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CU System Briefs (07/19/2013)
  • ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (7/19/13)--A former teller has been charged with stealing nearly $20,000 from St. Joseph, Mo.-based Goetz CU to finance gambling.  Christie Lynn Young, 43, a former teller and member service representative who had worked for the credit union for 22 years, allegedly stole $19,965 between Jan. 2 and July 3 by moving money from her cash drawer to her account and falsifying records. She has been charged with one count of stealing, a Class C felony. Young allegedly told police she used the stolen money to gamble (St. Joseph News-Press July 16) ...
  • MONTPELIER, Vt. (7/19/13)--Steve Post, the CEO of Vermont State Employees CU, the state's largest state-chartered credit union, has announced he plans to retire after 23 years at the helm of the Montpelier, Vt.-based credit union. Post was appointed CEO in 1990. He previously served as general manager at White River CU, Rochester, Vt.  Post served as chairman of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions Government Relations Committee and has been an active voice with regulators and legislators. Under his leadership, the credit union grew to more than $600 million in assets from $80 million and expanded its field of membership from an employee-based to a community-based credit union serving more than 50,000 members,. He also expanded branch operations to seven locations and developed a full-service online distribution channel. VSECU's board has retained Cope & Associates, Burlington, Vt., which already has begun the process of working with Post and the senior executive team to prepare for a successor ...
  • RIVERSIDE, Calif. (7/19/13)--Altura CU, a $718.2 million asset credit union based in Riverside, Calif., is rolling out a new fleet of envelope-free ATMs throughout  Riverside County. Its branches in West Hemet, Indio, Rancho Mirage and Murrieta are the first to install the ATMs. The changeover will continue to all 35 of Altura's ATMs through the end of the year. "Member convenience was the driving factor" behind the decision, said Altura CEO Mark Hawkins. "We focus on listening to what our members want, and it was clear they were seeking more convenient and environmentally friendly ATMs."  He pointed out that the ATMs are "a boost for the environment. Since these new envelope-free ATMs were first launched, they are estimated to have eliminated hundreds of millions of paper envelopes, saving trees." Also, gas use and emissions decreased because remote ATMs do not need to be serviced as frequently, Hawkins said ...
  • MELBOURNE, Fla. (7/19/13)--Space Coast CU has honored four auto dealers with its 2012 Watchdog Dealer Of The Year Award for superior service to SCCU members. The dealers are Rosner Chevrolet for Brevard and Indian River Counties; Braman Honda for Miami-Dade County; AutoNation Chevrolet of Pembroke Pines for Palm Beach and Broward Counties; and Deland Kia for Volusia and Flagler Counties. The awards were based on survey ratings from credit union members and on the total auto loans they generated for SCCU.  Rosner Chevrolet received 4.78 stars out of a possible five stars and facilitated more than $12 million in auto loan production for SCCU. Braman Honda earned five stars and facilitated more than $5 million. AutoNation Chevrolet received 4.6 stars and facilitated more than $2 million, while Deland Kia earned 4.6 stars and facilitated more than $12 million in auto loan production with SCCU. SCCU's Watchdog program's philosophy is to watch out for members' best interests ...


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