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Debie Keesee, CEO, Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association. The honor was presented during NWCUA's MAXX Convention in Spokane last week.
Debie Keesee, CEO, Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association. The honor was presented during NWCUA's MAXX Convention in Spokane last week.
Spokane Media Federal Credit Union's Debie Keesee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo) - 10/23/19

While successfully leading her own credit union, Keesee selflessly lifts credit unions nationwide.

SPOKANE, Washington (Oct. 23, 2019) — Running a small credit union is a big job for any professional, but somehow Debie Keesee is able to serve both as CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union and as a nationally recognized champion for all credit unions and their members.  

For her service to the Credit Union Movement, Keesee has received its highest regional honor – the Lifetime Achievement Award – from the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), the trade association representing the credit unions of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Keesee has been at the helm of Spokane Media FCU for more than two decades. While protecting $11 million in assets for the credit union’s members, Keesee has also advocated fiercely for state and federal laws and regulations that benefit millions of consumers on Main Street. She has volunteered her service to numerous industry boards where she is the voice of credit unions and their members.

“Debie has personally helped to make the Credit Union Movement what it is today,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA President and CEO. “Not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions are the preferred financial services providers for more than 100 million American consumers. Debie is their passionate champion.”

Keesee was an early advocate for legislation that allowed municipal governments in Washington to deposit public funds in credit unions, providing governments a choice of where to invest in the marketplace and resulting in more competitive returns on taxpayers’ deposits. State and federal lawmakers in Washington respect Keesee’s voice, and she was a key advocate for the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act last year. That legislation removed some unnecessary regulatory burdens, allowing credit unions to better serve their members.

“Over the years, she has led the charge in advocating for credit unions, not only at home in the Northwest, but nationally,” Stang said. “All credit unions deeply appreciate her collaboration and unwavering dedication to the Credit Union Movement.”

Keesee serves as a member of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Board of Directors, giving voice to nearly 400 credit unions across the western U.S. and Guam.  Additionally, she serves on the National Credit Union Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation’s vision is making financial freedom achievable through credit unions. They focus on member financial health, credit union cooperative values and respond when disaster strikes. 

Keesee received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the NWCUA’s recent MAXX Convention, which appropriately, took place in her hometown of Spokane. The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of six Summit Awards presented by the NWCUA to credit unions and individuals that championed the “People Helping People” philosophy, elevated credit union members’ experiences and improved their financial lives, empowered local communities, provided inspired leadership, and transformed their credit unions through innovation.

“I am blessed that the movement I chose to make my career is really easy to be passionate about and devoted to,” Keesee said. “How lucky I am to have worked with people across the nation who share my love for credit unions and the work we do every day on behalf of our members.  The support of my board, team, and family to do that work is icing on the cake.”    

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 7.3  million consumer members. Those members are served by a professional workforce of 18,700 professionals. According to an independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest, Northwest credit unions drove a positive economic impact of $7.8 billion last year. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit: https://yourmoneyfurther.com

Representatives of credit unions that gathered in Spokane this week, raised their paddles high to raise nealry $872,000 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
Representatives of credit unions that gathered in Spokane this week, raised their paddles high to raise nealry $872,000 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
Credit Unions Gathered in Spokane Raise Over $871,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (Photo) - 10/17/19

Funds raised will support eight CMN hospitals serving the Northwest.

SPOKANE, Washington (Oct. 17,2019) — Miracles happen when credit unions collaborate to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals. So does magic.

There was no shortage of either when the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) hosted the Credit Unions for Kids Masquerade Auction in Spokane Oct. 16. The event raised nearly $872,000 for eight CMN hospitals that treat patients in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Bidders and donors were attending NWCUA’s MAXX Convention.

Hearts melted when a Disneyland Vacation, donated by Portland-based IBEW and United Workers Federal Credit Union, was in turn donated by bidders to five-year-old Elliott Naftzger, who served as the auction’s Miracle Child. Elliott was born with a life-threatening heart condition and underwent her first open-heart surgery when she was just four days old. Her treatments have been successful and today, she’s thriving. Thanks to the generosity of Masquerade Auction donors, Elliott, her parents Rachel and Carter, and her big brother Edmond, will soon enjoy a trip to the Magic Kingdom.

Attendees also bid aggressively on wine country getaways, coastal vacations, and other travel packages. Each CMN hospital in the Northwest will receive a toy-filled electric car which will either be donated to a patient or be kept in the hospital to transport little ones from their rooms to their medical appointments.

 “We are humbled by the generosity of credit unions,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA President and CEO. “Credit Unions for Kids is a charity that is making so many miracles possible for children like Elliott, for researchers finding cures, for medical teams that never give up, and for their families who need comfort and resources when their children are hospitalized. We’re proud to be part of this.”

A committee of credit union employees volunteered their time to make the auction a success, starting last spring to secure donations, and working onsite to arrange dozens of silent auction gift baskets. Spokane Valley-based Horizon Credit Union donated the design work for the Masquerade theme. 

“As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions truly do have a DNA that drives them to make a difference,” said Holly Miller, NWCUA Director of Programming and Auction Coordinator. “Thanks to the generosity of all of our sponsors, donors, and bidders, Credit Unions for Kids will keep making miracles—and magic.”

Credit Unions for Kids was “born” in 1986 when a group of Northwest credit unions began raising money for CMN Hospitals. Their model was “adopted” by the national Credit Union Movement ten years later, and since then, the charity has contributed nearly $200 million to CMN hospitals across the nation.

 

 

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and their 7.3 million consumer members. From Oct. 15 to 17, the NWCUA will host its annual MAXX Convention and Strategic Link Trade Show, in Spokane. MAXX draws hundreds of credit union professionals across the region to the three-day event. The annual Convention and Trade Show provides advocacy, networking, and learning opportunities through engaging speakers, roundtables, workshops, and more. For details and registration, visit MAXX online.

 

You can't miss credit unions in Spokane today! - 10/17/19

A thousand credit union enthusiasts are in your town for MAXX Convention, volunteers from local credit unions fan out to volunteer today, and tonight (hush!) a big honor for a Spokane credit union leader.

SPOKANE, Washington (Oct. 17,2019) — Today marks International Credit Union Day, a day in which credit unions around the world and their millions of members celebrate the not-for-profit, cooperative financial services model that provides all their banking needs and returns earnings to consumers, not stockholders. Here in Spokane, 500,000 people are members of a credit union.

ICU Day will be hard to miss in Spokane! Volunteers from 19 Spokane-area credit unions will step up to help senior citizens in a massive volunteer project. Local credit unions invite coverage, and information can be found here.  

Meanwhile, approximately 1,000 credit union enthusiasts are in Spokane for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s MAXX Convention. They represent credit unions from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and the companies that provide services to them such as ATMs, mobile apps, and all the technology consumers expect. Coverage possibilities today include:

    • What’s the Credit Union Difference all about? it’s about getting your home, business, and car loans, and saving your money at a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution that saves you money with better rates and lower fees –because credit unions return earning to members, not to wall street stockholders. We think everyone should open their eyes to a credit union. Come find out more.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – It’s more than a buzz phrase. It’s time to break through and do better, realize our blind spots, and rewire! Our keynote speaker this morning is Dr. Rebecca Heiss. Coverage of her address is open to media, and she is available for interviews following. (9-10 a.m.)
    • EMBARGOED -A nationally recognized credit union leader from Spokane will receive the region’s highest honor tonight. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be a surprise to this outstanding person. If you want to be there for the magic moment at tonight’s Summit Awards Dinner & Gala please let us know. (6 p.m.)

 Please contact Lynn Heider for your coverage needs. lheider@nwcua.org (503) 329 7208.

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and their 7.3 million consumer members. From Oct. 15 to 17, the NWCUA will host its annual MAXX Convention and Strategic Link Trade Show, in Spokane. MAXX draws hundreds of credit union professionals across the region to the three-day event. The annual Convention and Trade Show provides advocacy, networking, and learning opportunities through engaging speakers, roundtables, workshops, and more. For details and registration, visit MAXX online.

Dr.  Mary Kelly delivers an engaging approach to the economic outlook. She will forecast Northwest economic trends at MAXX today.
Dr. Mary Kelly delivers an engaging approach to the economic outlook. She will forecast Northwest economic trends at MAXX today.
October is Cybersecurity Month. Credit Unions Have Your Back. Visit the MAXX Convention Today (Photo) - 10/16/19

What we can expect from the economy, new technology helping credit unions help their members, and raising the roof for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

SPOKANE, Washington (Oct. 16,2019) —   Not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions are consumers’ best financial services partners. Come to the MAXX Convention to find out why credit unions are so popular here in Spokane.

Approximately 1,000 credit union enthusiasts are in town for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s MAXX Convention. Head over to the Spokane Convention Center for plenty of news.

Need consumer news? We have experts. Here’s what’s possible today:

    • It’s the economy! Especially with a presidential election on the horizon, consumers are focused on what’s in store for the economy, and how it impacts what’s in their wallet. Dr. Mary Kelly, who is an economist, best-selling author, and retired Naval Commander, breaks down trade, tariffs, investments, national and personal debt, and consumer trends. Her “FutureNomics” program helps credit unions to help their members.  Cover her keynote and ask some follow up questions in a one-on-one interview. (8:30 a.m.).
    • What’s new in financial technology? Stroll through the Strategic Link Trade Show and see 130 companies that support credit unions and their members with secure enterprise-level texting, integrated account opening, onboarding services, and more. (10: a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    • October is cybersecurity month. Nationally recognized speaker Scott Alldridge, CEO of IP Services talks about the five practices every credit union should implement to protect their operations and their members’ information. He can help your news audience with some valuable advice, too. (12:45 p.m.)
    • Why have more than 500,000 consumers in Spokane chosen not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions as their financial services partners? If you’re not a member of a not-for-profit, cooperative credit union, you’re missing out! We’re happy to tell you why. Call ahead and we’ll line up passionate credit union ambassadors to speak with you.

Need heartwarming news? We’ve got this.

    • Credit Unions for Kids is the national Credit Union Movement’s “charity of choice.” Since 1996, credit unions have raised nearly $200 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.  Tonight, they will raise hundreds of thousands more at the Masquerade Auction. (6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Still to come at MAXX: Tomorrow we’ll have a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert on the mainstage, and a huge surprise honor for a local credit union professional. (Let’s keep that a secret for now).

If you’d like to interview representatives of Spokane credit unions, they’re here at MAXX. Please contact Lynn Heider for your coverage needs. lheider@nwcua.org (503) 329 7208.

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and their 7.3 million consumer members. From Oct. 15 to 17, the NWCUA will host its annual MAXX Convention and Strategic Link Trade Show, in Spokane. MAXX draws hundreds of credit union professionals across the region to the three-day event. The annual Convention and Trade Show provides advocacy, networking, and learning opportunities through engaging speakers, roundtables, workshops, and more. For details and registration, visit MAXX online.

 

Why Every Spokane Resident Should Join a Credit Union - 10/15/19

MAXX Convention brings cybersecurity, economic, and financial technology experts to the Lilac City this week.

SPOKANE, Washington (Oct. 15,2019) — There’s no denying it: Spokane is a Credit Union Town. And that will be true to the max when the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) opens the curtains on its annual MAXX Convention at the Spokane Convention Center this afternoon.  it’s only fitting MAXX is in Spokane – where more than a half-million consumers have chosen not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions as their financial services partners.

Consumer news opportunities abound for Spokane reporters. Here’s what you can expect today:

    • Why credit unions are good for consumers. As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions have a “giveback DNA” that results in a better deal for consumers. With no Wall Street stockholders to pay, your credit union reinvests its earnings right back to Main Street. This means better loan rates and fewer fees. Credit unions listen to your story and tailor their services to your specific needs. All that, AND your credit union accounts are insured up to $250,000. We’ll find you a passionate credit union evangelist to interview.
    • The Power of Story. Three renowned keynote speakers demonstrate the power of storytelling. Through this art, we can create change and promote the benefits of credit unions to everyone. Hear from some Spokane credit union members who will join us “live” on stage. (3 p.m.)
    •  “CU Pitch.” The financial technology “fintech” space is exploding. Along with that a variety of innovative products and services are helping credit unions to help their members. Witness the “CU Pitch” contest which gives five emerging technology companies five minutes each to pitch their products to a panel of judges.  You’re welcome to witness this fast-paced, high energy event. (5 p.m.)

Tomorrow at MAXX: Economic and cybersecurity experts are in the house. The Strategic Link Tradeshow will unveil 130 business partners offering innovative technology and services that help credit unions serve their members. MAXX attendees will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the eight Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the Northwest. Tomorrow evening, credit unions will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the Masquerade Auction (6:30-9 pm).

If you’d like to interview representatives of Spokane credit unions, they’re here at MAXX. Please contact Lynn Heider for your coverage needs. lheider@nwcua.org (503) 329 7208.

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and their 7.3 million consumer members. From Oct. 15 to 17, the NWCUA will host its annual MAXX Convention and Strategic Link Trade Show, in Spokane. MAXX draws hundreds of credit union professionals across the region to the three-day event. The annual Convention and Trade Show provides advocacy, networking, and learning opportunities through engaging speakers, roundtables, workshops, and more. For details and registration, visit MAXX online.