Thursday, August 25, 2016

SF Fire Credit Union Chief Executive Officer

The SF Fire Credit Union ($1.2B in assets) Board of Directors has announced a search for the credit union’s next Chief Executive Officer.  This is an exceptional opportunity to lead one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading credit unions.  SF Fire has over $1.1B in assets and offers an opportunity to work with a skilled leadership team, dedicated board of directors and an organization that enjoys deep relationships with a dedicated membership base.  The cornerstone of SF Fire’s business model and corporate culture centers around the credit union’s commitment to an unparalleled service experience and will require leadership to embrace and further enhance the organization strategic approach to the delivery of member value.  SF Fire has a diverse product and service offering designed to meet the unique needs of its membership.  The new CEO will be tasked with driving innovative product development and leveraging progressive technologies to further position the credit union as the financial institution of choice for its new and existing membership. 


Successful candidates must demonstrate core competency in strategy development, a track record for building cohesive, high performing leadership teams, and the establishment of strong board relations.  SF Fire operates in a fiercely competitive marketplace and will require experience leading membership growth, market expansion, and branding initiatives in a similar environment.   Ideal candidates will have prior CEO experience or have held an executive leadership experience in a large, complex, member-focused credit union. 

Apply HERE  or E-Mail

Friday, August 19, 2016

The National Council of Firefighter Credit Unions Inc Has established a Disaster Relief Fund for the Baton Rouge Fire Department Federal Credit Union for the Flood of 8/16/2016

Baton Rouge Fire Dept. FCU Disaster Relief Fund
Flood of 8/16/2016
Baton Rouge Fire Department
Federal Credit Union
Disaster Relief Fund
NCOFCU has established a Disaster Relief Fund and has contributed directly to the Baton Rouge Fire Dept. Federal Credit Union. The fund donation will  be used to assist in the rebuilding efforts of their staff and volunteers. Many of the staff and volunteers have suffered sufficient losses, if not total losses to their homes and property due to the heavy rains and flooding in the past week.

If you or your credit union/organization would like to contribute directly to the Baton Rouge Fire Dept. Federal Credit Union through our fund to further assist in their recovery, please use the following links.

*The National Council of Firefighter Credit Unions, Inc. (NCOFCU) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Donors may deduct contributions as provided in IRC 170(c) (3) of the U.S. Tax Code. Employer Identification Number 27-2387106

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Don't miss our opening session Saturday 10/1 in Denver.

We have a panel of 4 firefighter credit union CEO's, Michael Tobler, Linda Willams, Gene Benick and Wallace Garland discussing the reasons for and the pros and cons of mergers.

A Blog post from Tim Harrington, CPA
CEO, TEAM Resources

Did I just said the “M” word, Shhhhhh! We don’t want to talk about that. The leadership in the credit union movement treats merger talk as verboten. You don’t see much on conference agendas, or on webinars. And I get it – talking about it might come across as endorsing it, and there’s a school of thought that says that more credit unions are better for the industry.
Well…it’s no secret that there are a LOT of credit union mergers. According to the NCUA, there were 234 mergers in 2015, which actually represents a slowdown of late.
Which brings me (finally) to my point: Merging credit unions need to have extensive discussions about governance as part of the process. Cultural fit is one of the most significant issues for merging institutions and that starts at the top, with the board and this is a governance issue. I can’t count how many times I’ve talked to directors and consultants about mergers that failed because of incongruity among the board. As often as not, these are problems/failures AFTER the merger is complete. Too late.We must acknowledge that having stronger but fewer credit unions is better than simply trying to keep a large pool of charters and weak assets. Credit union membership is growing, as are the assets, despite the falling number of institutions.
  • Talk about what governance model you follow. (Carver Policy? Chait, et al? Hands on, old school?)
  • Where are you on the governance spectrum: Working – Managing – Governing – Rubberstamping – Failing
  • Align yourselves with some training, with everyone in the room and literally on the same page.
  • Discuss governance successes and failures that each group has had over the years. How did they get there? What were the results/changes?
  • Figure out exactly how the culture of each organization manifests itself and examine the differences.
If you have boards that are merging and you don’t address these issues ahead and head on, there will be bumps at the top that make waves that ripple larger and larger as they spread through the organization, causing bigger and bigger problems.

Tim Harrington, CPA

Sunday, August 14, 2016

9/11 CANCERS TRIPLE (The Secret List)

It only gets worse.
More than 5,400 Ground Zero Firefighters, EMT's, Police Officers and others near the fallen Twin Towers have come down with 9/11-linked cancers, a grim tally that has tripled in the past 2 1/2 years. As of June 30, 5,441 people enrolled in the WTC Health Program have been diagnosed with 6,378 separate cancers, with some struck by more than one type, officials said. That's up from 1,822 victims in January 2014, according to an article (below) in this morning's NY Post.

"You see an alarming increase," said Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the WTC Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.

"It's been steady for at least the last year and a half - we're seeing new people here being certified for cancer 10 to 15 times week. That's every week. " Crane told The Post.
The program now monitors more than 48,000 cops, hardhats, volunteer firefighters, utility workers and others who toiled at Ground Zero. The FDNY has its own 9/11 health program with 16,000 members. In all, at least 1,140 have died, officials said. 

The feds have listed more than 50 types of cancer believed to be related to the toxic smoke and dust of 9/11. Those afflicted may seek payments from the 9/11 ­Victim Compensation Fund.

Veteran FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, 58, has advanced kidney cancer that has spread through his body. Pfeifer told The Post. "I've had 15 years with my kids after 9/11, and I'm still here with Stage 4 cancer."

Ray has undergone 11 surgeries, including a kidney removal, hip, femur and knee replacement and radiation for a brain tumor.

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Ray had the day off and was golfing with buddies when the planes hit. He rushed downtown to join the frantic dig for survivors and stayed nine days straight, sleeping on a rig. All 12 of his fellow Bravest assigned to Engine 40/Ladder 35 on the Upper West Side were among the 343 firefighters killed when the towers collapsed. Pfeifer stayed eight months to search for remains.
HERE is the entire article:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8-14-2016-0800 Hours

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lifesaving Companion Dog Takes On New Role With Injured Firefighter « CBS New York

Lifesaving Companion Dog Takes On New Role With Injured Firefighter « CBS New York: "NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A badly injured New York firefighter received a companion dog whose already saved people’s lives from fire.

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, disabled firefighter Tom Prin beamed as he was officially presented with his new canine companion Halona inside of a packed ceremony in Suffolk County.

The former firefighter was one of 15 people receiving their canine companions.

Prin was chosen because of what he’s been through — after fracturing his neck and back while responding to a Brooklyn fire.

“When I was going from the third to fourth floor, the steps gave out and I fell through the fire escape,” he said.

Prin has endured five spinal surgeries, but the Holtsville man will now be comforted by Halona who has quite the lifesaving resume herself."

Click HERE to read full story and see video

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

President / CEO - Spokane Firefighters Credit Union

President/CEO - Spokane Firefighters Credit Union
August 10, 2016

Spokane Firefighters Credit Union is dedicated to serving area firefighters and their families. The credit union has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent, personalized service to it’s members. Their CEO, Todd Powell, will be retiring in 2017 after building a strong foundation for this $47mm in assets credit union located in Spokane, Washington. Todd has been a progressive leader and his dedication to sound business practices has positioned SFCU well for the future.

The Board of Directors is looking for strong financial skills, a high level of integrity and excellent communication skills. Candidates should embrace technology and be willing to continue moving the credit union forward as new challenges and solutions present themselves. A bachelor’s degree is required with a minimum of five years as an executive within the credit union industry.

The projected start date for the successful candidate will be February 2017 which will allow for a 3-month transition prior to Todd’s departure in May.

Resumes will be accepted until October 21st, 2016. Please e-mail completed resumes to