News & Notes From Around the Northwest: CU Expansions and ‘The Big Float’

Columbia expands to Oregon; STCU opens new branch; Point West hosting ‘The Big Float’ down Willamette.

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Big Banks Driving Millennials Away With Fees

Credit unions stand to gain Millennial members as the younger generation looks for alternatives to the higher fee structures of big banks. Credit unions can capitalize with low-fee, transparent products and services.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek Shares Why She’s a ‘Big Fan’ of Credit Unions

Kotek shared her top three reasons for being a fan of credit unions, as well as two of her priorities for the 2016 Oregon legislative session.

Oregon Community’s Roberson Joins i3 to Inject Innovation into Credit Unions’ DNA

Through Filene’s two-year program, Roberson hopes to discover how credit unions can make innovation central to their operations in order to drive growth in an increasingly technological sector.

Jim Nussle to Speak at Amplify After Big First Year Changes at CUNA

Celebrating one year leading CUNA, President and CEO Jim Nussle announced big changes including a dues reduction, expense savings, expanded membership, and more. Next week he will address Northwest credit unions at Amplify Convention in Portland.

Save Money, Enjoy World Class Service, and Get Free Next-Day Delivery With OfficeMax

Northwest credit unions save on everything from furniture and technology to printer toner and paper through Strategic Link’s group purchasing program with OfficeMax. Plus credit unions enjoy free next-day delivery on most orders, backed up with world class customer care.

Learn How to Get More From Your Data With Free Webinar

Strategic Link’s newest betaSpace partner, SavvyIntel, will show credit unions how they can get returns from the data they already have.

Credit Unions Twice as Trusted as Big Banks

Americans trust credit unions twice as much as big banks according to a national study of trust in the country’s financial institutions.

From Uganda to Seattle, A Cooperative Journey

James Pearson joined the Northwest Credit Union Association as member communications evangelist this summer, after working both as a journalist and as a catalyst for economic empowerment in Uganda.

Horizon Credit Union Turns Financial Education into an Oinker of a Scavenger Hunt

“Find a Pig, Win Big” teaches participants about key financial concepts by having them compete in a fast-paced hunt for a hidden piggy bank. Find the pig and you get to bring home the bacon – for yourself and for a local nonprofit.

Award-Winning Videographer to Tackle Visual Storytelling at NWCUA’s 2014 Marketers’ Conference

One of the media’s most highly acclaimed videographers will help to transform the way marketers tell the credit union story May 7-8 during the NWCUA Marketers’ Conference in SeaTac. Lisa Berglund has helped more than 400 working journalists become better visual storytellers by training them to master the basics on the “other side” of the camera.

CO-OP Gives Small Credit Unions Access to Affordable Nationwide ATM Network

CO-OP Financial Services’ new Small Credit Union Program makes it possible for small credit unions to rival the benefits offered by the ATM networks of the largest financial institutions.

‘Save to Win’ Leverages the Desire to Win Big; Deposits Now Top $565,000 in Washington

Nearly 800 members have opened accounts at the six credit unions that helped launch Washington’s “Save to Win” program in April. The program, which offers cash prizes as an incentive for opening and maintaining a savings account, has grown to more than $565,000.

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.

Will Big Data Give Each of Us a Pop-Tarts Moment?

In this week’s Strategic Link business partner article, NCA Security & Technology Insight reports on big data collection and its potentially big benefits to consumers and the financial services providers trying to give those consumers what they really want.

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?”

November Headline Round-Up Tells the Story of a Historic Month

November 2011 was a historic month, one that shook up the financial services industry, beginning with Bank of America canceling its debit-card fee on Nov. 1 and extending to yesterday’s news of unprecedented action in Europe.

Big Banks Using Tax Credits and Bailout Profits to Push Agenda in Congress

Even as the extent of big bank profits from the 2008 bailout are revealed, four banks are suing the U.S. for $1 billion in tax credits. The banking industry is using these profits to spend record amounts lobbying lawmakers.