Sharyn Alden Through outreach efforts, CUs stand out as caring community partners. Social responsibility long has been important to credit unions’ strategic goals. But in today’s tough economic times, credit unions sense a renewed urgency about making their communities even stronger, better places to live. Setting the tone “Our country... READ MORE
Mark Sievewright The best vision and mission statements are mantras for action. I’ve had the privilege of helping many credit unions, leagues, and trade associations with their strategic plans. Although it may seem early in the year to think about plans and budgets, the market environment dictates it’s time for... READ MORE
John Franklin The same philosophy that created the CU movement is alive and well today. This U.S. Credit Union System celebrates some historic milestones. In June, during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo, participants will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. credit... READ MORE
Daniel A. Mica The CU ‘understanding gap’ is nothing new. Last month I wrote about the parallels between now and 75 years ago—when the Federal Credit Union Act was signed into law and when, not coincidentally, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) was founded. I beg your indulgence to continue... READ MORE
LEAD STORY What do employees know about credit unions, and how does that influence their member interactions? That was the subject of a study of 10 credit unions by the Filene Research Institute, Madison, Wis. “Employee Perceptions of Credit Unions: Implications for Member Profitability” expanded on an earlier Filene study,... READ MORE
By Bill Merrick “Potomac Fever” struck Buddy Gill during a congressional internship in college, and he has been
afflicted ever since. Crisis brings opportunity, says Texas CU League Chief Advocacy Officer Buddy Gill. Listen now . The
Texas Credit Union League’s chief advocacy officer/senior vice president has participated in more...
David Klavitter The approach to advancing the CU legislative agenda may never be the same. Last November's election gave Democrats control of the White House and widened the party’s margins in both chambers of Congress. This alone is enough to alter the direction and tempo of Washington, D.C. But in... READ MORE
Dianne Molvig As more financial institutions turn their backs on Hispanics, CUs welcome the service opportunities. Tough economic times typically induce the urge to hunker down, for individuals and organizations alike. But tough times also can open doors to new opportunities. Keep that in mind when considering whether to reach... READ MORE
Steve Rick Common sense and vision chart a course for success in 2009 and beyond. Is there a silver lining for credit unions in the economic gloom and doom of the day? Yes, for those that navigate carefully, according to Credit Union National Association (CUNA) economists, who examined the state... READ MORE
Mark Sievewright It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. When people ask me to prognosticate
about our industry’s future, I like to quote legendary baseball sage Yogi Berra, who said, “It’s tough to
make predictions, especially about the future.” But I’ll give it a whirl anyway. We...