial consultations, family-fun, local food favorites, cold-weather treats, prizes, and much more! And if you are stopping by, bring a few new or gently used socks for the Canvas Sock Drive. All donated socks will go to local Colorado homeless shelters this winter!

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Canvas Credit Union (Formerly Public Service Credit Union) is a safe and insured financial institution with more than $2.4 billion in assets and 240,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 80 years, Canvas currently has 26 branches.

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Hughes Federal Credit Union Hosts Toy Drive for Local Children

Tucson, AZ – November 28, 2018 – Hughes Federal Credit Union is a hosting a toy drive in partnership with La Caliente and La Buena Radio to benefit the Miracle on 31st Street Holiday Party. The Miracle on 31st Street is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that was started 47 years ago to benefit local children. The donated toys are given out at a holiday celebration for children who live in Tucson’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Hughes is accepting new and unwrapped toy donations at all eight of their branches through Friday, December 14, 2018. To celebrate a successful toy drive, La Caliente and La Buena Radio will be at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Road (at Campbell), on Saturday, December 15 from 8am to 1pm in the front parking lot. There will be live music by Techno Banda La Mix. The DJ lineup will include Los Hijos de la Mañana, Enrique Mayans and El Chiquilin.

“The Miracle on 31st Street is a longstanding tradition in our community and the perfect opportunity for Hughes to help spread some holiday cheer,” said Dani Gomez, Marketing Manager. “We are proud to have such generous members, staff and other supporters who have come out to make this toy drive the most successful yet!” Ms. Gomez continued, “With over 10,000 children expected at the Miracle on 31st Street event at the AVA Amphitheater, every single donation will truly make a difference and we are hoping to see a large turnout for the last day of the drive.”

Hughes Federal Credit Union believes in giving back to the community they serve with their mission to always make a positive difference in each member’s financial life. This large toy donation is being made possible by Hughes members, staff and a number of select employer groups that have dropped off donated toys. In 2017 Hughes provided nearly $80,000 in support of different local organizations within the Tucson community thanks to the Hughes Helps Program.

About Hughes Federal Credit Union

Established 66 years ago, Hughes Federal Credit Union is a locally member-owned financial cooperative with more than 125,000 members and $1.2 billion in assets. Hughes is rated number one by Forbes Magazine in their inaugural best-in-state bank and credit union ranking and has a “Superior” 5-Star Bauer Financial rating. It is rated A+ and has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 1974. The Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information about Hughes Federal Credit Union, please visit, or follow Hughes at and

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Ent Credit Union Now Open At Park Meadows in Lone Tree

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 21, 2018) – Ent Credit Union has opened a 1,500 square foot branch location inside the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado. Located at 8405 Park Meadows Center Drive, Suite 1035, Ent’s newest service center is just inside the southeast entrance between Macy’s and Nordstrom.

To provide members and shoppers with convenient access to cash, Ent’s Park Meadows Service Center features a walk-up Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) just inside the mall entrance doors, with a second ITM located inside the service center itself. ITMs allow customers to chat with an Ent Video Teller with the touch of a button or take advantage of the machine’s ATM functionality. The service center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The walk-up ITM is accessible during shopping center hours.

“We are very pleased to be opening this location just in time to provide shoppers with added convenience during the busy holiday season,” said Matt Gendron, Ent’s Chief Engagement Officer.

Park Meadows is an enclosed regional shopping center owned in part and operated by Brookfield Properties Retail.

About Ent Credit Union
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, lower fees and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.4 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. 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 Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld 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