Credit Union Times Magazine June-15, 2005

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  • SmartSource Solutions Helps N.C. League Launch New Site

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The North Carolina Credit Union League launched its new Web site May 31 in what the League says "promises to provide North Carolina credit unions with a host of resources to assist them in serving their members." The newly designed Web site at www.ncleague.org is part of...

  • Texans CU Adds a Compliance Commander to Network Security

    RICHARDSON, Texas - Texans Credit Union will be monitoring what's going out on its networks as well as what's coming in, using a piece of equipment called Compliance Commander from Intrusion Inc. Intrusion (www.intrusion.com), like $1.4 billion Texans, is based in Richardson. It is a global provider of regulated information...

  • UPost Honor Posting System Draws 55 Credit Unions to First Webinar

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Webinar about eCU Technologies' online deposit honor system attracted 75 participants from 55 credit unions, according to the tech CUSO for Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union. The May 26 session, the first for the unique product called UPost, focused on the development of the service and...

  • OSI Pays $9 Million in Cash for California Item Processor

    GLASTONBURY, Conn. - Open Solutions Inc. has plunked down $9 million in cash for its latest acquisition, a three-site item processing operation in California. OSI (www.opensolutions.com) bought Financial Data Solutions (www.fdsinc.com) from Southwest Community Bancorp. FDSI provides Check 21-enabled imaging and item processing services to financial institutions with total assets...

  • MortgageClick Adds Home Equity Option

    WOBURN, Mass. - Credit unions that use MortgageClick's Web-based platform to provide members with mortgage services now have access to a new home equity feature of the platform. The new home equity component provides a customized program that allows both members and staff to originate credit lines and loans over...

  • Arkansas FCU Reports Contact Center Upgrade Successes

    JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas Federal Credit Union says it has reduced member abandonment of calls to its contact center by two-thirds with its new communications management software from Apropos Technology. The $402 million CU handles an average of 35,000 such member contacts a month and says the Apropos system's multi-channel...

  • Compushare Joins NJCUL Preferred Vendor Program

    BARRINGTON, N.J. - The New Jersey Credit Union League has added Compushare, a provider of IT consulting and implementation services to credit unions and other community financial institutions, to the league's preferred vendor program. Compushare is based in Orange County, Calif., and has more than 350 clients. Selection to the...

  • Cavion Plus to Offer Knowledge Management Software to Big Client Base

    MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. - Cavion Plus is now offering its thousands of clients a knowledge management base from credit union specialists SilverCloud Software. Developed by company co-founders Rick Blaisdell and Bob Mancarella, the software uses a natural language engine and is installed with more than 1,000 questions aggregated from New...

  • BAI Names Bianucci CEO

    CHICAGO - BAI has named Deborah L. Bianucci as its new president and CEO, replacing Thomas P. Johnson, Jr., who last year announced plans to retire. Bianucci, 48, was serving as BAI's executive director of marketing and sales prior to her promotion. Bianucci has been with BAI since 1985 and...

  • FTC Joins Effort to Help Shut Down Hijacked Computers Used to Send Spam

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission and 35 other government agencies from more than 20 countries have launched "Operation Spam Zombies." The global effort centers on asking the more than 3,000 Internet service providers around the world to deploy measures that would prevent their customers' computers from being hijacked and...

  • SEDONA Upgrades CRM Solution

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - SEDONA Corp. has released an upgraded version of its customer relationship management (CRM) solution for small and mid-sized financial solutions. Intarsia Version 5.3 includes more robust reporting functions, individual dashboard objects for each portal user, more alert options and the addition of tables and other...

Special Report

  • Carolina Trust FCU Celebrates Conway Branch Opening

    CONWAY, S.C. - Despite three hurricanes that wreaked havoc on its site last summer, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union has finally opened its doors here. Delays ranged from removing and replacing drywall, insulation and some roofing materials due to water damage caused by eight and a half inches of rain...

  • Despite Successful Array of Mortgage Offerings, SECU Expands its Menu

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Being one of the leading credit union mortgage lenders in the U.S. hasn't stopped State Employees' CU from making widespread changes to its mortgage lending programs since the beginning of the year. In fact, hard as it may be to believe that a credit union that originated...

  • Travis Credit Union Opens Woodland Branch

    VACAVILLE, Calif. - Travis Credit Union has unveiled its latest Woodland branch located in the Polo Plaza Shopping Center. The full service branch features safe deposit boxes, a walk-up ATM and night depository. "We've designed the new branch to accommodate the growing Woodland community," said Travis CU Executive Vice President...

  • DEI Staffers say Who Needs Emeril?

    CINCINNATI - Design/build firm DEI Incorporated has recently provided employees a new perk with a healthy twist. DEI owners Richard and Cynthia Grow invited Freelance Chef John Satko and his wife Shelby to DEI headquarters to demonstrate how to prepare quick, healthy and creative meals. Over some four days, DEI...

  • Terry Altomari Rejoins HBE

    ST. LOUIS - HBE Financial Facilities has welcomed the return of Terry Altomari as vice president of sales. Prior to his departure in 2000, Altomari was responsible for developing sales in California and Nevada. His experience in sales and marketing for HBE will now be applied to the Northwestern states....

  • La Macchia Group Turns Three

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Design/build firm La Macchia Group has recently celebrated its third year anniversary on June 1, 2005. La Macchia Group was co-founded in 2002 by Ralph and Mary Lou La Macchia, two individuals who recognized a need in the marketplace for personal and responsive, fairly-priced, top-of-the line consulting,...

  • CU Mortgage Lending Activity Remains Strong

    Despite some mortgage experts' predictions of a housing bubble, there was no let up in mortgage lending activity among credit unions nationwide in the first quarter 2005. As shown in the chart below of CU mortgage activity by state as of March 2005, CUs generated a total $11.9 billion in...

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People

  • SOUTHWEST

    Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union, El Paso, Texas, has re-elected Chief Warrant Officer Four (Retired) Donald E. King and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert F. Nickerson board directors. Shell Employees Federal Credit Union, Houston, has named G. Vernon Babilon chief financial officer.

  • SOUTH

    Insight Financial Credit Union, Orlando, Fla., has named Jody W. Walls vice president of operations. South Carolina Federal Credit Union, North Charleston, CEO R. Scott Woods has been named treasurer of the American Red Cross, Carolina Lowcountry Chapter board. SRP Federal Credit Union, North Augusta, S.C., has promoted Debbie Gibbons...

  • MIDWEST

    Central Star Credit Union, Wichita, Kans., has named Rene Tario Witchita branch manager. First American Credit Union, Beloit, Wis., has named Michael Schoeder Janesville North branch manager and Kathleen Kennedy member service representative.

  • WEST

    Credit Union West, Phoenix, has promoted Bob MacGregor to executive vice president/chief financial officer. Global Credit Union, Spokane, Wash., has promoted Kelly Mathews to operations center manager. Nevada Federal Credit Union, Las Vegas, has named Philip So graphic designer; Emelda Alvarado bilingual financial service representative II, Monica Taylor and Monique...

  • EAST

    GFA Federal Credit Union, Gardner, Mass., has elected Gerald L. Bankowski, CPA, supervisory committee director. Langley Federal Credit Union, Newport News, Va., has elected the following volunteers to its board: Buena E. Crawford, chairman; Richard Biege, 1st vice chairman; Colonel Daniel L. Dunaway, 2nd vice chairman; Jean M. Yokum, treasurer;...

  • IN MEMORIAM

    Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Board Director Art Zimmermann has died. A member since 1965, Zimmerman served on the board since 1995. During his tenure as an unpaid professional, Zimmerman was a dedicated and tireless advocate for credit union members. He worked diligently to expand his knowledge of...

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Publisher's Column

  • Take a Look at Some CU People Who Make News

    As regular readers of Credit Union Times know, it is people who make headlines and make the credit union world go around. Here are some observations on just a few of the dozens of credit union folks making news recently. A number of credit union people have stepped up to...

In Other News

  • AWARDS

    Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, Md., President/CEO Don Lewis has been honored for his 10 years of service as a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County. APGFCU is a longtime advocate and sponsor of the Boys and Girls Clubs and recently contributed $8,000 to...

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Publisher's Notebook

  • Addressing a Problem

    Credit Union Times staffers frequently receive e-mails that are top heavy with dozens of e-mail addresses of other recipients of the same e-mail. Not only is it time consuming to have to scroll down to the point the actual message begins, more important, it is a violation of individual privacy...

In Memoriam

  • Minnesota CU for Kids Volunteer of the Year Two -Time Winner

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - US Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President/COO Phil Bachman is congratulated on being named the Minnesota Credit Union for Kids Volunteer of the Year for the second consecutive year by Minnesota Credit Union President/CEO Kevin Chandler. Last year, Minnesota CUFK raised $133,177 for Gillette and its...

  • UT FCU CEO Dies at Knoxville Home

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- UT Federal Credit Union CEO Tom Adelman has died of an apparent heart attack on June 3. He was 47 years old. Before taking the lead at UT Federal Credit Union in 2003, Adelman served as executive vice president of finance and administrative services at San Diego-based First...

  • Space Coast CU Mourns Death of Director Emeritus

    MELBOURNE, Fla. - Space Coast Credit Union Lifetime Director Emeritus Jesee W. Walker has died. A longtime member and volunteer, Walker dedicated over 40 years to credit union service. Walker is credited with helping SCCU grow from 5,000 members and one branch to managing assets of over $1 billion for...

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