VANTAGE WEST OPENS $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR APPLICATIONS

10 Students to Receive $1,000 Each for Higher Education

TUCSON, Arizona. (February 22, 2018) – Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, is now accepting applications for its 2018  scholarship program. This year, Vantage West will award $1,000 each to 10  students pursuing higher education in Arizona this fall semester.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship opportunity to help students and families take the next step forward in reaching their financial goals. This aligns with our commitment to  help our members succeed through quality education, knowing that  when our members and communities thrive, we thrive,” said Vantage West President and CEO Robert D. Ramirez.

The scholarship program  is open to new and returning students to Arizona colleges and universities, vocational/trade/technical schools, as well as those pursuing post-graduate studies. Nine scholarships are available for general application, and one is reserved for a qualified student from the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District.

A panel of judges will make the final selection based on a number of criteria including academic merit, content and quality of a financial  essay, and overall character as demonstrated by  philanthropic activities and other accomplishments.

The application form, along with official rules, is available at vantagewest.org/scholarship. Deadline for submission is  March 17, 2018.

To date, Vantage West has awarded close to $30,000 in total scholarships since launching the program in 2013.

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West is a $1.9-billion financial institution and the largest credit union in southern Arizona, with 16 branches in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties and serving a growing membership of nearly 150,000. 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. Recent accolades include the Credit Union of the Year Award and Best Bank/Credit Union in the Arizona Daily Star Readers’ Choice poll.  Vantage West is federally insured by NCUA. vantagewest.                                                                   

 Media Contacts:
Jill Casey

Vantage West Credit Union

520-917-6751

Jill.Casey@vantagewest.org

 

Cynthia Miller

Vantage West Credit Union

520-917-6715

Cynthia.Miller@vantagewest.org

Public Service Credit Union Announces their Suit Drive for Soldiers

PSCU is Collecting Business Battle Wear for Service Men and Women through February 24th.

LONE TREE, CO (February 15, 2018) – Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) is collecting business suits and attire for service men and women through February 24, 2018.

PSCU is partnering with Farmers Insurance, Arc Thrift Stores, and No Barriers Warriors to help men and women who have served in the armed forces suit up in a different way. “Transitioning from military life into the civilian workforce is an ongoing challenge for many,” says Malcolm Johnson, PSCU’s Director of Public Relations and Community Involvement. “This is just one way we can give back to the brave men and women that have served.”

New and gently used men’s and women’s suits, professional attire, and accessories are being accepted at all 29 PSCU locations from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. Visit the PSCU website at http://pscu.org/locations to find a nearby drop-off point. Arc Thrift Stores are also providing a selection of clothing and accessories gathered from local Colorado shops. All donated attire will be distributed to service members at a future Suits for Soldiers event.

About Public Service Credit Union (http://pscu.org)

Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) has been safe, secure, and insured for the past 80 years. Today, PSCU holds assets in excess of $2.3 billion and has more than 225,000 members. PSCU provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile banking options. Members can access their accounts and conduct transactions at PSCU’s 28 branches, and at over 200 shared branch locations throughout Colorado. In addition, through the credit union’s partnership with the CO-OP network, members have surcharge-free access to more than 30,000 ATMs across the country.

About Farmers Insurance (http://farmers.com)

“Farmers Insurance®” and “Farmers®” are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies nationally, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange®, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2017 Fortune 500 list. For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

Arc Thrift Stores (http://arcthrift.com)

The mission of the Arc Thrift Stores Inc is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families by providing funding to support the Arc and ACL Chapters in Colorado and Advocacy Denver.

No Barriers Warriors (https://www.nobarriersusa.org/warriors/)

No Barriers Warriors, a program of No Barriers USA, improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. The No Barriers Warriors experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch physical and emotional boundaries, foster camaraderie, pioneer through adversity, and step up to serve others. Through experiences that are one part adventure, one part curriculum, and one part physical challenge, veterans are shown that what’s within them is stronger than what’s in their way.

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Contact Information

Media Contact: Joe Greene, VP, Marketing

Company Name: Public Service Credit Union

Email Address: joeg@pscu.org

 

BLUE FOUNDATION OFFERS $12,500 TOTAL IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2018

CHEYENNE, WY – The Blue Foundation, Blue Federal Credit Union’s 501(c)(3), is proud to offer a total of $12,500 in scholarships this year to members of the credit union.  Six scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to current high school seniors that are members of Blue Federal Credit Union in memory of Myrtle Knight. The Shirley Howard Blue Foundation Scholarship of $500 will also be awarded to a student attending Laramie County Community College in Wyoming.

Applicants must be members of the credit union, have a share savings account in their own name, graduate from a U.S. accredited school or home school in the spring of 2018, attend college in the fall of 2018, and must completely fill out the scholarship application by April 1, 2018.

“As Blue Federal Credit Union and the Blue Foundation have grown, we are excited to see our scholarship program also expand,” said Michele Bolkovatz, Vice President of Marketing at Blue Federal Credit Union and a member of the Blue Foundation Board.  “We look forward to offering more scholarships this year to our young members than we have in the past.”

The Blue Foundation is committed to improving the financial well-being of communities in Wyoming and Colorado and allows Blue to contribute to many worthy causes, including scholarships and furthering education.  Scholarships are offered every year, and applicants are narrowed down based on educational merit, individual financial need, and their contributions to the community.

Last year, the Blue Foundation awarded a total of $12,500 in scholarships. Jackson DePenning, Theodore Dulchinos, Angelina Gregg, Sarah Krysl, Sawyer Ruben, and Jenna Wichmann each received $2,000. The Shirley Howard Blue Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Waterman, who received $500.

The Blue Foundation Scholarship application and full details can be found at www.bluefcu.com/scholarship.

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Blue Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution serving the communities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Our purpose is to create a true cooperative that’s connected to and inspired by the communities we serve, committed to building lifelong relationships with our members and recognizing their loyalty, and guided by the belief that their success is ours. Please visit www.bluefcu.com for more information.

 

 

Campco Federal Credit Union has its Crasher!

Gillette, Wyoming – Campco Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Jesse Jacobs has been selected to attend Crash the GAC 2018 by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association to represent Mountain West Credit Union Association.

I am thrilled to be chosen as a Crasher at GAC.  My passion for the Credit Union movement continues to grow with every conference and school I attend.  The energy young professionals have about the movement is tremendously addicting and I can’t wait to bring that energy home to Campco Federal Credit Union.   My goal is to absorb all the knowledge and network with as many people as I can.  Many thanks to Campco Federal Credit Union, Mountain West Credit Union Association, The Cooperative Trust, and Credit Union National Association for their support and making this trip possible.  – Jesse Jacobs

Crash the GAC is a career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to experience CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in a dynamic way with exclusive networking opportunities and mentoring sessions with industry leaders, previously from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, and CUNA Mutual Group.

“The Crashers program is great for young credit union professionals, for GAC, and for the entire movement,” said CUNA CEO and President Jim Nussle. “The Crashers get to network and participate in the premier event of the credit union industry, the GAC benefits from their enthusiasm and fresh perspectives, and the movement is invigorated by a new generation of fired-up advocates who have learned how to reach out to legislators to effect change.”

Credit Union National Association provides Crashers with a complimentary registration fee to attend the conference, and many state leagues and associations provide scholarships or other financial assistance. This year 78 Crashers will attend Crash the GAC representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As a past attendee of GAC, I can confirm that it is one of the finest conferences with the largest attendance of both Credit Union participants along with vendors in the industry.  The opportunity provided by the Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association to send Jesse as a “Crasher” is an exceptional opportunity.  Jesse is the perfect award winner as she continues to lead in our community and with our management team.  Jesse and young people like Jesse the type of leaders that keep the Credit Union movement fresh, exciting, and forward thinking. -Kurt Thelen, Campco FCU

“As we continue to grow The Cooperative Trust and Crash opportunities, we’re always challenging ourselves to elevate and advance the program to provide the most impact for young professionals and the credit union system,” says Lauren Culp, Manager of The Cooperative Trust. “We know that it’s more important than ever that young people have a voice and are included in the conversation as we look to the future of our industry. This year, thanks to the generous donations of several forward-thinking credit unions, we’re thrilled to provide the Crash the GAC opportunity to an additional 26 young professionals.”

The Crash the GAC is brought to you by The Cooperative Trust and CUNA, in association with Credit Union Leagues/Associations.

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About The Cooperative Trust: The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at http://trust.coop.

 

About Filene: Filene Research Institute is an independent, consumer finance think and do tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of credit unions, retail banking and cooperative finance. Filene is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Nearly 1,000 members make the Institute’s research, innovation and impact programs possible.

 

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 more than 100 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.

 

PSCU’s Metzger Selected for Crash the GAC 2018

Public Service Credit Union Staff Attorney to Attend the Credit Union National Association’s Annual Governmental Affairs Conference

LONE TREE, CO (February 1, 2017) – Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) is pleased to announce that Ben Metzger, PSCU Staff Attorney, has been selected by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to attend Crash the GAC 2018.

Crash the GAC is a career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to experience CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in a dynamic way with exclusive networking opportunities. The conference includes mentoring sessions with industry leaders previously from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, and CUNA Mutual Group. This unique opportunity is provided by The Cooperative Trust and CUNA, in association with Credit Union Leagues/Associations.

“The Crashers program is great for young credit union professionals, for GAC, and for the entire movement,” said CUNA CEO and President Jim Nussle. “The Crashers get to network and participate in the premier event of the credit union industry, the GAC benefits from their enthusiasm and fresh perspectives, and the movement is invigorated by a new generation of fired-up advocates who have learned how to reach out to legislators to effect change.”

CUNA pays Crashers’ registration fee to attend the conference, and many state leagues and associations provide scholarships or other financial assistance. This year 78 Crashers will attend Crash the GAC, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“This is a very exciting way to engage with our leaders and other credit union professionals,” said Metzger. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to support the credit union movement and represent Colorado at Crash the GAC 2018.”

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About Public Service Credit Union (http://pscu.org)

Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) has been safe, secure, and insured for the past 80 years. Today, PSCU holds assets in excess of $2.2 billion and has more than 225,000 members. PSCU provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile banking options. Members can access their accounts and conduct transactions at PSCU’s 28 branches and at over 200 shared branch locations throughout Colorado. In addition, through the credit union’s partnership with the CO-OP network, members have surcharge-free access to more than 30,000 ATMs across the country.

 

About The Cooperative Trust: The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at http://trust.coop.

About Filene: Filene Research Institute (http://filene.org) is an independent, consumer finance think and do tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of credit unions, retail banking and cooperative finance. Filene is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Nearly 1,000 members make the Institute’s research, innovation and impact programs possible.

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 more than 100 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 http://cuna.org.

 

Contact Information

Media Contact: Joe Greene, VP, Marketing

Company Name: Public Service Credit Union

Email Address: joeg@pscu.org

Vantage West names Downin new VP- Marketing and Communications

TUCSON, AZ (February 7, 2018) — Vantage West Credit Union, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, has named Andrew Downin as its new Vice President,  Marketing and Communications.  In his new position, Downin takes a lead role in providing strategic direction  as well as managing marketing campaigns, public relations activities, community initiatives, and other business development ventures  that benefit the membership and the communities served by the credit union.

Downin’s career in the credit union movement spans over 20 years.  Prior to joining Vantage West, he was Managing Director of Research at Filene Research Institute, the U.S. credit union industry’s think tank. Previously, he led product development at SchoolsFirst FCU and was Vice President of Marketing at Partners FCU.

His perspectives on credit unions and consumer finance have been featured in publications including The New York TimesCredit Union Magazine, and Credit Union Times. He is on the faculty of Southwest CUNA Management School and has been a regular speaker at events across North America and Europe. Downin received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Arizona and his MBA from Pepperdine University where he graduated first in his class. He is also a certified public accountant.

“I’m thrilled to return home to Arizona and join the Vantage West team. I look forward to bringing my experience and creativity to the marketing function so we can extend the tremendous impact the credit union has throughout the state. Together, we will continue to help our members and communities thrive,” Downin said.

Andrew Downin


 

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West is a $1.9-billion financial institution and the largest credit union in southern Arizona, with 16 branches in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties and serving a growing membership of nearly 150,000. 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.  Recent accolades include the Credit Union of the Year Award given by Mountain West Credit Union Association, and Best Bank/Credit Union in the Arizona Daily Star Readers’ Choice poll.  Vantage West is federally insured by NCUA.

Contacts

Jill Casey
Vantage West Credit Union
520-917-6751
Jill.Casey@vantagewest.orgCynthia Miller
Vantage West Credit Union
520-917-6715
Cynthia.Miller@vantagewest.org

 

New Arts Center Opened, Named for Ent Credit Union

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 24, 2018) – Ent Credit Union’s ongoing investment in the Colorado Springs community can be seen in their latest community endeavor, the credit union’s naming rights agreement/sponsorship of the Ent Center for the Arts, a 92,000 square-foot performing and visual arts complex, now open on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) campus. This multi-purpose artistic hub for the campus and broader southern Colorado community is another milestone in the long term, collaborative relationship between the credit union and the university.

 

As the official financial services partner of UCCS, Ent offers students and faculty on-campus convenience through a service center in the campus’s University Center building, three on-campus ATMs and their award-winning Lion OneCard, a combination campus student ID and Visa® debit card.

 

 

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, lower fees, and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.0 billion in assets, more than 300,000 members and 29 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld and Adams counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.

 

 

About UCCS:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 46 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,400 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

 

Media Contact:

Victoria Selfridge

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

Ent Credit Union begins construction on Interquest Service Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Ent Credit Union has begun construction of a freestanding service center at 1280 Interquest Parkway, 80921, near the intersection of Interquest Parkway and Federal Drive in northern Colorado Springs.

This new full-service center 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 drive-up lanes.

 

Ent anticipates their new Interquest Service Center will open mid-summer, 2018.

About Ent

Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates and lower fees. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.0 billion in assets, more than 300,000 members and 29 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld and Adams counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.

 Media Contact:

Victoria Selfridge
Vice President, Corporate Communications

(719) 550-6894
VSelfridge@Ent.com

MWCUA holds reception for Myklebust

The Mountain West Credit Union Association held a reception for former Division of Financial Services Commissioner Chris Myklebust on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in the Grant Street office in Denver. During his two terms as Commissioner, Mr. Myklebust served both the public interests, and the interests of credit unions, in a way that fairly balanced the need for consumer protection with credit unions’ needs for regulatory flexibility to serve their members. Mr. Myklebust provided innovative leadership and vision to the Division, and we enjoyed the opportunity to thank him for his service.

 

Earl, Seefried to speak at conference

Sponsored in part by Credit Union Journal, Retail Banking 2018 will take place April 9-11 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. It is focused on helping institutions embrace the customer demands and market requirements necessary to remain relevant and pursue continued opportunities for growth in the coming years.

Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA, will be participating on a panel discussion for the credit union industry and Sundie Seefried, CEO of Partner Credit Union, will be part of a discussion on marijuana related business financial services.

You can find out more about this conference at:

https://www.americanbanker.com/conference/retail-2018