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Sarah Canepa Bang, President of CO-OP Shared Branching/FSCC LLC, and Chief Strategy Officer of CO-OP Shared Branching

updated 08/22/13 09:23 AM
Honored for 'Individual Achievement'
In recognition of her leadership and tireless commitment to the credit union philosophy, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has honored Sarah Canepa Bang, president of CO-OP Shared Branching/FSCC LLC and chief strategy officer of CO-OP Shared Branching, with the 2014 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement.

This will be one of four Herb Wegner Memorial Awards presented at a special dinner hosted by NCUF at the Grand Hyatt Washington on Feb. 24, which is Monday night of the Credit Union National Association’s 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference. Online registration for dinner tickets will be available later this year on the NCUF website.

"One word to describe Sarah is ‘dynamo,'" said John Gregoire, chairman of the NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and president The ProCon Group in Madison, WI. "Sarah is one of the most impressive, assertive, outgoing personalities in the entire credit union movement. Her energy knows no bounds, helping her become a major contributor to the success of the Credit Unions for Kids program and building shared branching in to a powerhouse delivery system."

Canepa Bang started her career at the Credit Union National Association in 1983 in the trade association's newly developed Internet office. During the mid-80s, she served as education director at the then Oregon Credit Union League and moved to the Massachusetts Credit Union League in the late 80s as vice president of human resources.

She returned to the Oregon Credit Union League as executive vice president in 1990 and launched a number of high visibility programs. During her tenure at the Oregon Credit Union League, she was also chief operating officer of CU Access, an ATM and shared branching network which the league ran, and Automated Item Management, the Northwest's largest and most successful check processing operation.

In 1995, Canepa Bang established a two-year associate degree program in credit union management through Mt. Hood Community College. She recognized that credit unions were a promising place to build careers and found a way to meet the educational needs of credit union employees. She also initiated Loans Today, one of the first 24-7 lending call centers in the nation created to enhance a credit union's ability to process member loan requests via telephone.

“Sarah’s career is indicative of not only her commitment to the credit union philosophy but also her willingness to utilize her business acumen to promote the best interests of credit unions, said Dan Egan, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Credit Union League, New Hampshire Credit Union League, and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island.

“Sarah has been the credit union system's most ardent ambassador for shared branching, as well as its staunchest task master,” said Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

Canepa Bang was named CEO of FSCC in 1999. During her tenure she made the fledgling organization one of the most successful credit union CUSOs in the nation and in the history of the credit union system. Under Canepa Bang’s leadership, FSCC more than quadrupled in the number of credit unions, branches, and states involved in shared branching resulting in thousands of financial access points for members. Today, shared branching is available in all 50 states, 2 US territories, and 3 foreign countries.

FSCC was the first network to pioneer the outlet concept in shared branching. Through Canepa Bang’s tenure, they expanded the technology to include full-service kiosks, mobile banking, call centers, disaster recovery, and remote deposit capture. In 2007, FSCC hit another milestone and implemented shared branching services on over 2,200 Vcom® kiosks inside select 7-Eleven stores. In January 2012, she collaboratively worked with CO-OP Financial Services to unite the two shared branch networks in the credit union industry into “one” national network via a merger of the two organizations.

“Sarah is a visionary leader who is fearless in her pursuit of service and ‘access anywhere’ for credit union members,” said Patricia Smith, president and CEO of Unitus Community CU.

Canepa Bang is also a longtime supporter of the Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) program and was one of the key founders of the program while at the Oregon Credit Union League. Additionally, she extends her commitment for credit unions to the global movement through her involvement with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and DCUC (Defense Credit Union Council). Also, she is a firm believer in the mission of state credit union foundations.

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NEVADA'S MOMENT IN THE SUN updated 11/24/15 08:17 AM
Local CU vs. Bank Footprint
Nevada credit unions could be on track to surpassing every other state as the No. 1 loan originator in the industry during the past quarter compared to a year ago—a trend that speaks of the deep, years-long financial rebuilding process taking place for residents living in one of the hardest hit regions during and after the Great Recession.

CUs Encouraged to Comment
At the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) board meeting this morning, the board issued a field of membership (FOM) proposal for comment. The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues will carefully review the proposal and provide members with more information it the near future. Member credit unions are encouraged to consider and comment on the proposal, including support of positive changes and thoughts on how it can be further improved. Comments will be accepted for 60 days after the proposal is published in the Federal Register.

SCE FCU Becomes First in CA
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have announced a partnership with the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions to help interested credit unions in both states become designated as “Juntos Avanzamos” (Together We Advance) organizations.

NCUA OPEN FORUM: 'LICU' DESIGNATIONS updated 11/16/15 02:25 PM
Upcoming FOM Considerations
At the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) open forum on Oct. 30, a representative from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues asked for clarification on how and when the NCUA reviews low-income credit union designations.

AGENDA: BILLS TO KEEP CFPB IN CHECK updated 11/16/15 02:20 PM
House Lawmakers Return
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Ten Different Credit Unions Represented
As reported earlier in the Leagues' Advocacy Blog, credit union leaders met today with Rep. Linda Sanchez.

Summary of Rule's Framework
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Nevada CU CEO Testifies at Hearing updated 11/09/15 12:23 PM
Regulations Facing CUs Discussed
The House Committee on Small Businesses held a subcommittee field hearing this afternoon in North Las Vegas. Representative Cresent Hardy (R-N.Las Vegas) as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigation and Regulation invited Robin Simmers, CEO of Pahranagat Valley Federal Credit Union of Nevada to testify on the topic of overburdening regulations facing credit unions as both a financial institution and small business. In her testimony, Simmers raised several continual concerns addressing small and rural credit unions such as BSA compliance, one-size fits all rules in CFPB regulation, and examinations of smaller credit unions. A link to her written testimony (available in the days ahead) and details on the hearing can be found here.

LEAGUE PAC ACTIVITIES AT 'REACH' updated 11/09/15 12:09 PM
Golf Tourney; CU Leaders Honored
In addition to the array of speakers, REACH 2015 also featured a sold-out PAC Golf Tournament and credit union leaders and vendors being honored for their contributions to political advocacy.

NCUA's MCWATTERS, METSGER AT 'REACH' updated 11/09/15 11:16 AM
Board Members Discuss Topics
REACH 2015 attendees were treated to visits by both National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member Mark McWatters and Vice Chairman Rick Metsger during the conference. Below are some highlights.

Impart Insightful Perspectives
Last week’s REACH 2015 featured an array of inspirational speakers who gave attendees ready-to-implement tactics and ideas to recharge their credit unions and rethink what’s possible.

APRIL RINNE: THE 'SHARING ECONOMY' updated 11/06/15 11:45 AM
Potential for Credit Unions
April Rinne—advisor on the “sharing economy” and young global leader for the World Economic Forum—brought the “REACH” conference to a close Friday by defining the sharing economy and exposing credit unions to how this growing sector of the world is making a fundamental paradigm shift in consumers and workers relating to each other.

Managing Energy, not Time, is Key
Stacey Sullivan, performance coach with Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute, left “REACH” conference attendees with some insightful parting words in the second-half of Friday morning’s general session.

DAVE LOGAN: KNOW WHAT NOT TO CHANGE updated 11/06/15 11:13 AM
5 Stages Professionals Work In
Dave Logan, president of CultureSync, challenged attendees on the last day of the “REACH” convention to never change “things that always must stay the same—because they ground us and tell us who we are.”

Plus, REACH Innovation Group
Two significant innovation-centered segments during Thursday afternoon’s general session at “REACH” had audience members searching for how they could implement new concepts at their credit union.

CU LEADERS AWARDED: 'PAC' ADVOCACY updated 11/05/15 12:34 PM
California and Nevada Advocates
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues honored recipients of its annual PAC Awards (Political Action Committee) on stage during “REACH” on Thursday afternoon, paying tribute to the hard-working efforts of political advocacy.

NCUA'S MCWATTERS VISITS 'REACH' updated 11/05/15 12:32 PM
Advocates Better NCUA Communication
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member Mark McWatters stopped by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ annual conference, “REACH,” to address credit union executives and board members regarding his agenda and the agency’s plans toward the end of the year.

Pierce, Rutkowski, and Suber
Three outstanding innovators and thinkers took to the stage during Thursday morning’s general session at “REACH,” opening credit union leaders’ eyes to the possibilities of what role that crypto-currency, digital disruption, the “access economy,” and peer-to-peer lending might play in the industry.

For Their Service and More
Six credit union leaders from California and Nevada were honored at a private reception and on stage during Thursday’s general session of “REACH” with the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ annual “League Awards.”

'Invent' to Impact Community
Pablos Holman challenged Wednesday afternoon’s “REACH” audience during opening general session to “think about providing consumers what others can’t” and “what our relationship will be with change and disruption now and in the future.”

NCUA'S RICK METSGER AT 'REACH' updated 11/04/15 11:58 AM
Discusses MBL and FOM
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member Rick Metsger visited a credit union volunteer reception and executive reception during this year’s “REACH” conference to foster the relationship credit unions have with their federal regulator.

SHAPIRO RECEPTION: HUB FOR SMALL CUs updated 11/04/15 11:56 AM
Leaders Look Back, and Forward
CEOs and other leaders from small credit unions—often cited the backbone and soul of the credit union industry—gathered at a special annual reception during “REACH” on Wednesday afternoon to honor how far they’ve come within their collaborative efforts, as well as take a peak into the future.

'REACH' Attendees Participate
More than two dozen “REACH” attendees headed over to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) diaper project, where they put together diaper pins that were “premature” baby size—a remembrance of just how small a life can struggle with illness or disease.

KIDS LEARN BASICS: 'BITE OF REALITY' updated 11/04/15 11:01 AM
Side Event at 'REACH'
Nearly 100 kids and parents from the Palm Desert community came on-site to the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ annual conference, “REACH,” during the "Bite of Reality" workshop—a financial simulation fair for high school students.