Management

Turn Confusion Into Confidence

August 25, 2009
John Franklin Offer value to seniors through information, warnings, and counseling. Credit unions have great opportunities to diversify and broaden their memberships. Much has been written and said about the importance of credit unions attracting young adults and people of different cultures. The Hispanic population, for one, is gaining attention... READ MORE

Remembering Estes Park

August 25, 2009
Daniel A. Mica Similarities to a bygone era are striking. Later this month, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Board will mark an extraordinary occasion: CUNA’s 75th anniversary. The event will take place in Estes Park, Colo.—the site of the founding of our association. In making this pilgrimage, the CUNA... READ MORE

The 'Godfather' of CUs for Kids

August 25, 2009
Former banker becomes the face of Oklahoma CUs’ fund-raising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network. The nickname the “godfather” of Credit Unions for Kids says it all. Vic Thate has donated large portions of his time and effort to the organization, a partner with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). When he became... READ MORE

Create a 'Rudolph' Culture

August 25, 2009
LEAD STORY Your credit union is filled with “Rudolphs”—brilliant employees who can light the way out of the economic storm, according to “The Rudolph Factor: Finding the Bright Lights That Drive Innovation in Your Business.” The book uses the holiday character “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as an analogy to delve... READ MORE

Inflation Fears Unwarranted

July 20, 2009
Several factors will stymie inflation for the foreseeable future. Steve Rick The big question on the minds of many credit union executives today is whether the excess liquidity pumped into the banking system by the Federal Reserve eventually will lead to increasing inflation. If inflation increases, credit markets will respond... READ MORE

Negotiate Letters of Understanding and Agreement

July 20, 2009
Due diligence applies to agreements with regulators, too. Christopher Pippett Typically you might think of due diligence review as applying only to vendor relationships. However, you also should thoroughly analyze the formal agreements you might have to enter into with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) or your state regulator... READ MORE

Please Pass the Remote

July 20, 2009
Deposits move from Main Street to cyberspace. Mark Sievewright If your household is anything like mine, there are too many remote control devices. Each one controls different parts of our multimedia entertainment systems. But it strikes me that the deposit business looks much the same way. This “remote” analogy is... READ MORE

Lights, Camera, Action

July 20, 2009
Take note as the entertainment world captures the evolving face of America. Mark Condon The first movie ever copyrighted was a short film by Thomas Edison showing one of his employees sneezing. Edison subsequently built the Kinetoscope, a peephole viewer designed for the penny arcade, where people could watch short,... READ MORE

Reasons to Boast

July 20, 2009
What doesn’t happen to you is sometimes the best news of all. Daniel A. Mica Two major developments from Washington over the past several months—completely unrelated in their specific subject areas—give credit unions potential to boast. But neither event was instigated by credit unions. Both occurred in spite of credit... READ MORE

Winning Ways

July 20, 2009
Great follow-up & attention to detail mark success for this award-winning lender. Who: Randy M. Smith What: CEO, Randolph-Brooks FCU Where: Live Oak, Texas Outlook for CU member business lending: While our loan growth was 17% for the last six months of 2008, it still grew 9% for the first... READ MORE
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