Member Directions November 16, 2010

James Collins to Succeed Bruce Cramer as Head of O Bee Credit Union
The Board of Directors of the O Bee Credit Union has announced that James Collins will be next president and chief executive officer.  Collins will succeed current President Bruce Cramer who led the credit union for the last 24 years. He retires December 31, 2010.

James Collins has served O Bee Credit Union for the last eight years, in the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer.  Collins’ leadership has been a key success factor in keeping O Bee Credit Union financially healthy and effectively serving the membership.  He will transition into his new executive role in December.

Global Promotes Koder to VP of Marketing and Strategy
Global Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Marketing Manager Abby Koder to Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. Koder is a 14 year employee of the Credit Union and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government/Pre-Law from Eastern Washington University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Whitworth University.

Koder was awarded consecutive Whitworth University Graduate Studies in Business Academic Grants and was selected by Whitworth University’s School of Global Commerce and Management as the 2010 Commencement Speaker for Graduate Studies in Business. Koder currently serves on the CASH Coalition’s Financial Education Committee, is a Certified Money Management Volunteer (CMMV) with Money Management International, and is a member of the Miss Spokane Scholarship Organization Board of Directors.

Columbia Credit Union Hires Two New VPs
Columbia Credit Union recently announced the hiring of Jeff Taylor as vice president of business services and Ken Imse as vice president of credit risk.

In his role, Taylor will focus on growing and managing business loan and deposit relationships credit union wide, and assist with commercial lending operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and most recently served as a vice president and commercial banking officer at a local financial institution where he was a top producing commercial lender. Active in the community, Taylor is a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and is a 2008 Leadership Clark County graduate.

With over 25 years of commercial lending experience, Imse will oversee all risk management areas of the credit union, including commercial underwriting, loan operations and collections. His responsibilities will include developing policies, procedures and risk modeling for all business lending lines; managing critical projects; and ensuring the development and adherence to the credit union’s internal control policies.

Imse holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, an MBA from the University of Oregon, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. He began his financial career in correspondent banking before transitioning to commercial lending roles. Prior positions include executive vice president and chief lending officer, and interim chief credit officer at a local business bank.

BECU hired Anne Dessi as senior vice president of human resources, according to the Seattle Times.

Fibre Federal Credit Union Named the No. 1 Credit Union in Cowlitz County
Fibre Federal Credit Union was named the Number 1 Credit Union in Cowlitz County for the fourth year in a row by readers of The Daily News. The Readers Choice Awards conducts a yearly survey asking consumers to select their favorite business –90 categories worth— in Cowlitz County.

In addition to earning the Best Credit Union top spot, Fibre was selected as the No.1 bank, No. 2 Mortgage Lender, and No. 3 Investment Planner.  

Whatcom Educational Credit Union Launches Mobile Banking!
Whatcom Educational Credit Union recently installed a deposit taking ATM at the Sunset branch at 3061 Orleans Street in Bellingham, and launched a new mobile banking product for members. 




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