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CU System briefs (11/20/2008)
* MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (11/21/08)--E1 Financial CU, at the invitation of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office, attended the Governor's Conference of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Tuesday, according to the $369.8 million asset credit union. The conference assembled innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses to create a forum for ideas, inspiration and solutions to drive the state's critical entrepreneurial economy forward. Afterwards, the credit union met with the governor's staff to discuss the financial needs of the small businesses and entrepreneurs, and to present economic opportunities and solutions offered by the credit union industry. Pictured speaking at the conference is Schwarzenegger. (Photo provided by E1 Financial CU) … * MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (11/21/08)--During the California Governor's
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Conference of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Tuesday, E1 Financial CU met with the Latin Business Association (LBA), the sponsor of the luncheon at the conference. E1 Financial met with the LBA Chairman/CEO Ruben Guerra and LBA members to explore a future partnership to support small businesses. From left are: front row: Larissa Ordaz, operations manager, LBA; Chris Lamb, executive vice president/chief operations officers at E1 Financial CU; Guerra; Araceli Gonzalez, deputy director, community liaison, Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and L.J. Tarman, vice president, marketing at E1 Financial; back row, third from left, is Dennis Gutierrez, community relations liaison at E1 Financial (Photo provided by E1 Financial CU) … * COLUMBUS, Ohio (11/21/08)--The Ohio Credit Union League has added as another way to share credit unions' work with media and consumers. is an information-sharing website in which participants can follow one another with brief (not more than 140 characters) news items and updates called "tweets." Patrick Harris, league media relations director, created a profile for Ohio's credit unions and will post the items on Twitter (eLumination Newsletter Nov. 19) ... * COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (11/21/08)--A man eating a sandwich robbed United CU in Council Bluffs Tuesday. Police said he walked in and demanded money from a teller. He took an undetermined amount before fleeing. Witnesses said he appeared to be eating a sandwich during the incident (Omaha World-Herald Nov. 20) … * ARTESIA, N.M. (11/21/08)--Services were held Thursday in Artesia, N.M., for Warren T. Johnston, the founder of Artesia CU. Johnston, 87, died Monday in Artesia. A former public school teacher, he was one of a group of teachers who formed what was then called Artesia School Employees CU in 1955. Johnston was treasurer/manager of the credit union. His wife Shirleen worked with him, and his son Ronnie took over the credit union in 1991. Johnston remained a credit union advocate all his life and was the recipient of the Mel Romero Outstanding Professional Award from the Credit Union Association of New Mexico. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the New Mexico Credit Union Education Foundation …


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