Unitus’ Gayle Evans Brings Credit Union Voice to Oregon Leadership Summit

At the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, the state’s business leaders plan the strategic direction for the coming year — and credit unions are at the table.

Credit Unions Open Their Throttles for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

For the staff of Fibre Federal, raising funds for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is personal — some of their own children have received lifesaving care at the hospital. Join them on August 22 for Ride & Rock, a motorcycle-and-music-filled fundraiser.

Oregon State Credit Union Starts 2015 With New Name, Same Vision

Modernization of Oregon state charter led Oregon State Credit Union — formerly OSU Federal — to switch charters, but service, vision and legacy remain unchanged.

Congressman Heck: Credit Unions Part of the Solution

Speaking at the NWCUA’s annual Amplify Convention, Congressman Denny Heck of Washington spoke against unnecessary regulation and praised credit unions’ commitment to their members.

Emerging Leaders, Session 3: Truly Effective Leaders Seek out the Assessments of Others

Jeremy Sankwich reports on the third Emerging Leaders session: Assessments grounded in tangible examples help leaders grow.

Matz Committed to “Warranted” RBC Changes

Responding to Rep. Holding, Matz says that changes are in development, second comment period dependent on changes.

Maren Gatchell Joins NWCUA as Senior Accounting Specialist

Maren Gatchell, who has worked for state- and federally-chartered credit unions since 2003, has joined the Northwest Credit Union Association as its senior accounting specialist.

Lower Valley Credit Union’s Suzy Fonseca: ‘Planting Seeds of Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow’

With 2013 in the rear-view mirror, Anthem asked Northwest credit union presidents and CEOs to reflect on the past, consider what lies ahead and talk about the challenges — and the opportunities — that await credit unions in 2014. Today: Suzy Fonseca, president and CEO of Lower Valley Credit Union, talks about what it means to “serve the underserved.”

Lower Valley Credit Union Honored at GAC for ‘Service to the Underserved’

Lower Valley Credit Union was honored this week with Credit Union Times’ Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Service to the Underserved. The award, which was presented during the Governmental Affairs Conference, honors credit unions that promote change by creating and implementing innovative strategies and solutions.

Wegner Award Winner Sarah Canepa Bang: “This is a big deal to me.”

Sarah Canepa Bang still can’t believe she’ll be on stage before hundreds of credit union professionals early next year, accepting one of the movement’s highest honors—the Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement. In her own words, Canepa Bang answers our questions about her colorful and accomplished career.

President Obama Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Obama signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at improving information-sharing about cyber threats between the government and industry and at establishing a risk framework and best practices for businesses.

Longview Acupuncture Clinic Stands as Monument to MBL Success Stories

An Acupuncture clinic in Longview, Wash., found some financial love from a credit union that it couldn’t find at a bank. Acupuncture Northwest is another MBL success story that could be repeated if Congress will act to lift the lending cap.

Why Credit Unions are Adding Webinars as Training Option

In today’s economy, maximizing training budgets and achieving more with less are critical issues for training managers. To address budget challenges, savvy managers are adding webinars as a training option, providing significant benefits for both the credit union and its employees.

Jeff Russell to Credit Unions: Prepare for Change

“Consumers want options, which is what companies like Google, Dwolla and Paypal bring to the space,” Jeff Russell told NWCUA Convention-goers during Thursday morning’s general session. “Because a large percentage of earned income from exchange fees, which is declining, credit unions have got to be ready.”

Oakland Leaves Member-First Legacy After Stepping Down at BECU

Long-time BECU President and CEO Gary Oakland has officially stepped down at BECU after a career that spanned more than 30 years. His philosophy? “How is it going to benefit the member? How can we make a positive difference in our members’ lives?”

Summer Marketers’ Networking Council to Focus on Compliance

The NWCUA’s compliance team answers 15-20 questions a day on everything from appraisal questions to “what to do if a member was murdered by his payable-on-death beneficiary.” Marketers have an opportunity to network on compliance challenges July 12.

The Basics of Engaging Credit Union Membership in Partisan Politics

Dennis Pierce, CEO of CommunityAmerica Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo., and a featured presenter at the NWCUA’s upcoming Leadership Symposium, discusses the importance of political advocacy for credit unions and easy tips for effective engagement.

Credit Union Community Comes Together for JA BizTown

More than 20 volunteers from Portland-area credit unions teamed up to mentor 70 fourth and fifth graders for a day at Junior Achievement BizTown. For the students, it was a real-life financial responsibility lesson.