The Pulse 04-27-2017

Volume 6, Issue 17.5



Minnesota Credit Union Awareness Campaign Website Live

This week, the Minnesota Credit Union Network Awareness and Reputation Campaign website,, was made available to the public. The website includes a database of MnCUN member credit unions and their branches along with information about field of membership and services available.

Research from the Credit Union National Association cites that after learning about the credit union difference, 82% of bank customers would be interested in moving one or more accounts to a credit union and 68% of non-PFI credit union members would be interested in doing more business with their credit union. The “It’s Your Choice” campaign is a statewide effort designed to leverage this research and educate Minnesota consumers of the credit union difference through strategic digital ads and the interactive website.

Campaign resources are available to credit unions on the Awareness page of the MnCUN website.

With questions about the campaign, contact MnCUN Director of Communications Andrea Molanu.


Women’s Leadership Network at MnCUN Major Events

Last week, male and female credit union professionals were invited to attend a networking session kicking off the MnCUN Annual Conference. The event featured Teresa Freeborn, President & Chief Executive, Xceed Credit Union and attendees purchased pink ties, scarves and bow-ties to benefit the Global Women’s Leadership Network.

The Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network will be holding their next meeting in conjunction with the 2017 CEO Conference on Wednesday, June 7, in Duluth. The group event will be followed by a joint education session and a reception with CEO Conference attendees. The event will be an opportunity for women of all levels within the industry to network and meet with credit union leadership. More information and registration for this event is available on the MnCUN education calendar.

The Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network is a local chapter of the Global Women’s Leadership Network established to further Global Women’s Leadership Network’s global mission by making a local impact. The purpose is to convene Minnesota’s women credit union professionals, discuss credit union issues, exchange ideas, network with neighboring credit union leaders, and share lessons learned with Global Women’s Leadership Network members worldwide.

For more information about the Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network visit the group page online. With questions, contact MnCUN Vice President – Governmental Affairs Mara Humphrey by email or by phone at (651) 288-5523.




Follow the links on the stories below to read more about the outstanding programs, new initiatives and well-deserved recognition received by your peers recently. Got news of your own? Send stories, pitches, press releases and published articles to MnCUN Communications Specialist Laura Whittet.




Last Chance – AXFI Conference Early Registration Pricing Ends Tonight

The Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference is the premier educational event for credit union and community bank professionals serious about analytics and financial innovation. This annual event brings together hundreds of professionals, industry experts and leading researchers in the field of analytics and financial innovation. The 2017 AXFI Conference will be held Sunday, June 11, through Wednesday, June 14, at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis.


Don’t miss out on sessions including “Innovations in ACH Payments to Enhance Customer Services and Offerings” presented by Jan Estep, CEO of NACHA. Estep is the president and CEO of NACHA, the steward of the ACH Network, which moves 24 billion electronic payments valued at $41 trillion annually. Estep will bring lessons from a fascinating career to educate attendees about ACH payments, innovations to watch out for, and how you can use these learnings to better serve your credit union members. A complete list of AXFI’s 2017 sessions is available online.


Early registration pricing for AXFI ends today, Thursday, April 27. Sign up now to lock in discounted pricing of $795.


The Minnesota Item Processing Corporation (MnIPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Minnesota Credit Union Network offers OnApproach solutions to clients in both hosted and service-bureau environments. For more information, contact MnCUN Director of Business Development Kris Jacobsen by email or by phone at (651) 288-5515 or toll free at (800) 477-1034.



Minnesota Credit Union Foundation committee members awarded for service, dedication

Minnesota Credit Union Network Chairman
Dan Stoltz, Grace Nelson, and Minnesota
Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark Cummins
 Minnesota Credit Union Network Chairman 
Dan Stoltz, Marty Kelly, and Minnesota 
Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark Cummins

Last week, the members of the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids Committee (CU4Kids) and the Foundation Scholarship Council (FSC) received awards for outstanding service. Committee members were honored at the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference June 21 at the Radisson Blue Mall of America in Bloomington.


The FSC strives to build credit union brand awareness and strengthen member relationships through its scholarship program. The FSC annual scholarship program is made possible through its annual silent auction.


Grace Nelson of Hermantown Federal Credit Union was named FSC Volunteer of the Year. Grace Nelson is an accounting specialist at Hermantown Federal Credit Union. Grace joined the Foundation Scholarship Counsel, formerly the Family Involvement Council, in 2014 and currently serves as committee Treasurer.


The Minnesota chapter of Credit Unions for Kids raises funds for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. In 2016, Minnesota CU4Kids raised $200,000 to provide care for children with disabilities and chronic conditions.


Martin (Marty) Kelly of Firefly Credit Union received the award for Minnesota CU4Kids Outstanding Volunteer. Marty Kelly has served on the Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids committee since 2006. He is Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Firefly Credit Union. Marty chairs subcommittees for two of the groups largest annual fundraisers: Bowl-O-Rama and the Cu4Kids Golf Tournament.

More information about Minnesota CU4Kids, the FSC, and the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is available on the Foundation website.

Minnesota Credit Union Network
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