Withstanding the storm: The significance of trusted partnerships

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dean Young Dean Young leads PSCU’s strategic direction on how to best leverage the cooperative’s scale to advocate on behalf of the credit union industry. He works collaboratively with key … Web: pscu.com Details Business continuity planning is a crucial part of any credit union’s operations as natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes and more can strike at any time, anywhere and without warning. Whether it is increased demand for cash or the distribution of supportive messaging, it is imperative credit unions and their employees have well-practiced plans for weathering natural disasters. The unknowns and uncontrollable factors following a natural disaster – severity of impact, access to power, availability of fuel and household goods, necessity of travel and medical attention, among other concerns – can impact even the best-prepared credit unions. Building relationships with trusted partners and key resources to leverage not only during the course of normal business but also during times of need can help an organization weather any storm.A true cooperative partner, a credit union service organization (CUSO) adds value to enable the success of both the CUSO and its credit union owners. A CUSO delivers incremental benefits to its owners through scale in buying power, partnerships with industry leaders and direct access to the services credit unions need to compete with banks and other financial services providers in today’s marketplace. Partnerships with CUSOs empower credit unions everywhere to offer competitively priced and innovative products and services that make a real difference in members’ lives and during critical moments when members’ need for help is the greatest. PSCU, the nation’s premier payments CUSO, makes it a priority to put the member experience first in everything it does for its Owner credit unions. This not only includes providing payments-related products and services on a daily basis, but it also means jumping in to help support Owners when they are in need of assistance to keep their businesses up and running – like providing extensions on card payments or advice in the aftermath of a natural disaster. All year long, PSCU’s 2,200 employees in locations around the country serve as an extension of their credit unions’ resources, making it possible for credit unions to deliver seamless experiences for members 24/7/365, regardless of the forecast. Over the last two years, PSCU has assisted more than 75 credit unions during over 300 different, unforeseen crises, including eight hurricanes, three major wildfires, two earthquakes and numerous other events, including blizzards, power outages, floods and tornadoes. PSCU prides itself on working closely with its Owner credit unions before, during and after natural disasters, as well as throughout the year, to prepare for these types of events. The relationship between a credit union and its CUSO shows the real value of a CUSO goes beyond dollars and cents.In times of the greatest need and uncertainty, a credit union can be more than the financial foundation of the community — it can be a reassuring sign that things will soon return to normal. Preparing for natural disasters, building key relationships with trusted partners and resources and ensuring members are able to receive the services they need without interruption will ensure a credit union is at its best, even in the worst of times. last_img read more

Hughes: Winter break food for thought

first_imgQuestions, questions, questions. That’s what everyone is dealing with right now.Wrists are sore from blue books and eyes are seeing double after so many scantron bubbles. Cheatsheets, flashcards and stress are the most abundant elements in the universe right now.Finals (for some classes) have already begun, and they’ll be unrelenting all the way until Christmas Eve-eve. Oh happy day, whence school is out… for winter.But I have a few more questions for you, once you’ve finished with finals. Only the answers won’t be handed out until after winter break.We’re heading into the winter intermission with few uncertainties in the sporting world. So before the teacher’s edition is written, let’s speculate as much as we can some of the biggest brainteasers for the state of Wisconsin.One: What’s on the line in Pasadena?As the Joker once quipped in the “The Dark Knight”: So this is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Wisconsin’s five giants and three-headed monster meet TCU’s suffocating defense, supposedly the best in all the land.Nostalgia will be in the warm California air for the Badgers, while all the BCS naysayers will still be ringing in the ears of the Horned Frogs and whoever prevails could launch themselves to another level of greatness year-in and year-out.Dynasties can often look back and point toward a specific game that served as the catalyst – like the Patriots in the Tuck-Rule Game. Without that, they never win that first Super Bowl and the swagger that came with it. Maybe they don’t win the other two as a result of such a demoralizing loss.If Wisconsin wants to launch itself onto the level of perennial powerhouses, this is the pivotal game to do so. Yeah, a good crop of seniors will leave after this year, but don’t underestimate what a culture of winning can do for any program. Bret Bielema is a young coach and his team didn’t reach this point on some fluke. He can establish this team as a Big Ten force for years to come with a victory in the most famous stadium in all of football.And if the momentum breaks, well, it took Bielema five years just to get to Pasadena the first time…Two: Where will the men’s basketball team be once school resumes?Before taking on the nation in the NCAA Tournament and before challenging the Big Ten in the conference tournament, the Badgers had to cross swords with their in-state foes.On Monday, Wisconsin completed the three-game sweep of Wisconsin D-I programs. And while that might not sound exactly like something UW would put on its resume, just consider the fact this hasn’t happened since 2006-07, when UW went on to finish second in the Big Ten, won a school record 30 games, and, at one point, earned the program’s first designation at No. 1.Not that UW is destined for that kind of performance this year, but it’s encouraging. Through 11 games of non-conference play, the Badgers have looked fundamentally unbendable and they’ve been shooting bullseye after bullseye from everywhere on the floor. Out of 22 halves of basketball played, Wisconsin has only seen trouble scoring in four of them, shooting .454 on the year.Wisconsin is currently on a 10-day break before a tune-up with Coppin State Dec. 23. After that, conference play arrives when Minnesota stops by the Kohl Center Dec. 28, and by the time school is back in session, the Badgers will be five games into the their treacherous Big Ten season.They’ll meet with Illinois twice, visit Michigan State and host Michigan and, of course, Minnesota over that time.The non-conference season hasn’t posed too many challenges for UW, and while many think the Badgers could surprise people – and I quite agree – I don’t think the surprises will come right away. Look for a 3-2 start to the year for Bo Ryan and Co. to build on.Three: Will we ever watch Brett Favre play again?Before you try to remind Santa Claus that you want Favre to go away, take a step back for a second (This reasoning may only work for Packer fans, but it’s worth a shot). Look back over the years Favre played. With objectivity, picture his entire career as one moment. All in one frame rather than think about issues on and off the field during the last three years.That career, as a picture, is one of the most beautiful the NFL has seen. Stop thinking about his interceptions, his behavior toward Jenn Sterger and his indecisiveness. Think about how, when he played, he played with guile. How he threw the ball so hard he could’ve killed a small animal. How he’d throw the ball backhanded. Think about the feud with Warren Sapp or Chris Hovan. The throws and victories he pulled off that made you say things like “Redonkulous!” and “Lady Liberty’s Torch, Batman!”Think about whenever he used to take a blow a train might match, he’d leap off the grass and get all up in the grill of his assailant immediately afterward (by they way, does anybody do that nowadays?) How his smile was wider than a football field. Think about how he broke all those records while rarely being surrounded by elite talent.We’re talking about the Favre that Vikings fans – or at least all the ones that I’ve talked to about the QB – loved to watch even when he was Packer.Now tell me you wouldn’t want to watch him play one more time. One last game. Favre, one of the country’s modern marvels of sports. Because now it’s for real, his streak is over and there’s no sign right now of him playing before season’s end. It would be a shame if his last game had passed by without audiences knowing at the time.Four: Will the Big Ten pull a Marquette?I seriously hope so. I haven’t heard anything as lame since MU briefly called itself the Gold before reverting back to the Golden Eagles a few years ago. “Legends and Leaders” sounds like some cheesy movie sequel or video game – one I would not ask Santa for.Elliot is a junior with an undecided major. What sports questions can you not wait to be answered? Are some of the above more stressing than your finals? Send Elliot an email at ehughes@badgerherald.com and tell him about it.last_img read more