Northwest Credit Union Association, League of Southeastern Credit Unions Partner to Provide HR Services to Northwest Credit Unions

A unique new partnership between the Northwest Credit Union Association’s wholly owned subsidiary Strategic Link, and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions’ Leverage, means enhanced human relations and recruitment resources are available to Northwest credit unions. Through the collaboration, Leverage’s HRx will offer solutions such as talent recruiting, background screens, confidential employee surveys and HR consulting services to interested NWCUA member credit unions.

HRx in the Northwest will be led by Jason Neifield, who is now based in the Strategic Link office in SeaTac. Neifield is a seasoned HR consultant and talent recruiting specialist. He joined the LSCU in 2011 as the Human Resources Director. Before joining the LSCU, Neifield was a branch manager and HR Generalist for Grow Financial FCU in Tampa.

“What’s unique about this partnership is the way that it’s structured,” said NWCUA COO Denise Gabel. “Jason’s time is split between the two associations—much like a job share. We’re sharing Jason’s talent to assist both associations’ credit unions.”

“Our credit unions are asking for assistance in finding the right talent,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang. “Growing and sharing talent at the association level makes sense for our credit unions. We will continue to look for ways to increase efficiency and drive real value to the credit union system.”

“HRx is a proven human resource company,” added LSCU President/CEO Patrick La Pine. “Northwest credit unions can tap into the experience of HRx in placing CEOs, as well as successfully recruiting for the other positions—from SVP to front line tellers. Working together with Strategic Link saves money, human hours, and makes our two companies stronger, which in turn benefits all of our member credit unions.”

The HRx agreement is the first step in a longer term plan by the Northwest Credit Union Association to expand consulting services to meet the needs of its member credit unions, which have requested assistance in areas such as strategic planning, marketing, financial analysis, merger discussions and project management.  Within the next few months, NWCUA is expected to announce details of the expanded services.

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