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CA FINALISTS CHOSEN FOR THINK PRIZE
updated 03/14/13 04:27 PM
Winner to be Announced May 2
CO-OP Financial Services has selected three finalists for the CO-OP THINK Prize 13, a $10,000 grand prize presented by MasterCard. The winner will be announced on May 2 at the THINK 13 Conference in Chicago.

CO-OP THINK Prize 13 is a competition created by CO-OP Financial Services to inspire innovative business solutions to the issues facing the credit union industry.

The three finalists are:

  • Robert Baron, director of marketing, Technicolor FCU, Burbank, CA: Virtual Teller System.
  • Andree Kirk, online services administrator, San Francisco FCU, San Francisco: Shared Member Application Platform.
  • Deborah Larson, branch manager, Dakota Plains CU, Enderlin, ND: Switch Kit App.

The finalists were selected from among 25 semi-finalists by judges from CO-OP Financial Services and Filene Research Institute. The winner will be chosen based on judges’ scoring, online voting by credit union employees, and on-site voting by registered THINK 13 Conference attendees. Credit union employees can vote at www.co-opthink.org from March 26 to April 19.

CO-OP Financial Services will be working with the finalists to produce a video that helps the entrants explain their idea, which can take any form such as an innovative application of technology, a new process for back office efficiency, or a fresh approach to industry advertising and marketing. Though the ideas can vary widely, the judging criteria for entries are based on four main standards – impact, creativity, aggregation (the application of the idea across the industry) and implementation (the ability to be adopted).

                           
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LEADERS ENGAGE WITH STATE LAWMAKERS updated 04/15/14 09:44 AM
Card Security a Hot Topic
Credit union professionals and volunteers took a stand for their members in Sacramento from April 7-8 during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR)—an event that attracted more than 75 attendees and helped build relationships with state legislators.

CO-OP ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER DIVIDEND updated 04/14/14 01:37 PM
Patronage Pool of $30.5 Million
CO-OP Financial Services has announced a shareholder dividend pool of $30.5 million for 2013—a 17 percent increase from 2012. Since becoming a credit union-owned cooperative in 1996, CO-OP’s total shareholder patronage has been $284.8 million.

DBO REPS ADDRESS 'CUOLI' INVESTMENTS updated 04/14/14 01:05 PM
State CU Update Given
California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Commissioner Jan Owen and Deputy Commissioner of Credit Unions Erick Orellana gave attendees an overview of the department during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR) last week in Sacramento and welcomed questions from attendees.

CONGRESSMEN CONCERNED OVER RBC RULES updated 04/09/14 01:18 PM
Questions Arise During Hearing
Reps. Ed Royce, R-CA, and Brad Sherman, D-CA, questioned National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) General Counsel Mike McKenna on the effectiveness of the NCUA's proposed risk-based capital rule during a House Financial Services Committee hearing last week.