When it comes to making smart financial decisions, you’d be hard pressed to find someone more qualified than Brent Wilson. Brent spent 35 years as a professor of finance at Brigham Young University, where he often consulted with large, international financial institutions. Brent became a UCCU member in 1982 and a board member in the late 1990s.
Today, Brent brings his decades of international expertise to UCCU and its members. He specializes in financial analysis and investment decision making and utilizes his background in the lending industry to provide guidance on a wide range of issues related to the credit union. “In the current low-interest-rate environment, the decisions for investing UCCU’s assets are very challenging,” he says. “I believe I provide some additional perspective on these decisions.” Brent shares his insights to the following questions:
What excites you most about where UCCU is right now?
UCCU has been conservatively managed and fortunately did not suffer from many of the challenges faced by other financial institutions during the “great recession.” As the economy improves, UCCU is well positioned to provide needed services to the members. Additionally, UCCU’s growth allows us to invest in the infrastructure such as mobile technology to provide the financial services our members want.
What UCCU products and programs are you most proud to be associated with and why?
During the time I have served on the board, the financial industry has evolved from “bricks” to “clicks.” This has been a difficult transition for many financial institutions, particularly smaller institutions. Fortunately UCCU has been able to devote the resources needed to stay at the forefront of this evolution.
What are challenges you look forward to helping with over the next few years?
Because of abuses by some large financial institutions, we face an environment of increasing government regulation. Although these regulations are not specifically directed at credit unions, we will have to respond to them. Complying with these regulations will be costly and will impact our ability to provide services to the members. Another challenge for us will be to provide the delivery of financial services as our members increasingly adopt mobile technology.
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STEM Fest is only a week away! STEM Fest is open to the Public on March 27, from 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Utah’s major universities and STEM businesses will be on hand to engage students with science, technology, engineering and math through interactive booths and activities. There will also be bounces houses, live music, flight simulators, robots, race cars, and more! Take this opportunity to introduce your children to the amazing companies who are leading Utah’s dynamic innovation explosion.
Visit the UCCU booth and enter for a chance to win a trip for 4 to Disneyland!
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Stem Fest is an opportunity unlike anything ever offered in Utah. The goal is to show kids how to be innovative, imaginative, and daring when it comes to the future. We are creating an environment where kids can explore their future career possibilities in a completely hands-on way.
That’s why we are inviting everyone in Utah to bring students, families, educators, and businesses together to show that the future of science, technology, engineering and math is one that is exciting and worthwhile.
So come be a part of this year’s first ever STEM Fest Utah. STEM is open to the public on Friday, March 27th.
Presenting the First Annual STEM FEST UTAH! Bring the family, have a blast, all for FREE!
Over the past two years, UCCU’s Family Festival has been a huge success, full of fun and learning (and lots of learning made fun). And in 2015, the event is getting even better, with Utah’s first ever STEM FEST. For four full days – March 25-28, 2015, at the UCCU Center on UVU campus in Orem – you and your entire family can immerse yourselves in a free festival that’s been uniquely designed to spark your children’s imagination through science and technology. STEM is dedicated to blending education and fun with the mission of inspiring young students to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. It’s about innovation and how to harness it.
It’s about imagination and how to fuel it. It’s about dreaming and daring and conceiving and building tomorrow’s great ideas. And it’s the opportunity to introduce your children to the amazing companies
who are leading Utah’s dynamic innovation explosion. So come and be a part of the most unique gathering ever assembled in Utah as you and your family enjoy exciting hands-on experiences with science and technology that will spark your children’s imaginations and give them a peek into their future career opportunities right here in Utah. Your kids will have so much fun, they may not even realize that they’re learning!
Junior high school students are encouraged to come as a field trip Wednesday 3/25 or Thursday 3/26.
For more information about Utah STEM initiatives visit UtahStemFest.com or CuriosityUnleashed.com. If you or your business would like to participate in STEM FEST 2015 please email Tracy Shultz at email@example.com.
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