CUANM and Alianza Sign International Partnership Agreement, Commit to Long-Term Cooperation and Sharing
Tomas Carrizales Villegas, CEO of Alianza, presents CUANM board chair Rick Rogers with a gift.
A group of six credit union professionals from
Leon, Mexico, visited New Mexico last week to
learn about credit unions in the United States and
to sign an international partnership agreement
with the Credit Union Association of New Mexico.
The Mexican visitors are part of a similar trade
association in Mexico called Alianza, which
represents 26 credit unions in several Mexican
states. The Credit Union Association of New Mexico
represents 52 credit unions in the state of New
International Partnerships, a World Council of
Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) program, pairs U.S.
networks with those of developing nations to
promote mutual growth and knowledge exchange.
WOCCU International Partnerships manager, Victor
Corro, joined the Alianza group for their New
Mexico tour to facilitate communication.
The group toured several credit unions during
their visit in addition to meeting with the CUANM
staff and staff at CU Anytime, the statewide
credit union ATM network. On Wednesday, in the
middle of their week-long stay, the formal
partnership agreement signing took place. The
Credit Union Association of New Mexico board of
directors was in attendance and the signing
received media coverage from the statewide Spanish
language news station, Univision.
Alianza, CUANM and WOCCU sign the partnership agreement.
The two trade associations have been working
toward this partnership since 2004 when a group
from New Mexico made a visit to Mexico for an
"We hope this partnership will allow us to learn
more about serving new immigrants from Mexico and
to assist Alianza in their attempt to grow the
credit union movement in Mexico," said CUANM
president and CEO Sylvia Lyon. "This is really an
opportunity to put our 'people helping people'
philosophy into action."
Tomas Carrizales Villegas, CEO of Alianza, said
his group thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
"I'm very pleased with the exchange of knowledge
and the great way we were received by CUANM and
several credit unions. We are looking forward to a
very close relationship with New Mexico," Villegas
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Contact: Jodi Garber-Simon
Organization: Credit Union Association of New Mexico
Phone: ext. 2230