Carlos Rodriguez, a member of the $1.7 billion Technology Credit Union who claims significant credit union experience, said he did not join the credit union only to oppose the credit union's attempted conversion to a mutual bank charter.
“I joined Technology with my own agenda and my own needs,” Rodriguez explained, adding that he had joined the credit union online and had only found out about the conversion attempt when he went to a Technology CU branch in San Jose, Calif., to open a business account.
Rodriguez said he is launching a video services business which will offer other small businesses an affordable way to add professional quality videos to their websites.
He said he had been shocked at the conversion news and that he left the branch without setting up the account. “I took my money and left,” he said.
Rodriguez said he has worked for several credit unions and took training to become a Credit Union Development Educator, but said that was because he has been a strong advocate of credit unions since first joining one in college.
“As I said before, I believe more strongly than ever that when they do what they are supposed to do, credit unions are the single best tool we have to fight poverty,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez is asking the credit union to email a message from him to other members about the conversion, which the credit union has to do to under NCUA regulations, and has launched a Facebook page seeking to rally opposition to the conversion proposal. Critics had suggested Rodriguez had been put up to join Technology by other credit union supporters to oppose the proposed charter change, but Rodriguez denied this.