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Clark County CU has promoted Josh Haldeman from vice president of Commercial Lending to chief lending officer and Daniel Reese has been promoted to vice president of Commercial Lending. Haldeman will continue to create new and competitive lending programs for members, and Reese will maintain the commercial lending portfolio, listen to members’ needs, and answer their questions about commercial credit and lending.

Kimberly Williams, Redwood CU Senior Vice President of Strategy, Project Management, and Corporate Real Estate.

Redwood CU has promoted Kimberly Williams to senior vice president of strategy, project management, and corporate real estate—a new position within the organization. In this role, Williams will develop organizational strategies and oversee projects that include new products and services for members and new branches in areas where members have requested them.

Sierra Central CU makes a $70,000 donation to UC Davis Children's Hospitals.

Sierra Central CU and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues presented a check of more than $70,000 to UC Davis Children’s Hospitals, on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Greater Nevada CU officially breaks ground Aug. 16, 2018 on its new branch in Fernley, NV. The building will be approximately 10,000 square feet, with the credit union occupying 40 percent of the building and the other 60 percent available for other retail use.

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Desert Valleys FCU, in partnership with the Ridgecrest Cinemas, held the first annual "Member Movie Night” on July 31. More than 500 members turned out for this event and enjoyed prizes, giveaways, and a special discounted ticket for Desert Valleys FCU members. The event also served as an opportunity for members to see Desert Valleys FCU’s new “Mobile Branch”.

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Redwood CU’s free annual Shred-a-Thon attracted more than 1,800 residents. Fifty six credit union volunteers and eight shredding trucks from Shred-IT were on-site at the event to help the community safely dispose of and recycle approximately 60,000 pounds. of documents. Nine people also attended a free seminar at the event on ways to prevent fraud and identity theft.

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America’s Christian CU contributed $37,954 in charitable donations during the second quarter, including adoption grants, scholarships, Neighborhood Homework House, Children’s Miracle Network, Shepherd’s Pantry Glendora, Operation Community Cares, and more

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Compass Community CU has once again secured BauerFinancial, Inc.’s highest, 5-star rating. A 5-star rating indicates the credit union excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. Compass Community CU has earned and maintained this top 5-star rating for 33 consecutive quarters.

Jenny Casselman Vice President of Commercial Operations of Greater Nevada CU's Greater Commercial Lending.

Greater Nevada CU’s Greater Commercial Lending has named Jenny Casselman its Vice President of Commercial Operations.  Casselman is responsible for delivering strategic objectives related to the commercial loan servicing, secondary marketing, funding and investor efforts within Greater Commercial Lending, which provides commercial lending services to entities across the nation.

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Silver State Schools CU’s financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2018, reflect sustained positive results, as the credit union reported its 25th consecutive quarter of positive earnings, including net income of $2.55 million in the second quarter of 2018 and year-to-date earnings of $4.74 million, as compared to   net income of $2.66 million and year-to-date earnings of $5.46 million in 2017.

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UNCLE CU was named “Best in East Bay 2018” for credit unions by the East Bay Times Readers’ Choice Awards. The multiple award-winning credit union has been recognized by both its industry and the communities it serves for excellence in areas including service, leadership, financial performance and more.

Chairman's Xcellence Scholarship winner Senna Marzo (right) accepts her award from Xceed Financial CU President and Chief Executive, Teresa Freeborn (left).

Xceed Financial CU recently awarded $11,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors and has awarded a total of $140,000 in scholarships to date.

Scott Bolster, 1st United CU Chief Financial Officer. 

1st United CU has appointed Scott Bolster as their new chief financial officer. Bolster brings 15 years of C-level credit union management and served as a delegate to the California Credit Union League and on the board for CU Data Processing.

Redwood CU employees and family members, and Puertas Abiertas at the Napa Shred-a-Thon.

Redwood CU hosted its free annual Shred-a-Thon, held at the County of Napa Sullivan Lot on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Sixteen RCU volunteers and four shredding trucks from Shred-IT were on-site at the event to help 600 community members safely dispose of and recycle approximately 30,000 pounds of paper.

Jim Hawkins, Greater Nevada Mortgage Sales Manager.

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’s Greater Nevada Mortgage has named Jim Hawkins as Mortgage Sales Manager for its new southern Nevada office in Las Vegas. Hawkins brings more than 20 years industry experience to his role and has held a variety of positions to include Real Estate Lending Director, Senior Underwriter, Trainer, Account Executive, and Business Owner.

President and CEO Eileen Rivera announces her retirement after a 31-year career with SkyOne FCU.

SkyOne FCU President and CEO Eileen Rivera will retire in November. She served 31 years at SkyOne FCU, including 26 years as president and CEO. Rivera led SkyOne FCU in countless strategic initiatives, expanding its charter from single sponsor (FAA in the Western United States) to trade-industry-profession (air transportation nationwide), evolving its brand from FAA Western to SkyOne FCU, negotiating and executing five mergers, growing its membership to 36,000, and increasing its asset size from $90 million to $550 million, including assets under management from the member investment program that she helped build from the ground up.

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Cabrillo CU names Dan Kitchen as Chief Lending Officer and Mitch Linagen as Lending Manager. Kitchen draws on his 20-plus years of experience in the credit union industry to help Cabrillo CU drive excellence and growth in all lending areas. His primary goal is to execute on the related lending functions in the credit union’s strategic plan. Linagen is a seasoned Financial Services Professional with 25-plus years of lending, operations, and project management experience, in both large and small, corporate Fortune 500 settings. 



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CU*NorthWest has signed with BeFit Financial FCU. CU*NorthWest offers a wide variety of services for credit unions including its flagship CU*BASE® processing system (online and in-house) and Internet development services featuring It’s Me 247 online and mobile banking. 

Ryan Lind, Redwood CU Novato Branch Manager.

Redwood CU has promoted Ryan Lind to manager of its Novato branch at 1010 Grant Avenue. In his new role, Lind is responsible for overseeing member service, staff management, and daily branch operations, as well as local community and business development efforts. Lind started with the credit union in 2003 and has been promoted several times.

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Greater Nevada CU has named Erika Mendoza the new branch manager of its University branch, slated to open later this summer. Mendoza brings more than 10 years of banking experience, including previous experience as a branch manager and service manager.  She also served as a quality assurance analyst which entailed completing internal operational control reviews in the branch and at business banking locations.


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Patelco CU won the 2018 Financial Capability Innovation Award from EVERFI, Inc., as a result of Patelco’s Financialocity member digital learning initiative encouraging members to build financial confidence. 

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Premier America CU will host its annual pre-owned car sale in Thousand Oaks, CA on Aug. 11. Attendees can shop a large selection of quality pre-owned vehicles and buyers who finance with Premier America CU can take advantage of no auto loan payments for 90 days. To entice members to attend the event, the credit union mailed 30,000 “lucky keys” to select members in Ventura County, and randomly pre-selected one lucky member to win a 2018 Mercedes Benz CLA250 or $30,000 in cash.



Back L-R: Gonzalo Romo, business development officer; Yessenia Galvan, Napa member service representative; Cynthia Calderon, Napa senior member service representative; Cynthia Negri, executive vice president & chief operating officer; Lindsay Jones, Napa branch manager; and Priscilla Jaworski, community engagement advocate. Front left to right: Donna Zapata, business development officer; Dave Upham, senior vice president of member experience; Deirdre Thompson, vice president of member experience; and Jose Hernandez, Redwood CU member and ambassador.


Redwood CU was honored as Volunteer of the Year at the 7th Annual Blend of Cultures Award Recognition and Gala by the Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Blend of Cultures awards represent one of many ways the Chamber fulfills its vision of promoting the economic advancement of the Napa County Hispanic population and serving as a bridge between the Hispanic and non-Hispanic community by facilitating business, social, educational, and governmental relationships.



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Two Premier America CU employees have recently earned Six Sigma Green Belt certifications. Stacey Wanhala, Lending Systems Analyst and Jose Hernandez, Collections Specialist, completed the certification which included 32 hours of direct instructor training at Harrison Street University in Chicago, IL, followed by a successfully executed certification project.

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Redwood CU is hosting a free document shredding event for the Sonoma County community on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon at their administrative offices at 3033 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa. The popular Shred-a-Thon event will feature free document shredding provided by Shred-It and electronic waste (e-waste) collection by Conservation Corps North Bay.