Last month CU Certified/Down East Insurance Agency was awarded the New CUSO of the Year Award – Runner Up. This is a one-of-a-kind CUSO that we are proud to feature in our NACUSO Spotlight Series.
What’s your current position?
I am the President & CEO of CU Certified
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do? What are you most excited or passionate about?
I think in some way we all want to make a positive contribution to our communities and the world in general. Sometimes business is not always conducive to achieving that end. When I stop to think about the positive financial impact CU Certified has made to members families over the past four years, I feel a sense of pride and drive to keep delivering on our promise. I relish the label placed on CU Certified as a market disrupter. Listening to our partnered credit unions share with us what they will be doing with the underwriting profit checks they receive each year gives our team an enormous amount of pride.… Read more
Thinking back thirty years ago, a NACUSO conference was maybe 40 people if you count the waiters. Ninety percent of the CUSOs did investment services with broker/dealers in networking arrangements. The net interest margin in CUSOs was fat and that made credit unions happy. CUSOs were a little known oddity and not very important to the health of the industry. Today is a different story. With competitors crawling all over the Internet with convenient, frictionless services at competitive prices and with a nearly non-existent net interest margin environment, credit unions need help and they need help fast.
This is why Lucy Ito, President of NASCUS, attends our NACUSO meeting, why Dan Berger, CEO of NAFCU, spoke at our meeting last year and why Jim Nussle CEO of CUNA spoke at our meeting this year. CUSOs have become critical to the sustainability of credit unions. Jim spoke frankly about the challenges facing credit unions and the need to consider collaborative solutions to those challenges.… Read more
This year’s event began with golf at one of the most beautiful courses in the US – Pelican Hill. Then on Monday afternoon Messick, Lauer & Smith officially kicked off the event with Hot Topics for CUs and CUSOs in 2018. The room was packed and set the tone for another great meeting of minds.
A big thank you to Mastercard, our Exclusive Premier Card Partner for bringing NBA legend David Robinson to our event. David was gracious enough to attend an advocacy fund-raiser breakfast where we exceeded our fund raising goal! After breakfast David took to the main stage to tell the story of how blessed he was as a star athlete that he has devoted the rest of his life to turning those blessings into opportunities for kids. In an interview in 2001 titled “David, The Goliath of Giving” he said, “I didn’t have a lot to do with being 7-1, that was a gift.… Read more
PSCU – the nation’s leading CUSO – has announced its investment in CULedger, a credit union industry initiative for developing applications of distributed ledger technology. This technology, which offers a protocol that allows innovation around financial transactions, may become the system on which the future of financial processes is built.
“Credit unions must continuously research new methods to improve efficiency and security in order to remain competitive,” said Chuck Fagan, PSCU President and CEO. “CULedger will benefit credit unions and their members by reducing risks associated with cybersecurity and fraud, improving the member experience, and reducing costs. We look forward to working with CULedger to bring this platform to market.”
“Our support of CULedger aligns with the market’s interest to determine how this powerful technology will be used by credit unions across several authentication and ledger use cases,” added Brian Caldarelli, EVP and CFO at PSCU.
CULedger began in 2016 as a “research to action” initiative for developing a concept for a credit union system-wide, permissioned distributed ledger platform.… Read more
In the toughest competition to date, CU RateReset CEO Keith Kelly once again knocks it out of the park with his 7 minute presentation at the Next Big Idea Competition last week at the NACUSO Network Conference at the Disneyland Hotel.
Two years ago Keith won the competition with CU RateReset. This year he entered with Knocknock, a disruptive digital solution that provides bilateral interaction between the credit union and the member to deliver “just in time offers” based on real time triggers.
“This year we tied the record for the most applications for the competition with 14,” said Jack Antonini, President/CEO of NACUSO. “Every year we see this contest getting more and more competitive. Our event has become the place ‘where deals get done’ as evidenced by last year’s winner Kris Kovacs of Constellation.mi”
“There is no doubt that winning the NACUSO Next Big Idea Competition was the best way to launch the Constellation Digital Platform and our new CUSO.… Read more