Arkansas Credit Unions Join Texas League

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 12:00 am  

The credit union industry in Arkansas has always been relatively small — under $2.5 billion in assets all told — but collectively the state has joined the biggest alliance of credit unions in the country.

In July, the venerable Arkansas Credit Union League became the Arkansas Credit Union Association and joined the Cornerstone Credit Union League of Dallas, along with credit union associations from Texas and Oklahoma.

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Arkansas’ 62 credit union charters (soon to be 61) are among the 643 credit unions that make up Cornerstone, according to Reta Kahley, president of the Arkansas Credit Union Association.

“It provides them access to a lot more products and services that come with a large league,” Kahley said. That includes specialized services for small credit union and asset liability management services for CUs of all sizes.

“And it gives us a stronger lobbying effort both at the state level and the federal level,” Kahley said, noting that Texas still has quite a few state-chartered credit unions, something Arkansas hasn’t had in more than a decade.

Arkansas was able to contribute three executives to each of Cornerstone’s three boards of directors. Appointed to the board of the Cornerstone Credit Union League were Dwayne L. Ashcraft of Arkansas Superior Federal Credit Union in Warren, Allen Brown of Mil-Way FCU in Texarkana and Windy Campbell of Electric Cooperatives FCU of Little Rock.

Arkansas appointees to the Cornerstone Foundation board are E.B. “Buddy” Hancock of Arkansas Teachers FCU and George T. Bujarski of VA Hospital FCU, both in Little Rock, and Suzie Spivey of River Town FCU in Fort Smith.

Arkansas members on the board of Cornerstone’s for-profit subsidiary, the Credit Union Resource Board, are Greg James of Pine Bluff Cotton Belt FCU, Tammy M. Passafiume of River Valley Community FCU in Camden, and Dee Edie of Diamond Lakes FCU in Hot Springs.

Impending Merger

Speaking of Diamond Lakes, it will be acquiring Village Peoples FCU in Hot Springs Village effective Friday. It’s the first consolidation of credit unions in the state in a couple of years, after a decade of steady attrition.

Approved by members in June, the transaction will close the doors of the single office of Village Peoples at 111 Los Lagos Drive on Thursday. Former Village Peoples members will then be served by a new branch of Diamond Lakes FCU — its fourth — at 4585 N. Highway 7, Suite 11.



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