BECU, Gesa, TwinStar CU Staff Among Latest CUDE Class in Madison

The Northwest CUDE-certified universe grew by four recently as part of a 40 person training was held with the Foundation.

News and Notes from Member Credit Unions

Gesa CU opens its eighth student branch, Mid Oregon CU pays it forward, Global CU promotes Military Saves Week, Sound CU announces a new Chief Business Services Officer.

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

Sound opens West Seattle Branch; Gesa will match donations for Habitat for Humanity through December 24.

Northland Credit Union Announces Plans to Merge with Gesa Credit Union

Northland’s branch will become a branch of Gesa, and all Northland staff will join the Gesa Credit Union family.

Outstanding Credit Union Marketing Efforts Honored at Spectrum Awards

Northwest credit unions were celebrated by their peers for outstanding marketing efforts in branding, broadcast, new media, and more.

Northwest Credit Unions Bring Home Top Marketing Honors

Gesa Credit Union wins Best of Show and 13 Northwest credit unions win a total of 48 Diamond Awards for excellence in marketing and business development.

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

Point West Credit Union takes wraps off the Caring Tree; Fibre Federal pays out Save-to-Winners; Gesa Credit Union invites families to the carousel.

Central Washington Federal to Merge With Gesa

Gesa will take over Central Washington Federal’s branch, which will be Gesa’s first in Yakima Valley.

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

Verity Credit Union named top nonprofit to work for in Washington, Point West Credit Union launches cause marketing campaign in cycle community, Gesa Credit Union provides dollar-for-dollar match to support two family shelters, and Industrial Credit Union helps feed Whatcom County families.

Gesa Credit Union Offers P2P to Members

In partnership with MAP, Gesa Credit Union has introduced a person-to-person payment system allowing members to send and receive money in a matter of minutes, through their phones or online.

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

OnPoint Community Credit Union honors teachers with Excellence in Education Prize; Gesa Credit Union awards $25,000 in educational scholarships; Columbia Credit Union names Darcie Williams its assistant vice president/branch manager; STCU has added two new employees to key roles on its community relations team.

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

Amy Nelson named president and CEO of Point West Credit Union; iQ Credit Union’s Roger Michaelis announces retirement date; Gesa Credit Union raises $13,811 for Junior Achievement of the Greater Tri-Cities; American Lake Credit Union partners with Sallie Mae to offer private education loans; Columbia Credit Union names Doug Davis its new vice president for lending sales; Matthew Cannizzaro joins Solarity Credit Union as vice president of branch operations.

Gesa Credit Union Responds to Target Breach with Real-Time Mobile Alerts

When news broke about the theft of Target customers’ credit and debit card accounts, Gesa Credit Union quickly told its members about Real-Time Mobile Alerts from VISA, which allows cardholders to set thresholds that trigger an immediate transaction alert via text message, email or push notification to a mobile device. If the transaction appears to be irregular, members can immediately contact Gesa to help stop further transactions on the card.

New Gesa CEO Don Miller: ‘One of the Best Ways I Can Serve is to Listen’

With the word ‘interim’ gone from his title, Gesa Credit Union President/CEO Don Miller says that one of the best ways he can serve members in the future “is to truly listen to them. After all, this is their credit union.”

Gesa Donates Time, Money to Support Local Habitat for Humanity Efforts

Gesa Credit Union employees took part in a one-day Habitat for Humanity volunteer event in Richland last month, and the credit union donated an additional $3,500 to the organization’s Volunteer Appreciation Night in Wenatchee.

Gesa’s Lethlean a Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Gesa Credit Union President and CEO Christina Lethlean has been named a finalist in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program for the Pacific Northwest Region for her leadership in transforming Gesa into one of Washington’s leading credit unions.

Community Bankers on Capitol Hill Speaking Out Against MBL Bill

Credit unions nationwide continue to advocate in favor of raising the MBL cap, even as the measure’s latest opponent, the Independent Community Bankers of America, takes to the Hill to speak out against the bill.

Gesa’s Jorgenson Honored as Lending Officer of the Year

Gesa Credit Union’s Brett Jorgenson received a Trailblazer Award from the Credit Union Times for his efforts in leading Gesa’s lending department, having grown the credit union’s loan portfolio from $323 million in 2007 to $856 million in 2011.