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Newsletter - August 2018

A Note from Chris

Summer is winding down, the kids are going back to school, and your credit union is already preparing for next year’s budget! As you work toward your 2019 budget, goals, and strategic initiatives, please remember that Corporate Central and our Family of CUSOs are here to help. 

We have expert resources available to assist you with your most important and expensive budget items including: technology resources, balance sheet optimization, and employee benefits. Let us know if we can help, and as a reminder, please make sure to register for our upcoming HR Forum in September and our Economic Outlook conference in October.

Another event we are excited about is the Titletown Showdown – a credit union flag football challenge. Corporate Central and Special Olympics Wisconsin are challenging credit unions to form flag football teams to compete against each other in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Please consider joining us for a great cause! More information can be found below.

Thank you,

Chris' Signature

Chris Felton


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Titletown Showdown Registration

Don’t miss the fun at our Titletown Showdown First Annual Credit Union Challenge on September 15. The event is being offered to all credit unions to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes, and your support is needed to form a flag football team.

The cost to form a team (up to 15 players) is only $750 – with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Wisconsin. Donations can be made online towards your team’s goal once your team has registered online. Cash donations, and checks made payable to Special Olympics Wisconsin, can also be submitted the day of the event. The deadline to register your team has been extended to September 7.

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What's New and Who's Who

Michele Vukovic, Human Resources Manager
Where does the experience of growing up with nine siblings lead you? The wonderful field of human resources! Michele is dedicated to the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’ She strives to continue learning and growing and showcases that effort daily at Corporate Central.

Kevin P. Chiappetta, President, QuantyPhi CUSO
“Life’s too short to make bad balance sheet decisions.” – Kevin Chiappetta. Kevin brings a rich history of experience in his 30 plus years providing financial services, with a primary emphasis in fixed income security analysis, portfolio management, and balance sheet risk management. This month, Kevin celebrated his 2-year anniversary back at Corporate Central. Congratulations, Kevin! Corporate Central is glad to have you back.

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Altra Town Hall

Corporate Central staff attended Altra Federal Credit Union’s Town Hall Meeting in La Crosse, WI, featuring CUNA’s CEO, Jim Nussle. During the presentation, Jim Nussle spoke about advocacy, solutions, and awareness, and the importance they have on the credit union movement.

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As part of our fundraising initiatives for our Titletown Showdown event, chef Chris Felton and chef Nick Fanning grilled brats, burgers, and hot dogs that staff could purchase for lunch. Corporate Central's departments also competed against each other in penny wars. While Accounting and Business Development were distracted by friendly competition, IT stole the gold. Overall, we raised $651.66 in the penny wars and $141 from our cook out. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.

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Congratulations Laurie Dellevar

Laurie attended the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) BSA Seminar in August in Denver, CO. The three-and-a-half-day seminar included informative sessions ranging from transaction monitoring and money laundering schemes to elder abuse and banking marijuana businesses. At the end of the seminar, Laurie took, and passed, the BSA Certification test. Her new title is NAFCU Certified Bank Secrecy Officer, or NCBSO. Congratulations, Laurie!

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Did You Know?

Bond Accounting
Are you properly monitoring your institution’s bonds and other investment portfolio securities? Eliminate the stress of month-end calculations and utilize QuantyPhi’s easily accessible platform. Bond accounting through QuantyPhi is an efficient and affordable product that helps prevent inaccurate entries when using spreadsheet calculations. Bond accounting keeps track of your investments and provides monthly income calculations of accruals, interest payments, amortization, and accretion. It uses independent third-party pricing and cashflow data from a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO). The platform is priced with a flat fee per month, no matter how many CUSIPs your portfolio has, and you are able to access your reports online at any time. If your credit union is looking for a more efficient month-end process, contact QuantyPhi for more information.

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Credit Unions Connect - Stories that exemplify the movement

Flip Flops for Kids
KRD Federal Credit Union in McCook, NE fundraised donations to the Children’s Miracle Network with a flip flop display. Shoes came in a variety of sizes and colors and were sold for $1 per pair.

30 Years of Service
Denise Hable, Accounting and Compliance Assistant at Brokaw Credit Union (BCU), celebrated her 30-year anniversary on August 15. She has worked as a Teller, Head Teller, Member Service Representative, and in her current role oversees the debit and credit card programs. Denise attributes her longevity with Brokaw Credit Union to having a great management team and outstanding co-workers. Denise says she enjoys working with the staff at Corporate Central as they are always friendly and helpful.

Stuff the Bus
The employees of Soo Co-Op Credit Union came together to “stuff the bus” with school supplies for the United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s Annual Project Backpack Event. Items collected will benefit pre-kindergarten to eighth grade students in need in the Chippewa County, MI area.

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A Great Read

Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution
In the ever-changing world of business, we have arrived at a point where process has trumped culture, where the race toward efficiency has made us complacent and unable to reach our potential. Stuck in the land of status quo, we have forgotten how to think. The very structures put in place to help businesses grow are now holding them back. It's time to kill the company.

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Our Family of CUSOs

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Cyber Security Awareness
This month Emergifi, along with InterLutions and its business partner Lockton, held a 45-minute educational webinar to better protect credit unions from cyber security attacks. With so many recent and highly publicized security breaches, credit union executives, IT professionals, and risk management teams are recognizing the importance and severity of cyber security, risk, and liability. This webinar helped credit unions understand the variety of cyber-related risks that threaten their organizations, while delivering best practice security measures that can be implemented to protect data. In addition, credit unions learned about the exposures created by GLBA, the potential and risk for financial loss, and an explanation of the various types of insurance coverage that can be utilized to transfer this risk. Please contact Emergifi if you would like to a copy of the recording.

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I-Care, You-Care, We-All-Care for Employees!
This month, InterLutions was invited to attend VolCorp’s Annual Forum. Jesse Kohl, Senior Vice President Corporate Development at Corporate Central and President of InterLutions, and Michelle Douglas, Vice President Business Development and Consulting at Volunteer Corporate Credit Union (VolCorp), manned the I-Care booth during the convention.

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Educational Initiatives
As the calendar turned to August signaling the upcoming return to school, QuantyPhi started early and ramped up its education initiative. Kevin Chiappetta presented the second part of the Resist Your Instinct and Make Better Balance Sheet Decisions with Better Analysis webinar. The presentation dove into the science of how we all make decisions and explained how to use that understanding to alter our process to make better ones. Recordings are available upon request. 

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