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Branch Named CEO At World Council

MADISON, Wis.-The World Council of CUs has named Brian Branch as its new CEO; Branch had previously been EVP/COO and has more than 20 years' experience in credit unions and microfinance, and has visited 47 countries. Branch will succeed Pete Crear who is retiring in August.

2 Free Webinars Set For July 19

MADISON, Wis.-CUNA Mutual Group will host its first Discovery Webinar doubleheader on July 19, and both are free. Bill Klewin will present "Hot Topics around Lending Regulatory Compliance" at 12:15 p.m. CDT, followed by Brad Pricer, who will address "Navigate Health Care Reform with Confidence" at 2:15 p.m. CDT. Attendees may call in for one or both of the webinars. To register: www.cunamutual.com/regulationwebinars/PR.


CU Net Income Up In The Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D.-Credit unions in the Dakotas are reporting strong financials at the end of Q1. In North Dakota, total assets grew were up $79 million (3.3%) to $2.42 billion, while in South Dakota assets grew by about $73 million (3.1%) to $2.34 billion. While lending was down, net income grew "significantly" in both states, to $4.78 million in North Dakota and to $2.88 million in South Dakota. Separately, Steve Davis of Capital CU has been elected as board chair.


CUANM Elects Officers, Board

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-The CU Association of New Mexico elected new officers and directors to its board. Elected as chair: Chris Fitzgerald, president/CEO, Rio Grande CU; Vice Chair, Harold Dixon, president/CEO, State Employees CU; Treasurer, Chuck Valenti, CEO, Del Norte CU; Secretary, Karen Griffo, CEO, Roswell Community FCU; and as directors, Phyllis Crawford of Four Corners FCU and Ron Moorehead of First Financial CU.


Watson, Arvon Named As CEOs

BAY CITY, Mich.-Alan Watson has been named president/CEO of Catholic FCU, after serving as acting CEO since January, and having been SVP/COO for the past 10 years. Meanwhile, the $166-million West Virginia FCU has named Nick Arvon as its new CEO. Arvon has been CEO of Charleston Area Medical Center's CAMC FCU for the past 13 years. Arvon will replace Wally Preston, who is retiring after 33 years.

GEA FCU Now One Of The Neighbors

ST. GABRIEL, La.-GEA FCU here has become a branch of the $495-million Neighbors FCU following a merger. To mark the event, Neighbors FCU held a jambalaya cook-out for employees outside the branch.


Canepa-Bang Named To WOCCU List

ONTARIO, Calif.-Sarah Canepa Bang, president and CEO of FSCC (Financial Service Centers Cooperative) Inc., was named One of Seven People Making a Difference by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).

SECU Rated Highly As PFI

RALEIGH, N.C.-Seventy-five percent of members at State Employees Credit Union rank SECU as their primary financial institution (PFI) according to a 2011 CUNA Research survey of 5,000 members who were polled. The poll found member satisfaction levels remain at 97%, with 87% of those members responding that they are very satisfied.


Manus Named CEO At Members Group

DES MOINES, Iowa-The Members Group (TMG) named Shazia Manus as its new CEO. Manus was previously president of Greater Iowa Credit Union and replaces Tom Kuehl, who recently announced his retirement. The Members Group is a unit of the Iowa league.

Dozen Students Join Googolplex

MADISON, Wis.-Twelve students have been selected to serve one-year terms as youth editorial board members on CUNA's "Googolplex: The CU Guide for Student Moneymakers," part of its Center for Personal Finance. Chosen were Kaylee (Illinois), Zach and Scott (Pennsylvania), and Talia (Washington), who will serve on the Clubhouse Crew for 5-Spot, aimed at elementary school students; Kaela (Ohio), Rylee (Montana), and Sarah (Ohio), who will make up the Super Youth Team for AJ's, which focuses on middle school students; and Elijah (Texas), Chloe (Oregon), Spencer and Rachel (Ohio), and Kapriann (Washington), who will serve on the Teenage Panel advising C-Note, for high school students.

Petty Retiring From Bronco FCU

FRANKLIN, Va.-Bob Petty has announced his retirement as CEO of Bronco FCU. During his 13-year term as CEO, Petty oversaw growth to $201-million from $13.3 million. Prior to that Petty was with the credit union for 14 years in other capacities, and was also very active in the local communities.

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