News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Numerica Credit Union Earns Top Business Honors

Numerica won the prestigious AGORA Award for business excellence.

Numerica Credit Union captured a prestigious AGORA Award for business excellence in Spokane. The awards were presented June 4. Numerica was recognized in the large business category.

The AGORA Awards recognize business excellence in the greater Spokane region, and have been a coveted honor in the community for nearly three decades. Nominees are solicited by Greater Spokane Incorporated, and judged by 17 area volunteers.

St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union Breaks Ground for New Branch

St. Helens will open a new branch later this year.

With some help from her board and executive leadership team, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union President and CEO Brooke Van Vleet broke ground on a new branch this week. The branch will open later this year at the corner of Highway 30 and McBride Street in St. Helens. It will feature a drive-thru, expanded Saturday hours, a technology center and Pacific Northwest architecture.

“It’s an exciting day,” Van Vleet said. “Soon, members will have a more convenient St. Helens location.”

Fibre Federal Gives Back to Rainer

Fibre Federal celebrates the opening of its ninth branch with a video contest to benefit Rainier-area non-profits.

Why does Rainer “rock?” A creative answer could earn sizeable donations to non-profits, from Fibre Federal credit union.

Fibre Federal is celebrating the summer opening of its ninth branch – to be located in Rainier, Oregon – with an interactive video contest. Non-profit organizations are being invited to submit a video demonstrating why “Rainer rocks” and how their organization benefits the community.

Videos will be posted to Fibre Federal’s Facebook page, where fans and members will vote.

Rainier residents will then receive a post card listing the top three non-profits. Residents can vote for their favorite, and for every post card vote returned to the new branch, the credit union will contribute $5 to the non-profit, for a combined total of $5,000.

Video entries may be submitted until August 29.

OSU Federal Partners with Corvallis Police to Prevent ID Theft

The June 21 event will be the second of three OSU Federal shred Days this year; the first event in April served nearly 400 people.

OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, is partnering with the Corvallis Police Department in sponsoring a document shred day on June 21. The event is free to consumers and is scheduled to take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Corvallis Police will have a presence to help educate residents on ways to prevent identity theft.

OSU Federal has invited residents to bring documents such as old checks or other outdated material containing personal information. The materials will be securely shredded on-site, and drive up service is being offered.

Corvallis Police Captain Dave Henslee commends OSU Federal for the service the shred day will provide the community.

“The City of Corvallis Police Department often witnesses the negative impacts of identity theft on citizens in our community,” Henslee said. “Eliminating the possibility of personal information falling into the wrong hands is the first, and most critical, step in reducing identity theft.”

This will be the second of three 2014 OSU Federal shred day events. The first attracted a record 390 cars that were quickly served at the North Albany Village April 19. The final shred day will be held September 13 at the Safeway-based OSU Federal branch in Keizer.

Unitus Community Credit Union Welcomes Amy Olson as Mortgage Lending Manager

Unitus Community Credit Union hired Amy Olson as mortgage lending manager. Olson is a former Umpqua Bank and JP Morgan Chase executive with more than three decades of experience in the mortgage finance industry. As assistant vice president and regional operations manager at JPMorgan Chase, Olson managed mortgage operations for the Northwest Region and led nationally recognized lending teams consistently ranked in the top five companywide.

In her new role, Olson will lead day-to-day operations and production within the credit union’s mortgage department, and will help Unitus to grow its mortgage lending business in communities across Oregon and Washington.

“Amy has helped premier lending institutions develop successful teams and improve their operations to make the home-buying experience as convenient as possible for individuals and families,” said Unitus Vice President of Planning & Business Development Laurie Kresl. “Her industry knowledge and leadership experience will be a tremendous asset to Unitus as we seek to grow our mortgage business and provide members with the very best related products and services.”

“Unitus has an outstanding reputation as a strong, member-focused credit union,” said Olson. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Unitus family and look forward to serving our members.”

Columbia Credit Union Hires Jeff Havener as VP/Lending Operations

Jeff Havener joins Columbia Credit Union as vice president of lending operations.

A 25-year financial services industry veteran with expertise in a broad range of lending services joins Columbia Credit Union as the vice president of lending operations.

Jeff Havener will be responsible for the delivery of consistent and compliant loan service and processing, oversight of direct and indirect lending, credit cards, personal loans and mortgage products.

He most recently served as senior vice president of mortgage for a regional bank.

“Jeff has a depth of knowledge that covers all aspects of loan operations,” said Columbia Credit Union EVP Chief Operating Officer Bill Funk. “As we work to expand our footprint across all areas of lending, he is the ideal candidate to help us reach higher levels of efficiency and sustainable loan growth.”

Added Havener, “I look forward to shaping the future of lending operations at Columbia Credit Union and seeing the positive results for members and staff.”

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