The go-to re­source for credit unions

Credit Union Journal - - Editor's Note - BY LISA FREE­MAN

WEL­COME TO CREDIT UNION JOUR­nal’s “2017 Buy­ers’ Guide & Di­rec­tory.” This spe­cial is­sue is more than just an an­nual tra­di­tion — it’s a vi­tal re­source for our sub­cribers.

De­spite the ex­pan­sive pres­ence of the In­ter­net and mo­bile de­vices in every­one’s lives these days, we con­sis­tently hear from read­ers that the “Buyer’s Guide & Di­rec­tory” is a much-ap­pre­ci­ated “Old-school” re­source they like to keep handy on their desks through­out the year.

In this is­sue, Credit Union Jour­nal pro­vides list­ings and con­tact in­for­ma­tion for, as we like to put it, “ev­ery­thing credit union.” From fed­eral and state reg­u­la­tors to cor­po­rate credit unions; state leagues and na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions to credit union foun­da­tions at the na­tional, state and lo­cal lev­els, and much more.

And, of course, we’ve pro­vided one of the most pop­u­lar fea­tures ev­ery year in the “Buyer’s Guide & Di­rec­tory,” with a full list­ing of meet­ings and events of in­ter­est to credit unions that have al­ready been sched­uled for 2018.

This an­nual com­pen­dium also in­cludes a list­ing of some of the top solutions providers that credit unions can turn to for ev­ery­thing from boost­ing their loan growth and man­ag­ing their cards port­fo­lios to delv­ing into big data and the lat­est in tech­nol­ogy.

Be­cause this spe­cial edi­tion is de­signed to be used as a ref­er­ence through­out the year, the one thing that is miss­ing from this is­sue are news sto­ries. But that doesn’t mean our ed­i­to­rial team went on va­ca­tion.

The break­ing news—and more im­por­tantly, analysis of what those break­ing sto­ries re­ally mean to credit unions—can still be found at www.cu­jour­nal.com.

For all that the “Buyer’s Guide & Di­rec­tory” is a long-stand­ing tra­di­tion here at Credit Union Jour­nal, that doesn’t mean it’s a stag­nant doc­u­ment. On the con­trary, it is very much a liv­ing doc­u­ment. To that end, we want to hear from our read­ers how it can be im­proved.

Credit Union Jour­nal has long be­lieved that the peo­ple who know best about what credit unions want and need are credit unions them­selves. If there’s a re­source we haven’t in­cluded that you think would be valu­able to the credit union com­mu­nity, please let us know. This is­sue, like ev­ery is­sue of Credit Union Jour­nal, is de­signed to be a valu­able re­source for credit union lead­e1rs. As al­ways, we in­vite your feed­back at any time and we hope you find the “2017 Buy­ers’ Guide & Di­rec­tory” use­ful through­out the next year.

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