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N Mexico Foundation Awards $106,000 In Scholarships

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  (4/22/13)--The New Mexico Credit Union Education Foundation will award $106,000 in scholarships to New Mexico high school and college students for the 2013-2014 school year.

The scholarships will be distributed in $1,000 increments to 106 students for accredited vocational or technical schools and colleges and universities in New Mexico.

The NMCUEF, administered by the Credit Union Association of New Mexico, is a scholarship program formed through special legislation that allows credit unions to use abandoned funds for educational or charitable purposes.

Since it was established in 1992, the NMCUEF has presented 1,297 scholarships for a total of $840,600 to students attending the accredited schools in the state.

SC League Names Palmetto Protege

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Click to view larger image SCCUL President/CEO Steve Fowler, left,  presents the 2013 SC Palmetto Protege award to Will Crosswell, business development officer at Florence, S.C.-based Palmetto First FCU. Croswell will serve as statewide spokesperson for young adults and the opportunities credit unions provide them. (Photo provided by the South Carolina Credit Union League)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (4/22/13)--Will Crosswell of Florence, S.C., was named "Palmetto Protege" on April 12 during the South Carolina Credit Union League 2013 Annual Meeting. In that capacity, he will serve for one year as statewide spokesperson for young adults and the opportunities credit unions provide them.

Crosswell, who is the business development officer at Palmetto First FCU, Florence, will act through social media and appearances at credit union events, including chapter meetings and the fall SCCUL Leadership Conference.

He also will lead the CU Forward group to foster peer development and the ongoing Palmetto Protege Competition.

As protege, he received first choice of developmental scholarships and has chosen to attend the 2013 National Youth Involvement Board Annual Conference, July 30-Aug. 2 in San Diego, Calif.

Croswell thanked the league "for this program that allows regions from across the state to showcase their young professional talent. Through this program, they have elevated our presence within the movement and helped solidify our place as leaders of today and not just the leaders of tomorrow."

Crosswell achieved the honor with a combination of scores on a standard exam and on his presentation during the general session at the SCCUL Annual Meeting. All candidates' presentations of no more than five minutes were judged by the panel of FCCCU CU Development Director Wanda Downs, credit union consultant Todd Harms, and CCUF President John McGrail.

Mass League Prepares For Aid As Manhunt Closes CUs

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BOSTON and MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (4/22/13)--Massachusetts credit unions were among the businesses closed Friday while authorities conducted a manhunt for one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, said the Massachusetts Credit Union League, which is preparing a recommendation about credit union assistance to victims.

Credit unions are responding to the events, said Rob Kimmett, senior vice president of public relations and marketing at the league. "Credit unions are responding with their characteristic concern and generosity," he told News Now.

"Many have reached out to the league for recommendation regarding how they can help," he said. "The league's Credit Union Hope is preparing a recommendation, which will be shared with the Massachusetts credit union community early this week."

Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston police requested that businesses--including credit unions--close Friday in these cities and surrounding areas: Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown and Waltham.

"Credit unions with offices in those communities have notices on their websites that they are closed in the interest of safety and security and in compliance with the instructions of the police," Kimmett said.

Watertown, where the suspects engaged in a shootout with police Thursday night that left one suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead, has one credit union: Watertown Municipal Employees CU on Main Street. 

The suspect's brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge was still at large Friday evening when authorities lifted their "stay indoors" request. However, he was captured later hiding in a boat and was in serious condition in a Boston hospita as of Saturday. Police had told residents to stay inside throughout the day Friday because they were concerned the two suspects may have had accomplices.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) FCU, located in Cambridge on the MIT campus was closed Friday, according to MITFCU's website. It directed members to a shared branching member call center, ATMs, and its e-Branch.

Harvard University Employees CU, Cambridge, also was closed for the business day Friday "due to recent public safety developments," its website said.

The website of 600 Atlantic FCU, the former Federal Reserve Boston Employees CU, located in Boston, said it was closed Friday, and the City of Boston CU noted Friday that "all branches are currently closed."

Boston Firefighters CU is collecting donations for Boston's First Responders Fund for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks, which killed three people and injured 170 April 15. Contributions can be made on its  website or by sending a check to:

Boston's First Responders Fund

c/o Boston Firefighters Credit Union

60 Hallet St.

Dorchester, MA 02124

Officials in at least one state--Pennsylvania--are warning potential contributers to be cautious in charitable giving related to the attacks. Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Carol Aichele told that state's residents that no charities related to the tragedy have applied to solicit donations in that state. Residents should not give personal information over the phone or online unless they are familiar with the organization (Life is a Highway April 19).

CU System Briefs (04/22/2013)

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  • FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (4/22/13)--The Texas 12, a young credit union professional (YP) initiative last year by the Texas Credit Union League, has launched a websiteas a central repository of news and information for upwardly mobile YPs. Visitors will learn how to become a designated YP and a YP chapter delegate. The site features a blog, forum, photos of the group's past activities and a calendar of activities. "Attracting and retaining young professionals to our movement is a priority of TCUL," Mike Delker, league senior vice president, told the LoneStar Leaguer  (April 16). "Through initiatives such as the website, the Texas 12 is playing a key role in helping us accomplish this," he said ...
  • WEST JORDAN, Utah (4/22/13)--Mountain America CU donated $50 for every three-point shot made by the Utah Jazz pro basketball team during the 2012-2013 season, resulting in the presentation of $25,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation to support the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  The West Jordan, Utah, $3.37 billion asset credit union has donated more than $125,000 to the foundation during the past decade. The check was presented during halftime at the final Utah Jazz regular season home game.  Mountain America also recently donated more than $35,000 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Shriners Hospitals for Children from money raised by employees through candy sales, lunch fundraisers, an auction and other activities ...
  • MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (4/22/13)--Fernando Reyes, former JetStream FCU vice president of lending, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. JetStream is a $152 million asset credit union based in Miami Lakes, Fla. Reyes joined the JetStream team and served in the vice president position for 13 years, from 1998 to 2011, when he retired. Prior to 1998, he had a three-decade career in financial services. Reyes "was a credit union champion who passed the torch on to his son, Jace Reyes, a lifelong credit union employee who currently serves as CEO of Miami Postal Service CU," said JetStream in a press release ...

Catalyst Corporate Re-elects Hodges As Chairman

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DULUTH, Ga. (4/22/13)--Lin Hodges was re-elected board chairman of Catalyst Corporate FCU in Duluth, Ga., Catalyst announced at its annual meeting earlier this month in San Diego.

Hodges is president/CEO of Associated CU in Norcross, Ga. 

Other board officers for the coming year are:

  • Vice Chairman: Rod Taylor, Barksdale FCU, Bossier City, La.;
  • Secretary: Ayn Talley, Houston Police FCU, Houston; and
  • Treasurer: Rick Hein, OSU FCU, Corvallis, Ore.
Elected to three-year terms on the 11-member board were:

  • Bill Before, STCU, Liberty Lake, Wash.;
  • Syed Dinar, Texas Bay Area CU, Houston; and
  • John Papagno, Alive CU, Jacksonville, Fla.
Elected to a one-year term was Trevor Tokishi, Valley Isle Community FCU, Kahului, Hawaii.

Catalyst Corporate serves nearly 1,300 member credit unions in 21 states.

CUNA Mutual Warns CUSOs Of Perfect Storm For Lawsuits

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LAS VEGAS (4/22/13)--Credit union service organizations expanding their fee-based services to increase revenues must recognize that such expansion also creates increased risk exposure to professional and cyberliability, a CUNA Mutual Group speaker told a National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations Annual Conference breakout session Thursday.

"The current economy has people looking for any reason to sue," said Jim Hunt, CUNA Mutual Group staff underwriting specialist. "Directors and officers of CUSOs must understand the financial and reputational impact a loss will have on their CUSO."

Professional liability could arise from neglect or an act, omission, error, breach of duty, misstatement or misleading statement made by directors, officers or employees of a CUSO. "Even a seemingly small, inadvertent error or unintentional oversight can result in costly legal action against your credit union or CUSO," Hunt said.

Likewise, as CUSOs expand e-commerce activities and become responsible for safeguarding more confidential data, so does the risk of cyberattack, data breaches and viruses. Hunt said types of cyberexposures include:

  • Privacy rights violations: Unauthorized disclosure of confidential information;
  • Damages to a third party's data;
  • Social media errors;
  • Human errors; and
  • First-party losses, such as public relations and security breach expenses.
Between 2009 and 2011, the financial services industry was the No. 1 targeted business sector with 37% of records exposed and an average cost per breach of $3.7 million, according to an October 2012 NetDiligence study of 137 cyberliability and data breach events.

"Data security breaches can occur from situations that your chief information officer has absolutely no control over, such as improper disposal of data, lost or stolen electronic assets or rogue employees," Hunt said. "One data breach could wipe out your CUSO, if you're not protected."

To avoid these exposures and related losses, CUSOs should ask themselves about their fee-based services, their potential risks, and steps to take to minimize them, Hunt said. They include examining processes and arrangements with third-party vendors.

Hunt advised CUSOs to obtain professional liability and cyber liability insurance coverage as part of their overall protection strategy.

No CUs Impacted By Texas Explosion

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FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (4/22/13)--The credit union community in Central Texas was not impacted by the fertilizer plant explosion that caused massive damage in the town of West, Texas, said the Texas Credit Union Foundation.

TCUF Executive Director Courtney Moral called every credit union in the Central Texas Chapter to assess whether they or their employees had experienced any damage from Wednesday night's explosion (LoneStar Leaguer April 19).

Moran reached all but a few and noted they did not seem to have been impacted. "Certainly this is good news for our credit union community in Central Texas; however, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those who have suffered loss," Moran said.

The explosion killed at least 12 people with 60 others unaccounted for, injured 160 people, and destroyed at least 150 homes, USA Today said Friday.

TCUF will not activate its disaster relief fund at this time but said it if discovers a credit union employee had been affected, it would be poised to help.

Credit unions wanting to help the victims should consider donating to agencies such as American Red Cross or donating blood, said Moran.

The Texas Credit Union League held a jeans day Friday to raise funds for victims of the West explosion and the bombings in Boston.

Texas Partners FCU in Killeen, Genco FCU in Waco, and Generations FCU in San Antonio are collecting monetary donations for the West community or for American Red Cross.  Texas Partners is also accepting non-perishable food items and selling chocolate to benefit the relief area. Generations is partnering with KENS 5 for its KENS Cares program to benefit the Red Cross efforts in West.

Youth Week Kicks Off

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MADISON, Wis. (4/22/13)--Credit unions nationwide are celebrating children and the benefits of financial education during National Credit Youth Week, which began Sunday and ends Saturday.

The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association asked its member credit unions if they're planning to celebrate the week (Life is a Highway April 18). The responses:

  • Yes--(66.7%);
  • No--(25.6%); and
  • Don't know--(7.7%).
Activities Pennsylvania credit unions have planned to celebrate include:

DEXSTA FCU, Wilmington, Del., had added a student branch at Wilmington's Bayard Middle School. From left, first row, a student; Kerry Waugh, student school champion at Bayard School; a student; DEXSTA staffers Jerry King, president/CEO; Mary Brien-Duch, vice president finance; and Craig Perry, member service representative. Top row, from left are DEXSTA's Patrick Rhodes, operations manager; Joe Walsh, vice president, lending; and Nyeshia Coates, phone center floating-members service representative. (Photo provided by Delaware Credit Union League)
  • Use Youth Week theme decorations/apparel--(57.7%);
  • Offer incentives for savings deposits--(53.9%);
  • Offer refreshments in branches--(50%);
  • Participate in National Youth Saving Challenge--(42.3%);
  • Hold special events/contests for youth Club(s)--(42.3%);
  • Host financial education sessions for students-- (11.5%);
  • Host in-school branch activities for youth week--(11.5%); and
  • Other--(19.2%).
Among the other ways credit unions are celebrating youth during April:

Click to view larger image Generations FCU provided financial education classes at five area colleges. (Photo provided by Generations FCU)
  • FORUM CU, Fishers, Ind., will celebrate at all branch locations this week. FORUM's events will include activities, giveaways, prizes, and two enter-to-win contests with prizes, including Toys R Us and Apple gift cards. FORUM will deposit $5 into any new children's account opened during the week. It also will deposit $10 into any free Student Survival student checking account that is opened.
  • Generations FCU, San Antonio, partnered with all five of the San Antonio-area Alamo Colleges to bring financial education classes to their campuses.  Generations FCU will teach dozens of financial education classes to hundreds of students at Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, St. Philip's College, Northeast Lakeview College, and Northwest Vista College.  Topics presented in the classes include budgeting, money management, credit reports and paying back student loans.
  • DEXSTA FCU, Wilmington, Del., added a student branch at Wilmington's Bayard Middle School, the Delaware Credit Union League said (Together April 15) The branch, located in the cafeteria, will be open to serve students and staff at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. DEXSTA staff will be joined by student tellers to serve new members.
National Credit Union Youth Week was created by CUNA so credit unions nationwide could focus on the financial needs of young people and provide financial literacy education. It teaches the benefits of saving and goal setting, and invites youth to open savings accounts at their credit union and make deposits throughout the year.

CUNA also conducts the National Youth Saving Challenge throughout April. The challenge rewards 10 savers with $100 cash prizes.

Harriet May To Receive Federation's Top Award

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NEW YORK (4/22/13)--Harriet May, former CEO of Government Employees CU, El Paso, Texas, is the 2013 recipient of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions' Annie Vamper "Helping Hands" Award. 

The award is the highest honor presented by the federation. It was established in remembrance of Annie Wilma Vamper, the federation's late associate director and celebrates Vamper's lifelong dedication to the community development credit union movement. 

"Harriet embodies the spirit of the Annie Vamper award, having dedicated her career to serving low-income individuals and families in her own community," said Cathie Mahon, federation president/CEO. "She continues this work on a national level sharing her mission, vision and know-how with credit unions all over the country."

May, a former chairman of the Credit Union National Association, will receive her award at a special ceremony June 7, during the federation's 2013 Annual Conference in Baltimore,

May began working at Government Employees CU in 1974 and was promoted to CEO in 1996. During her tenure, May helped GECU double its asset size to more than $1.8 billion with more than 300,000 members. Under her leadership, GECU deployed about $125 million into the community each year.

In 2008, she received the National Credit Union Foundation's Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. May was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the World Council of Credit Unions in 2009 and 2010. She also was recognized for her leadership in supporting the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

CUs Mark Earth Day With Variety Of Events

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MADISON, Wis. (4/22/13)--Credit unions today are marking Earth Day's 43rd anniversary with activities such as planting trees, cleaning up highways, offering document-shredding events, promoting tree-saving electronic statements and educating youth about the environment.

Earth Day is devoted to events worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to learn about the natural environment.

Living up to its name, Grow Financial FCU, based in Tampa, Fla.,  will celebrate today in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Times theme, "Let's Grow Together" by giving away Florida Slash Pine saplings to anyone visiting its 20 branches. The trees are limited to five per household. Recipients are told to either plant them in the back yard or contact Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful for locations on where to plant them.

"It helps to lower greenhouse gas emissions and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plans and animals," Grow Financial said. 

"Grow Financial is committed to participating in activities that show our appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet and our commitment to combatting environmental pollution," said Bob Fisher, president/CEO.

Meritrust CU, with $893 million assets  in Wichita, Kan., will sponsor an event Thursday at the Sedgwick County Zoo forlocal students. "The event features a planet-friendly fair that promotes environmental education and citizenship in our community,"said the credit union's website. Roughly 6,000 students from grades three through five will visit the zoo and walk through exhibits hosted by local businesses and centering on an Earth Day theme.  The exhibits will feature interactive, on-the-spot educational displays on topics such as recycling, pollution, endangered species, emergency preparedness, and weather.

Many credit unions are offering free Shred Days so the community can go green by shredding documents for recycling. Two examples: CommonWealth One FCU, a $307 million asset credit union in Alexandria, Va., will offer a Shred Day Sunday, and $7.96 billion asset, Sacramento, Calif.-based Golden 1 CU conducted its biannual shredding event Saturday.

The Golden 1 CU's event permitted up to five bankers' boxes of documents per household. Last year's event shredded more than 139,000 pounds of documents for 2,700 individuals. Since it began hosting the shred days, Golden 1has helped recycle more than one million documents.

Bucks First FCU, Bristol, Pa., with $83 million assets,  sponsored two events: free shredding Saturday at Bucks County Technical School and a cleanup event at Silver Lake Nature Center School.

Spokane (Wash.) Teachers CU is encouraging members to switch to paper-saving electronic account statements. For each new e-account opened between today and June 30, the $1.7 billion asset credit union will donate money to plant a tree along Deep Creek, Coulee Creek and Hangman Creek, and in northern Idaho. The Lands Council hopes to plant 5,000 trees through Project SUSTAIN, and the credit union aims to plant 1,000 of those trees.  About 400 Inland Northwest High School students will help plant the trees and will learn about conservation and sustainability.

Some credit unions provide tips to youth about conservation. Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Redwood CU, for example, discusses Earth Day and ways to be a "Super Earth Saver" in its Jr. Ranger Review, its quarterly kids' newsletter. Its advice: Reduce the amount of garbage you create, reuse what you can, and recycle cans, bottles, paper and plastic. Turn off lights if you're the last to leave a room. And know what you want before you open the refrigerator.

Illinois League Elects Officers, Board

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (4/22/13)--Several elections by the Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) and affiliated organizations took place at the league's 83rd Annual Convention last week in Naperville, including the seating of four board incumbents re-elected to three-year terms.

Click to view larger image Four directors were sworn in at the Illinois Credit Union League's Annual Convention last week. From left, are: Secretary/treasurer Peggy Cummins, CEO, Three Rivers Community CU, Mt. Carmel; Chairman Geri Burek, CEO of South Division CU, Evergreen Park; Dennis Schaefer, CEO, SIU CU, Carbondale; and Sean Rathjen, CEO, Consumers Cooperative CU, Waukegan. Leading the oath is Vice Chairman Pete Paulson, left, CEO, Corporate America Family CU, Elgin. (Photo provided by the Illinois Credit Union League) 
Re-elected officers were:

  • Chairman Geraldine Burek, CEO of South Division CU, Evergreen Park. Burek also will serve as ICUL Service Corp. (LSC) chairman.
  • Vice chairman Pete Paulson, CEO, Corporate America Family CU, Elgin, who also continues as LSC vice chairman.
  • Secretary/treasurer Peggy Cummins, CEO, Three Rivers Community CU, Mt. Carmel.
Directors re-elected to three-year terms included Sean Rathjen, CEO, Consumers Cooperative CU, Waukegan, and Dennis Schaefer, CEO, SIU CU, Carbondale.

The full ICUL board of directors is:

  • District 1: Cummins; Kerry Fearn, CEO, Area Educational CU, Mattoon; Alan Meyer, executive vice president/chief operating officer, 1st MidAmerica CU, Bethalto; and Schaefer.
  • District 2: Janet Francoeur, CEO, Riverside Community CU, Kankakee;Burek; Tim O'Donnell, executive vice president, Financial Plus CU, Ottawa; and Carl Sorgatz, Great Lakes CU, Naperville.
  • District 3: Karen Jurasek, CEO, Generations CU, Rockford; Patrick Basler, CEO, First Financial CU, Skokie; Rathjen; and Paulson.
The Illinois Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) re-elected its officers to one-year terms. They included:

  • Chairman: David Mooney, CEO, Alliant CU, Chicago;
  • Vice Chairman: Tom Pierce, CEO, Midwest Operating Engineers CU, Countryside; and
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Lee, president, Midwest region, Alloya Corporate FCU, Warrenville.
Three ICUF board members were also re-elected to three-year terms: Cummins; John Fiore, CEO, Motorola Employees CU, Schaumburg; and Greg Worthen, director of lending, 1st MidAmerica CU, Bethalto.

The league's Credit Union Political Action Committee elected officers to one-year terms:

  • Chairman: Brenda Crane, chief operating officer, Credit Union 1, Rantoul;
  • Vice Chairman: Pete Fauth, vice president/CFO, Financial Plus CU, Ottawa;
  • Treasurer: Brian Cedergren, CEO, Abri CU, Romeoville; and
  • Secretary: RaeAnn Love, CEO, Commonwealth CU, Bourbonnais.
New directors elected to replace retiring ones are Kristine Kowalski, vice president of marketing for Kane County Teachers CU, Elgin; and Jim Pigott, Chicago Patrolmen's FCU, Chicago.

The Illinois Youth Involvement Council re-elected its executive committee:

  • Chairman: Jeri Hanson, president, Danville Consolidated CU, Danville;
  • Vice Chairman: Wednesday Medlen, business development/membership officer, Community Plus FCU, Rantoul; and
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Susan Bentley, business development coordinator, Advantage One CU, Morrison.
ICUL's three-day convention concluded Saturday. More than 650 executives representing 120 credit unions attended.

CU Bill Passes NC Banking Committee

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RALEIGH, N.C. (4/22/13)--The North Carolina House Banking Committee held its first hearing on HB 515 last week and passed it through the committee. The bill would amend the state's credit union statutes, said the North Carolina Credit Union League.

"It is a bi-partisan bill with no known opposition, so the bill should move through the committee process swiftly," said Lauren Whaley, NCCUL's director of legislative and regulatory affairs (The Weekly Conversation April 19).

After the bill passed Thursday afternoon, with few questions and almost no debate, it was referred to the Judiciary Committee. HB 515 involves modernizing changes to payable on death accounts, joint accounts and dealing with minors.

The bill was introduced by John Bell (R-10), Larry Hall (D-29), Andy Wells (R-96) and Jonathan Jordan (R-93) after an overhaul of the North Carolina banking statutes by the Office of the Commissioner of Banks in 2011, the league said.

"With the input and feedback of credit unions over the last two years, the league reviewed the credit union statutes in North Carolina and listed several areas that would enhance the value of the credit union charter in North Carolina," Whaley explained. "The league is grateful for the cooperative process that helped us identify key areas that would be of most benefit."

If the Judiciary Committee hearing proceeds positively, HB 515 would then be referred to the House for a vote. The North Carolina Senate would then take up the bill. A time has not been set yet for the bill to be heard in that committee, NCCUL said.

Ramirez Elected Mountain West CU Assn Chairman

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PHOENIX (4/22/13)--The Mountain West Credit Union Association elected officers and presented awards during its 2013 annual convention attended by 525 credit union representatives, guests and vendors, in Phoenix April 4-6.

Robert Ramirez, president/CEO of Vantage West CU, Tucson, Ariz., was elected board chairman, succeeding Mike Williams, president/CEO of Colorado CU, Littleton, Colo.  Other officers are:

  • Vice chair: Susan Frank, president/CEO, Desert Schools FCU, Phoenix;
  • Treasurer: John Uchida, president/CEO, Space Age FCU, Aurora, Colo.; and
  • Secretary: Jim Yates, president/CEO, First Education FCU, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Newly elected board members include Doug Ferraro, president/CEO of Bellco CU, Greenwood Village, Colo., and Dan Kester, president/CEO of Sooper CU, Denver.

Three board members were re-elected: Frank; Dan Desmond, president/CEO, TruWest CU, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Walt Marx, president/CEO of College CU of Greeley, Greeley, Colo.

MWCUA also announced its Volunteer of the Year was Dale Rutt, board member and past chairman, Sooper CU. The 2013 Professional of the Year was Mark Lau, president/CEO of Denver  (Colo.)  Fire Department FCU.

Colorado CU was named Advocacy Team of the Year, and Ana Corona, branch manager, ATA FCU, Yuma, Ariz., was named MWCA's Legislative and Political Coordinator of the Year.

MWCUA and the Arizona Youth Involvement Network also sponsored the conference's young professionals program, with 18 young professionals participating in convention activities and mentoring sessions with Williams; Frank; Uchida;  LC Williams ,board chair of Space Age FCU; and Chris Kemm, vice president, political affairs at MWCUA.

The convention theme was "What's Next: Taking the Future Head On," a topic addressed by keynote speakers Michael Rogers, a technology pioneer, novelist and journalist, and Jack Shaw, business technologies expert.