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Central Star teams with Kansas CUs

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WICHITA, Kan. (7/18/12)--After opening for business a little more than a year ago, Central Star Financial Solutions (CSFS), a credit union service organization, announced it is now working with 12 credit unions in Kansas to provide mortgage and insurance services.

The services include mortgage origination, processing and document preparation for mortgage loans, funding for mortgages, mortgage consulting, and a full service, independent insurance agency.

"It's great to see that what we've built has made an impact so quickly," says Lee Williams, president of Central Star CU and CSFS board member.

Many credit unions cannot provide these services to their membership because of their size and the complexity of the mortgage and insurance industry, said CSFS. The mortgage products available include fixed-rate conventional mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages, Federal Housing Administration mortgages, Veterans Administration loans, U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development loans and bridge loans for refinances and purchases, and home equity loans.

"Our focus on growth during 2012 includes offering our service to Kansas credit unions that currently provide limited or no mortgage services to their members," said Matthew Hamm, CSFS CEO. "Our service is convenient and easy to use, which is perfect for small to mid-size credit unions."

CUNA Experience Learning Live announces keynoters

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MADISON, Wis. (7/18/12)--Keynote speakers have been announced for the Credit Union National Association's annual (CUNA) Experience Learning Live! (ELL), Sept. 30-Oct. 3, at in Denver. 

CUNA Experience Learning Live! is designed for training professionals who want to improve their training and the educational culture at their credit union.

Attendees can connect with credit union trainers nationwide, and create new content and learning opportunities for their staff.

Attendees can also gain inspiration for new training techniques and skills from the 2012 ELLy Award winners, who will be recognized at the conference. The ELLy Awards honor outstanding credit union training programs and training professionals.

CUNA Experience Learning Live! keynote speakers include:

  • Carmen Taran, who is a leader in the virtual presentation movement and a cognitive scientist. She has a passion for virtual presentations and an understanding of the human psyche which she uses in her role as an executive coach at Rexi Media. Her presentations and workshops help business professionals use communication skills to increase revenue, train or motivate, and differentiate themselves.
  • Doug Stevenson, is the founder and president of Story Theater International, a speaking, training and consulting company based in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has coached more than 1,000 business professionals, including CEOs, entrepreneurs and even a member of the House of Lords in London. Stevenson is the creator and author of The Story Theater Method Book for strategic storytelling in business.
  • Tamara Kleinberg, who is the chief imaginator of Imaginibbles. As an idea tinkerer, serial entrepreneur, nationally published author, innovation enthusiast, martial artist and host of "imagi-NATION: disruptive innovator's road tour," she created Imaginibbles to help people and organizations unleash their imaginative mind and unlock their entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.
One attendee will be selected to become the ELL Idol and receive a complimentary registration. Applicants can e-mail or mail a five-minute video pitching what they would like to present during an ELL breakout session. Applicants are asked to keep in mind that ELL attendees expect to walk away with a bucket of tools, tips and take-home ideas. For more information, use the link.