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Credit Union Buildings Are Going Green

February 01, 2007
Credit Union Buildings Are Going Green February 1, 2007 By Paul Todd Merrill 'Green building' and 'LEED certified' are common construction industry buzzwords, and credit unions should understand these terms as they consider new facilities. But what does it mean to 'go green?' Why should credit unions care? And, finally,... READ MORE

Seven Computer Security Resolutions

February 01, 2007
Seven Computer Security Resolutions February 1, 2007 While artificial intelligence has come a long way, computer users still are the ones charged with the security of their data, networks, and computers. People at the keyboards should take seven key steps to assure the maximum possible computer and network security in... READ MORE

Prepaid Cards: The Next Profit Center

February 01, 2007
Prepaid Cards: The Next Profit Center February 1, 2007 By Bill Mathis The rapidly evolving payments industry is providing consumers with faster, more convenient and more secure access to funds than ever, while use of cash and checks continues to decline. Driving movement away from traditional paper-based transactions is the... READ MORE

What You Need to Know About Promoting Overdraft Protection

January 01, 2007
What You Need to Know About Promoting Overdraft Protection January 1, 2007 By Mike Alvey In May 2005, the Federal Reserve Board published its much-anticipated final amendments and official staff commentary to Regulation DD which implements the Truth in Savings Act. Following this release, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)... READ MORE

Critical Condition

January 01, 2007
Critical Condition January 1, 2007 As credit union growth plods along, discussion ramps up among movement leaders about how to reverse the slow-growth trend. The question many are asking: How can credit unions boost their growth rates? Along with "how," Bill Hampel, senior vice president of research and policy analysis... READ MORE

Mark Holbrook: A Mission of Service and Ministry

December 01, 2006
Who: Mark Holbrook What: President/CEO Where: Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, Calif. What are the top two reasons for your CU's success in making loans to churches, a very specialized lending segment? First, over 15 years ago Evangelical Christian Credit Union recognized that churches and ministries represented a significant underserved... READ MORE

The Next Generation of Signature Authentication

December 01, 2006
The Next Generation of Signature Authentication December 1, 2006 Every fingerprint is unique, just as every hand signing a name creates specific variations not detectable by the human eye. Using a unique algorithm, Signishellâ„¢ from Card Scanning Solutions captures detailed measurements of a signer's rhythm, speed, pressure, and acceleration when... READ MORE

How to Succeed With a Community Charter

November 01, 2006
How to Succeed With a Community Charter November 1, 2006 Expand marketing Make organizational changes Focus on human resources Why convert to a community charter when your main sponsor isn't downsizing or moving? To grow and attract new borrowers and savers, and fill a niche, says Joe Thomas, CEO of... READ MORE

Disaster Role-Playing Exercise

November 01, 2006
Disaster Role-Playing Exercise November 1, 2006 Editor's note: EECU patterned this scenario after an exercise conducted by Jack Henry & Associates' Centurion Disaster Recovery Group . Introduction: For the next several hours, you will be participating in a business continuity and disaster recovery exercise designed to test our decision-making processes... READ MORE

Disaster Recovery Role-Play

November 01, 2006
Disaster Recovery Role-Play November 1, 2006 By Darla Dernovsek Role-playing exercises help credit unions imagine a disaster's impact on everyday operations. At EECU (formerly Educational Employees Credit Union), Fort Worth, Texas, a pandemic role-playing exercise helped the $570 million credit union develop the first draft of a plan aimed at... READ MORE

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