Zipwhip Brings ‘Choice Over Voice’ to CUs Looking to Engage With Members

We talked to Mark Johnson of Strategic Link partner Zipwhip this week, who described how Zipwhip allows credit unions to engage with members through text messages to landline phones.

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STCU’s Johnson and Pacific Crest Federal’s Philp Honored for Credit Union Advocacy

Philp’s outreach and education with members sets a standard for engagement. Johnson extols the benefits of consistent, in-person advocacy. Each was honored as their respective state’s Credit Union Advocate of the Year.

Spokane Gears Up for Tax Effort with a “Love Letter” Campaign

Spokane’s united credit union community is working together to preserve the credit union tax model. Messaging congress in a method that is comfortable for credit union leadership and members, they’re proposing a “Credit Union Love Letters” campaign.

STCU Unveils Plans for Spokane’s Storied Hutton Building

Spokane Teachers Credit Union announced plans last week to open a new branch and house its commercial lending program in downtown Spokane’s historic Hutton Building, a move CEO Tom Johnson said “gives STCU an opportunity to reclaim an architectural treasure.”

STCU Named on Great Place to Work® 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

Fortune magazine yesterday announced that STCU is one of America’s great places to work, ranking 16th nationally among medium-sized companies on the magazine’s “Great Place to Work: Best Small & Medium Workplaces” list.

Consumer News Content Available for Credit Unions’ Member-Facing Web Products

Well before Bank Transfer Day took root, personal finance reporter Stacy Johnson was telling consumers how to ditch their banks and vote with their feet. Now Johnson is offering his content free of charge for credit unions’ member-facing websites.

STCU’s Tom Johnson Seizes the Moment to Talk MBLs with SBA Administrator

Being prepared at any time to beat the drum for MBL legislation pays off. During the recent spring Hike the Hill trip, the CEO of a large Spokane credit union quite literally gave the “elevator speech” to an influential government leader.

Northwest Credit Unions’ MBL Programs Could Improve if Congress Raises Cap

With President Obama’s announcement that he will make job growth his next priority, the credit union movement is urging Congress to raise the cap on member business lending. Growth in credit union MBL programs remains on a slow trajectory with the sputtering economy.

Member & Chapter News

Kitsap CU elects a new board chair, plus an Oregon chapter meeting announcement.

National Industry News: Ex-NCUA Chairman Johnson takes on Iowa CU oversight

The Iowa Division of Credit Unions will soon be led by former National Credit Union Administration Chairman Joann Johnson. Johnson served the NCUA for a total of six years starting in 2002, and led the agency for her final four years.

Proof of the ‘Wellness’ ROI is Growing

Although medical and human resources experts have been touting the benefits of “wellness” for decades, a growing body of research is showing concrete, bottom-line results.