G.VERNON BABILON NAMED PRESIDENT OF TUCSON OLD PUEBLO CREDIT UNION

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CONTACT:
Richard Prater
Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union
2500 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85713
rprater@topcu.org

 

1.3.2013

G.VERNON BABILON NAMED PRESIDENT OF TUCSON OLD PUEBLO CREDIT UNION

TUCSON, AZ –Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union’s Board of Directors has selected Vern Babilon as CEO/President of the organization.  Mr. Babilon will assume the role previously held by Joseph Mirachi on January 7, 2013. In August 2012, Joseph Mirachi, who served TOPCU for four years, announced his plans to move to Coco Beach, FL to run Kennedy Space Center FCU.

“Throughout our search, Vern far exceeded the Board’s expectations and quickly rose to the top during a very competitive hiring process.  His skills are many and he certainly has the experience and qualifications to lead TOPCU into the future,” said Richard Prater, Board Chair. “With over 22 years of credit union experience, including a stint as the industry’s youngest CEO in 1989, Vern possesses unique skills in lending, collections, marketing, and operations.”

 
Before joining TOPCU, Mr. Babilon was the owner of GVBabilon Associates—a recruiting firm located in Cypress, TX with a focus of serving credit unions, community banks and CPA firms.   Vern has a passion for the credit union movement and remains current on credit union wide trends, regulations and activities.  Before starting his own firm, Vern was a top executive at credit unions for 25 years.  He spent 16 years as CEO of Bellco FCU in Reading, PA and five years as EVP/CFO at People’s Trust FCU in Houston, TX.

 
Vern’s formal education and credit union specific credentials are extensive.  He earned his B.A. in Banking/Finance and Accounting at Alvernia College in Reading, PA and followed that with a Master’s of Business/Management Degree from Penn State University.  He became a certified credit union executive (CCUE) in 1993, a certified public accountant (CPA) in 1994, and a certified credit union financial counselor (CCUFC) in 2009. He has attended the Penn State Judge/Bradley Credit Union School and the Georgetown University Executive Education Course. Over the years, he has attended numerous credit union and banking conferences presented by the AICPA, CUNA, PSCU, PA League Leadership, and Prime Alliance. He has also attended both the state and national Government Affairs Conference (GAC) for credit unions.  Vern believes in continuous education.  His CPEs for his CPA license are current and he reads the Credit Union Journal every week.  Vern’s current professional memberships include the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions, the Texas CPA Society, and the Houston CPA Society.  

 
Vern’s community involvement over the years adds to his suitability for this position; TOPCU is involved supporting many City of Tucson events as well as working closely with Tucson Police Foundation and Greater Tucson Fire Foundation.  He has been involved with mentorship programs, Meals-on-Wheels, Adopt a Highway, Muscular Dystrophy, sponsored high school theater and athletic events, Children’s Tumor Foundation and more. 

AEA Federal Credit Union Announces Charity Finalists for GO Direct Initiative $10,000 Donation

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Yanna L. Kruse, Vice President of Marketing
AEA Federal Credit Union
1780 S. 1st Avenue, Yuma, Arizona  85364                               

Telephone: 928.373.5425
Email: ykruse@aeafcu.org                                                                                                                

AEA Federal Credit Union 
Announces Charity Finalists for 
GO Direct Initiative $10,000 Donation

Yuma, AZ—AEA Federal Credit Union announced today that its goal to award members with over $200,000 in Instant Cash for Car Loans before year-end has been successfully reached, triggering AEA’s pledge to write a $10,000 check to one community service organization.  Open voting for AEA’s GO Direct Initiative’s $10,000 Charity Donation will officially start on January 1, 2013 on the credit union’s Facebook site.  Competing for the big check are: Crossroads Mission, Hospice of Yuma and the Yuma Community Food Bank.

Nominations for charities have been accepted on AEA’s website at aeafcu.org/initiative for the past four months.  The three organization finalists will now compete for the $10,000 donation through an online Facebook voting process.  Yanna Kruse, Vice President of Marketing for AEA Federal Credit Union commented, “All three charitable organization finalists provide a unique and much-appreciated contribution to our community, so it was impossible for us to choose just one to receive the $10,000 donation.  That’s why we’re opening it to a community vote!”

AEA’s GO Direct-Instant Cash for Car Loans program continues into 2013, awarding members with up to 1% of auto loan balances in instant cash when members go directly to the Credit Union for auto financing.  

Yanna Kruse continued, “People helping people is the fundamental purpose of credit unions.  By taking this member-centric approach to auto lending, AEA Federal Credit Union grows, members are rewarded and the community is strengthened.  It’s a positive GO Direct effect where everyone benefits.”
 

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AEA Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union serving 42,000 members throughout Yuma and La Paz Counties.  For more information, visit www.aeafcu.org or call 928-783-8881.  

 

AEA Federal Credit Union is insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA),  the independent federal agency that regulates, charters, and supervises federal credit unions.  With the backing of the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, NCUA operates and manages the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of 94 million account holders in all federal credit unions and the overwhelming majority of state-chartered credit unions.  Deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 per eligible account.


2013 Western States Volunteers’ Conference: Early Bird Deadline Ends 1/4/13

Support your credit union board members and committee members’ professional development by having them attend the 2013 Western States Volunteers’ Conference. The 2013 conference will be filled with sessions in the areas of governance, strategy, technology, financial management, regulatory requirements, and personal leadership. Additionally, conference attendees will be able to exchange ideas with other credit union volunteers from throughout the Western United States. Visit www.mwcua.com/wsvc to learn about this valuable conference and take advantage of early-bird registration rates that are available until January 4, 2013.    

Arizona Credit Unions Raise $5000 for Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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Joy Audet
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Arizona Credit Unions Raise $5000 for Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals At 22nd Annual Softball Tournament 


PHOENIX –November 5, 2012 –
The Mountain West Credit Union Association hosted its 22nd annual softball tournament raising nearly $5000 to support Credit Unions for Kids benefiting local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Tucson Medical Center.

Nine Arizona credit unions making up eleven teams participated in the event which took place at Papago Park in Phoenix on Saturday October 27, 2012.  Funds were raised through registration fees and donations.

“The Annual softball tournament is an event to look forward to,” said Kellee Dominguez, Community Development Manager with Arizona Central Credit Union and a volunteer with Credit Unions for Kids.  “Not only are we raising money for our local children’s’ hospitals, the credit unions come together and have fun in friendly competition with a common goal, the kids.”

Taking home the top prize for the day was Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, defeating Hughes Federal Credit Union who had been undefeated prior to the final game of the day.

In the last five years, credit unions throughout Arizona have raised nearly $30,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the annual softball tournament.  Approximately 10 volunteers from credit unions statewide and Mountain West Credit Union Association staff made the event possible.

Click here for photos from the event.

 
About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 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 member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group.

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The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Presents Six Prestigious Awards at Annual Gala

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The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Presents Six Prestigious Awards at Annual Gala
Denver October 16, 2012 – The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation raised approximately $30,000 to support the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation and presented six prestigious awards at this year’s Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Annual Star Gala.  The 5th Annual Star Gala, celebrated on October 12, 2012 was emceed by television and radio personalities Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of the “Murphy & Denise Morning Show” on KOSI 101.

 Each year, the Star Gala is held to honor outstanding credit unions and credit union professionals. This year, awards were presented to:


  • Sooper Credit Union– Credit Union of the Year Award (100M – 500M)
  • Desert Schools Credit Union– Credit Union of the Year Award (over 500M)
  • Susan J. Brayman, Director Bellco Credit Union– Distinguished Service Award recipient.
  • Carroll Beach, Chairman Elevations Credit Union– Distinguished Service Award recipient.
  • Kara Kirschner of First Credit Union– Emerging Leader Award recipient.
  • Pima Federal Credit Union– Community Impact Award recipient.
  • Partner Colorado Credit Union—Honorable mention for the Community Impact award.
 
“The 5th Annual Star Gala was an outstanding success that underscored all the hard work credit unions and their dedicated staff and volunteers do on behalf of their members and their communities.  Credit unions make a difference everyday in their tireless work and are a model of their people helping people philosophy”, said John Uchida, President and CEO of Space Age Federal Credit Union and Chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation.

The event was well attended with more than 260 credit union professionals and volunteers. Gold and Silver level sponsors included: Bellco Credit Union, CUNA Mutual Group, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Elevations Credit Union, Mountain West Credit Union Association, Strategic Partners, Berenbaum Weinshienk, Centennial Lending, Ent Federal Credit Union, and Westerra Credit Union.

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About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 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 member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group.

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