CO-OP/ SCC Working Well So Far
ONTARIO, Calif. - One year into its merger with shared branching firm Service Centers Corporation, CO-OP Network has joined SCC in proclaiming success. "It's been a rather hectic time - trying to combine businesses located 2,300 miles apart. But overall, we're very pleased with how the CO-OP Network EFT operations and SCC shared branching services have melded under one corporate structure," said CO-OP Network CEO Robert Rose. Merging the two has involved everything from internal changes, like creating single departments for marketing and human resources, to external changes, like shifts in advertising, public relations and taking the SCC shared branching message to a national credit union audience. "During the last year, while CO-OP Network has continued to make significant expansion strides that now reach beyond 17,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 16 million cardholders, SCC has focused on opening the industry's first partnership service center (an SCC shared branch owned by one or more credit unions and staffed and managed by SCC) and marketing shared branching across the nation," said SCC CEO Dan Balagna.