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CUNA Brokerage names 09 Women of Distinction

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MADISON, Wis. (1/22/10)--CUNA Brokerage Services Inc. is honoring 20 credit union financial advisers with Women of Distinction awards for their performance, value to their programs, client service and overall contribution to the financial services industry and CUNA Brokerage Services. The winners also earned $250,000 or more in gross dealer concessions in 2009. The recipients will participate in a mentoring program through CUNA Brokerage to foster the growth of women new to the financial services industry. Recipients include:
* Catherine Barnes, VyStar CU, Orange Park, Fla.; * Emmor Boslet, Belco Community CU, Camp Hill, Pa.; * Jane Brockway, University of Illinois CU, Champaign, Ill.; * Linda Cohen, Coast Central CU, Eureka, Calif.; * Wendy Cundari, North County CU, San Diego; * Carol Diest, First Community FCU, Kalamazoo, Mich.; * Marcella Evans, T&C FCU, Pontiac, Mich.; * Ruby Evans, Chartway Investments & Insurance, Virginia Beach, Va.; * Judy Evers, Baxter CU, Vernon Hills, Ill.; * Leigh Glover, Southeast Financial FCU, Brentwood, Tenn.; * Kelly Goreham, Veridian CU, Waterloo, Iowa; * Anna Kamp, Anheuser-Busch Employees CU, St. Louis, Mo.; * Jane Kilby, VyStar CU; * Wendy Miletich, Wings FCU, Eagan, Minn.; * Stephanie Morales, Arizona Central CU, Phoenix; * Randie Sanford, Suffolk FCU, Islandia, New York; * Swan Shen, CFP, RTN FCU, Waltham, Mass.; * Cindy Sforza, Schools First FCU, Huntington Beach, Calif.; * Sophia Spencer, Red Canoe CU, Longview, Wash.; and * Suzi Williams, Yakima Valley (Wash.) CU.
Developed by women for women, the award debuted in 2008. CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., a division of CUNA Mutual Group, uses financial advisers to help credit unions meet member retirement, investment and insurance needs. Working onsite at credit unions, advisers provide members with financial services.

Zappos.com CEO added to THINK 10 Conference

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (1/22/10)--Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, an online shoe retailer, will speak at CO-OP Financial Services’ THINK ’10 Conference April 20. He will talk about how credit unions can adopt successful online retail strategies.
Click to view larger image Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, an online shoe retailer, will speak at this year’s THINK ’10 Conference, hosted by CO-OP Financial Services. Hsieh has more than 1.6 million followers on Twitter and will talk to credit unions about successful online retail strategies. (Photo provided by CO-OP Financial Services)
THINK will be April 18-20 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Its theme is, “Resetting Priorities in a New Landscape.” THINK gathers leaders from different fields to provide advice to credit unions. This year’s conference will focus on how credit unions can do more with less in today’s economy. Hsieh will speak about “Successful Business Innovations in the New Economy.” Zappos.com, which sells shoes, clothing, eyewear, watches and other apparel, grew its sales to more than $1 billion in 2008 from $1.6 million in 2000. In November, Amazon.com Inc. acquired Zappos.com for shares worth $1.2 billion. Prior to joining Zappos, Hsieh co-founded Venture Frogs, an investment firm specializing in Internet start-ups. Before that, he co-founded LinkExchange, an advertising network that was sold to Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. Hsieh has about 1.6 million followers on Twitter. CO-OP Financial Services, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., offers debit processing services, shared branching, check imaging services and mobile payment services to credit unions. It also provides a network of 28,000 surcharge-free ATMs. Previously announced speakers include Bob Herbold, former chief operating officer of Microsoft Corp.; Tim Sanders, former chief solutions officer of Yahoo! Inc.; and Dave Schembri, CEO of smart USA.