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Oklahoma Texas outsourcing deal in the works
TULSA, Okla. (8/15/08)--The Oklahoma Credit Union League is working to complete a partnership and outsourcing plan with the Texas Credit Union League. It will be at least six months before everything is finished, and at least nine months until the league moves to its new headquarters building, Credit Union House, in Oklahoma City, Debra “DJ” Morrow, league interim president/CEO, told News Now. The one-year partnership will allow Oklahoma to partner and outsource credit union assistance, training and education, the Oklahoma Credit Union Foundation and chapter leadership with Texas. The league also expects to gain some back office efficiencies. Oklahoma will maintain its independence as a league, with its own board and staff, Morrow said. “We’re looking forward to implementing the partnership,” she said. “Everyone’s looking forward to seeing what we’ll bring forth.” Dick Ensweiler, president/CEO of the Texas league, said there is a longstanding natural relationship in the southwest between Texas and Oklahoma. "We look forward to concluding the negotiation process and working even close together," he said. "Just as credit unions are finding that outsourcing, partnerships and other types of collaboration generate efficiencies in operations, so do we find that leagues can also benefit this way," he added. Regionalizing leagues makes the most sense, Morrow said. “We will continue to seek partnerships with other leagues.” Oklahoma also will partner with the Missouri Credit Union Association on a volunteer and leadership conference next year. Leagues that Oklahoma contacted for advice on merging were “forthcoming,” Morrow said. “The spirit of cooperation is alive and well in the leagues.” Morrow recently sent a letter to credit union CEOs about the proposed partnership. The letter noted that Oklahoma’s Credit Union House would open next May. Next year is the league’s 75th anniversary, she said. “It’s an appropriate time to open Credit Union House.”


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