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Products and Services briefs (04/24/2008)

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* DES MOINES, Iowa (4/25/08)--Community Business Lenders, a credit union service organization of the Iowa Credit Union League, hired Troy Thompson as vice president of member business lending, and Jenni Danley as accounting specialist. Before joining Community Business Lenders, Thompson was vice president of credit administration for Heartland Financial USA, Dubuque, Iowa. Danley previously worked as a financial accounting specialist with The Members Group and Iowa Corporate Central CU, Des Moines ... * PHILADELPHIA (4/25/08)--Digital FCU, Marlborough, Mass., awarded VINtek its 2007 Business Partnership Excellence Award for the third year in a row. The credit union has been a client of VINtek since 2002, and uses the VINtekTIME title tracking system to manage the credit union’s high volume of auto loan accounts. Each year, Digital FCU nominates businesses that help the credit union deliver value and service to members ... * ST. PAUL, Minn. (4/25/08)--Strategic Solutions is sponsoring a Member Advocacy Pathways (MAP) Trainer Certification Boot Camp May 13-16 in St. Paul. The early bird registration ends May 1, and registrants can receive a discount. The camp is designed for credit unions to help train front-line staff to serve members’ needs ...

Experian Credit Builders Alliance reporting data for microlenders

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COSTA MESA, Calif. (4/25/08)--Experian, a global information services company, and Credit Builders Alliance (CBA), a nonprofit, have joined to launch a data-reporting partnership so CBA’s members can report microloan repayment data for Experian. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs), microenterprise and housing development organizations, asset-building organizations and community credit lenders can report the repayment history of their borrowers. More than 3,000 loans have been reported to Experian. Experian is the first credit bureau to work with CBA to help small business owners establish a credit history, said Zaydoon H. Munir, Experian senior vice president of marketing, product and data development. Experian is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. CBA is based in Alexandria, Va.