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CUNA Hargrove extend convention contract five years

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WASHINGTON (4/12/10)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and convention contractor Hargrove Inc. have extended their contract for another five years. The contract extension was signed in March. Hargrove will provide contracting services during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27 to March 2, 2011. Hargrove is a general contractor that produces tradeshows, events and custom exhibits. CUNA moved GAC to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center three years ago. Hargrove has provided services such as stage design for the general session and evening gala reception, and exhibit hall decor for the trade show component. “We greatly appreciate Hargrove’s commitment to our association’s success with their exemplary service and creativity. We expect our meeting to experience continued growth and look forward to five more successful years with Hargrove,” said CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica. Tim McGill, CEO of Hargrove, added: “We have a great deal of experience with government affairs meetings and a commitment to service that I think makes Hargrove an ideal partner.”

DigitalMailer in 10th year launches opt-in online service

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HERNDON, Va. (4/12/10)--DigitalMailer is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has launched a new online service to address the opt-in compliance requirements of Regulation E, regarding electronic funds transfer. The service includes secure online forms for collecting member opt-in/opt-out information; ready-made emails and marketing collateral; automated thank-you replies to members; and tracking of member responses for credit union records. The service can be customized. Seven Seventeen CU, Warren, Ohio, is among several credit unions that have started using the service. DigitalMailer also is offering free Brown Bag Session webinars through the July 1 compliance deadline for credit unions. The session provides examples of the elements in the opt-in service and features. DigitalMailer has delivered more than 15.9 million electronic statements and more than 24 million e-mail messages since the company’s inception. It works with credit unions to develop online document management programs, disaster communication systems, green solutions and automated marketing strategies.

Talaris partners with DirectFED on e-check processing

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LISLE, Ill. and LOS ANGELES (4/12/10)--Talaris, a provider of teller cash automation equipment to financial institutions and retailers worldwide, and DirectFED payment Solutions, are partnering on Talaris’ electronic-check processing solution, Pronto. DirectFED Deposit was leveraged to create Pronto, a solution that will allow credit unions and other financial institutions to immediately process checks with the Federal Reserve. Talaris first unveiled Pronto in November 2009 at a banking industry conference. Pronto offers a plug-and-play set-up that allows financial institutions to install the solution in a few hours. “Pronto was custom-designed to address Talaris’ specific objective to offer customers fast and easy benefits of Check 21 without financial burden, technology integrations and additional hardware,” said Jeff Korbin, executive vice president of DirectFED Payment Solutions. Talaris was formerly called De La Rue Cash Systems.