What Will Your Branch of the Future Look Like?

Do You Wonder What Your Branch of the Future Looks Like?

DBSI, Inc. is hosting a special lunch and tour at the conclusion of the Mountain West Annual Convention on Saturday, April 6th including transportation (or directions if you’re driving) to their Ideation Center in Phoenix, AZ.  You’ll get a tour of their Branch of the Future, where you’ll see 22 of the most cutting edge banking technologies and designs, and you’ll have fun doing it!  You can take a ride down their bat pole, or even play a round of golf while you’re there.

Be ready to leave the Arizona Biltmore at 11:30 a.m., where the shuttle will take you to the event.  The event will last until approximately 2:30 p.m., after which we’ll provide transportation to the airport for those who need it (only 15 minutes from Sky Harbor).  There’s no cost to attend, however, space is limited!  To confirm your reservation, or for additional information contact Nina Christensen at nchristensen@dbsi-inc.com.



Richard Prater
Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union
2500 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85713




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



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.”

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.