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* DUBLIN, Ohio (4/24/08)--The Ohio Credit Union League has sold its 23,000-square-foot building based in Dublin, Ohio, and will relocate staff to downtown Columbus during third quarter this year, said the league (eLumination Newsletter April 22). The move is part of the league's focus on credit union advocacy and support. It is exploring office space adjacent to Capitol Square. "The move will make the league and Ohio's credit unions more visible than ever in all realms that affect our movement's future," said league President Paul Mercer. The sales agreement permits the league to continue leasing space in its current building for up to six months … * SOMERSET, N.J. (4/24/08)--The credit union difference was the topic Saturday when New Jersey Credit Union League President/CEO Paul Gentile and Mid-State FCU President/CEO Tracy Sussman co-hosted "Ask the Expert," a radio show on WCTC 1450 A.M. (The Weekly Exchange April 21). They covered the basics of credit unions: What credit unions are, how they benefit members, the types of products they offer, and how to join. They also answered calls about the safety of money, whether credit unions offer direct deposit, and whether a member can remain a member if moving out of state … * TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (4/24/08)--Florida Bureau of Credit Unions Bureau Chief Sharon Whiddon has announced she will retire, effective June 30. Whiddon, who supervised Florida's state-chartered credit unions for 36 years, has headed the department for the past 20 years. The Bureau of Credit Unions is located in the state's Office of Financial Regulation … * DETROIT (4/24/08)--Earl Johnson, 40, of Detroit was sentenced to life in a federal prison with no parole for his role in a 2001 armored car robbery that left a guard dead. Johnson was convicted of conspiracy and murder in the incident, which occurred outside Dearborn FCU (Now DFCU Financial FCU) on Dec. 14, 2001. He was one of six men charged in the robbery and killing of 30-year-old Norman Stephens. Two other guards escaped injury by locking themselves inside the armored car. The robbers netted $204,000 (Associated Press Newswires April 23) … * ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (4/24/08)--The Credit Union Association of New Mexico (CUANM) announced it has promoted three employees. Mike Athens was promoted to vice president of association services. In the accounting department, Derek Wright was promoted to vice president of finance and operations, and Elisa Furlan-Young was promoted to staff accountant …
* TULSA, Okla. (4/24/08)--The Oklahoma Credit Union League has hired Gary Jones to its new position as liaison to credit unions. According to Debra J. "DJ" Morrow Ingram, interim president/CEO, the liaison will be credit unions' day to day link with the league. Jones retired in November after 20 years as president of WilServ CU, Tulsa. He is a former board member and officer (The Journal Record April 22) …


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