In my thirty years of forming credit union collaborations, I have come to see common lessons, especially in multiply owned CUSOs providing one or more back office operational services. I examine twelve of those lessons in these types of CUSOs.… Read more
Never burn a bridge with former girlfriends. It can jump start a career. I stayed friendly with my high school girlfriend Maryanne who married John Unangst the President of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. John formed one of the first CUSOs in 1988. The CUSO provided mortgage services and data processing services to multiple credit unions. As a result of meeting John through Maryanne, I formed John’s CUSO. John became a director on the newly formed NACUSO Board and asked me to go with him to San Diego on his dime to a NACUSO Conference and play golf. My bags were packed before he finished his invitation.
In San Diego, I did a presentation to a four table conference. John suggested to the NACUSO Board that I be their General Counsel. My most attractive feature was that I was free. So began my representation of NACUSO. I thought I could handle this gig as CUSOs are essentially small businesses and I had a lot of experience representing small businesses, including being the attorney for the local Chamber of Commerce. … Read more
We’re excited to feature the 2017 NACUSO CU Collaboration & Innovation Award winner 7 Insurance. We sat down with Jerry Tweeten to hear how he came to work in credit unions and how two credit unions, less than a mile apart decided to not see each other as competitors but collaborators for the benefit of their members.
PART ONE: Life Story and Experience
What’s your current position and can you give me a brief overview of what it is you do in your work? I am the President, and we are a full lines independent insurance agency. We are a collaboration of Y12 FCU and ORNL FCU and I oversee nine CSR/Agents. I manage both credit union’s corporate insurance programs and their other insurance programs, GAP, Service Contracts, Debt Cancellation, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), and collateral protection insurance (CPI) programs.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?… Read more
NACUSO is on a mission to tell stories of collaboration, innovation and cooperation that not only strengthen the credit union movement but also are in the best interests of our members. We believe that we’re better together. We also know that the CUSO model has mitigated the need for many credit unions to merge by obtaining economies of scale and driving efficiencies. CUProdigy is a great example of helping credit unions with a quality cloud based core that is affordable. We heard about the tremendous cost savings and reached out to a recent convert, Roy MacKinnon, CEO of Edwards FCU.
Roy, first, tell me a little about your credit union.
Edwards FCU was founded in 1962 on Edwards AFB in California and was originally chartered to serve personnel on the base. Edwards FCU received a community charter shortly after 2000 as many military base credit unions did. Today, we serve all of the Antelope Valley, which is nicknamed Aerospace Valley because, in addition to the Air Force base, other major manufacturers are here like Lockheed, Northup Grumman and The Spaceship Company.… Read more
LIBERTY LAKE, WA – October 13, 2017
CU*NorthWest, the 100% credit union-owned cooperative CUSO, announced today that they will be attending the Washington, Oregon and Idaho Credit Union Leagues’ 2017 MAXX Conference in Spokane, Washington, as an exhibitor.
This is the first time all three states have combined their annual meeting. Elizabeth Evans, business development, will be in booth #30 representing CU*NorthWest. The tradeshow, which will be attended by more than 400 credit union professionals, will provide an opportunity for twelve-year-old CU*NorthWest to talk about the CUSO and the cooperative network behind the CU*BASE® software platform. Roughly a third of CU*NorthWest’s existing clients come from Washington/Oregon, and of which many will also be attending the two-day event.
Greg Smith, CEO of CU*NorthWest stated: “It’s fantastic to have three states coming together in one location. It’s a tremendous opportunity for everyone to be able to learn, network and collaborate. The financial industry has many new and evolving challenges and it’s important for credit unions to know what resources are available to help them navigate their way.”
About CU*NorthWest, Inc.… Read more