Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
Register Now for the NCUL Lending Workshop

NCUL will host a Lending Workshop on March 22nd and 23rd in Lincoln at the Embassy Suites.  You won’t want to miss out on this great educational opportunity.  We have a fabulous speaker lined up.  Larry Biernacki is a former CEO at Arkansas FCU.  Larry has spent over 30 years involved in the credit union/banking industry. {Read The Full Article}

Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
NCUL Provides Mad City Money to OPS Students

The League continues to partner with the Omaha Public Schools Academy of Business (AOB) program by bringing Mad City Money to their sophomores.  On February 10th, 70 sophomores from three area high schools, participated in the interactive financial budgeting simulation.  Each student was given a profile which included an occupation, salary, spouse, child, and of course…debt.  In 90 minutes, they travel from merchant to merchant and buy necessities while trying to stay within their monthly budget.

Special thanks to all the volunteers from UNO, the AOB advisory board, and Centris FCU for being the merchants during the simulation.

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Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
CU SERVICE NETWORK LAUNCHES CU-CENTRIC HR SERVICE

Lakewood, CO (January 30, 2017) – CU Service Network has launched their long-awaited back office HR solution, CU Works HR. CU Works HR is the first product to be introduced in the CU Works brand, which encompasses critical back office services for credit unions of all sizes. {Read The Full Article}

Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
Supplemental Benefits Provide Competitive Edge in Retention/Recruiting

SERPs are a valuable tool to help retain and attract talented leaders.

In an environment where 63% of companies report that employee retention is their top concern[i], a talented leadership team is critical to keep on board. Retaining high-performing credit union executives could rest on whether you can provide them a more comfortable retirement. {Read The Full Article}

Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
NE Credit Unions Prepare for GAC

There will be twenty-eight (28) Nebraska credit union advocates from nine credit unions and the League who will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the CUNA Government Affairs Conference in late February.  There will be several events hosted and sponsored by the League for Nebraska’s advocates but none more important than the Hill Visits with Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation.  The Hill Visits will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday during the conference.  The issues of discussion during those meetings will be preserving the tax status of credit unions, reforming the CFPB, exempting credit unions from CFPB rules, and reducing the overall regulatory burden.  {Read The Full Article}

Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
Help your members enjoy their refund responsibly

The New Year is officially underway and that means tax season is upon us. Members’ W2s will start appearing in their mailboxes any day now. The thought of receipts and calculations and all that paperwork can be stressful.  {Read The Full Article}

Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
Give Up or Give Back

Let’s face it, 2016 was tough. International unrest, divisive politics and banking scandals painted a pretty bleak picture of the world (and I didn’t even mention the untimely deaths of Prince, Juan Gabriel, Carrie Fisher…). It wasn’t smooth sailing for credit unions either. Yes, membership grew at the fastest rate for a generation but more than 200 credit unions closed or merged nationally, and billions of dollars were invested in FinTech – products and services designed specifically to disrupt our market. {Read The Full Article}

Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
Debit Optimization Improves Revenue and Retains Members

Debit optimization is the process of converting members who use checks, cash, and ACH for making payments to using debit cards instead. This practice helps credit unions generate revenue from what used to be non-revenue transactions, significantly reduce operational costs, and improve member retention—three benefits that have a big impact on credit union performance.

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Posted February 21st, 2017 No Comments
Financial Counseling: Big Results in Little Time

Implementing a financial counseling program can seem like a daunting task, but it’s really much easier than you might think. With a turnkey program, implementation can be accomplished with minimal resources and completed simultaneously with other product launches. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Give the Gift of Financial Education

As soon as they come, the holidays have gone again, but for millions of people, the cost of food, gifts, decorations and travel will linger long into 2017. The cultural norms many of us take for granted over the festive season, can be an overwhelming burden on many budgets. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Hiring for Talent

In the traditional sense, recruiting new employees is systematically looking at resumes and evaluating past experience of potential candidates. Hiring people based on their past experience, and the skills they have acquired over the years is an important facet in the recruiting process. However, if you are using this process exclusively, you could be missing out on the perfect candidate for your company. This process often overlooks a very important trait of the best candidates out there, potential. It’s not that this way of sourcing doesn’t work, or that quality people aren’t found using this process, but you may to need ask yourself, how do we truly determine someone’s potential? {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
New Leadership at U.P. Connection FCU

Long time CEO Jan Kounkel retired this month from U.P. Connection FCU.  Jan had been at the credit union for 25 years and served as CEO for the last 19.  We thank Jan for her commitment and service to credit unions and wish her the very best in her retirement.

Taking over for Jan will be Janeane Whitney.  She has been at U.P. Connection FCU for 2 years.  Janeane started her career at what is now Wells Fargo, was there for over 25 years, then went to Bank of the West for 10 years.  All of her experience has been in Retail Banking before joining the credit union.  Born and raised in Omaha, Janeane is married with 3 adult children, 2 sons and a daughter, who live and work in the Omaha area. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Callahan Lending Webinar: Pricing Structures & Best Practices

Join Callahan & Associates; Lee Strickhouser, chief lending officer for Resource One; and Brett Beckham, inside sales manager for Leaders for a discussion on the structures and best practices of the two credit unions’ relationship-based pricing programs. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Upcoming NCUL Events

Mark Your Calendars for these NCUL upcoming events!

January 30 – NCUL Jam the Unicam

March 22 – NCUL Lending Workshop (Lincoln)
March 23 – NCUL Lending Workshop

April 4 – NCUL Small Credit Union Workshop/Webinar
April 12 – PolicyWorks Compliance Update Webinar {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Nebraska CUs Contributed to State’s Economy in 2015, According to CUNA Estimates

The estimated economic contribution of Nebraska credit unions to the State’s economy in 2015 was $574 million according to CUNA’s “Estimates of Credit Unions’ Economic Contributions by State” report. In 2015 there were 62 credit unions in Nebraska serving 491,850 members (tax paying working class Nebraskans) – 26% of the state’s population. Credit unions contributed 3,691 direct and indirect jobs and $158 million in direct and “induced” labor income. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Measure Your Credit Union’s Member Value With CUAnalyzer
Measure Your Credit Union’s Member Value With CUAnalyzer

Credit unions across the country use Callahan’s Return of the Member (ROM) scoring to support their member-facing goals, hold staff accountable to better serve members, and demonstrate the impact credit unions have in their communities. ROM is a quantitative way for credit unions to shout out that difference to members. The ROM calculation considers three core credit union functions: Return to Savers (savings), Return to Borrowers (lending), and Member Participation (product usage).

Where does your credit union rank? View your ROM score in comparison to your asset-based national peers by logging into CUAnalyzer and clicking “Member Value” on the left navigation.

We commonly use asset groups to base rankings. Here you will state averages to give you another perspective.

These 20 Nebraska CUs Top Callahan’s ROM Index
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Data as of 9/30/2016 | For more details about how Callahan’s ROM scoring is calculated, click here.

About CUAnalyzer

CUAnalyzer is Callahan’s educational analysis tool. It makes it easy for credit union executives, employees, and volunteers to understand their credit union’s financial data and how it compares to other credit unions in their area or those who operate using a similar business model. Click here to register for an upcoming training session or contact us with specific questions.

Users can look at pre-built packets featuring metrics that directly measure their department’s success. Your credit union has access to CUAnalyzer through its affiliation with Nebraska Credit Union League.

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Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation

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This year, we have the best possible opportunity for credit union advocacy victories on the regulatory relief front. With CUNA, the Leagues and credit unions joining forces like never before, we need everyone in the system to be engaged and help drive the Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
Nominations for the League Board of Directors Now Open

Pursuant to the Election Procedures for the NCUL Board of Directors, a call for nominations was issued on January 10th. All directors elected during this balloting will serve beginning June 1, 2017. Information has been sent to each eligible member credit union CEO; anyone interested in running for the Board should review the election materials carefully and submit their nomination by 5:00 PM Central Time on March 10th. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
America Saves Week is Near!

America Saves Week, held this February 27 – March 4, is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. Thousands of organizations typically participate, reaching millions of people. Participation in the Week is easy, no matter how big or small your organization is. The impact of good savings behaviors is huge and every saver counts.

Learn more by clicking HERE. {Read The Full Article}

Posted January 13th, 2017 No Comments
105th Legislature is Underway

The 105th Legislature convened for its First Session on January 4th.  There were seventeen (17) newly elected State Senators sworn in on the first day as well as the swearing in of officers.  The body elected new leadership including a new Speaker, Standing Committee Chairs, Select and Special Committee Charis.  The new Speaker is Jim Scheer of Norfolk.  Speaker Scheer defeated Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg for the top post. {Read The Full Article}

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