Mountain West Leads CEO Hike the Hill

Credit Union leaders bring stories, priorities to Washington


MWCUA President & CEO Scott Earl, Jim Yates (First Education FCU), Jay Curtis (First CU), Alan Althouse (TruWest CU), Kurt Thelen (Campco FCU), Greg Mills (Aventa CU)

Denver, Co. (November 5, 2019) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association  (MWCUA) Government Affairs team led a CEO-level Hike the Hill in Washington, D.C. the week of October 28 to discuss policies and regulations that are of great importance to credit unions and our members.

The group, headed up by the MWCUA government affairs team, included CEOs from all three of the Association’s states, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. It was a chance for a smaller group to spend time with legislators from each of their states, as well as time meeting with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Senate Banking Committee staff.

“Smaller groups like this gives us a chance to build on our relationships with legislators, as well as giving us time to express our concerns and priorities to regulatory agencies and committees,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA, who helped lead the trip. “This CEO group brought tremendous knowledge and personal accounts of what their members, and members of credit unions everywhere, need their legislators to know on their behalf.”

The group met with Jennifer Stockett, Acting Assistant Director of the CFPB, the majority staff of the Senate Banking committee, Representative Liz Cheney (WY), Representative Doug Lamborn (CO), Senator Martha McSally (AZ) and Representative Greg Stanton (AZ). In addition to reiterating the importance of preserving credit unions’ tax status, the team discussed our positions on topics including the National Defense Authorization Act, Bank Secrecy Act Modernization, the SAFE Banking Act, Data Security and stopping robocalls.

CEOs making the trip included Alan Althouse, TruWest Credit Union (AZ); Jay Curtis, First Credit Union (AZ); Greg Mills, Aventa Credit Union (CO); Kurt Thelen, Campco Federal Credit Union (WY); and Jim Yates, First Education Federal Credit Union (WY).

In addition to this Washington, D.C. Hike, the MWCUA team has been hosting roundtables and meetings with state and local legislators across the region throughout the summer. Keeping credit unions and credit union interests at the forefront with our elected officials is a top advocacy priority.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 123 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $38 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Advocating every day on behalf of our member credit unions, the Association, Strategic Partners, the Foundation and local area Chapters, all support the credit union movement through government relations, communications, innovative products and services, networking, community outreach, education & training, leadership development, scholarships and grants, public affairs, and operational/regulatory compliance assistance.

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Premier Members credit union ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL “artisans of giving” EVENT

All proceeds from giving program to benefit Foothills United Way/Mile High United Way

 

Boulder, Colo. (Nov. 4, 2019) Premier Members Credit Union is inviting community members to join its second annual “Artisans of Giving” event by offering participants a chance to win $50,000 towards their rent or mortgage in 2019. Now through December 13, the campaign provides an opportunity to join Premier Members in its giving by offering promotional tickets when a donation is made to Foothills United Way/Mile High United Way (MHUW). Bonus opportunities are available for individuals applying for additional products or services through Premier Members Credit Union and choose to give to MHUW, including the $50,000 mortgage. The winner’s name will be drawn and announced the week of December 16.

The Artisans of Giving is a fundraiser to support MHUW, a community-based nonprofit serving the Denver/ Boulder Metro for more than 130 years. With offices in Broomfield, Colo. and Denver, Colo., Foothills United Way/Mile High United Way is dedicated to serving the community through collaborative programming focused on education, health, and financial stability for all in the community.

“We are honored to involve our community and membership in our charitable giving efforts,” said Jason Bauer, Premier Members Credit Union’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are excited to support Foothills United Way/Mile High United Way through our employee and corporate giving, and now our second annual ‘Artisans of Giving’ event.”

Since 2012, PMCU has given more than $450,000 in corporate and employee giving and nearly 400 hours of employee volunteer time annually towards MHUW volunteer projects.

To learn more, and access the Artisans of Giving Campaign, visit: https://www.pmcu.org/givingevent/.

About Premier Members: Premier Members Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution dedicated to providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Colorado’s Front Range. With more than 73,000 members, $1.15 billion in assets, 13 retail branch locations and four locations in area high schools, Premier Members is a leader in the credit union industry. In addition to being at the forefront of the industry in sustainable business practices, Premier Members takes pride in giving back to the communities it serves, supporting a wide variety of activities and fundraising events for charitable organizations like United Way, Realities for Children of Boulder County, Impact on Education and many more. To learn more, visit pmcu.org.

About Foothills United Way/Mile High United Way: Working side-by-side with the community, Foothills United Way/Mile High United Way takes on critical human services issues facing our 7-county footprint including the Metro Denver, Boulder and Broomfield communities. Our united approach changes the odds for all children, families, and individuals in our community, so that we all have the opportunity to succeed. Learn more at unitedwaydenver.org and follow us on social media @UnitedWayDenver.

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Media Contact:

Andrea McDermott

303-657-7304

amcdermott@pmcu.org

 

 

Mountain West Young Professionals Group Hikes the Hill

Future leaders learn process and procedure on trip to Washington, DC

The MWYCUP group at the offices of CUNA in Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denver, Co. (October 31, 2019) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association’s  (MWCUA) Young Professionals Group (MWYCUP) spent the week of October 21 in Washington, DC to learn processes and gain understanding of the importance of representing credit union interests to our elected officials. Called the Legislative Learning Experience and Hike the Hill, the group spent time learning about advocacy efforts, regulatory process and legislative priorities.

Led by the MWCUA government affairs team, this was the second young professionals-focused trip for the team. “Our first venture last year was tremendously successful based on the feedback from both the participants and their credit unions,” said Timothy Dore, SVP Government Affairs for MWCUA. “This year’s group was enthusiastic and engaged from the minute they were selected.”

Young professionals are encouraged to submit an application letter to the Association. Two were chosen from each of the three states in the Mountain West region: Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. The Young Professionals Hike is a partnership between the Association and the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. The Foundation issues a scholarship to each participant that covers their trip expenses.

The group met with the National Credit Union Association (NCUA), the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) advocacy team; as well as meetings with the staffs of Senator Cory Gardner (CO), Representative Ruben Gallego (AZ), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Representative Joe Neguse (CO), and Senator John Barrasso (WY) and his staff.

The Young Professionals group, led by Tyler Valentine, CEO of Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union included: Austin Cain from TruWest Credit Union, Stephanie Yasar from OneAZ Credit Union, Matt McKerley from Arapahoe Credit Union, Sarae Kurth from Denver Community Credit Union, Kianna Smith from Reliant Federal Credit Union, and Dani Blakeman from Trona Valley Federal Credit Union.

The group documented the trip using their Instagram account, which can be seen here.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 123 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $38 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Advocating every day on behalf of our member credit unions, the Association, Strategic Partners, the Foundation and local area Chapters, all support the credit union movement through government relations, communications, innovative products and services, networking, community outreach, education & training, leadership development, scholarships and grants, public affairs, and operational/regulatory compliance assistance.

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MWYCUP Group Hikes the Hill

This week, our government affairs team led a group of young professionals on our second YP Hike the Hill. The group spent time meeting with the NCUA and CUNA’s advocacy team, as well as meetings with the staff of Senator Cory Gardner (CO), Representative Ruben Gallego (AZ) and Senator John Barrasso (WY) and his staff.

The Young Professionals group, led by Tyler Valentine, CEO of Laramie Plains FCU included: Austin Cain from TruWest CU, Stephanie Yasar from OneAZ CU, Matt McKerley from Arapahoe CU, Sarae Kurth from Denver Community CU, Kianna Smith from Reliant Federal CU, and Dani Blakeman from Trona Valley FCU.

Check out all their posts from the week, including videos on their Instagram:
https://instagram.com/mwycup?igshid=dppruzxmrzz3

The YP Hike is a collaboration of MWCUA and the MWCU Foundation designed to engage and empower the next generation of credit union leaders.

2019 State Level CUNA Awards

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Awards

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union or chapter/multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects within the community. The award is given for external activities.

Colorado Credit Union (CO)

Commitment to Conquering Hunger in our Community

1st Place – $50 – $250 million in assets category

Colorado Credit Union’s program, “Commitment to Conquering Hunger in our Community,” is helping to solve the hunger problem in Colorado. The credit union helped found the Food for Thought Bak Pak program that serves homeless children and children experiencing hunger. In addition, for their all-staff community service day, they volunteer time at the Food Bank of the Rockies one day each year, and six of their staff volunteer at Community Food Share, a local food pantry, as part of a Young Professionals group. The credit union also hosts a community food drive, benefiting hundreds of thousands of people experiencing hunger across Colorado.

 

Sunwest Credit Union (CO)

Safety Week

2nd Place – $50 -$250 million in assets category

SunWest’s Safety Week was a collaborative effort with HW Houston Construction, to stress the high importance of job-site safety. SunWest’s main branch was undergoing major renovation. To spread the message about safety both in and outside of work, all Cub scout packs from the Cuerno Verde District,  members, and the community, were invited to take part in safety activities.  Participants were able to see first-hand the many potential hazards, and how to mitigate them with a safety mindset.

 

 

Tucson Federal Credit Union (AZ)

TCFCU Gives

1st Place – $250 million – $1 billion in assets category

Tucson Federal Gives embodies the definition of a strong corporate citizen. Its clear purpose: to help those with low resources and high needs, combined with definite goals, and results that benefit Tucson. The program’s 2018 donations helped 51 local community organizations and garnered 99% participation by employees.

 

Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award

The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union.  It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit membership.

Vantage West Credit Union (AZ)

Vantage West Digital Banking Conversion

1st Place – more than $1Bil in assets

With its digital platform conversion project, Vantage West took the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive internal analysis, desired objectives, and review alternate platforms for the option best suited to help achieve Member-centric long-term goals.

 

 

2019 MWCUA HOPE Award Winners

This award is presented to credit union staff members who are “Caught in the Act’ of demonstrating quality member service.  We all know that your staff counts, and this shows them how very much they are appreciated.

Nominations were accepted in each chapter. Then nomination letters were reviewed by each chapter board. Their criteria include looking at how a service breakdown was turned into a positive situation, how a volatile situation was handled in a calm professional manner, how better communication was used to promote higher productivity and improve relations among staff and member and/or how an event helped the credit union be better because of their actions

We had a total of twenty-eight nominations this year between Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming, which is the most we’ve ever had submitted. And we have been out recognizing every one of them.

Each chapter winner will advance to the final round and be judged for the overall MWCUA winner, who will be honored at the 2020 MWCUA Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO.

Valley of the Sun

David Garrido – Valley of the Sun Chapter Recipient – Arizona Central CU

Fernando Oquita – Canyon State/Deer Valley CU

Ronnie Aiwas – Alhambra CU

 

Denver Chapter

Shawna Vincioni – Denver Area Chapter Recipient  – Arapahoe CU

Vickie Runyon – Columbine FCU

Serenity Pettibone – Fitzsimons FCU

Ailed Sanchez – Fitzsimons FCU

Chris Cannon – Fitzsimons FCU

Juan Lunas – Fitzsimons FCU

Kevin Dietel – Fitzsimons FCU

Aurelia Fling – Horizons North CU

Christina Hardenberger – Westerra CU

Tina Martinez-Westerra CU

Pueblo Chapter

Sara Morabito – Pueblo Chapter Recipient – Aventa CU

Gerladine Babnick – Aventa CU

Southern Arizona

Mario Haller – Southern AZ Chapter Recipient  – Pima FCU

Leah Friendenberg-Corning – Pima FCU

Jessica Ritter – Pima FCU

Bea Vidal – Pima FCU

Nicole Chavez – Pima FCU

Tony Isom – Vantage West CU

Veronica Morton – Vantage West CU

 

Rocky Mountain

Mark Nelson – Rocky Mountain Chapter Recipient – Blue FCU

Tammy Haverick – Meridian Trust FCU

 

High Plains

Eric Gonzalez – High Plains Chapter Recipient – Holyoke FCU

UniWyo Grand Branch – Wyoming State Recipient

Anabel Tarango – Yuma Chapter Recipient

AEA FCU

Victoria McLaws – Northern Arizona Chapter Recipient – Winslow Santa Fe

 

TruWest Credit Union Joins the Fight Against Lung Disease

More than 33 million Americans are affected by lung diseases, including asthma and COPD, with lung cancer being the highest cause of death. Tempe-based TruWest Credit Union has partnered with the American Lung Association to help further community efforts in the fight against lung disease.

Now through November 30, you can participate in TruWest’s Whoosh Fundraiser at any of their nine metro Phoenix locations, four Austin, Texas locations and online. By purchasing an American Lung Association “Whoosh,” donations will go to help conduct lung health education, life-saving research, programs and services, and advocacy for all types of lung diseases. Whoosh slips will be displayed at each of the branches to show support of the cause.

Those unable to visit a branch or prefer to make an online donation can do so at www.truwest.org/lung.

 

Denver Community CU Renovates Metro Caring Children’s Area so They Can Start Offering Childcare

Denver, Colo. – All Denver Community Credit Union employees volunteered across Metro Denver during their 3rd annual all-staff volunteer day on Monday October 14th.   On #DenverCommunityGives Day, Denver Community staff volunteered a combined 439 hours with six local non-profit organizations, which is an estimated $12,300 in cost savings for their non-profit partners.  A special service project they completed was renovating the Children’s Area at Metro Caring so they can start offering childcare for the families they serve.

Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger.  Through their impactful work, Metro Caring provides 100 families a day with healthy groceries and distributes 10,000 pounds of nutritious food daily. The renovations of their Children’s Area will improve access to services for the children and families from our community when they visit Metro Caring.  The majority of Metro Caring clients work more than one job and struggle to make ends meet due to the cost of living in Metro Denver.  This new Children’s Area will allow Metro Caring to move forward with a full childcare program on a regular basis and afford parents and families with young children the ability to participate fully in their programming knowing their children have a safe, properly supervised area to play.

Denver Community Credit Union was recently recognized as a Civic 50 Colorado Honoree and Company Category Leader by CSR Solutions of Colorado and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.  The award recognized Denver Community as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in Colorado determined by an independently administered and scored survey.  Learn more at www.DenverCommunity.coop/Civic50

#DenverCommunityGives Day aligns with Denver Community Credit Union’s vision of “Advancing financial opportunity” by making a difference in the lives of our community members.   This full day of volunteering and recognizing community service further encourages Denver Community staff to remain involved in the communities we serve year-round.

See photo highlights at www.facebook.com/DenverCommunityCU  Denver Community renovated Metro Caring’s Children’s Area with the financial support of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Metro Caring

Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger. Metro Caring offers innovative programming in Healthy Foods Access, Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes, ID Procurement, Urban Gardening, and Community Activation so that families can break the cycle of poverty. Metro Caring is a welcoming, dignified, health-focused organization, open to everyone in the Denver metro area. To learn more, visit www.metrocaring.org

 

 

 

 

 

About Denver Community CU

Since 1934, Denver Community Credit Union has been advancing financial opportunity for its members and community. Anyone who lives or works in Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, or Denver Counties is welcome to become a member. We serve our communities with quality loans with low rates, and savings and checking products that help members effectively manage their money. Our staff provides top level service by focusing on finding solutions that help members reach further to achieve their financial goals. The credit union also positively impacts members and communities with the award-winning Clear Money Program; a financial education program. Learn more at www.denvercommunity.coop

 

 

About the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation promotes leadership development and the long-term success of credit unions in their communities.

 

 

WYHY Federal credit union announces new chief financial officer

Cheyenne, WY, September 23, 2019: WyHy Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the selection of its new Vice President/Chief Financial Officer – Paul Yang, who brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the financial industry.

Prior to coming to WyHy, Yang served in a variety of roles including EVP, CEO and CFO at different credit unions.

Yang replaces outgoing CFO Cyndi Patras, who announced earlier in 2019 her plans to retire at the end of August after 15 years at WyHy. Patras began her career at WyHy as Controller and transitioned into the role of VP/CFO when the position was created.

Yang’s credit union experience in various roles, and his expertise in finance and accounting, will be an asset to the executive team at WyHy. His passion for the industry and delivering optimal returns to members will help WyHy continue to grow and remain one of the top healthiest credit unions in America.

As CFO, Yang says one of his goals is to help WyHy function as a data-driven organization, by creating an effective decision-making methodology based on analytics, while growing the member base, and developing strategies to create and increase value to current and future members. “I thoroughly enjoy serving members every day,” Yang says, “and I’m looking forward to helping WyHy become the best it can possibly be.”

Yang is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Los Angeles as well as a Master of Business Administration from Regis University.

CONTACT:

William Willingham III

President/CEO
WyHy Credit Union

Phone: 307-638-4249

Email: bwillingham@wyhy.org

Website: www.WyHy.org

Other Contact: marketing@WyHy.org

 

Local Credit Union’s Staff Spending their Holiday Helping 5 Non-Profits

Local Credit Union’s Staff Spending their Holiday Helping 5 Non-Profits

Denver, Colo. – All Denver Community Credit Union staff will volunteer at five nonprofit sites on #DenverCommunityGives Day, Monday October 14th.   Volunteer projects will support Metro Caring, Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, Food Bank of the Rockies, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver ReStores, and Volunteers of America Colorado.

On their third annual #DenverCommunityGives Day, credit union staff will renovate Metro Caring’s Children’s Area so they can start offering childcare for the families they serve.  Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger.  Denver Community staff will build emergency backpacks and make blankets for kids in crisis served by the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).  DCAC’s mission is to prevent abuse, strengthen families and restore childhood.  Employees will also sort and package food at Food Bank of the Rockies and Metro Caring, serve meals to community members in crisis with Volunteers of America, and organize Habitat ReStore donations.

Denver Community employees have collectively volunteered over 700 hours in 2019 so far, which is an estimated value of $19,500 for local nonprofits.  #DenverCommunityGives Day aligns with Denver Community Credit Union’s vision of “Advancing financial opportunity” by making a difference in the lives of our community members.   This full day of volunteering and recognizing community service further encourages Denver Community staff to remain involved in the communities we serve year-round.

Denver Community Credit Union was recently recognized as a Civic 50 Colorado Honoree and Company Category Leader by CSR Solutions of Colorado and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.  The award recognizes Denver Community as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in Colorado determined by an independently administered and scored survey.  Learn more at www.DenverCommunity.coop/Civic50

Denver Community is renovating the Children’s Area of Metro Caring with the financial support of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation.   For more information about #DenverCommunityGives Day, visit www.DenverCommunity.coop/Gives

About Denver Community CU

Since 1934, Denver Community Credit Union has been advancing financial opportunity for its members and community. Anyone who lives or works in Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, or Denver Counties is welcome to become a member. We serve our communities with quality loans with low rates, and savings and checking products that help members effectively manage their money. Our staff provides top level service by focusing on finding solutions that help members reach further to achieve their financial goals. The credit union also positively impacts members and communities with the award-winning Clear Money Program; a financial education program. Learn more at www.denvercommunity.coop

 

About Metro Caring

Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger. Metro Caring offers innovative programming in Healthy Foods Access, Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes, ID Procurement, Urban Gardening, and Community Activation so that families can break the cycle of poverty. Metro Caring is a welcoming, dignified, health-focused organization, open to everyone in the Denver metro area. To learn more, visit www.metrocaring.org

About Denver Children’s Advocacy Center

Denver Children’s Advocacy Center’s mission is to prevent abuse, strengthen families and restore childhood.  Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) programs fall along a three-part continuum of care that includes Community Outreach, Rapid Response, and Treatment and Integrated Services.  They strive to meet the needs of all traumatized children, as well as those at risk of abuse. DCAC specializes in serving very young children and those from Spanish-speaking families.  Learn more at www.denvercac.org