Dakota CU News & Notes
by CUAD Communications

Summit Special Room Rates  

The 2019 CUAD Summit is being held April 29 – May 1 in Fargo, ND. We have an outstanding lineup of keynote speakers this year, and we guarantee you will leave feeling even more energized and excited about the credit union movement! You can view the entire agenda and register here! Rooms are available at the Delta Marriott in Fargo for a special rate of $129 - $149 per night. You can book your room at the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas rate by clicking this link.


Be a Summit Crasher!

Are you a credit union professional age 35 or under? Do you have a desire to expand your credit union knowledge and networking opportunities? Can you make it to Fargo, ND April 29 – May 1? Then you are perfect candidate to CRASH the Summit! Crashers receive FREE conference registration and applying is simple – click here for details.


April is Youth Month!

For the credit union movement, April is all about helping young members achieve their goals for the future by promoting financial education. That’s why each year, we celebrate National Credit Union Youth Month! This year, the theme is “The future is yours… Picture it! Save for it! Share it!” Learn more, get involved, and find all the resources you will need by visiting cuna.org/youthmonth. Be sure to share your Youth Month celebrations with the Memo by emailing to Shawn Brummer.


Kevin Kragnes Joins Capital Credit Union

Capital Credit Union has announced the hiring of Kevin Kragnes as Fargo market president. Kragnes has more than 25 years of professional experience in the financial services industry. As market president, Kragnes will lead Capital Credit Union’s Fargo branch business and commercial lenders, with a focus on growing the credit union’s Fargo-market business services. Kragnes joins the Capital Credit Union team from Starion Bank, where he had been vice president business banking officer since 2014. Prior to Starion Bank, Kragnes worked at Town and Country Credit Union for seven years as vice president of business lending.


Capital CU Promotes Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin was recently promoted to chief operations and risk officer at Capital Credit Union’s Main Office in Bismarck. In this role, he will support various credit union departments, including risk management, in-house counsel, electronic services, loan operations and collections. He will also join the executive management team in providing strategic direction for the credit union. Griffin graduated from the University of North Dakota with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary. He has been with Capital Credit Union since Jan. 2011, most recently as vice president of risk management.


Upcoming Chapter Events

North Central Chapter of Credit Unions meeting is planned for Tuesday, March 12. The host will be First Community Credit Union. Meet at Knights of Columbus Hall – 522 4th Street NE – Devils Lake. Social begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner. Program will be “Motivating Employees” by Kyle Ternes of TrainND. RSVP to Rod Braun, First Community Credit Union.

Central Chapter of Credit Unions meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19. The host credit union will be HB Telco FCU. Meet at The Plains—960 4th Street NE—Huron. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. with program to follow: BSA Training with Lisa Snedeker, Training Director/Branch Manager with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union.  RSVP to Jane Ramsell, HB Telco Federal Credit Union by Tuesday, March 12.

Old West Chapter of Credit Unions meeting is planned for Thursday, March 21. The host will be Northern Hills Federal Credit Union. Meet at The Lodge at Deadwood—100 Pine Crest Lane—Deadwood at 6:00 p.m. for dinner dinner with program to follow: CU Jeopardy with George McDonald, Chief Officer of Strategic Services with Credit Union Association of the Dakotas. RSVP to Mitchell Loken, Black Hills Federal Credit Union 605.858.6367 no later than March 14.

*Chapter events can also be found here on the CUAD website.



Share Your Good News!

Don’t forget to share your stories of charitable giving and volunteer work for the Memo and CU Social Good. Remember, your credit union receives one Member Engagement Reward Point (MERP) for each story that is contributed to CU Social Good. The points add up and can help you receive a rebate on your annual CUAD Dues. Send your good news stories to Shawn Brummer.


Submit your news for Dakota CU Tidbits to Shawn Brummer sbrummer@cuad.coop. Employee promotions, awards, new products or services, community involvement/recognition, job openings, all are welcome!

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