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CU System briefs (07/31/2008)
* DUBLIN, Ohio (8/1/08)--The Ohio Credit Union League announced that its first outreach survey was distributed this week via e-mail to all Ohio credit union CEOs. The data gathered will exhibit the positive outreach work underway by Ohio’s credit unions to help their members and communities, the league said (eLumination Newsletter July 30). The results will provide the league with a comprehensive look at community outreach initiatives, and will be used to strengthen the league’s current and future legislative, media, and regulatory initiatives. All league members will receive a copy of the report … * DUBLIN, Ohio (8/1/08)--Ohio State Rep. Dan Stewart, far right, visited Western CU in Columbus July 24 to discuss community issues with the $57 million asset credit union's staff. A member of the House Financial Institutions Committee and long-time friend of credit unions, Stewart learned about services the credit union provides and was particularly interested in its outreach efforts to and programs for local Latino and Somali communities. The visit is the first of a series of efforts to identify avenues for collaboration between the credit union and both local and state officials. (Photo provided by the Ohio Credit Union League) … * SHREVEPORT, La. (8/1/08)--Elaine Harris Carr, 42, has been charged with stealing $211,000 by opening three unauthorized credit card accounts in her and her husband's names while working at WESLA CU, based in Shreveport. She is accused of manipulating inactive card accounts of members to pay her credit card bills. Authorities said they believe the manipulation of accounts began seven years ago (Shreveport Times July 31) … * ST. LOUIS (8/1/08)--Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) and Heartland Business Services have hired three new employees to serve Missouri's credit unions (CourierNet July 30). Andrea Janek joined MCUA's education and training department as a training specialist, effective July 16. Halley Hayden is director of communications for MCUA public/legislative affairs department, effective July 21. Heartland Business Services welcomed Susan Weinstein as credit analyst on July 23. All three are based in St. Louis, said MCUA …
* MADISON, Wis. (8/1/08)--CUNA Mutual Group had added Matthew Hargrove and Shad McKnight to positions on its consumer products team. Hargrove, hired as vice president of individual life and health product management, was previously with Boston Scientific, where he was responsible for neurovascular product sales in New England. Hargrove will manage profit and loss of the portfolio of life insurance and health-related products, and drive product group-level strategy and execution. McKnight is the new vice president of individual property and casualty, responsible for overall business strategy, product management, execution and financial results for his area. He also manages a relationship with Liberty Mutual Group for auto and home products to credit union members. He formerly was an executive with Nationwide Insurance's personal and commercial product lines in the company's South Central region. Hargrove and McKnight will report to Andy Napoli, senior vice president of the consumer products group …


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