updated 07/31/13 9:00 AM 2013-07-31 00:00:00.0
CO-OP Financial Services has kicked off its marketing initiative to rebrand and promote credit union shared branching. Launch kits are now available and contain new signage, including logos and graphics, new web/digital program assets, advertisements, and locator details. The official "go public" date is Aug. 13.


updated 07/31/13 10:27 AM 2013-07-31 00:00:00.0
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) will realign regional supervision of California credit unions from Region II back to Region V on Jan. 1, 2014, the agency announced. Also starting in 2014, a newly created Office of National Examinations and Supervision (ONES) will begin supervising the nation's largest natural-person and corporate credit unions (more than $10 billion in assets). It will oversee unique examination and supervision issues.


updated 07/01/13 04:44 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
'Member News' Posted
Scroll down to view the latest on how credit unions and industry affiliates across California and Nevada are donating time and money to help the communities they serve, implementing new operational strategies for members, and advocating for the credit union movement!


updated 07/01/13 04:28 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
As Congress plans for comprehensive tax reform, several member credit unions of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) have joined together in reaching out to their respective members, asking them to contact their U.S. senators and representatives with one unified message: Don't Tax My Credit Union! Click here to access the Don't Tax My Credit Union toolkit to engage YOUR credit union members today!


Tony Kitt, SVP of Strategic Innovation and Planning for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; Jon Hernandez, CEO of CalCom FCU and Chairman of the Southern California Credit Union Alliance (SCCUA); Gary Perez, CEO of USC CU; Shruti Miyashiro, CEO of Orange County's CU; Joe Schroeder, CEO of Ventura County CU; Jeff York, CEO of CoastHills
updated 07/01/13 04:27 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
A deeper look at what "collaboration" truly means took shape during the Southern California Credit Union Alliance's (SCCUA) Second Annual Collaboration Conference, which focused on how credit unions can drive the philosophy of "working together" to the next level so their members can fully engage with the value provided them. The two-day event attracted 125 credit union executives and vendors in Industry, CA.


Attendees of the San Francisco FCU event discuss unique financial challenges.
updated 07/01/13 04:26 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
San Francisco FCU launched its new Women’s Wealth Initiative, a financial education group for women in the Bay Area. The initial meeting drew 12 participants and focused on unique financial challenges women face, in addition to strategies for meeting money-related goals.


updated 07/01/13 04:25 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Kintecta FCU reached 250,000 members for the first time in its history. Achieving this milestone ensures the credit union's continued ranking among the top credit unions nationally and serving more members than any other credit union in Los Angeles County.


updated 07/01/13 04:25 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Tucoemas FCU was presented with the Best Practice Award in the area of Business Development and Dealer Relations during the CU Direct 2013 Annual Lending Conference earlier this year. The credit union was one of four recognized for exemplary lending practices and success in 2012.


updated 07/01/13 04:24 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
NuVision FCU and Pacific Resource CU merged on July 1, creating a $1.3 billion credit union with 14 branches and serving 87,000 members primarily throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.


updated 07/01/13 04:24 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
SAFE CU member Jamie Larson won the credit union's "Free Gas for a Year Sweepstakes," receiving $2,600. The sweepstakes was part of SAFE CU's latest auto loan promotion, where every time a member applied for a new auto loan, applied for the refinance of a loan from another lender, or selected a low-cost vehicle protection plan, he or she was entered to win the estimated valued of gas for a year.


L-R: Financial Partners CU VP of Marketing and Public Relations Melia Keller; Students Nicholas Pio, Elias Medina, Jonathan Iglesias, Bernabe Perez, and David Gebert; and Financial Partners VP of Business Development Fred Perez
updated 07/01/13 04:23 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Financial Partners CU, in partnership with the Columbia Memorial Space Center, presented Future Innovators Scholarships to five Warren High School—Downey seniors who have shown an interest in innovation through their participation on the CMSC Robotics Team. The credit union awarded a total of $5,000.


updated 07/01/13 04:23 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Evangelical Christian CU will host a "Budgeting: Aligning Money and Mission" workshop at the upcoming 2013 National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) conference in Charlotte, NC in July, teaching attendees how to build a budget process that assures their church’s spending aligns with its highest priorities, as well as other principles.


Chris Owen, outgoing CEO of Meriwest CU
updated 07/01/13 04:22 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Meriwest CU CEO Christopher Owen plans to retire late this summer after 22 years of service. Julie Kirsch has been elected as the incoming president and CEO. She served as executive vice president and COO of Meriwest CU.


Students who recently completed Arrowhead CU's education series with Theresa Palmer (front center) of Arrowhead CU.
updated 07/01/13 04:21 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Arrowhead CU partnered with Cal State San Bernardino's Student Leadership Department to host a five-week financial workshop series for university students, which covered budgeting, credit, buying a car, identity protection, and other important topics.


Barry Nelson, SVP and COO of Travis CU
updated 07/01/13 04:21 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Travis CU Senior Vice President and COO Barry Nelson has been promoted to executive vice president. In his new role, Nelson will provide executive leadership to all of Travis CU's operating units.


L- R: Disneyland Ambassador Megan Navarette (left) with Partners FCU CEO John Janclaes, Board Member Marsha Reed, Board Chairman Jaye Thompson, Board Member Dennis Ciolli, and SVP Bill Partin
updated 07/01/13 04:20 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Partners FCU announced the grand opening of its newest branch at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, which is centrally located in front of the primary "cast" employee entry point serving both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Resorts. Partners FCU now has two branches at the Disneyland Resort, as well as numerous ATMs.


updated 07/01/13 04:20 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Xceed Financial CU awarded $10,000 in Romeo Doty Scholarships to 10 high school seniors from Illinois, California, New York, Washington, and Louisiana. The credit union distributes the scholarships annually to honor the memory of Romeo Doty, who served on the credit union’s board for 21 years.


updated 07/01/13 04:19 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Kern Schools FCU's "Jeans Day" fundraiser collected more than $1,600 for the Oklahoma Credit Union Foundation's Tornado Disaster Relief Fund. The proceeds will help credit union employees victimized by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.


Alyssa Zibell, member of Cal Center CU and 2013 Thomas L. Wagner Scholarship award winner.
updated 07/01/13 04:18 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Cal Center CU presented 23-year-old Alyssa Zibell with the 2013 Thomas L. Wagner Scholarship award. Zibell, a junior at San Bernardino Valley College, will use the $800 scholarship to help with studies.


Mendell Thompson, CEO of America's Christian CU, with Chuck Johnson, CEO of the National Council for Adoption.
updated 07/01/13 04:18 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
America's Christian CU was recently presented the Friend of Adoption Award by the National Council for Adoption. The award recognizes the credit union's dedication and commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families.


updated 07/01/13 04:17 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Bay FCU added three new associate directors to its board of directors: Jordan Ciliberto, an associate attorney; Julie Haff, a school administrator; and Piret Harmon, an administrator and financial manager of the City of Santa Cruz.


L-R: Jeff Napper, CEO of LBS Financial CU; Kevin Melvin, scholarship winner; Heather Summers, SVP of Marketing for LBS Financial CU; and Sean Hardeman, SVP of Member Services for LBS Financial CU
updated 07/01/13 04:17 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
LBS Financial CU awarded scholarships to 32 California students in Long Beach, Lakewood, Cerritos, and surrounding communities for the 2013 school year. This year, 27 high school, two college, and two adult school students received scholarships. LBS Financial CU also offers an annual $1,000 scholarship that could be applied for by any member in their senior year of high school or first three years of college.


Altura CU member Ricardo Luna won $500 in a debit card promotion give-away.
updated 07/01/13 04:16 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Altura CU member Ricardo Luna won $500 through the credit union's year-long "You’re Gonna Love This Card" promotion. Every time Altura CU members make a purchase using their debit card, they are entered for a chance to win a $500 cash prize—and the more a member uses his or her card for purchases, the more times they are entered to win. Altura CU also gave away six iPad Minis in the final week of its "Mini Ways to Win" promotion—a campaign designed to promote the credit union's checking account products. One of the winners was Veronica Lara, a 10-year member.


updated 07/01/13 04:15 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
Christian Community CU celebrated the grand re-opening of its Covina, CA branch with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony in June. The new branch had a complete site redesign and upgrade to its interior and exterior, including new landscape design. Christian Community CU also awarded $52,000 in scholarships to 52 students through its Scholarships for Success Program in 2013.


updated 07/01/13 04:15 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
The World Council of Credit Unions has announced this year's International Credit Union (ICU) Day theme is "Credit Unions Unite for Good: A Better Way." It will highlight the impact and benefits of cooperation among credit unions worldwide to better serve members.


updated 07/01/13 04:09 PM 2013-07-01 00:00:00.0
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues hosted a focus group recently with the U.S. Treasury Department's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), with participation from nine credit unions that either currently engage in small business lending or recently entered the market. The SSBCI requested the meeting to hear from credit unions that do, and do not, participate in these programs in an effort to gather actionable feedback it can use to enhance the programs and increase participation. The agencies requested comment on what works well, what does not, and whether burdens or obstacles exist that prevent participation.