Seven B.C. Credit Unions Explore Forming a “Regional Amalgamation”

7 Credit Union Merger

In this atmosphere of hyper-competition in the financial services industry, credit unions throughout North America are exploring the potential of strengthening their positions through beneficial consolidations and mergers. In British Columbia, the potential benefits of a major consolidation… Read More

Bank Branch Acquisition Offers Credit Unions Another Option To Expand

Bank Acquisition Vocal CU

As the recent acquisition of a community bank branch by Vocal Credit Union demonstrates, mergers aren’t the only avenue open to credit unions aiming to expand their reach and membership. Vocal CU, a $30 million financial cooperative based… Read More

Overcoming The Fear Of Merger

Courage is knowing what not to fear

If your credit union has never been through a merger before, the entire idea can be frightening for everyone involved, from the C-suite to the newest employees. There are a lot of unknown aspects, and credit union leaders… Read More

Change-In-Control Agreements – Align Member And Executive Interests

White Paper - Putting Mebmers' Interests First with Change in Control Agreements

New White Paper Explores Change-in-Control Agreements as a Tool in Credit Union Merger Discussions KENT, Wash. (May 31, 2018)—Change-in-control agreements may be an underutilized means of helping to ensure an objective assessment of merger proposals in the credit union… Read More

Worried About Your Role As CEO Post Merger?

CEO Role Post-Merger

As a CEO, you’ve likely spent many years procuring your credit union into what it is today. You’ve logged countless hours in board meetings, met with staff at all different levels, and dedicated your days to ensuring your… Read More

The Merged CEO’s Future After The Merger

CEOs have several great pathways in a credit union merger. Learn about the options and process for securing a great future through a merger, whether it be continued employment or retirement.

Not A Wall Street Merger – A Uniquely Credit Union Merger

Not A Wall Street Merger

Suddenly, the crowd erupted. Tears started flowing. Members and staff alike shouted aloud in celebration of victory.  These weren’t tears of sadness, but tears of joy.  Board members, staff and members embraced each other with warm hugs. In… Read More

Survive or Thrive? – The Question Credit Union Leadership Must Answer

Credit Union - Survive or Thrive?

In a perfect world, every business would be built to last forever, but that’s simply not the way things go. Competition ebbs and flows, some industries flourish, some companies flounder. In the credit union world, leaders are rapidly… Read More

5 Ways Employees Benefit From A Credit Union Merger

5 Ways Employees Benefit From A Credit Union Merger

It seems that most of the time when employees hear whispers of a merger, they instantly become uncomfortable and begin to worry about their future. In fact, just the word merger can be terrifying to a credit union… Read More

Can The Network Credit Union Model Help You Compete?

Network Credit Union Model

The National Credit Union Association has suggested in more than one article that small credit unions should at least consider the idea of a network merger in the context of potentially creating partnerships with multiple small credit unions… Read More

Mergers Offer Opportunities for Credit Union Members, Employees

Mergers Offer Opportunities For Employees

Banks are in business for profit, and their clientele are exactly that: customers fueling profits. The advantage of credit union banking has always been its customer service; “membership” is the advantage. Because of a credit union’s not-for-profit status,… Read More

The 3rd Best Day of My Life

3rd Best Day of My Life - A Credit Union Merger

We lifted our glasses of champagne in celebration; After months of evaluating merger proposals from several credit unions, selecting a finalist, and completing the final negotiations my client could finally breathe a sigh of relief.  Leaning back in… Read More

How Small Credit Unions Benefit From Mergers

Small Credit Unions Benefit From Mergers

Today’s financial market is extremely competitive and most smaller banks and credit unions face a difficult uphill battle in trying to survive among their larger competitors. The larger a credit union is, the more resources it has at… Read More

Instant Gratification Through Mergers

Mergers Provide Instant Gratification

Small credit union managers can be forgiven for feeling a little stressed. They regularly face one of the most challenging jobs in the financial industry: trying to operate a small, community credit union in the same field as… Read More

The Squeeze On Small Credit Unions

The Squeeze On Small Credit Unions

There was a time when a quaint, small credit union could compete with the bigger organizations in town. In simpler times, things were a lot different; however, today’s ultra-competitive credit union economy relies on economies of scale in… Read More

Should Credit Unions Grow For Growth’s Sake?

Growth for growth's sake

“We don’t want to grow just for growth’s sake.” It’s a comment I almost always hear during strategic planning sessions, and it reveals a potentially disastrous mindset. Growth isn’t an option to consider, but a necessity to start… Read More

Is Now the Right Time for Your Credit Union to Consider a Strategic Merger?

Is Now the Right Time for Your Credit Union to Merge?

One of the leading reasons credit unions engage in mergers is declining membership, according to a study conducted by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). It found that 47 percent of merging credit unions had negative member growth… Read More

5 Ways Members Benefit From A Credit Union Merger

5 Ways Members Benefit From A Credit Union Merger

The beautiful thing about a credit union merger is that everyone enjoys positive change, including the consumers. Member merger benefits range from financial to technological and greatly outweigh any potential negatives that might result from a merger. Many… Read More

5 Ways Employees Benefit From Mergers

How Credit Union Employees Benefit From Mergers

Just the term “merger” can send shivers through your employees – what will happen after two companies combine, and how will it affect you? Adversarial mergers form interesting themes in modern fiction, however, they can be an enormous… Read More

Mergers: A Key Topic for Director Education

Credit Union Board of Directors - Merger Education

It seems mergers are always a topic of discussion in the credit union world these days. Interestingly enough, however, despite the constant conversation around the topic, many credit union leaders are unprepared when they’re actually face-to-face with decisions… Read More