New York and Puerto Rico Meet Again
(l-r) José E. Febres Maeso, branch manager of Caribe FCU, gathers New York visitors—Juan Fernández, Tracy Conner, Michael Lanotte, Amy Kramer, Kimberly McCumber, Jennifer Montena and WOCCU's Victor Corro—for a tour of his credit union.
Latham, NY—Representatives from the New
York State Credit Union League (NYSCUL) and its
affiliate Covera Card Solutions visited San Juan,
Puerto Rico, last week to participate in several
meetings aimed at furthering an international
partnership among Puerto Rican credit unions, the
League, and World Council of Credit Unions
While on the island, New York representatives
visited Caribe Federal, Jesús Obrero and
Abraham Rosa Cooperativas. Following those
engagements, more than 40 participants from
island credit unions participated in an
informational session that explained the benefits
of League membership and a variety of card
programs offered by Covera that would meet the
needs of their memberships.
"We couldn't have received a warmer reception
a more attentive audience than what we
experienced throughout our visit to Puerto Rico,"
said Michael Lanotte, senior vice president and
general counsel for the League. "I cannot imagine
a more beneficial partnership for all parties
involved given the many parallels to our credit
union system and to New York and its large
In addition to Lanotte, presenters from the
League included: Tracy Conner, vice president,
Professional Development and Member Services; Amy
Kramer, vice president, Governmental Affairs, and
Juan Fernández, community development
Kim McCumber, vice president, and Jennifer
Montena, director of Operations/Training,
represented Covera Card Solutions. Victor Corro,
WOCCU's international partnership manager,
accompanied the group.
The visit expanded on a partnership discussion
about business opportunities that took place last
summer when representatives from Puerto Rican
cooperatives visited the League with Corro.
NYSCUL is one of 22 leagues participating in
WOCCU's International Partnership Program.
NYSCUL has served as the trade association for
the New York state's credit unions for more than
80 years. It is the fifth largest league in the
country. New York credit unions have assets of
more than $36 billion and more than 4.1 million
members. To learn more about the League, visit www.nyscul.org.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Contact: Bonnie Sklar
Organization: Credit Union Association of New York
Phone: (800) 342-9835 ext. 8130