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ANECA FCU Invests in What They Believe In

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ANECA Federal Credit Union has become the twelfth investor in the core data processing CUSO CU*SOUTH.

Based in Shreveport, ANECA FCU serves the residents of Bossier, Caddo, and DeSoto Parishes, along the winding banks of the Red River in northwest Louisiana.  Shreveport calls itself “Louisiana’s Other Side” – combining the lifestyle of East Texas Cowboy country with a spicy Cajun twist.

ANECA FCU has won numerous awards for innovation, including CUNA’s 2015 Diamond Awards for Best Social Media, Best Digital Media, Diamond in the Rough Award and the Cutting Edge Award.

The credit union is led by Stephanie Sievers, who was recently elected to represent the credit unions of District 3A on CUNA’s Board of Directors.  Earlier this year, Ms. Sievers was awarded a scholarship by the World Council of Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) to represent US credit unions at the 2016 World Credit Union Conference in Ireland.

In May, 2015, ANECA FCU converted to the CU*BASE core platform hosted by CU*SOUTH.

“The decision to invest in CU*SOUTH was made the minute we decided to convert to the software,” says Ms. Sievers.  “When you choose to do business with someone, you are creating a partnership based on helping each other grow and thrive.  We are more than users, we are stakeholders.”

“ANECA FCU is on an energetic growth path,” says Starla Honea, CU*SOUTH Director of Sales.  “The tools and efficiency found in CU*BASE are elevating them into the next plain of strategic planning and goal setting, or better stated, goal squashing.  We are thrilled to have an owner with such a long-range, member-centric vision as part of our CUSO.”

Ms. Sievers agrees.  “By investing in CU*SOUTH we are making an investment in ourselves and all credit unions in the CU*SOUTH family.  I would encourage everyone to become an owner and invest in their future.”

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CU*SOUTH Shares Vision of Members as Co-Creators with National Coalition of Firefighters CU’s

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Nashville, TN   October 8, 2015 –  “Members as Co-Creators: Connecting with our Owners” is the theme of CU*SOUTH’s address at the National Coalition of Firefighters Credit Unions Annual Meeting in Nashville this week.

Focused on the needs of credit unions serving firefighters and their families, the Coalition brings together firefighter volunteers and CEO’s for four days of networking and education.  “Great things happen when firefighters come together. Our face-to-face interaction is the platform where collaboration begins, relationships are forged, and ideas are generated,” says Michael R Tobler, NCOFCU Chairman and CEO of Albany Firemen’s FCU. 

“Every time our members come to work, they’re putting their lives on the line,” says Gene Benick, Coalition Treasurer and CEO of Newark Firemen FCU.  “We try to bend over backwards for our members… give them the products and services they need – and technology to access these services from anywhere, anytime.”   

“We’re taking a look into the future, collaborating with the leading innovators of financial services and technology,” says CU*SOUTH CEO Leo Vaulin.  “Our goal is to be ready when a member decides they’re ready to finance a new car or home, or make a purchase using Apple Pay or Android Pay – we need to stay top-of-mind and top-of-wallet.  The best way to get there is to involve the member in creating their experience to fit what they want… not what some bank decides they should get.”

CU*SOUTH will be presenting its shared vision to Coalition members on Saturday, October 10.

“CU*SOUTH is part of a collaborative network of over 500 credit unions who share the vision that credit unions should control the technology and services that drive their success in serving member needs and sustaining economic growth,” says Mr. Vaulin.  “We believe in the strength of individual credit union charters, and use financial technology to share the work while growing the bonds between CU’s and their members.”  

About the National Coalition of Firefighters CU’s

The National Coalition of Firefighters Credit Unions, Inc. (NCOFCU) is a non-profit professional association of credit unions serving firefighters and their families. Firefighter credit unions have been meeting annually since 2001.  NCOFCU presently includes over 100 firefighter credit unions, representing over $9.9 billion in assets and 521,000 members throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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My Pensacola FCU Invests in the CUSO

On September 10, 2015, My Pensacola Federal Credit Union became an investor in their core data processing CUSO, CU*SOUTH. Based in the home of the U.S. Navy’s famed Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, My Pensacola FCU serves the residents of … Continue reading

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Calhoun-Liberty Employees CU Acquires Shares in CU*SOUTH

green-asteriskclecu-logoCUSO investment savvy Calhoun-Liberty Employees Credit Union has purchased shares in CU*SOUTH, a credit union core processing service provider.

Based in the Florida panhandle southwest of Tallahassee, CLECU serves members in two counties, with branches on each side of the Apalachicola River.

“Ownership was one of the key reasons CLECU selected CU*SOUTH,” says CEO Thomas Flowers. “Our old core was owned by a banking software firm. The cost of dealing with them was outrageous — we were charged for every little item. Now we can offer our membership the level of online and mobile banking services we wanted to provide all along. CU*SOUTH is a game changer.”
CU*SOUTH CEO Leo Vaulin welcomes Calhoun-Liberty ECU as a new owner. “Technology moves fast, and market expectations shift with each new cool product or service. Our credit union owners make sure that we stay responsive to the changing marketplace. That’s something the big banking dinosaurs simply aren’t agile enough to do.”
“We believe that all credit unions – large and small – should have the opportunity to own a stake in the technology that drives their ability to serve member needs and sustain the economic growth of their communities. CU*SOUTH’s mission is to provide the support these credit unions need – not only the software, but also the expertise and support to put that software to the best possible use. Thanks to our client-owners, our CUSO helps credit unions grow!”

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