Connect Archive

  • Catalyst Connect - December 3, 2019

    Apollo 17, Tracing the Last Footprints on the Moon: More than four decades ago, the crew aboard Apollo 17 made history as the last men to leave their mark on the moon. Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt shared "out-of-this-world" tales from his time in space with 200+ credit union attendees at this year's Forum. Learn more about his experience on the lunar surface, as December 7 marks the 47th anniversary of Apollo 17.

    Contingency Communications Exercise Just Around the Corner: Mark your calendar. Catalyst Corporate will conduct its semiannual Contingency Communications exercise on Wednesday, December 11 at 10 a.m. Central Time. Please ensure your credit union receives emergency communications by participating in next week's event. 

    Hoping to Boost Member Business Services in 2020? Set aside time next fall to learn from the experts! CU Business Group, the business services CUSO partly owned by Catalyst Corporate, has announced the dates for its 2020 National Business Services Conferences. The first will take place in Portland, OR, August 3-5; the second is slated for September 14-16, in Memphis, TN.

  • Catalyst Connect - November 26, 2019

    Thriving in the Now with Digital Transformation: How can credit unions stand out and thrive in today’s digitally-driven market? Two words: digital transformation. In this week's blog post, Catalyst Corporate's Vice President of Enterprise Architecture Vincent Armato shares author Daniel Newman's five steps to digital transformation based on developing impactful member experiences. 

    An Update From the Faster Payments Council: The U.S. Faster Payments Council recently held its Fall Member Meeting in Boston to discuss the future of faster payments. Attendees contributed valuable insights, and thoughtful discussion centered on the state of the industry and recent work group progress. Learn more about the latest faster payments developments

    We're Thankful for YOU, This Year and Every Year! In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Catalyst Corporate will be closed on Thursday, November 28. We hope your Thanksgiving is full of food, family and fun! 

    Upcoming Events and Training: CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (December 3-4, Portland, OR).


  • Catalyst Connect - November 19, 2019

    The Latest on our New Friend, CECL: The effective date for the new Current Expected Credit Loss accounting standard, or CECL, has been extended, so now what? Catalyst Strategic Solutions Investment Solutions Consultant Kevin Schlangen shares the need-to-know information and a timeline of CECL's succession to date in this week's blog post

    Third Quarter Progress Summary Now Available: For a snapshot of Catalyst Corporate's performance, please view the Third Quarter Progress Summary. This quarterly report offers membership growth information and key performance ratios, and may also serve as a helpful resource when sharing the latest information with your credit union board of directors and other volunteers. 

    2019 Q4 SCAN Arriving Soon: This issue of SCAN is full of can't-miss content, including photos from Catalyst Corporate's 2019 Economic & Payments Forum, a faster payments update from Kim Ford, Executive Director of the U.S. Faster Payments Council and more! Your publication should arrive in the mail soon. 

  • Catalyst Connect - November 12, 2019

    Loan Participation Program Tops $3 Billion: In less than five years since its inception, Catalyst Corporate's Loan Participation Program has surpassed $3 billion in activity, largely in part to its expansive network of buyers and sellers. Check out what a few of our repeat participants had to say about their experiences with the program, and what keeps them coming back!

    BaZing Powers Savings for Black Friday & Beyond: There are two kinds of people in this world – those who shop on Black Friday, and those who do not. Good news – whether you’re a Black Friday fan or not, Catalyst BaZing users get exclusive savings not only during the holidays, but year-round! Find out how your members can get more with BaZing rewards this holiday season. 

    Windows 7 Support Ends in 7 Weeks! This is a friendly reminder that Microsoft has set a Windows 7 End of Life date for Jan. 14, 2020 and will no longer release updates or patches for that operating system. As a result, effective Jan. 1, 2020, Catalyst Corporate will no longer support Windows 7 on its services, including TranZact and TranzCapture. If you haven't done so already, please plan your transition accordingly. 

  • Catalyst Connect - November 5, 2019

    Faster Payments, 'This is Coming. This is Happening,' Says Kim Ford: Newly appointed Executive Director of the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC) Kim Ford joined 40+ credit union leaders for a breakfast session on faster payments at Catalyst Corporate’s recent Economic & Payments Forum. Check out what she had to say about the FPC and the latest faster payments developments. 

    Last Chance to Place Holiday New Currency Orders: Halloween has come and gone and so has the first order period for holiday new currency! Second order period deadlines are fast approaching, starting with First Hawaiian Bank and Union Bank tomorrow, November 6. Detailed ordering procedures and timelines for each vendor can be found in TranZact. Please be sure to review this information and place your order soon!

    Red, White & Blue...Veterans, We Thank You! In the words of President John. F. Kennedy, "Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” In honor of all those who have so bravely served our country, Catalyst Corporate will be closed for Veterans Day Monday, November 11. 

    Upcoming Events and Training: Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact Reports, (November 6).