The Pulse (11-01-16)

Volume 5, Issue 44

The Pulse Archive

Firefly Credit Union CEO Bill Raker, CUNA push for reductions at NCUA budget briefing

Last week, Firefly Credit Union President & CEO Bill Raker presented testimony on budget and transparency issues at the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) budget briefing. This was the first such briefing conducted by the agency since 2008.


“When considering interactions with credit unions and by extension the costs related to those interactions, I believe fundamentally we need to acknowledge that the incentive structure of banks and credit unions is quite different,” said Raker in his remarks during the hearing.


“It seems my credit union spends more time justifying proposed expenditures than does the agency,” said Raker. “Credit unions need this commitment if they are to maximize service to members and reach more potential members.”


Other credit union professionals who testified included; Mike Schenk, CUNA vice president of economics and statistics; Sean Gaven, senior vice president and chief financial officer of American Airlines Federal Credit Union; Paul Gentile, president/CEO at the Cooperative Credit Union Association and chairman of the subcommittee; and Gordon Sam, chairman of the board of directors of Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union.


Comments on the budget can be submitted to the NCUA until Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. (ET). The board will vote on a 2-year budget at its Nov. 17 meeting.



Minnesota Business Ethics Awards – nominations now open

The Minnesota Business Ethics Award® (MBEA) is seeking nominations to recognize and celebrate businesses with good performance plus good ethics. Established in 1999, the MBEA is a joint effort of the Society of Financial Service Professionals – Twin Cities Chapter and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas, along with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. The Minnesota Credit Union Network is an endorsing organization for these awards.


To nominate a business, click on Nominate a Company and complete the online form. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 20, 2017. For more information about the awards visit the Minnesota Business Ethics Award website.





Minnesota Credit Unions Sponsor Wrong About Everything Podcast


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NCUA Board Action Bulletin


October NCUA Report


NCUA approves interagency proposed flood insurance rule


NCUA proposes additional FOM rule


Upcoming compliance dates


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