Credit Union Roundtable is a monthly, hour-long discussion devoted to helping America’s consumers become better managers of their finances and savings. Credit Union Roundtable seeks to foster that process through increased public awareness of credit unions and their cooperative values, and the many ways credit unions demonstrate those values through their business practices, financial education initiatives and charitable efforts in the communities they serve. The program is hosted by Walter Laskos.
This month, Credit Union Roundtable talks with Madame Money for tips on how to get our credit card debt under control after our holiday spending spree. We also hear from Tim Draper at Navigant Credit Union, who outlines a way for us to get our financial house in order during the New Year. And, calling attention to elder financial exploitation, we talk with AARP’s Dennis Hohengasser about today’s scams targeting seniors and all the various free resources available from AARP and credit unions to help protect against scams and fraud.
This month, Credit Union Roundtable talks with the charity selected by each state’s credit unions as their primary charity of choice: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Make-a-Wish New Hampshire, and Special Olympics Rhode Island.
October’s edition of Credit Union Roundtable focuses on credit unions, marking their month-long observance highlighted by International Credit Union Day on the 17th. To help the show get off to a strong start, Laskos called on Stephanie Smith, curator at America’s Credit Union Museum, to explain the origins of credit unions in the US and their cooperative structure. Brian Branch also joined Laskos from Madison, Wisconsin, where he described the advocacy efforts of credit unions on the global stage through the World Council, including its work in helping people in developing countries to form credit unions.
Turning attention to local credit unions, Laskos invited John Bissell, President/CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union (MA); Gary Furtado, President/CEO of Navigant Credit Union (RI); Brian Hughes, President/CEO of Holy Rosary Credit Union (NH); and Jerry King, President/CEO of DEXSTA Federal Credit Union (DE) to discuss the many ways their credit unions embrace and demonstrate their business values during an interview segment conducted by Isaiah Moskowitz.
And as a cap to the inaugural episode of Credit Union Roundtable, Laskos included a discussion of financial exploitation and its growing impact on seniors across America. Norfolk County (MA) District Attorney Michael Morrissey served as Laskos’ guest for the interview. Their discussion also covered the Equifax Data Breach settlement and what consumers need to know in order to avail themselves to the benefits stemming from the settlement.