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* HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (10/19/10)--New Jersey Credit Union League President/CEO Paul Gentile, left, had a chance to share messages about credit unions with former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore, right, during a campaign event for U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, back center, Sunday in Rumson, N.J. Holt, a friend to credit unions, is facing a close race in the 12th Congressional District (The Daily Exchange Oct. 18). He is one of the state’s six co-sponsors of legislation to increase the credit union member business lending cap. Earlier this year, he joined two other delegation members to sign a letter to leadership encouraging the inclusion of MBL reform language in any jobs-creation legislation. (Photo provided by the New Jersey Credit Union League) … * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (10/19/10)—Kevin Venable, business development manager of the Texas City, Texas-based AMOCO FCU, was named the Marketing and Business Development Professional of the Year, the highest honor at the Texas Credit Union League’s 2010 Marketing & Business Development Conference in San Antonio earlier this month. In his five years with AMOCO FCU, Venable assisted in the growth of tens of thousands of members and hundreds of millions of dollars in both loans and assets, said the league … * FARGO, N.D. (10/19/10)—A Fargo man was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for robbing the West Fargo branch of Minot, N.D.-based Town & Country CU on Aug. 3, 2009. Matthew C. Becker, 20, pleaded guilty in June in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota. The robber, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and red bandana as a mask, brandished a weapon and demanded the employees empty the cash drawers. He fled with $9,314 in cash. Becker was arrested the next day after a detective viewed surveillance camera footage of the robbery and recognized him. He also was sentenced to three years’ supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $9,314 and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund (Targeted News Service Oct. 15) …


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