Mountain West Credit Union Association Releases Annual Report, Announces Board

More than 370 Credit Union Professionals Gather at Annual Meeting & Convention

PHOENIX, Az. & Denver, Co. (May 6, 2021) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) released its annual report to association members and disclosed financial reporting for the year ending December 31, 2020 at its annual business meeting May 6. The meeting was conducted during the Association’s first-ever hybrid annual meeting and convention happening in-person at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ, and virtually on an interactive online platform. The annual business meeting was live cast to those members participating on the virtual platform.

The hybrid annual meeting and convention includes more than 370 conference attendees representing 55 credit unions from across the Association’s three state region, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. The Association holds its annual business meeting as part of the convention. Voting members are updated and receive the Association’s Annual Report, released at the meeting.

“The past year forced us to shift in all sorts of ways,” said Todd Marksberry, the Association’s Board Chair and President and CEO of Canvas Credit Union in Lone Tree, CO. “But because the Association is driven by the same principles as our membership, collectively, we found ways to continue to serve our members while being mindful of safety, as well as fiscal priorities. I’m happy to say I believe that the best is yet to come.”

The Association used the challenge of the past year to clarify its mission and vision to be a leader in engaged advocacy, operational resources, and professional development while protecting, promoting, and perpetuating the credit union movement in the region. The pandemic served as an opportunity to demonstrate value by advocating across multiple platforms on behalf of the tremendous work credit unions do to serve their members, employees, and communities. The hybrid annual meeting and convention is a great example.

“Gathering together for the first time in two years is exciting,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA. “The hybrid approach we took this year allows for both in-person and online collaboration, while demonstrating value to our members as we offer a full program of speakers and sessions to help them better serve their members.”

Association Board Officers Announced

The Association Board also announced it has elected officers for the coming year. Continuing his service as Chairman of the Board is Todd Marksberry, President and CEO of Canvas Credit Union in Lone Tree, CO. Jay Curtis, President and CEO of First Credit Union in Phoenix, AZ, will serve as Vice-Chairman. Greg Mills, President and CEO of Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, CO will serve as Treasurer. Stephanie Teubner, President and CEO of Blue Federal Credit Union in Cheyenne, WY will serve as Secretary.

MWCUA Annual Report 2020

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional trade association representing 119 member credit unions, 4 million credit union members and $58 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services, and strategic partnerships. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua, Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua and Instagram at instagram.com/mwcua. To learn more visit mwcua.com.

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Patti Hazlett, CUDE, M.S.
Director of Public Affairs
Phone: 720.355.2828

Weaving unity and trust
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Mountain West Credit Union Association to Host First Ever Hybrid Annual Meeting & Convention

 

 

 

 

 

Leading the way with dual programs, live cast events, young professionals’ gatherings

PHOENIX, Az. & Denver, Co. (April 29, 2021) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) will host its first-ever hybrid annual meeting & convention May 3-7, happening in-person at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ, and virtually on an interactive online platform. The event begins with a pre-conference virtual session on Monday, May 3, and concludes with the annual Children’s Miracle Network/Credit Unions for Kids celebration on Friday, May 7.

The dual programmed conference offers separate track speakers and presentations, along with combined live cast events, such as the organization’s Annual Business Meeting set for Thursday, May 6. There are also specific events geared towards fostering collaboration among the organizations’ young professionals’ group.

“We were unable to meet last year due to the onset of the pandemic, so it’s been two years since we’ve had a conference. We are leading the way with a unique approach to this year’s hybrid event, offering flexibility while providing an opportunity to gather together again,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA. “There is a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm around this year’s Annual Meeting & Convention – we are all hopeful for a return to normal, all the while realizing we will not take it for granted again.”

The in-person event will see 150 attendees representing 42 member credit unions. The virtual event will have 110 attendees representing 36 member credit unions. Additionally, onsite will have 86 vendors and the virtual exhibit hall will have 24 vendors.

In-person attendees will enjoy a traditional conference experience, while following health and safety protocols. The in-person conference features the Mountain West Foundation’s annual fundraising golf tournament, the Association Annual Business Meeting, the Association Awards Banquet and a full array of sessions on advocacy, the economy and business environment, technology, risk management, best practices for boards and more. The virtual attendees have a robust calendar of sessions, coffee chats, virtual gatherings, and access to live participation in the Association Business Meeting, a keynote session titled Courageous Cultures, and the closing keynote titled Lead to Win with Superbowl 50 Champion Ryan Harris.

Despite the challenges of planning a hybrid event, the desire to offer education and collaboration options in a setting that is best for the attendee was paramount. Nicole Brusewitz, MWCUA’s Vice President of Education and Events said, “planning an annual meeting and convention in the midst of a pandemic is no easy task as there are so many unknowns. The decision to go hybrid allowed us to provide the maximum flexibility for our members while keeping individual choice and safety top of mind.”

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional trade association representing 119 member credit unions, 4 million credit union members and $58 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services, and strategic partnerships. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua, Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua and Instagram at instagram.com/mwcua. To learn more visit mwcua.com.

 

Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® Lands in Wyoming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2021
Washington, DC

Credit Union Awareness LLC announced today that the AI driven, category-level brand campaign Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® has launched in Wyoming. Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® is a first of its kind digital campaign designed to dispel commonly held myths about credit unions while increasing consumer consideration for credit unions as their best financial partner.

“What better way to celebrate the opportunities that credit unions bring to consumers in Wyoming,” said Chris Lorence, Credit Union Awareness Executive Director. “We are thrilled to bring this credit union driven campaign to Wyoming and are grateful to the Mountain West Credit Union Association for their enormous support for opening consumers eyes to credit unions.”

Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® has gained over 1,116 supporting organizations and credit unions nationwide in a united 24/7/365 initiative to increase consumer consideration for credit unions through education and brand awareness. The campaign has launched in twenty-six states and is expected to launch in at least 4 other states in the upcoming months.

Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) President and CEO Scott Earl said: “We are excited to have the Open Your Eyes campaign launch in Wyoming. This campaign is highly targeted and designed specifically to reach new consumers, helping to raise awareness to the many benefits of credit union membership. Additionally, it equips our credit unions with even more tools to promote the movement. It’s exciting to have Wyoming join Arizona in our region, which launched the campaign in late 2019.”

As of April 1, 2021, Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® had gained over 2.57 billion impressions and earned 959 million video views from start to finish. In addition, it had driven 6 million consumers to the campaign’s consumer-facing website YourMoneyFurther.com to learn about the benefits of joining a credit union.

 

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About CU Awareness LLC:
CU Awareness LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Credit Union National Association (CUNA). CU Awareness LLC is responsible for the administration, fundraising, and daily activities of the Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® campaign. To find your nearest credit union, visit YourMoneyFurther.com.

 

CONTACT:
Lauren Williams
CUNA Communications
202-672-3396

Laramie Plains looks to the future with a new name: StagePoint Federal Credit Union

The new brand reflects the financial institution’s commitment and expertise to shape the future of its members in every stage of life.

LARAMIE, WYO. (April 5, 2021) – Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union, the city’s oldest credit union standing strong since 1935, has announced the launch of its new brand, StagePoint Federal Credit Union. Owned by its members, the name StagePoint recognizes that the credit union’s focus is to provide trusted counsel to help members navigate through the financial decisions they face at every stage of life.

The new name will be implemented across the credit union’s products and services throughout 2021. The website (www.StagePointFCU.com) is live now.

StagePoint’s branch office at 3905 Grand Avenue is in the final stage of construction and will soon open to serve members. The 365 N. Third St. branch will begin an extensive remodel with a projected completion date this July.

“Laramie Plains FCU has served Laramie and the surrounding communities for 86 years,” said Tyler Valentine, President and CEO. “In that time, our member’s financial needs have changed a great deal. The name StagePoint, reflects who we have always been, your local credit union, working for you to ensure you have the resources to achieve your financial dreams. Our team and leadership remain the same, but now our name and our brand will reflect our long-held commitment to our members and our community.”

StagePoint’s new branding embodies a local, strong credit union fully committed to the communities it serves and its thousands of members. The new identity builds upon its history of being a leader in technology and service, while forging a vision for the future.

Valentine said, “At StagePoint, we are working for you.”

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About StagePoint Federal Credit Union

 Since 1935, StagePoint Federal Credit Union (FCU) has continued the tradition of providing affordable financial products with exceptional member service while steadily increasing services and products to meet the ever-changing needs of our members.

StagePoint FCU has expanded membership to meet the needs of the communities we serve in Albany, Carbon, Converse, Laramie, Natrona, Platte and Sweetwater Counties in Wyoming and Jackson, Larimer, Routt and Weld Counties in Colorado. For more information or to become a member, visit www.StagePointFCU.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Denise Deem, denise@lpcfcu.com

Tyler Valentine, tyler@lpcfcu.com

 

 

MWCUA, NWCUA Partner to Present Cannabis Banking Legislative Panel

Colorado’s Ed Perlmutter, Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer join Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s senior policy advisor to discuss how to bring SAFE Banking to the industry

Denver, CO and Portland, OR (March 1, 2021) —  In a unique and first-of-its-kind collaboration, the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) and the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) partnered today to present a virtual panel discussion on the topic of cannabis banking. The Associations brought together Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO 7th District), Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3rd District) and Christopher Arneson, Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), to discuss the unique challenges financial services providers face serving this industry, what legislation is in the pipeline, and how credit unions are involved in the process.

“Typically, this is the week in our industry when the credit union presence on the Hill in Washington is strong,” said Scott Earl, President & CEO of MWCUA. “Because we are having our annual advocacy events virtually, we had an opportunity to work with the Northwest Association to address a topic that is growing across the country. This gave us a forum to bring together the legislative champions on this issue to meet with credit unions across both of our regions. We have a chance to work together to help address a serious need.”

Providing financial services – even to legal cannabis businesses – is challenging. Federal law still considers marijuana to be a narcotic, creating compliance risks for financial institutions that serve the legal businesses in their states.

“Washington, Oregon, and Colorado were among the first states in the country to legalize the use of cannabis,” said Troy Stang, President and CEO, NWCUA. “In these states, legal cannabis businesses are generating billions in economic impact, and employing thousands of workers. Now, with more and more states passing legalization, we felt it was time our organizations led a robust discussion to look into how we can move legislation forward to provide financial services solutions for the industry.”

Today, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 16 states (plus the U.S. Virgin Islands), and legalized in another 14 states (plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia). A total of 47 states have some form of legal marijuana businesses operating, including products such as CBD, medical marijuana, and recreational marijuana.

The panelists discussed the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act), which would:

  • Give explicit legal clearance for financial institutions to grant banking services to state-sanctioned cannabis businesses and related business entities.
  • Offer much-needed, narrowly targeted federal protections for credit unions and other financial institutions who accept deposits from, extend credit to, or provide payment services for an individual or business engaged in cannabis-related commerce in states where the activity is legal ─ as long as the activity is compliant with all other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Bring revenue from states sanctioned cannabis entities and hemp businesses into the financial services mainstream and, as a result, keeping communities safe by removing vast amounts of cash off the streets.
  • Increase the reporting and transparency of information about the cannabis industry to the benefit of law enforcement, tax revenue officials, and other regulators.

Noting the momentum the Act gained in the last Congress, all panelists said they think it could pass during this session.

“The table is set. We are in an even stronger position in the Senate, and public opinion continues to grow stronger,” said Rep Blumenauer, adding that five new states legalized marijuana in the November elections.

Representative Perlmutter is a longtime friend of credit unions, and specifically, has helped champion efforts to forge a path for safe and necessary financial services for cannabis businesses.

“Thank you to Mountain West Credit Union Association for the opportunity to update members on the status of cannabis banking and the SAFE Banking Act. I appreciate the partnership of the organization and its members as we continue to push forward to ensure equal access and transparency in the financial system,” said Congressman Perlmutter (CO-07).

Sen. Wyden has long supported a federal legislative remedy for financial institutions to serve the legal marijuana industry. In his home state of Oregon, more than 2,500 licensed cannabis businesses are licensed to grow and sell marijuana and marijuana products.

“Outdated federal rules force legal cannabis business owners and employees into the unsafe and unfair practice of carrying around cash when they should have the same access as any other small business to financial institutions,” Wyden said. “Reforming these regulations from yesteryear is essential to long-needed and common-sense overhaul of cannabis policy that lands especially hard on minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs who just want to create jobs in their communities.”

More than 84 credit union executives from across the two association’s six states attended the virtual event as a kick-off to activities in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference, being held virtually this week. Other events include Hill visits with the region’s legislative members.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 119 member credit unions, 4 million credit union members and $58 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua.

This event is part of MWCUA’s Advocacy in Action series being held separately, but in conjunction with CUNA’s GAC. The series includes Virtual Hike the Hill visits and other special events throughout the week.

About the Northwest Credit Union Association

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 8.1  million consumer members. As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions look out for their members’ financial well-being. Everyone should open their eyes to a credit union.  For more information, please visit: https://yourmoneyfurther.com

This event is part of NWCUA’s virtual advocacy events this week, coinciding with the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference.

CONTACTS:
Patti Hazlett

phazlett@mwcua.com

720-355-2828 (Mobile)

Lynn Heider
lheider@nwcua.org
503.329.7208 (Mobile)

Advocacy in Action Takes Center Stage

The Mountain West Credit Union Association Advocacy in Action experience culminates next week. The event series includes virtual Hike the Hill events, as well as a collaborative event with the Northwest Credit Union Association to bring legislators together to discuss the growing need to provide more financial services to cannabis businesses.  All our events will be held virtually and managed through the MWCUA app. Please note that all the Hike the Hill visits with legislators are subject to change, and we may be adding visits to this list. Please be sure to check the app regularly for updates.

Schedule

Monday, March 1

  • We’ll kick off the week with a briefing/introduction session featuring MWCUA federal lobbyist John Magill and members of our Government Affairs team. Join us as we preview the week and outline priorities.

 

  • We’ve partnered with our colleagues at the Northwest Credit Union Association to collaborate on a cannabis banking panel discussion. We will be joined by Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter, Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer and Senior Policy Advisor for Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Christopher Arneson. The panelists will discuss the unique challenges financial services providers face serving this industry, what legislation is in the pipeline, and how credit unions are involved in the process.

 

Tuesday, March 2

*This event is restricted to the following groups:

  • Those that live in Arizona
  • All Credit Union CEO’s in Arizona, Colorado & Wyoming
  • Those on the MWCUA Government Affairs Committee
  • RSVP NOW!

 

Wednesday, March 3

  • Special Session with Kelly Johnston, who served as the Secretary of the United States Senate. Johnston will give a “behind the scenes” peek at how Congress has evolved over the past 230 years, the history of the Senate, including how things were, how they have changed, and where they go from here.
  • RSVP NOW!

 

Thursday, March 4

* This event is only open to the following groups:

  • Those that live in Arizona
  • All Credit Union CEO’s in Arizona, Colorado & Wyoming
  • Those on the MWCUA Government Affairs Committee
  • RSVP NOW!

 

* This event is only open to the following groups:

  • Those that live in Wyoming
  • All Credit Union CEO’s in Arizona, Colorado & Wyoming
  • Those on the MWCUA Government Affairs Committee
  • RSVP NOW!

 

* This event is only open to the following groups:

  • Those that live in Colorado
  • All Credit Union CEO’s in Arizona, Colorado & Wyoming
  • Those on the MWCUA Government Affairs Committee

 

Mountain West Credit Union Association Announces “Advocacy in Action” Virtual GAC Experience

The Mountain West Credit Union Association announces its “Advocacy in Action” experience. The event series will include meetings with legislators and regulatory agencies, as well as collaborative events to bring uniquely relevant and engaging content to the region’s membership across a virtual platform.

The MWCUA events will be held separately, but in conjunction with the 2021 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (CUNA GAC) being held March 2-4, 2021, virtually as well. Because of the virtual format, MWCUA members do not need to be registered for the CUNA GAC to participate in the regional Hike visits and events.

“With this year’s event being held virtually, we are able to offer our regional delegation meetings to a wider, yet still targeted, group of our membership,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA. “We will be hosting a variety of opportunities for our members to engage in topics of importance, along with some events designed for collaboration and networking.”

MWCUA is pleased to kick off Advocacy in Action February 4, 2021 with Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney. Additional events will be announced over the next few weeks and via the MWCUA app, social media and other outlets.

 

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 119 member credit unions, 4 million credit union members and $58 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua. To learn more visit mwcua.com.

 

The Mountain West Credit Union Association launches the “In The Movement” Podcast

DENVER, Co. – January 26, 2021 – The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) has launched a new podcast, “In The Movement.” “In The Movement” discusses all things happening in the credit union movement. Each episode features leaders talking about history and current affairs, and how we can utilize our expertise to educate, communicate, and mobilize to better serve our movement.

A recent episode featured MWCUA President and CEO Scott Earl. Earl has been a leader in the movement for more than 39 years. He currently leads the Mountain West Credit Union Association, representing 119 credit unions in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming and has played a pivotal role in the expansion of the credit union movement in the United States.

“We believe our podcast will be a tremendous resource to help educate, motivate and excite people within our credit union movement,” said lead host and MWCUA Vice President of Political affairs Chris Kemm. “Our goal is to offer a wide variety of topics across the movement including leadership, education, community outreach and new technologies. This will help engage people from all aspects of the credit union space and create excitement to keep the movement moving forward.”

Fans of the podcast can contact Kemm at ckemm@mwcua.com to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast, or to become a guest on the show.

RECENT SHOWS:

EPISODE 3: Anne Legg, Founder, Thrive Strategic Services

EPISODE 4: 2-part session Todd Marksberry, President and CEO, Canvas CU, Chair MWCUA, Host of “In the room”

UPCOMING:

EPISODE 5: Jeff Rendel – Rising Above Enterprise

To listen to the podcast, visit https://mwcua.com/blog/category/podcast/ The podcast is available on most podcast streaming services.

 

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 119 member credit unions, 4 million credit union members and $58 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low-cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services and strategic partnerships. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and CUNA Mutual Group. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/mwcua or on Facebook at facebook.com/mwcua. To learn more visit mwcua.com.

2021 Training Guide

 We are excited to roll out our all-new digital and interactive 2021 Training Guide. As a member of the Association, you have access to cost-effective training programs and networking events that will help elevate your employees’ career development. We offer a wide range of industry-related educational opportunities that include schools, live seminars, webinars, and conferences. Our Training Guide is a one-stop for all our educational offerings for 2021. This year’s guide is offered only in the digital format; however, you will find the interactive aspects will provide you with an elevated experience. Stay tuned throughout the year as we make any necessary updates to our guide each quarter, so you’ll know you’re getting the most current information.

The interactive guide allows you to:

  • Read it like a book
  • Quick flip to a section by using the linked table of contents (page 4)
  • Click on  a program or conference to go directly to the registration page
  • Share it
  • Download it
  • Reference it all year

Are training dollars tight? Take advantage of  Professional Development Scholarships available through the Credit Union Foundation. It’s easy to apply!

Click the button below to check it out.