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Julie Parsons, Redwood CU Training and Development Manager.

Redwood CU has promoted Julie Parsons to training and development manager. In her new role, she will evaluate and improve individual and organizational performance, develop and deliver training solutions, and ensure training is aligned with the strategic goals of the credit union.

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1st United CU provided $11,326,062 in direct financial benefits to its members during the twelve months ending March 2019. This equates to an average of $186 per member or $391 per member household. Additional data provided by Datatrac, an independent research firm, cited an example of a home equity loan providing an average savings of $4,404 in interest expense over a 15-year term, compared to what a consumer would pay at a banking institution in the state.

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CU of Southern California donated $200,000 to 16 local organizations at the July 17 Wake Up Whittier event, Whittier Chamber of Commerce’s largest monthly networking event. The credit union hosts this event at its Whittier Greenleaf branch every year. Its annual theme of "Christmas in July" is typically reflected by festive red and green decorations, including Christmas trees, Santa, and snowmen.   

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Compass Community CU has achieved a Superior 5-star Rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm. The credit union has maintained capital levels well in excess of what regulators require, and has been helping its members with prudent lending and innovative solution.

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Lori Burleson, Employee Engagement Manager at Redwood CU.

Redwood CU has hired Lori Burleson as its employee engagement manager. In her new role, Burleson is responsible for developing and facilitating events and communication plans that support employee engagement. By staying attuned to employee sentiment and goals, she’ll work to influence programs that empower employees, instill a sense of appreciation, and remove barriers so they can perform meaningful and interesting work.

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San Diego County CU has partnered with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and iHeartMedia radio stations in support of Live Well San Diego to collect school supplies for students experiencing homelessness. More than 22,000 school-age children were identified as homeless during the last school year.

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Technology CU has provided a $4.675 million USDA business loan to Oceanic Enterprises, a private property management firm based in San Diego, CA. The loan helped Oceanic Enterprises purchase The Ascot Suites, a 32-room boutique hotel located at 260 Morro Bay Boulevard in Morro Bay, CA.

080819bayfcuBay FCU raises more than $21,000 for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

 

Bay FCU employees raised $11,055.33 during the month of May in their annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraiser. Thanks to a philanthropic match of $10,000 from CO-OP Financial Services, Bay FCU sent more than $21,000 to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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LBS Financial CU has awarded scholarships to 38 students in Long Beach, Lakewood, Cerritos, and surrounding communities at the close of the 2018-2019 school year. The credit union awarded scholarships up to $500 to 36 schools. A total of 34 high school, two college, and two adult school students were awarded scholarships.

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Members 1st CU is providing complimentary access to FICO Scores for all their members. The scores, updated quarterly, are available through the credit union's online banking and mobile app.

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SafeAmerica CU’s new relationship rewards program will launch Aug. 5, 2019. The new program targets members with checking accounts and offers bonus rewards based on their total deposit balance with the credit union.  Members’ balances will determine the tier level and the amount of rewards they receive. Some bonuses include cash back on auto loan balances, bonus rewards points on Visa credit card purchases, fee waivers and reimbursements, and much more.  

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Silver State Schools CU’s financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2019, reflect sustained growth and progress in lending, deposits, and profitability, as the credit union reported its 29th consecutive quarter of positive earnings.

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North Bay CU presents its 2019 scholarship recipients to six students, awarding each $1,000.

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Greater Commercial Lending Vice President of Commercial Production Todd Hubbell (middle) with Dr. Carrie Castille, state director for USDA Rural Development in Louisiana; and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson.

Greater Nevada CU was recognized in May by Louisiana Economic Development as the state’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Lender of the Year. Vice President of Commercial Production Todd Hubbell accepted the award on behalf of the credit union. 

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Redwood CU and Humane Society volunteers at the Mendocino County Shred-a-Thon.

Redwood CU hosted a free document shredding event at its Ukiah branch. Approximately 350 local residents brought old financial documents and other confidential paperwork—15,000 pounds in total—to be safely shredded on site by Shred-IT. Approximately 1,410 pounds of electronic waste (e-waste) was also safely disposed of by Conservation Corps North Bay.

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America’s Christian CU’s Evamarie Pisani speaks against predatory lending at Macedonia Baptist Church of LA.

America’s Christian CU joins a coalition of faith leaders, consumer advocates, and concerned citizens seeking to end predatory lending practices in California in support of California Assembly Bill 539, “The Fair Access to Credit Act.” AB 539 seeks to end cycles of toxic debt by setting new interest rate caps, imposing new rules governing loan duration, and prohibiting prepayment penalties.

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Allison Spitzer, Redwood CU Vice President of Retail Lending. 

Redwood CU has hired Allison Spitzer as vice president of retail lending. In her new role, she will oversee mortgage, consumer, and construction lending.

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Courtnay Lynch, Valley First CU VP of Human Resources and Training. 

Valley First CU has selected Courtnay Lynch as the new vice president of human resources and training. Lynch will oversee human resources strategic planning, including recruitment, leadership development, employee training and engagement, employee relations, compensation and benefits, as well as compliance in federal, state and local human resources law.

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Compass Community CU announced that Shannon Maciel has been promoted to Vice President of Member Experience and will be responsible for the retail and back office operations, as well as nurturing the service culture. Additionally, Rene Campbell has been hired as Henderson Center Branch Manager. She will be responsible for day-to-day operations, lending needs, staff management and the cultivation of local relationships, along with business development.

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SF Police CU has changed its name to The Police CU of California, using the trade name, The Police CU, for all marketing purposes. The new name was chosen to represent the credit union’s ability to welcome new law enforcement departments, related agencies and their families throughout the state of California.

 

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L-R: Ernesto Norona, Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer; Marci Francisco, Senior Vice President of Member Experience; and Janaki Rao, Senior Vice President/Chief Technology Officer.

Premier America CU has selected three new senior team leaders to help drive strategic growth: Ernesto Norona, senior vice president/chief lending officer; Marci Francisco, senior vice president of member experience; and Janaki Rao, senior vice president/chief technology officer.

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Bay FCU new Aptos branch. 

Bay FCU’s Aptos branch to Rancho Del Mar Center is complete. Bay FCU has moved into 48 Rancho Del Mar, and officially opened for business in its new location on Monday, July 15. The branch has also undergone an extensive new redesign to create a modern banking experience, and an airy, environmentally friendly atmosphere.

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Redwood CU’s free annual Shred-a-Thon attracted approximately 400 Napa residents. Shred-IT trucks were on site to help the community safely dispose of and recycle approximately 30,000 pounds of paper.

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Clark County CU was ranked as the best credit union in Nevada in Forbes’ second annual Best-In-State awards. Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to independently survey 25,000 people on their banking relationships. They voted on their overall recommendations and satisfaction levels with more than 5,000 credit unions across the country.

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Bay FCU has merged with Coast-Tel FCU as of July 1, 2019. Coast-Tel FCU became a division of Bay FCU on Feb. 1, 2019, the conversion of accounts to Bay FCU was completed, and the former Coast-Tel FCU location in Downtown Salinas opened for business as a branch of Bay FCU on Monday, July 1.

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UNCLE CU has earned a 5-Star Superior rating from Bauer Financial Inc. for financial strength and security. A rating that the credit union has held for thirty consecutive quarters, it is based on the independent research firm’s analysis of financial data obtained directly from federal regulators. Separately, UNCLE CU has been named “Best in East Bay” for credit unions by the East Bay Times Readers’ Choice Awards for a second sequential year in 2019.

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Travis CU hosted the Sacramento Sister Society of the Global Women’s Leadership Network. Rebecca Ramirez, Woodland Fire Chief, discussed her personal history and the interesting story of how she ended up a leader within a traditionally male dominated career. Attendees donated items to New Beginnings Outreach (NBO) as they work to establish a safe house in Solano County for survivors of human trafficking.

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1st United CU is named a top workplace.

1st United CU has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Bay Area News Group. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey and measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

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Compass Community CU opened a new branch in Eureka. Located at 2861 E Street, the branch is positioned to serve members in Henderson Center and the surrounding area. This marks the second new branch opened this year.

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Christian Community CU promoted John Silvis to Chief Technology Officer. In his new role, Silvis will be involved in implementing technologies and developing strategies to enhance products and services in support of the credit union’s goals and objectives. Silvis will also join the Senior Management Team in developing organization-wide policies, programs, and other initiatives to better serve members and staff.

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Meriwest CU has been selected as runner-up in the Best Credit Union category in the Mercury News’ 2019 Best of Silicon Valley Awards. The credit union launched an improved website on June 27 as one of many planned steps to move into first place next year.     

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Winners of the Los Angeles FCU 2019 Jack C. Mathews College Scholarships with Los Angeles FCU CEO Richard Lie and Chief Operating Officer Anthony Cuevas (both holding the check).

Los Angeles FCU 2019 Jack C. Mathews College Scholarship competition award recipients were honored at a recent special gathering at the credit union’s Glendale branch. A total of $14,000 in scholarship grants were awarded to high school and college students pursuing higher education in the fall of 2019, and teacher winners were recognized for their contributions as educators and advocates for students.

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Bay FCU raises $11,285 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.

Bay FCU members and employees raised $11,285 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County during their annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake pledge drive. Bay FCU has participated in the Bowl for Kids’ Sake pledge drive for 28 consecutive years.

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Luanne Nightingale, Executive Manager at Redwood CU.

Redwood CU has promoted Luanne Nightingale to Executive Manager. In her new role, she will manage the day-to-day operations of the executive office to support the CEO and other executive team members. Nightingale will also serve as liaison to the board of directors and senior management team.

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Bay FCU has received a 5-Star Superior rating by BauerFinancial Group, the highest possible rating offered by the group. This rating is based off of Bay FCU's financial data as of March 31, 2019

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Michelle Brands-Giesea, Redwood CU Project Management Manager.

Redwood CU has hired Michelle Brands-Giesea as the project management manager. In her new role, she will lead the project management team in overseeing the credit union’s project portfolio—including new product launches, service enhancements, and other enterprise projects—and ensuring project integration with Rewood CU's strategies and organizational initiatives.

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San Diego County CU shreds previous record at the San Diego County CU Super Shred Event and earns another Guinness World Records title.

San Diego County CU broke its existing Guinness World RecordsTM title, and achieved a new record, at the 2019 San Diego County CU Super Shred Event held on June 15, 2019 at San Diego County CU Stadium. San Diego County CU, in partnership with Shred-It, iHeartMedia, Inc. and Live Well San Diego shredded 239,060 pounds of waste paper in an 8-hour period.

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Carrie Johnson, SAFE CU SAFE@Work manager, signs a placard pledging support for the Sacramento Promise Zone.

SAFE CU expressed its commitment to helping at-risk communities grow and thrive by becoming a partner with the Sacramento Promise Zone, an initiative that seeks to revitalize 22 square miles of Sacramento’s most underprivileged neighborhoods. By working with partner organizations, the Sacramento Promise Zone facilitates cross-sector collaboration to improve educational outcomes, foster a sustainable economic base, accelerate job creation, promote healthy behaviors, and support sustainable built communities.

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Redwood CU wins two MAC awards. 

Redwood CU received two awards for their marketing efforts. Given by the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC), these awards recognize outstanding marketing achievements in the credit union community. Redwood CU received a silver award in the Culture and Internal Branding category for an all-employee event called Day of Inspiration; and a bronze award in the Image Enhancement, Public Relations, Rebranding, Brand Awareness, Financial Education category, for the rebranding of the “mall” area at Rewood CU's administrative offices.

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Frontwave CU is hosting a grand opening celebration at its new Wildomar branch. The Wildomar branch features Frontwave CU’s new state-of-the-art Branch 2.0 model, delivering a new type of member experience that combines personalized service, technology and branding elements with a focus on reinventing the member experience. The branch is equipped with an education bar featuring self-serve tablets, as well as a community space with a projection screen to host free financial workshops for the community.

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Patelco CU has launched Play. Save. Win. to empower families to build better saving habits. Patelco CU has partnered with SaverLife by EARN, a nonprofit helping Americans take charge of their financial lives with technology. The program encourages Patelco CU members to set up automatic transfers into their respective Patelco CU savings account by offering cash prizes.

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Meriwest CU announced that its Business Development Officer, Tiffany Fournier, was named Volunteer of the Year at the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce Installation dinner awards.  The annual Chamber Award recognizes individuals and businesses who have performed above and beyond the call of duty and who have contributed to furthering the mission of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce.