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

Maps Shred Day Makes 40,000 Pounds of Financial and Identity Security

Maps Credit Union and its partners shredded 39,800 pounds of personal documents at no charge for the local community. Maps partnered with Iron Mountain for the free community Shred Day to help protect the finances and identities of attendees.

More than 850 cars attended the event at Maps Credit Union’s Administration Building in downtown Salem. All of the paper shredded at Shred Day was recycled at the Marion County Covanta facility, where it was turned into clean, renewable energy.

As part of a credit union-wide fundraising drive for Credit Unions for Kids and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, staff volunteers also collected $1,398.61 in donations from attendees. The Maps Community Foundation will match all donations collected for a total Shred Day donation to Doernbecher of $2,797.22.

Maps is collecting further donations in all branches and at select Buy Local partners through the end of April. Find more information at this website.

Gesa Credit Union Announces Community Partnership Agreement with Safe Harbor Support Center

Gesa Credit Union and Safe Harbor Support Center today announced the formation of a unique, year-long community partnership agreement. Gesa launched the partnership with a donation of $15,000 to support the non-profit support center and homeless teen shelter’s operations. The credit union will begin providing free financial education courses and training for the adult and youth clients of Safe Harbor’s programs.

“Credit unions exist to help people and at Gesa we are committed to doing what we can do to help build and improve the communities we serve. Supporting programs like the Safe Harbor Support Center and My Friend’s Place Teen Shelter do just that:  their work makes the Tri-Cities a better community for all,” said Don Miller, Gesa’s president and CEO. “With the partnership we are announcing today, we’re proud to show the credit union difference in action. We are more than just a financial institution. We’re people helping people.”

Safe Harbor Support Center is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens when there are no other alternatives. Safe Harbor Support Center also provides outreach, support and training to assist families in establishing a safe and stable environment.

STCU promotes Flood to Vice President of Lending

STCU recently promoted David Flood to Vice President of Lending. He served as the credit union’s Director of Consumer Lending the last three years.

Flood started as a loan and member service officer in 2000 and he worked his way up the ranks to the senior management team. During his three year tenure as Director of Consumer Lending, STCU’s consumer loan portfolio grew from $574 to $888 million.

“David is an integral part of STCU,” said STCU President and CEO Tom Johnson. “He’s worked hard and helped us grow into a $2.1 billion organization.”

Flood recently earned his master’s degree of business administration from Eastern Washington University. He graduated from University of Idaho with two bachelor’s degrees (finance and accounting).

He also is a graduate of the Western Credit Union National Association’s Management School, where he earned high honors and is in the organization’s academic hall of fame. 

Flood lives in Hayden and he is an avid fly fisherman. He spends his weekends at his cabin in Montana on the Clark Fork River. Flood graduated from Mullan High School in 1989.

Columbia Credit Union Welcomes Scott Stohr as Vice President Business Lending

Columbia Credit Union announces the hiring of Scott Stohr as Vice President Business Lending.  Stohr brings 35 years of commercial lending experience to Columbia where he will join a team of three established business lenders to develop new loan business, cross sell financial products and services and create strong business loan and deposit relationships on behalf of the credit union.  

“Scott is experienced in nearly every aspect of commercial real estate lending,” said Columbia Credit Union Business Lending Dept. Vice President/Manager, Ron Bertolucci. “We look forward to his contributions that will benefit members and ensure Columbia CU’s continued growth in the Clark County’s commercial lending market.”

Stohr most recently served as a vice president/commercial real estate loan officer for a multi?state bank where he originated loans and managed portfolios, establishing himself as a top commercial loan producer financing an average of $33 million in loans annually over a five year period. Other positions include appraiser assistant, AVP/income property loan officer and commercial loan specialist for various financial institutions within the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.

Stohr holds bachelor degrees in business and history from Central Washington University and has completed numerous continuing education courses in real estate law, income property underwriting and appraisals, tax return analysis, and more.  

“Local businesses help drive economic growth,” said Stohr. “I look forward to assisting members and making life better in the community.”

Solarity Credit Union Hires HR Manager

Solarity Credit Union has hired Regan Brown as the new HR Manager. Brown comes to Solarity with over seven years of HR experience working with various companies throughout the Yakima Valley.

She brings to Solarity a diverse understanding of employee relations and HR functions. Her focus is to ensure the growth of Solarity by strengthening the onboarding process and increasing awareness of employee benefits.

Prior to Solarity, Brown worked for over two years at Allan Brothers as an Assistant HR Manager. Before Allan Brothers, she worked for five years in various HR related roles at Tree Top. Brown attended Central Washington University and graduated with a degree in Education. Her experience and education provides Solarity with added insight to make strategic HR decisions.

As Solarity Credit Union continues to grow Regan Brown will play a critical role, assuring the highest standards in meeting HR needs and objectives.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, 

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