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.


Media Contacts:
Jill Casey


Cynthia Miller

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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About Canvas Credit Union (

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.

Contact Information

Media Contact: Tansley Stearns, Chief People & Strategy Officer
Company Name: Canvas Credit Union
Email Address:


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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Kellie Terhune Neely

Vice President of Marketing



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




Award granted to PMCU for community giving program

 Boulder, Colo. (November 2018) – Premier Members Credit Union (PMCU) was recognized by the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) for their charitable giving program by receiving the Community Impact Award at the MWCUA Star Gala event in Phoenix, Ariz. October 26. The award, distinguishing the embodiment of “People helping people,” was awarded to PMCU based upon PMCU’s community philanthropic program, Premier Gives.

Founded in 2012, Premier Gives has granted more than $140,000 in scholarships to high school students and their teachers seek higher education. It provided more than $228,500 in employee charitable contributions through corporate funds matching, and provides the community with more than 1,620 employee outreach hours annually. Community agencies supported include Foothills United Way, Community Food Share, Realities for Children and many more.

“It is our distinct honor to accept this award on behalf of the MWCUA and the states they serve,” said Jason Bauer, Chief Marketing Officer. “We are proud to represent the credit union movement in the way we at PMCU embrace the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’”

Contenders for the Community Impact Award included credit unions from Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. To learn more about Premier Gives, visit

About Premier Members: Premier Members Credit Union (PMCU) is a not-for-profit financial institution dedicated to providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Boulder, Colo., and the Denver Metro area. With more than 70,000 members, $1 billion in assets, 12 retail branch locations and four locations in area high schools, PMCU is a leader in the credit union industry. In addition to being at the forefront of the industry in sustainable business practices, PMCU takes pride in giving back to the communities they serve, supporting a wide variety of activities and fundraising events for charitable organizations like United Way, Realities for Children of Boulder County, Junior Achievement and many more. To learn more, visit


Andrea Balazs, Corporate Social Responsibility
Premier Members Credit Union, 303.657.7304






Sock Donations Welcome at All Canvas Locations through December

Canvas Credit Union Sock Drive Warms Homeless Hearts and Soles

LONE TREE, CO (November 19, 2018) — Warm feet equals warm hearts for Colorado’s homeless, and Canvas Credit Union is asking local communities to turn up the heat by donating socks through December 16, 2018.

The credit union’s annual sock drive has grown over the last two years. “Last year we more than doubled the pairs of socks donated,” said Malcolm Johnson, Canvas Credit Union’s Director of Public Relations and Community Involvement. “It truly was heartwarming to deliver more than 7,200 pairs of socks to local homeless shelters.”

Why donate socks? According to the Salvation Army, socks are the #1 most requested clothing item. New and gently used socks may be dropped off at any of Canvas’ 26 convenient branch locations through December 16, 2018. To find your nearby Canvas branch and get directions, visit

The Canvas team will be delivering donated socks to the following Colorado shelters:
• Denver Rescue Mission
• Loveland House of Neighborly Services
• Greeley Transitional House
• Homeward Alliance in Fort Collins

“We want to bring even more pairs of socks to the shelters this year,” said Johnson. “With the help of our Colorado communities and Canvas members, I think we can!”

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About Canvas Credit Union (
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.

Contact Information
Media Contact: Malcolm Johnson, Director of Public Relations & Community Involvement
Company Name: Canvas Credit Union
Email Address:





Cheyenne, WY, November 16, 2018: This past Thursday, November 15, WyHy Credit Union celebrated the official kick-off and groundbreaking of their Cheyenne branch remodel and expansion. Along with various Cheyenne staff, and Credit Union Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee and leadership team, WyHy shared in their celebration with various city representatives, President of their Branch Brand Design Firm, Ralph Macchia from LaMacchia Group, and Senator Tara Nethercott, on behalf of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.

“Our “We’re with you.” tagline is more than just three simple words,” says WyHy’s President/CEO Bill Willingham. “It encompasses the principles we live by to serve our members, and the community. Every day we show our members how we’re with them, but the avenues and tools our staff needs to provide the best financial relationship possible is changing, evolving, and we need to adjust how we do business in order to remain relevant and proactive not only for our members, but our team here at WyHy as well.”

So far in 2018, WyHy has implemented such advancements as tablets, online signature-based document systems, and cash recycling machines. In the near future other elements will be brought onboard such as a new account and loan application system that will allow anyone anywhere to virtually bank with WyHy, text messaging alerts and communication options.

“The need for a branch of the future is a need of today, so it’s exciting to be starting on this adventure to update our branch locations which will incorporate technology with a personal touch, allowing for a full 360-degree, personalized banking relationship for any member of WyHy,” states Willingham. “It’s also exciting to be able to provide our staff the opportunity to be so much more and do so much more for the members they serve. It’s going to be a big undertaking, but we’re excited to officially get the wheels in motion.”

WyHy has also begun the remodel of their Casper branch location, with both branches looking to be fully completed by summer 2019. Both branches will remain open and in full operation over the construction timeframe, with WyHy committed to keeping its members, staff and the public consistently updated throughout it all.

For WyHy’s full branch remodel and expansion details, please visit:



William Willingham III, President/CEO
WyHy Credit Union


TUCSON, Arizona. (November 19, 2018) – Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, was recently awarded $950,000 from the U.S Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), fueling its initiative to serve low-income and underserved groups in the community to spur economic development.

The grant award will expand Vantage West’s services to southern Arizona residents and businesses that historically lack access to financial services, with the goal of encouraging the community to participate in the mainstream economy.  It will further enhance the credit union’s capacity to serve low-income and traditionally underserved groups with fairly priced financial products and services to meet their needs. Of the total, $250,000 will be directed to focus on persistent poverty counties served by the credit union in southern Arizona.

Earlier in June, Vantage West received its CDFI certification from the CDFI Fund, a department of the U.S. Treasury and joined a group of more than 1,000 CDFIs nationwide, becoming the largest credit union in Arizona to receive this distinction.

CDFIs like Vantage West are mission-driven financial institutions, dedicated to providing financial services to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals within underserved communities.  CDFIs invest in local communities and the residents who live there, providing critically needed financing often unavailable from mainstream financial institutions.

Certified CDFIs are a part of a national network promoting economic growth in America’s underserved communities by financing businesses, creating jobs, rebuilding neighborhoods, and providing access to consumer financial products.

Today, Vantage West is driven by its mission to build collaborative relationships with the Members and communities it serves, so everyone thrives. This entails providing innovative financial products and services to help consumer and business Members achieve financial success.

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.

About the CDFI Fund

Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded more than $3 billion to CDFIs, community development organizations, and financial institutions through: the BEA Program; the Capital Magnet Fund, the Community Development Financial Institutions Program, including the Healthy Food Financing Initiative; the Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program; and the Native American CDFI Assistance Program. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated $54 billion in tax credit allocation authority to Community Development Entities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program, and closed guaranteed bonds in the amount of $1.36 billion through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.

 To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please visit the CDFI Fund’s website at

Media Contacts:
Jill Casey



Cynthia Miller

Vantage West Credit Union