News and Notes: Here’s What’s Happening in Northwest Credit Unions

Horizon Credit Union welcomes new VP of Information Services, St. Helens Community Credit Union hosts series of Financial Reality Fairs, and Our Community Credit Union wins award for lowest debit fraud rate.

Greg Crary Joins Horizon Credit Union as VP of Information Services

As Greg Robinson retires as VP of Information Services, Horizon Credit Union welcomes Greg Crary to fill the position on the executive team. Crary brings more than 10 years of experience in enterprise information technology systems to the role—in fact, Crary has come full circle, returning to Horizon Credit Union after working under Robinson as network administrator from 2004 to 2006.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the leader to continue the work that Greg has set in motion,” said Crary, reflecting on Robinson’s work to achieve the credit union’s goals in the ever-shifting technology landscape.

“Crary not only has in depth experience with large scale IT systems, he also understands our organization’s culture and values. We are excited to welcome him back to Horizon Credit Union as part of our executive team,” said Horizon Credit Union CEO/President, Jeff Adams.

St. Helens Community Credit Union Brings Financial Reality Fairs to Oregon High Schools

St. Helens Community Credit Union helped wrap up the school year by hosting a series of Financial Reality Fairs at Scappoose, St. Helens, and Rainier high schools, giving hundreds of high school seniors in Oregon the opportunity to understand real-world finances in a safe environment.

During St. Helens Community’s Financial Reality Fairs, students were given a career and base salary, then challenged to create a budget that included rent, food, insurance, entertainment, and their wireless phone. Students learned about different budget items at special booths, such as transportation, vacations, clothing, and more.

“Students quickly understand that a paycheck won’t go far when it’s not carefully budgeted,” stated St. Helens Community President and CEO, Brooke Van Vleet. “We are proud to be part of the Financial Reality Fairs at our local high schools each year.”

Our Community Credit Union Honored for Lowest Debit Fraud Rate

In an era increasingly fraught with card fraud, credit unions are working hard to reverse the disturbing trend for their members. Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) in Shelton, Washington, is one standout example. The credit union was recently awarded the Visa Debit Processing Service (DPS) Client Achievement Award for Lowest Debit Fraud Rate. This accolade recognizes OCCU for achieving the lowest fraud rate among all U.S. debit card issuing banks and credit unions using the Visa DPS platform in 2016.

The Visa DPS Client Achievement Awards recognize highest performing clients for their consistent and superior operating performance. After evaluating all its clients, Visa recognized the top performers in eight distinct categories, including highest point of sale usage, highest authorization approval rate, highest portfolio growth, lowest fraud rate, overall portfolio excellence, innovation, pursuit of excellence, and emerging payment adoption. To qualify for the award, OCCU was required to meet the minimum transaction processing thresholds and remain in good standing with Visa.

“With this award, Our Community Credit Union has distinguished itself as one of the safest places to bank in the U.S.,” said Cyndie Martini, President and CEO of Member Access Pacific. “This recognition is due to OCCU’s unwavering commitment to protecting their members from fraud.”