NWCUA Leadership Wraps Up Town Hall Meetings

Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) CEO John Annaloro and President Troy Stang wrapped up a successful series of Town Hall meetings, during which they convened with member CEOs throughout Oregon and Washington to discuss issues important to the industry.

Annaloro and Stang relayed the ever-growing benefits and few continued challenges resulting from the Jan. 1 merger, and Association management shared information on successful lobbying efforts. Members also received updates on the hundreds of training opportunities available annually, the successful outreach of the Foundations, and compliance and advocacy assistance offered by the Association.

Despite increasing regulatory challenges and a still-difficult economic climate, Annaloro left the meeting circuit encouraged by what he had seen and heard.

“The regulatory rigors of running a financial institution in the current environment are straining all of our organizations,” Annaloro said. “But the reassuring observation was the speed of sophistication and growth by today’s leaders who are in command. It is easy to see why the role, and market share, of our member credit unions is ascending in the Northwest region.”

Annaloro also described the tangible benefit of hitting the ground and having candid conversations with leaders from so many member credit unions.

“As the executive, I can see our programs in action but not always from the pure member or participant perspective,” Annaloro said. “Some content additions to our NWCUA educational calendar will result, as will scheduling amendments in 2012. Perhaps the best feedback was the few comments commending a particular Association staff member for their work—especially in the technical area of compliance assistance.”

There were many other significant takeaways from the meetings as well, and Annaloro stressed that the feedback received from members had been heard—and that it would be acted upon. One common theme was the value members placed on building and maintaining a sense of community, both on an industry-wide level and a much more local level. The Association will work to play an expanded role in shaping that community moving forward as its services and focus continue to evolve with the needs of the membership.

The Town Hall meeting series will also be reprised again in 2012, and as the Association moves past the intricacies of the merger, the meetings will focus more completely on operational and strategic initiatives.

“Expect an agenda shaped around a two-way discussion on helping credit union better succeed,” Annaloro said, “as they are an increasingly important component of the economic engine of our communities.”


Questions or Concerns? Contact the Anthem editor, Matt Halvorson: mhalvorson@nwcua.org.

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