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ColoradoWyoming CUs FoolProof launch national fin ed program

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ARVADA, Colo. (4/9/08)--Colorado and Wyoming credit unions have formed a national financial education and literacy partnership with FoolProof Financial Education Systems to deliver a financial education program to credit unions nationwide. “With so many Americans ensnared in the subprime market, there has never been a more important time for credit unions to strengthen their financial literacy platform,” said John Dill, president, Credit Union Strategic Partners (CUSP), which will distribute FoolProof. FoolProof aims to teach people of all ages about money. It has two elements: interactive modules for young people including videos, articles, audio, games, animations and music; and year-round adult and youth consumer websites with videos and podcasts. FoolProof websites feature breaking news and monthly feature segments. Credit unions can use five services:
* FoolProof’s CUHQ, a year-round, interactive website for youth; * FoolProof for High Schools, a financial literacy curriculum for high schools; * FoolProof for Parents and Grandparents, a program that involves parents and grandparents in children’s education; * FoolProof Solo, which targets college-age students and provides credit unions with college students, student groups and other college-aged constituencies; and * FoolProof Information Edge, an adult financial education website.

CUDL announces Auto Lending Symposium

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (4/9/08)--CU Direct Corp. (CUDL) announced the speaker line-up for its 10th Annual Auto Lending Symposium June 18-20 in Las Vegas. The event provides credit unions with the latest industry trends and issues, and the chance to interact with automotive and lending experts. Speakers include: Dr. Robert Kriegel, automotive and financial expert; Richard Apicella, industry consultant; and Ross Shafer, Emmy award-winning writer, comedian, motivational speaker and author. Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of San Francisco Fire CU, will be the emcee for the event’s general sessions. Kriegel is the author of two best-selling books, “If it ain’t broke, break it” and “Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers.” He also is a radio commentator for National Public Radio’s Marketplace program. Apicella has held leadership positions with Deloitte Consulting, Capitol One Auto Finance, Hewlett-Packard and IBM Corp. Shafer authored “Nobody Moved Your Cheese” and “The Customer Shouts Back.” Shafer founded the Customer Empathy Institute with California State University at Monterey Bay. Other speakers include: Jay Johnson, executive vice president, Callahan & Associates; Larry Biernaki, president/CEO, Arkansas FCU; Rick Poulton, president of Better Branches; Bob Boucher, senior vice president of lending at Sikorsky Financial CU; Susie Huss, associate vice president of consumer lending at American First CU; Experian’s Melinda Zabritski, director, Automotive Credit, and John Sidman, automotive consultant. The event offers tracks in marketing, dealer relations, and risk management and collections.