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    January 2019

    A Note from Chris

    I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the holidays with your families and friends and took some time to relax and reflect on all you accomplished in 2018. Now, it’s a new year! It’s time to refocus, plan, and prepare to tackle new challenges. This year, Corporate Central will be placing an emphasis on our efforts to be “forward-thinking,” in all areas including our monthly newsletter! Please watch for the Corporate Connection at the beginning of each month to find out what’s to come.

    I look forward to seeing many of you later this month at The Wisconsin Credit Union League’s State GAC. I always enjoy listening in on all the amazing stories of how credit unions are helping people through in-school branches, financial education, charitable work, and community involvement. Remember, every voice matters! Wisconsin credit unions don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to share your unique and defining stories with legislators.

    Thank you,

    Chris's Signature

    Chris Felton

    Holiday Schedule

    Corporate Central’s holiday schedule is based on the Official Federal Reserve Legal Holiday Schedule.

    Tuesday, January 1 New Year's Day
    Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Monday, February 18 Presidents' Day
    Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
    Thursday, July 4 Independence Day
    Monday, September 2 Labor Day
    Monday, October 14 Columbus Day
    Monday, November 11 Veterans' Day
    Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving Day
    Tuesday, December 24* Christmas Eve (Half Day)
    Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day

    *Not a legal holiday

    For holidays falling on Saturday, the Federal Reserve Banks and Branches will be open the preceding Friday. For holidays falling on Sunday, all Federal Reserve Banks and Branches will be closed the following Monday.

    What's New and Who's Who

    Brian Nowak, Information Technology Director

    Brian Nowak

    Getting to know... Corporate Central's Brian Nowak

    1. Who was your favorite childhood actor/actress crush? Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper from the “Wonder Years.” We were the same age in those awkward, mid-teen years.
    2. What’s the craziest fashion trend you ever rocked? Yeah... I rocked a mullet with a tail.
    3. What was the first concert you ever went to? The hometown group... The Bodeans – at the Marcus Amphitheater. I had a blast!
    4. What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you? I am a cancer survivor. Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosed in 2010. I have been clear since mid 2011.
    5. What do you like about working for Corporate Central? The staff are absolutely amazing. The family atmosphere is very welcoming and makes it very enjoyable to come to the office. While I have only been here for a short period of time, everyone acts like we have known each other for a long time. 

    Big. Bright. Minds.

    Malisha Yang, one of Corporate Central’s Member Services Representatives, crashed Filene’s signature event, big.bright.minds., in San Diego, CA. Content was focused around business strategy and development, marketing, talent attraction, consumer thinking, and technology.

    Malisha Yang and the big.bright.minds. crashers group

    “As a crasher, you get a firsthand look into the innerworkings of the movement, and your new goal is to stay there,” said Malisha. “One thing that the conference showed me was that there is no better time to be in the industry. That experience was invaluable.”

    Congratulations Chris Geisler

    Chris Geisler

    Please join us in congratulating Chris Geisler on his new promotion from Business Development Manager to Director Business Development. Chris will now co-lead all aspects of sales and business development among sales staff through development of strategies and support materials. He will also continue to focus on building relationships with credit unions in Michigan and Indiana.

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    Our Community

    Once again, Corporate Central continued our annual tradition of hosting food and toy drives for our community. This year, the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin will receive our donations. Additionally, Corporate Central hosted a Christmas celebration lunch where employees could donate $5 for an all you can eat lunch. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

    Corporate Central staff pictured with toy donations for the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin

    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, our staff has an optional volunteer day to spend at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore location in Wauwatosa, WI. 

    If you are interested in participating in a joint community service or volunteerism event with Corporate Central, please contact Brittany Jordan.

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    Wild Adventures with Leo

    Corporate Central's new mascot, Leo the Lion

    Corporate Central welcomes our new mascot, Leo the lion, who will be traveling to visit our members. Be on the lookout this year for Leo to pop-in to your credit union!

    Did You Know?


    We currently have 89 member credit unions using the SimpliCD Issuance program and 164 member credit unions using the SimpliCD Purchasing program! As of December 31, 2018, total trades outstanding was $76,363,000 and total issuance outstanding was $208,712,000. Is your credit union taking advantage of this one-stop solution to excess-fund investing?

    The SimpliCD program enables members to easily invest excess funds in federally-insured CDs. It gives credit unions the advantages of competitive and exclusive rates, and the convenience of consolidated reporting. Credit unions using the SimpliCD program have access to national rates and a wide variety of issuers. They get one-location recordkeeping and consolidated fund settlements. SimpliCD makes cash flow management less stressful and less time-consuming. SimpliCD is offered through QuantyPhi. Please contact QuantyPhi for inquiries.

    Learn More About SimpliCD

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    Stories that Exemplify the Movement

    Holiday Giving Tree

    Evergreen Credit Union's Giving Tree filled with presents

    Evergreen Credit Union in Neenah, WI donated items to the Neenah Animal Shelter, one of three recipients of their 2018 Holiday Giving Tree. Friendship Place and Harbor House were also giving tree recipients.

    Bright Young Dyslexics

    Unison Credit Union presenting a check to Bright Young Dyslexics

    On December 17, Unison Credit Union in Kaukauna, WI surprised Bright Young Dyslexics with a $1,000 check. Bright Young Dyslexics strives to change the landscape for dyslexic students in Northeast Wisconsin, and across the country.

    Everyone Wins When Communities Come Together

    Glacier Hills Credit Union presenting a check to the West Bend East High School Athletic Department

    On December 21, Glacier Hills Credit Union in West Bend, WI took place in a collaborative fundraiser through the West Bend East High School Athletic Department and Port Washington High School benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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    What's Trending?

    7 Marketing Trends for Credit Unions in 2019

    Credit unions must focus on meeting customer wants and needs and continuing to push for customer experience and satisfaction, which is their greatest strength. Expanding their outreach and stepping into more consumer spaces is also important, driving trends like community outreach, mobile apps and tools, and chatbots. Find out what EVERFI considers to be the top 7 marketing trends in 2019.

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    Expertise for Rent

    Can’t afford to fill the CIO role? Having trouble finding the right person? Want some assistance with your strategic technology direction? Are you ready for the IT Audit or Exam? Do you simply want someone to help guide your IT direction? 

    Consider Emergifi for a short-term Virtual CIO or a digital transformation workshop. Other credit union CEOs are learning the value of experts at Emergifi.

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    2019: I-Care Now Available for All Credit Unions

    In late 2018, InterLutions expanded its I-Care employee benefit solutions to deliver competitive and innovative benefit solutions for credit unions of all sizes. We are now working with credit unions ranging from 5 employees to 500 employees.

    Given our growth and new product offerings, InterLutions recently hired Mark Sowinski as an Executive Account Manager. Please contact Mark for a free risk consultation, healthcare cost evaluation, and overall benefits review. We’re excited to share that credit unions are seeing 30% cost savings, while nearly all have agreed that the tools, technology, and resources we’re delivering through I-Care provide enhancements to their existing HR operations.

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    A Credit Union Partner You Can Trust

    More and more credit unions are partnering with QuantyPhi balance sheet optimization services because Quantyphi is a trusted, experienced, financial services CUSO - 100% focused on credit unions, owned by credit unions, and serving only credit unions. Partner with people who know credit union ALM best. Partner with QuantyPhi. Learn how at quantyphi.com.

    QuantyPhi will bring in the New Year by hosting a webinar on Loan Performance on Wednesday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. CT.

    Dr. G. Kevin Spellman, CFA, will be a guest speaker discussing behavioral finance at QuantyPhi’s Strategic ALM Conference, March 26 - 27, 2019. Spellman has a unique blend of academic and professional experience in investments. He is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Investment Management Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. View his resume here.

    Learn More About the Strategic ALM Conference

Upcoming Events

Monday Market Monitor

Monday, January 1, 0001 12:00 AM Central Time (CST) | Conference Call

The Monday Market Monitor is a weekly conference call geared toward credit union investment managers. It will provide up-to-date economic highlights, yield curve analysis, investment product recommendations, and a forecast for the upcoming week.

BUYING Loan Participations Made Easy

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join QuantyPhi and LoanStreet for this 30-minute webinar to learn more about the LoanStreet platform that brings financial institutions together to streamline the offering, execution, and on-going reporting of loan participations.

Cash Ordering 101

Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join Corporate Central for this 20-minute webinar to learn more about placing cash orders through our Corporate CAFÉ system.

International Wires 101

Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join Corporate Central for this 20-minute webinar to learn more about the basics of international wires including which steps you should take and what procedures you should follow.

Credit Union Day at the Ballpark

Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:10 PM - 5:00 PM Central Time (CST) | Miller Park Milwaukee, WI

Corporate Central and The League are hosting a credit union day at the ballpark! The Milwaukee Brewers take on the Giants at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 14 at Miller Park. This event is open to all credit union members, families, and friends.

Town Hall: Onalaska

Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Central Time (CST) | Onalaska, WI

Join Corporate Central and The League for a unique town hall experience.

User Admin 101

Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join Corporate Central for this 20-minute webinar to learn more about user admin on our Corporate CAFÉ system.

Vendor Selection: How to Shop for the Right Vendor

Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join Corporate Central and Ncontracts for this 45-minute webinar where we will show you how to cut through competing demands and lofty promises with best practices for selecting the right vendor, for the right reasons.

I-Care: HR Forum – Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Central Time (CST) | Milwaukee, WI

You are invited to join other credit union HR professionals, Lockton, and InterLutions for a day of learning, sharing, and networking.

Domestic Wires 101

Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join Corporate Central for this 20-minute webinar to learn more about the basics of domestic wires including which steps you should take and what procedures you should follow.

Big Credit Union Should Not Equate to Big Insurance Costs

Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join InterLutions and Lockton for this 45-minute webinar to learn how to better engage and evaluate multiple options, how to examine and negotiate details, and how to position your credit union to get better pricing.

Economic Outlook Conference

Thursday, October 10, 2019, All Day Central Time (CST) | The Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee, WI

Save the date for our annual Economic Outlook Conference - October 10, 2019.

Titletown Showdown 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time (CST) | Green Bay, WI

Corporate Central and Special Olympics Wisconsin have teamed up once again to bring you Titletown Showdown at the City Stadium in Green Bay, WI. We are challenging your credit union and branches to form flag football teams to compete against each other in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Town Hall: Madison

Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Central Time (CST) | Madison, WI

Join Corporate Central and The League for a unique town hall experience.

Digital Marketing Forum

Thursday, November 7, 2019, All Day Central Time (CST) | Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Save the date for our brand new Digital Marketing Forum - November 6 and 7, 2019.

Lost in Space: The Benefits of Automation in Contract Management and E-Signature

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Central Time (CST) | Webinar

Join Corporate Central and Ncontracts for this 45-minute webinar to help you tackle these challenges by addressing the evolution of electronic signatures and documents; how best to utilize e-signature; regulatory compliance for e-signature; contract management and signature workflows; contracts best practices (i.e. drafting, negotiating, finalizing, enacting); gaining control of your fiduciary responsibilities through contracts automation; and managing third-party risk by automating and capturing the data.

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