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Darren Williams, CEO of Wescom CU

updated 10/07/13 02:10 PM
CUs Put Members First, He Says
Wescom CU CEO Darren Williams testified as one of several witnesses during a California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee offsite informational hearing in Santa Ana, CA last week—a meeting focused on the Homeowner Bill of Rights' impact on the state's housing market, businesses, and consumers.

Williams' testimony was centered on California credit unions' low foreclosure numbers, high level of service, and emphasis on keeping members in their homes.

Other witnesses also included economists, the California attorney general's appointed mortgage monitor, borrower advocates, and representatives from mortgage servicers, regulators, attorneys, and banks.

In July 2012, the California legislature passed—and Governor Jerry Brown signed—two identical pieces of legislation that collectively came to be known as the California Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR). Effective Jan. 1 of this year, HBOR enacted comprehensive mortgage loan servicing reforms, established mortgage loan borrower protections, and modified California's non-judicial foreclosure process.

While credit unions were largely exempted from the law, HBOR prohibited all servicers from dual tracking and robo-signing—practices uncommon in the credit union industry.

The senate banking committee plans on holding another offsite hearing covering HBOR in Northern California in November.

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CU DIRECT TO DONATE 20K TO CMN updated 12/16/14 11:03 AM
‘20 for 20’ Anniversary Campaign
CU Direct, the nation’s leading provider of lending, automotive, and strategic solutions for credit unions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a contest to donate $20,000 to one of the nation’s Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals.

NCUA MAY BE LIABLE FOR DATA BREACH updated 12/16/14 10:05 AM
Flash Drive with Member Info Lost
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) confirmed on Dec. 15 that a flash drive containing the personal information of Palm Springs FCU member was lost during a recent audit. The loss of data includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and account information.

Also, Digital Media and Marketing
Federal health care law requirements, creating a quick digital message, and the marriage of innovation with marketing are all highlighted within the latest “Problem? Solved!” column in Credit Union Digest!

'IOLTA' BILL: A BIG WIN FOR MOVEMENT updated 12/15/14 10:36 AM
Two Credit Unions React
The Senate’s passage of H.R. 3468 on Thursday is big news for federally-insured credit unions in California and Nevada that serve attorney firms and other businesses, and could open the door to deepening current relationships and attracting new prospects.