DALLAS – Credit Union Employment Resources, Inc. (CUER), a subsidiary of the Texas Credit Union League, has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Integrated Business Resources, Inc. (IBR), a Texas-based provider of credit union employment, consulting and strategic planning services. Karen Houston, president of IBR, will assume the position of regional vice president within CUER, effective Aug. 18, overseeing North Texas and out-of-state operations. "This is a situation that makes perfect sense. IBR and CUER provide outstanding services to the credit union marketplace. IBR has a great reputation, built on the ability of Karen Houston to know her clients' needs. I am simply delighted to be able to bring Karen and her company into our organization. Karen's depth of credit union knowledge and her background as a former credit union executive make her the ideal choice to lead our North Texas operations. Together we look forward to serving IBR's and CUER's client base," said Credit Union Resource's SVP Mark Chatfield. Houston said she sees the agreement "as a perfect combination of mission and values. I started this company to provide personal service and customized solutions to my peers in the credit union community. With this move, we will be able to broaden the scope and reach of services to a greater number of credit unions." Established in 1993 by TCUL, CUER provides employment, staffing, human resource and educational services to credit unions in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Colorado. CUER has worked with more than 250 credit union clients, helping more than 1,000 people enter the credit union workforce. CUER has offices in Dallas and Houston. IBR, a seven year-old company founded by Houston, is based in Arlington. IBR has provided assistance to more than 60 credit unions and credit union-related organizations since its inception. IBR's service offerings include executive search, strategic planning and customized human resource solutions. In her capacity as regional vice president, Karen will continue to provide or oversee these services for credit unions throughout Texas and the region. Both parties anticipate the deal to be finalized by Aug. 4.

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