PRESS RELEASES

February 24, 2014: Coopera Issues White Paper for Credit Unions on Hispanic Consumer Misconceptions
In a newly published white paper, Coopera CEO Miriam De Dios writes that certain misconceptions about Hispanics may be hindering credit unions’ relationships with their members and prospective members.

February 21, 2014: Coopera and CUNA Announce Grant Fund for Credit Unions Investing in Hispanic Member Growth
Hispanic market solutions company Coopera, in partnership with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), has announced the development of a grant fund in honor of the late Warren Morrow, credit union advocate and Coopera founder.

November 14, 2013: Coopera Hires Martija as Client Support Specialist
Hispanic market solutions company Coopera has hired Patricia Martija as client support specialist. Martija joins Coopera from sister company The Members Group (TMG) where she was a bilingual representative for the payment processor’s centralized request center.

July 23, 2013: Coopera Promotes Peña to Client Relations Manager
Coopera has promoted Client Account Coordinator Anna Peña to the new role of client relations manager. Peña will continue to work closely with Coopera’s national credit union clients, providing assessments, consulting, training, marketing services and Hispanic consumer products in support of their Hispanic outreach efforts.

July 10, 2013: Coopera, CUNA Celebrate Four Years of Success Together
Four years ago, Coopera and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) formed a strategic growth alliance to help credit unions expand their Hispanic market outreach efforts. Since the alliance formed in 2009, both organizations have leveraged each other’s strengths — Coopera’s Hispanic market expertise and CUNA’s extensive resources — to help America’s credit unions grow membership opportunities by reaching and serving Hispanics.

May 7, 2013: Coopera: Hispanic Consumers Represent Several Different Market Segments
In a new white paper, Anna Peña notes that like most cultural groups, the Hispanic market is made up of several segments, many of which represent great opportunity for credit unions. She goes on to outline three segments of Hispanic members who need credit unions as much as credit unions need them.

March 7, 2013: Coopera and CUNA Team Up for 2013 Hispanic Membership Growth Webinars
As strategic growth partners, Coopera and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) are offering two Hispanic growth focused webinars for credit union leaders. The webinars are a continuation of the services the partner organizations are providing to credit unions interested in expanding Hispanic membership to support growth goals.

January 10, 2013: Report Highlights Hispanic Outreach Opportunities for CA, NV CUs
“In response to demographic data reported by the U.S. Census Bureau following its 2010 national survey, we commissioned Coopera to produce the Hispanic Opportunity Reports to better understand the current and future market situation in our states,” said Lucy Ito, Leagues executive vice president and COO.

December 10, 2012: Coopera, CUANY Enroll New York Credit Unions in Hispanic Member Growth Strategy Program
Building on their five-year partnership, the Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY) and Coopera have signed four credit unions to take part in the inaugural Hispanic Member Growth Strategy Program. As part of the program, Coopera, a firm that helps credit unions reach the critical Hispanic market, provides valuable resources and counseling to New York credit unions working to grow their Hispanic membership.

October 11, 2012: CUNA and Coopera Launch Hispanic Resources Portal on CreditUnionMagazine.com
A Hispanic Resources Portal, provided by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Coopera, is now live on Credit Union Magazine’s online site at creditunionmagazine.com/hispanic-resources. The portal page is designed to provide resources for credit unions looking to start or enhance their outreach efforts to Hispanic members.

September 25, 2012: NerdWallet.com Ranks Coopera Card 5th Most Affordable Prepaid Card
NerdWallet.com, an online financial planning resource, has ranked the Coopera Prepaid Reloadable Visa® Card as the fifth most affordable prepaid card available to consumers. This ranking is based on the Coopera Card’s low fees as compared to other prepaid card options on the market, including two competing products designed for Hispanic cardholders.

September 13, 2012: Coopera Names Gustavo Grüber as Vice President
Gustavo Grüber has been named Vice President for Coopera, an Iowa-based economic development firm, helping credit unions nationwide reach and serve the emerging Hispanic market.

August 22, 2012: Credit Unions Benefit from Offering Fair, Dignified Prepaid Card Products, Says White Paper
In a newly published white paper, Coopera CEO Miriam De Dios advises credit unions how to set apart their prepaid reloadable products from the competition. De Dios also writes that credit unions offering fair, dignified prepaid card offerings are poised to help underserved Americans, including the Hispanic community, ease into the financial mainstream.

August 8, 2012: Coopera’s De Dios Receives Industry Award, Accepts Board Position
Two credit union industry organizations, the World Council of Credit Union’s Young Credit Union People Program (WYCUP) and the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP), recently recognized Coopera CEO Miriam De Dios for her continued work to help credit unions reach and serve the Hispanic market.

May 2, 2012: Miriam De Dios to Lead Coopera as CEO
Affiliates Management Company (AMC), Coopera’s parent company, today announced Miriam De Dios as Coopera’s new chief executive officer. De Dios has been with Coopera since its inception and most recently served as vice president. She will fill the position previously held by founder Warren Morrow. Morrow passed away unexpectedly in February.

April 30, 2012: Coopera, Association Offer Hispanic Member Growth Strategy Program to New York Credit Unions
After a five-year partnership, the Credit Union Association of New York and Coopera are collaborating on a new program. The 2012 Hispanic Member Growth Strategy program aims to expand business opportunities for New York credit unions by advising the cooperatives on best practices for serving the Hispanic market.

April 24, 2012: Coopera and CUNA Team Up on Webinar Series for Credit Unions
Coopera has partnered with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to host a series of webinars for credit unions. The objective is to educate as many credit union leaders as possible on the importance of adapting products and services to meet the needs of Hispanic members.

April 5, 2012: Four Credit Unions Add Prepaid Card Programs
To attract new members and earn additional income, four credit unions have signed on to begin offering prepaid card programs from The Members Group (TMG) and its sister company Coopera.

March 27, 2012: Credit Unions Must Adapt to New Consumers to Grow Membership, Says Coopera Executive in New White Paper
In a recently published white paper, Coopera Vice President Miriam De Dios writes that the best way for credit unions to start a Hispanic outreach program is to ask the right questions.

February 28, 2012: Coopera and its Partners Move Forward with Vision of Founder Warren Morrow
Following the unexpected death of Coopera CEO and founder Warren Morrow, the staff at Coopera, its parent company Affiliates Management Company (AMC) and partner Credit Union National Association (CUNA) stand ready to continue Morrow’s work.

February 16, 2012: Coopera Founder & CEO Warren Morrow Passes Away
The national credit union movement and Hispanic business community have lost a key voice in their outreach efforts to serve Latinos. Warren Morrow, CEO and Founder of Coopera, died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning. He was 34.

February 1, 2012: Eight Credit Unions Introduce Coopera Card to Hispanic Members
Eight credit unions have signed on to begin offering the Coopera Card in 2012. A reloadable Visa prepaid card built specifically for the Hispanic community, the Coopera Card provides financial institutions with a tool for attracting new members and earning additional interchange income.

October 12, 2011: Coopera Card Promises to Ease Underserved Hispanics into Financial Mainstream
Coopera, in partnership with sister company and card processor The Members Group (TMG), today announced the availability of the Coopera Card, a reloadable Visa prepaid card built specifically for Hispanic cardholders.


Sept. 30, 2011: Hispanic Market Experts to Speak at National Credit Union Conference
In a breakout session titled “Product Strategies to Attract and Create the Loyalty of the Hispanic Community,” Coopera’s Warren Morrow and Miriam De Dios will address one of the hottest topics in the credit union industry. The presentation will take place on Oct. 26, 2011, at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Community Credit Union and Growth Conference in San Francisco.

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