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Mica: 'Recommit to Unity and Service'

October 15, 2009
Warmest greetings to those celebrating International Credit Union Day, Oct. 15, 2009, from your friends at the Credit Union National Association as we observe this year’s theme: “ Your Money; Your Choice; Your Credit Union .” This year’s theme celebrates “choice.” The need for choice is what gave birth to... READ MORE

ICU Day Broadcast to Celebrate Global CU Heritage

October 12, 2009
The annual International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) broadcast, sponsored by Credit Union Development Educators  (CUDE) and World Council of Credit Unions  (WOCCU), will highlight the continuing contributions of the worldwide credit union movement. This year's broadcast will originate from $3 billion asset United Nations Federal Credit Union , Long... READ MORE

Reconsidering Nonqualified Deferred Compensation? Not So Fast

September 25, 2009
By Heidi Pedersen Donahe The economic downturn is causing some credit unions and their executives to reconsider their nonqualified deferred compensation and retirement arrangements. “While credit union employees and officers are not immune from the general trend to contain compensation in this economy, it is strategically important to maintain a... READ MORE

Contemporary Governance Mitigates Lawsuits

September 25, 2009
Since we've all had a front-row seat to the recession, it’s easy to relate to the economic impact it’s had on us professionally and personally. These unprecedented and unpredictable times have put corporate governance at the forefront for credit unions and their boards of directors. READ MORE

Mica to Leave CUNA in 2011

August 27, 2009
CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica will leave his post in January 2011, he told the CUNA Board and executive management team today. CUNA Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff Richard McBride also will step down in January 2011. “My mentor, the late Rep. Paul G. Rogers, often said an individual... READ MORE

CU CEOs Delay Retirement

August 27, 2009
By Beth Stetenfeld The current recession put a lot of retirement plans on hold, and the retirement plans of credit union CEOs are no exception. Some CEOs say they want to rebuild their retirement savings. Others are putting off retirement because they want to see their credit unions through these... READ MORE

Corporate Stabilization Revisited

August 25, 2009
Jim Jerving New legislation ‘eases the pain’ and boosts CU ROA. Turbulence within the corporate credit union system and the effects on retail credit unions were dominant topics at the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) earlier this year. In May, passage of S. 896, the Helping... 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

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

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

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