Credit Unions Meet with Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Credit Unions hosted a conversation with Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg today at Elevations Credit Union in Boulder. Representatives from MWCUA member credit unions Ent, Elevations and Canvas engaged with the Majority Leader in a policy discussion covering topics of interest to credit unions. The conversation included an update from the Majority Leader on the previous session, as well as discussion regarding the priorities for the upcoming year. Topics included a conversation about business policies such as Family Medical Leave as well as credit union specific items like interstate branching and public funds. We had a great conversation in which the Majority Leader shared that he is a proud credit union member!

It’s time for Arizona to Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union

Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® Lands in Four New States

Campaign now live in thirteen states

 September 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Credit Union National Association (CUNA) today announced the expansion of its category-level brand campaign, Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union®, to four new states: Arizona, Nebraska, West Virginia and Vermont. Today’s launches bring the total number of states where the campaign is live to thirteen.

“We’re thrilled to bring Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® to more consumers across the country,” said Chris Lorence, CUNA Chief Credit Union Awareness Officer. “From our first launch in January 2019 to now, we’ve launched thirteen states. We’ve come a long way! Thank you to California and Nevada Credit Union League, Mountain West Credit Union Association, Nebraska Credit Union League, West Virginia Credit Union League, and Association of Vermont Credit Unions and all the credit unions whose support is driving this campaign.”

Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® is part of the CUNA-led Awareness Initiative that is working to increase consumer consideration of credit unions. It is a category-level, strategic marketing effort that has financial pledges of $42 million from over 640 organizations within the credit union movement. The campaign first launched in January and is now live in Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia.

CUNA is working with Leagues to fundraise for Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® and build support for the Awareness Initiative. The early successes of this effort are the result of coordination and enthusiasm from across the credit union movement.

As of August 23, Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® had gained over 186 million impressions and earned 27.6 million video views from start to finish. It had reached 6.7 million through programmatic advertising, 5.1 million on social media, and 3.2 million on YouTube.


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 115 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 To find your nearest credit union, visit


Lauren Williams
CUNA Communications

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Second Annual LEAD Summit

This fall the second annual LEAD Summit, hosted by the Wyoming Young Credit Union Professionals, will take place on October 8 & 9 in Cheyenne, WY. The two day LEAD Summit for young professionals is based on the curriculum: Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development.

In this second year, we are bringing back nationally known credit union leader Dr. Brandi Stankovic, Chief Strategy Officer of CU Solutions Group to facilitate topics around Leadership and Development. Dan Diorio, Director of Political Financing & Policy with the Mountain West Credit Union Association, will host a session on Credit Union Advocacy. The Summit will conclude with an interactive session designed to engage attendees to leave the LEAD Summit with purpose and action items to take back to their credit union.

This conference, organized by the Wyoming Young Credit Union Professionals (WYOYCUP), provides a robust and dynamic environment for education, credit union advocacy, and networking for credit unions’ younger employees. Visit the LEAD Summit online for full the details and to register for this unique experience. Early registration discount if registered by Sept 10, 2019.

Arizona AYIN hosts Financial Literacy Event

On August 29, the Arizona AYIN group hosted a financial literacy event at OneAZ CU featuring Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee. Yee spoke to the group about how credit unions can work together to advance financial education. In addition, the session included a panel of professionals from Canyon State CU, TruWest CU and First CU discussing their financial literacy programs.

The event included a charitable component as well. Participants brought donations for backpacks that will be provided to the Salvation Army to help Valley families in need.

Colorado Credit Unions Host WOCCU visitors from Ireland

Recently, several Colorado credit unions hosted a delegation of visiting representatives of several credit unions from Ireland in a World Council of Credit Unions exchange program. Sooper CU, Space Age FCU, Elevations CU and Canvas CU hosted credit unions to help share best practices, give insights into the regulatory environment and support strategic planning processes.

Justin Dickson, CEO of Fidelis Catholic CU with Micheal McDermott, CEO of Virginia CU

Sooper CU hosted Micheal McDermott, CEO of Virginia CU. During his visit, McDermott met with the team at Sooper CU. Sooper also arranged a meeting with Justin Dickson, CEO of Fidelis Catholic CU. During the visits, they shared strategic planning methods, operational information technology updates, lending strategies and other best practices.




Martina Cotter, CEO and Marvin Board, CFO of Synergy Credit Union with John Uchida and Denise Roberts from Space Age FCU

Space Age FCU hosted Martina Cotter (CEO) and Marvin Board (CFO) from Synergy CU. During their visit, they also met with Jeff Holler and Brad Johnson from Aurora Schools FCU and Bob Fryberger from Fitzsimmons FCU. The NCUA was onsite at Space Age during the visit which allowed Sherry Hudson and Peter Driscoll to give an overview of the regulatory environment in the U.S.

Elevations CU and Canvas CU co-hosted Core Credit Union Ltd. Leaders from all three credit unions—and board members from Elevations and Canvas—participated in the numerous briefings on strategy and business model.


The trip wrapped up with a dinner for all the participants hosted by MWCUA.

8.30.2019 Regulatory Compliance Newsletter

  • Virtual Compliance Update & Roundtable Discussion
  • FinCEN Issues Guidance Related to Opioid Crisis
  • What Does FHFA’s Validation and Approval of Credit Score Models Final Rule Mean for Credit Unions
  • FFIEC Encourages Standardized Approach to Assessing Cybersecurity Preparedness
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • 6 Things to Know About the CCPA (CUNA Blog)
  • InfoSight: Privacy and Annual Survey

Congratulations to our MWCUA CU Rock Stars!

MWCUA would like to congratulate Ray Lancaster of Pyramid Federal Credit Union and Christine Eckhardt of Arapahoe Credit Union as winners of the 2019 Credit Union Rock Star awards!

Credit Union Rock Star awards are presented to exceptional credit union professionals by the editorial staff of Credit Union Magazine with this issue sponsored by Fiserv. These individuals have used their ingenuity and talents to advance the mission of their credit union and the credit union movement.

Check out all of the winners at