Articles by Bill Merrick

CUs Should Embrace Their ‘Bags Fly Free’ Moment

The time is right for CUs to grow market share.
Bill Merrick
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Former beer monolith Anheuser-Busch's takeover by a Belgian beer company serves as a cautionary tale for CUs.
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Here’s a Bright Loan Idea

SACU unveils solar home improvement loan program.
Bill Merrick
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Harnessing the sun's power to reduce energy expenses has become affordable for many Texans thanks to SACU's solar home improvement loan program.
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'It's More Than the Core'

Keep member disruptions to a minimum during core conversions.
Bill Merrick
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The core is more than just the system that tracks transactions. It touches all delivery channels.
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'New System Under Construction'

Core conversions require top-notch communication and planning.
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Core conversion success depends on the combined efforts of the CU and the conversion team.
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‘No Such Thing’ as an Easy Core Conversion

If you let things slide, you risk ‘having a wave come over your head.’
Bill Merrick
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Keys to conversion success including staying on course, communicating regularly to employees—and trying to make the process fun.
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Don't Get Dust in the Server & Other Core Conversion Lessons

Share One CEO finds that sacred cows make delicious hamburgers.
Bill Merrick
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Done right, a core processing conversion can be more than a technology upgrade. It can transform a CU.
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Fixing the Economy

CUNA's economists debate the merits of government stimulus vs. fiscal restraint.
Bill Merrick
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In 1932, John Maynard Keynes ignited a debate among economists and policy makers that still burns to this day. In a letter to the Times of London, Keynes proposed using federal deficit spending to reduce the length and severity of the Great Depression. Is that the best approach to tackle today's economic challenges?
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Create a Unique Value Proposition

An Australian CU's dedication to sustainability resonates strongly with members.
Bill Merrick
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Kim Sponem's leadership sabbatical in Australia unearthed lessons U.S. CUs can apply.
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From Dairyland to Down Under

A Wisconsin CU CEO on sabbatical in Australia finds clues for dealing with challenges facing U.S. CUs.
Bill Merrick
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A Wisconsin CU CEO on sabbatical in Australia finds clues for dealing with challenges facing U.S. CUs.
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Welcome Hispanic Members

Small changes can help CUs make big inroads into the Hispanic market.
Bill Merrick
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Walk into your branches as if it were the first time and you didn't speak English.
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