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Products and Services briefs (05/27/2008)

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* NAPERVILLE, Ill. (5/28/08)--The Illinois Credit Union League Service Corp.has saved credit unions more than $240,000 through a series of webinars in the first quarter of this year, the league said last week. The webinars, dubbed “SOS” (Solutions, Opportunities, Success), address prepaid card and debit card markets. SOS is offered to credit union in 42 states, and more than 400 credit unions have participated. Credit unions can use the information from SOS to implement strategies to generate interchange and deposit income, the league said. The second quarter SOS series will continue through July 31 ... * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (5/28/08)--The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have partnered with EPL, a credit union-owned company, and MeridianLink, a software provider. The partnership allows credit unions to use an automated process to qualify potential members for membership and members for loans and other products. Services and programs provided under the partnership include: Xpress Membership Application; Payday Lending Application; and Credit Analyzer. EPL, a CUNA Strategic Services provider, is based in Birmingham, Ala., and Meridian is based out of Costa Mesa, Calif. ... * BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (5/28/08)--Mid-America Credit Union Association has endorsed EPL’s i-Power, EPL said in a statement last week. The association chose i-Power because it runs on “modern technology and supports an open business model providing credit unions choices,” said Travis Kasten, Mid-America vice president of credit union development. EPL is a CUNA Strategic Services provider. EPL is a credit union-owned technology solutions provider ... * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (5/28/08)--CO-OP Financial Services announced that it has appointed veteran managers to fill two new positions, effective May 5. Annette Bowlick is vice president of customer care. She is responsible for client service and customer care initiatives. She will oversee the company’s efforts to enhance customer satisfaction. Caroline Lane is vice president of business development and strategic planning. She is responsible for the company’s relationship management and support teams and will guide the strategic planning process. Bowlick has been with CO-OP 11 years and served as vice president of business development. Lane began her career with CO-OP in 2006 as vice president of corporate development ... * MIDDLETON, Wis. (5/28/08)--Greystone Residential Funding, a provider of lending services for credit unions, announced that its new owner is a group of private investors focused on businesses that serve community banks and credit unions. Greystone also will transition to a new name, QR Lending, over the next few months. Credit unions working with Greystone include DOCO Regional FCU, Albany, Ga. ...