The CUInsight Experience podcast: Brett Martinez – Be the member (#13)

first_imgWelcome to episode 13 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of Brett Martinez, the President and CEO of Redwood Credit Union, joins me for today’s episode! In case you’re not already familiar with him, he’s also the CUNA Board Chair and on the Board of Trustees of CU Direct. You’ve probably heard of the wildfires that ravaged the Redwood Credit Union community, and how they raised $32 million in disaster relief. We’ve linked to articles about that below in the show notes. In our conversation, we’ll talk about the human side of all of this, and what it was like to lead in that unexpected situation.The first decision that Brett had to make when he saw the flames was whether to cancel the big event they had planned for the next day. This turned out to be a good choice; the building where the event was going to be held caught on fire. Getting his employees and their families to safety was the next priority after that.As Brett explains today, he has a situational leadership style, so he doesn’t have just one leadership style all the time. This meant that he was well-prepared to handle the fires from a leadership perspective, because he already believes in handling each situation uniquely as it comes up. He’ll chat about various things he did in the aftermath of the disaster, including an at-work daycare so employees could bring their kids, as well as mandatory counseling.In case you’re concerned that this episode is all about disasters and might not apply to you, don’t worry! We’ll also dig into the usual topics we address in the show, such as how Brett got started in the world of credit unions, how the industry has changed over the course of his career, and the advice that he keeps coming back to through his career.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Brett:Brett MartinezPresident and CEO, Redwood Credit [email protected] | LinkedinShow notes from this episode:Take a look at what going on at Redwood Credit Union.Brett is the current CUNA Board Chair. You can see his full bio here.Interested in attending Western CUNA Management School? Here’s a link.Read all about the October 2017 Northern California Wildfires here.The North Bay Fire Relief Fund information page.North Bay Fire Relief Fund wraps up after giving out $32 million – The Press DemocratAnchor Award: Brett Martinez honored by National Credit Union FoundationHow CUAid from the National Credit Union Foundation helps the credit union community in need.Check out the awareness campaign Brett spoke of. Open your eyes to a credit union.Best album of all time: The Eagles Greatest HitsBook(s) mentioned: The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner,  Money Rules by Jean Chatzky, How We Choose to Be Happy by Rick Foster and Greg HicksPrevious guests mentioned on the show: Chuck Fagan, Jill Nowacki, Jim NussleYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:03] – Welcome to the show! Brett Martinez joins Randy for today’s episode.[03:27] – What were Brett’s first thoughts in the emergency fire situation when he realized that it wasn’t going to be business as usual for a while?[07:29] – We learn that Brett had a plan for a situation like this, but as he points out, you don’t have time to read the plan during an emergency.[08:40] – Was there anything in Brett’s life that prepared him to react to the fires as well and quickly as he did?[10:26] – Brett talks about whether his leadership style had to change when disaster struck.[12:38] – We hear about the most important thing that Brett learned from the experience that he wants other people to know about.[15:09] – What was it like to be in the position of dealing with people who had lost their homes in the fires?[17:45] – Brett talks about what it was originally that drew him to credit unions and led to him having a career in this industry. He also digs into whether his inspiration has changed throughout his career.[20:31] – How have credit unions changed over Brett’s career? And how has going left when everyone else goes right worked out for him and Redwood Credit Union?[24:07] – We learn that Brett’s mom worked at a very small credit union when he was growing up, so he’s been familiar with them for a large part of his life.[26:31] – Is there a significant belief that credit unions hold that Brett expects will change in the relatively near future?[27:32] – Brett talks about how his team would describe his leadership style, as well as what his team’s greatest strengths are.[29:57] – We hear about how Brett makes hiring decisions and what he looks for in applicants.[31:24] – Is there something that Brett’s team has heard him say so often that they could finish his sentence? Does he have a favorite failure that has led to a future success?[33:36] – Brett shares a piece of advice that he keeps going back to over and over in his career.[35:36] – We hear about what Brett does when he runs into a wall, as well as whether he has people outside of the credit union world who he looks to for an outside perspective.[37:51] – What has Brett seen young leaders struggle with?[39:03] – Brett talks about what he does to recharge if he has a free day.[39:53] – We move into the rapid-fire questions: does Brett have any daily routines that he has to do or his day will feel off?[41:24] – When was the first time that Brett got into memorable trouble?[42:45] – What’s the greatest album of all time, that Brett could listen to without skipping a song?[43:07] – Is there a particular book that Brett recommends or gives away frequently?[45:02] – What has become more (or less) important to Brett as he has gotten older?[45:45] – When Brett hears the word “success,” who is the first person who comes to mind?[46:39] – Does Brett have any final thoughts or asks for listeners? 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

BLOG: Free the Six-Pack!

first_imgBLOG: Free the Six-Pack! Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary Free The Six-Pack,  Government That Works,  Liquor Reform,  The Blog Have you ever wondered why in Pennsylvania you can’t stop by your local gas station to pick up a six-pack of your favorite beer? It’s because the Pennsylvania Liquor Code currently requires that the PLCB “shall refuse any application for a new license [or] the transfer of any license to a location where the sale of liquid fuels or oil is conducted.”But things are about to change.A recent Commonwealth Court ruling clarifies this piece of Pennsylvania Liquor Code and allows for the sale of malt or brewed beverages at gas stations and other businesses. This ruling sets important precedent that affirms the PLCB’s authority to improve customer experience and make purchasing beer more convenient for Pennsylvanians.Governor Wolf has requested a policy change at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to free the six-pack and allow for gas stations to sell six-packs of beer as long as they regularly and customarily prepare and sell food, have a serving area of not less than 300 square feet, and are equipped with tables and chairs accommodating at least 30 persons at one time.Creating and following this precedent will make the commonwealth more inviting for customers and businesses, and it will address a long standing failing of our liquor and alcohol system. Soon, it will be easier than ever to stop by your local Sheetz, Wawa or Rutters and to grab your favorite brews! It’s time to free the six-pack, Pennsylvania. Share your support for freeing the six pack — click to Tweet this message: Let’s #FreeTheSixPack, Pennsylvania! via @GovernorTomWolfcenter_img May 25, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Swiss government weighs further changes to pension system

first_imgThe Swiss government is weighing amendments to the supervisory structure of the second-pillar pension system, as well as strengthening governance at first-pillar scheme AHV. It commissioned the Interior Ministry to draw up a reform plan in which the responsibilities of implementing organisations, as well as the first-pillar supervisor, are stated more precisely and, where necessary, “disentangled”. Further, accounting, reporting and administration costs are to be brought up to date by applying unified and defined standards.The changes will also be applied to smaller first-pillar funds such as the EO, the fund for maternity leave and military service, and the fund for so-called Ergänzungsleistungen, or people who have too little money in their retirement. The government said the supervisory structure for the second pillar, implemented in 2012, had “proven itself” but could be “optimised in certain areas”.Three years ago, the federal supervisory authority Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) was created.At the same time, the mostly cantonal supervisory authorities were merged to form larger regional bodies.With the next step of the reform, the Swiss government wants to further strengthen the independence of these regional authorities from cantonal bodies.This means representatives from cantonal governments will no longer sit on the boards of these authorities.A further reform proposal for Pensionskassen is to state the responsibilities of pensions advisers and auditors more precisely and differentiate them more clearly.The government gave the Interior Ministry until the end of 2016 to come up with a draft reform.“The aim is to achieve a risk and impact-oriented supervision for the whole social system,” the government said.last_img read more

Dharry turns down ESPN fight against WBO number one contender due to COVID-19

first_imgBy Faizool DeoACE Guyanese boxer Elton Dharry was forced to refuse an ESPN fight due to a lack of training stemming from COVID-19 lockdown protocols in place in New York.The Brooklyn resident, who has kept Guyana in the top 15 of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight division since 2014 and in the top 10 for two consecutive years (moving as high as fifth), was recently offered a fight against number one contender in the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight division, Joshua Greer Jr.Dharry, who noted that the June 13 battle would have been a “huge fight” for him, said that the lockdown has hampered his gym time and he is unprepared.“I was very, very tempted to take the fight, but knowing I will not be fully prepared due to the current situation I had to let it go.”The Top Rank fighter Greer Jr, who has 22 wins, one loss and a draw in his professional career, would have been Dharry’s second major fight in six months, given that the Leguan-born went up against Australian Andrew Maloney in November for the WBA Super Flyweight World title.Though he lost the very close bout (via a debatable stoppage by the referee one second into the ninth round), the Guyanese proved his dominance in the ring. Not only did he drop his opponent (was not acknowledged by the referee), but he burst Maloney’s eardrum in the fifth round.Since lockdown started on March 22 in New York, Dharry has had to resort to regular training at home. He even travelled to Pocono Mountains (Poconos) in Pennsylvania to get sparring sessions, but no boxer was available.The US-based Guyanese, who has fought professionally for the last 16 years said that he is looking forward to getting back into the ring, but it must be after he is prepared.“I’m hoping to fight later this year. I’ll be ready as soon as I can get back in a gym and start sparring.”last_img read more