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Swoboda joins The ProCon Group

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MADISON, Wis. (2/11/09)--Former Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President Ralph Swoboda has joined The ProCon Group as a principal and co-owner. ProCon, founded by John Gregoire in 1997, aims to help credit unions strengthen their leadership. Procon also helps credit unions uncover strategic opportunities and build more effective board governance. The group will continue to focus its efforts on high-performing credit unions and build on Swoboda’s global experience, ProCon said in a release. Swoboda served as CUNA’s chief executive until 1995. Afterward, he served as chair of the management committee of the Association of British Credit Unions, and head of international operations for CUNA Mutual Group. Gregoire has held senior executive positions with CUNA and the California Credit Union League. He is a director of the National Credit Union Foundation and was a founding member--with Swoboda--of the Filene Research Institute.

CUSOs online bill payment services increase 38

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (2/11/09)--The number of PayLynx subscribers increased 38% in 2008, ending the year with 783,000 subscribers, according to PSCU Financial Services. PSCU Financial Services signed new agreements with 22 member credit unions for PayLynx, including Keesler FCU, Biloxi, Miss. Eight of the new agreements are with credit unions offering the service for the first time. “One of the biggest advantages [of PayLynx] for our members is the ability for funds to be withdrawn on the day payment is due,” said John Goff, senior vice president, Keesler FCU. “We wanted to deliver online bill payment free to our members and the cooperative’s affordable pricing structure allowed us to do this.” More than 470 financial institutions use the bill payment service. PSCU Financial Services is based in St. Petersburg, Fla.

CU first to offer corporates Member Capture

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PLANO, Texas (2/11/09)--VyStar CU is the first credit union to implement Southwest Corporate FCU’s new Member Capture remote deposit solution. Member Capture allows members to deposit checks for processing from their homes. The service is expected to help out-of-town college students, military members, senior citizens and business owners, the corporate said. “We have members scattered across 15 counties in northeast Florida and throughout the U.S.,” said Melissa Thomas, VyStar vice president of automated services. “Member Capture will help members without a branch or an ATM nearby to make deposits, especially those members who mail in deposits and have to wait for them to be processed.” Member Capture is integrated into VyStar’s Digital Insight home-banking application. “The Member Capture service is a single sign-on, meaning that members can only access it by logging into our Internet banking application, and that requires multi-factor authentication,” Thomas added. Southwest Corporate is based in Plano, Texas.