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* SAN ANTONIO, Texas (3/20/08)--Security Service FCU has exceeded the $4 billion mark in loans, the credit union announced. The $4.3 billion asset credit union began with eight members pooling $25 in deposits in 1956 and approved its first loan five months later. Today it offers an array that ranges from auto and mortgage loans to lines of credit and student loans. Security Service is the No. 1 auto lender and fifth-largest mortgage lender in San Antonio, as well as a Preferred Lender with the Small Business Administration. "We are proud of this milestone and look forward to continuing to provide our members the resources to help them realize their financial goals," said President/CEO David Reynolds … * SAN DIMAS, Calif. (3/20/08)--"OnDeck With Dwight Johnston," a weekly podcast produced by Overland Studios and presented by WesCorp FCU, is a bronze winner in the nonprofit and education categories during the 29th Annual Telly Awards. The podcast features WesCorp economic and market research analyst Dwight Johnston offering an eight- to 10-minute summary of the past week's market and financial events, and a look at events scheduled "on deck" for the next week. The series, launched last June, is distributed weekly through iTunes and WesCorp's Internet site. It can also be accessed via telephone (360-526-6307) through The podcasts complement Johnston's daily commentaries and quarterly and "Breaking News" webcasts. The Tellys showcase the best work of advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. (Photo provided by WesCorp FCU) … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (3/20/08)--Ron Fong, vice president of state government affairs at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, will become president/CEO of the California Grocers Association and its educational foundation, effective March 31. His final day with the leagues is March 28. Fong, a former stock broker and college business law instructor, joined the leagues in 1966 and helped build the leagues' advocacy program at the state legislative and regulatory level. As vice president, he oversaw the leagues' Sacramento office and its advocacy program. In his new position, Fong will serve as the association's chief legislative advocate and oversee its government relations, member services, convention and communications program … BURNSVILLE, Minn. (3/20/08)--USA FCU CEO Bill Raker was a speaker at an International Brown Bag Series at University of Minnesota Duluth, where he discussed a recent trip to Cambodia with the World Council of Credit Unions and the Credit Union Foundation of Australia. During the trip he assessed prospective credit unions while trying to foster credit union growth and visited credit unions in two villages near Phnom Penh. "The visit to Cambodia was an eye-opening, life-changing experience," Raker said, noting the trip "illustrated how the power of the credit union 'people helping people' philosophy can take root in even the most remote corners of the world." … *
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CAPITOLA, Calif. (3/20/08)--Bay FCU was recognized as one of California's Best Places to Work with an honorable mention in the medium-sized company category. The program was sponsored by Employers Group, a human resources firm serving California's employers. More than 400 companies were considered. President/CEO Carrie Birkhofer noted that "we focus first on taking good care of our employees, and creating a positive work environment." Pictured here are Bay FCU staffers, from left, front row: Doug Kuepfer, Alicia Flores, Jalene Gladstone and Tonee Picard; and back row, Dana Sales, Diane Lipska, Judy Coleman, President/CEO Carrie Birkhofer, Faye August and Cameron Haste. (Photo provided by Bay FCU) …


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