3/15/17 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Four reasons rate hikes aren’t all bad, by Rene Almazan
It almost comes as an instinctual response to groan, huff or recoil at the prospect of increased interest rates. Believe it or not, a rising rate environment may present benefits for you and your business. Here are a few potentially positive impacts of an interest rate increase.
2/10/2017 – Vantage West President/CEO named Tucson’s Man of the Year
For the past 64 years, Tucson has honored those who have greatly contributed to our community with the Greater Tucson Leadership Man and Woman of the Year awards. Cristie Street and Robert D. Ramirez have been named Tucson’s 2016 Woman and Man of the Year. Si Schorr has been selected to receive the 2016 Founders Award. (PDF)
2/1/17 – Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco appoints Vantage West leader as CDIAC member
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has appointed Robert D. Ramirez to serve on the Twelfth District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). He will serve as a voice of local financial institutions, bringing their perspectives and concerns on issues including the local effects of regulatory policies. (PDF)
1/26/17 – Gomez appointed to Vantage West Board
Vantage West, southern Arizona’s largest credit union, is pleased to announce the appointment of Augustine Gomez as an Associate Director to the Vantage West Board of Directors. (PDF)
1/25/17 – Vantage West receives WorldatWork 2017 Seal of Distinction
Vantage West has earned the 2017 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork, a nonprofit HR Association and compensation authority, in recognition of the credit union’s outstanding commitment to employee engagement and total rewards effectiveness. (PDF)
1/20/17- InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Five tips to help your business have a healthy and prosperous new year, by Rene Almazan
The new year marks the perfect opportunity for business owners to make a commitment to financial fitness. Here are a few tips to start 2017 on the right foot and keep those financial fitness goals within reach.
12/27/16 – Vantage West has new Senior Business Relationship Manager
William Tong recently joined Vantage West’s Business Lending and Services team to help members grow and manage their business. His credentials include 21 years of banking experience in the Tucson market, where he has held senior banking positions at both large and community-based banks. (PDF)
12/23/16 – Pisik appointed Chairman of Vantage West Board
Vantage West Credit Union is pleased to announce that Mitch Pisik has been selected by the Board to serve as Chairman. He began his service to Vantage West in 2015 as an Associate Director, and brings a wealth of experience as he leads the CEO and Executive team to set the strategic direction of the credit union. (PDF)
12/21/16 – Vantage West welcomes new Mortgage Sales Director
Guillermo Caldelas has joined Vantage West as its new Director of Mortgage Sales. He has more than 15 years of leadership experience as a mortgage professional, and has been involved with many non-profits to help on issues related to housing and mortgages. (PDF)
12/16/16 – Vantage West awards Employees of the Year
Vantage West recognized Timothy Strasser, Michael Stevenson (both from corporate office) and Regina Hunter (1st Avenue branch) as Employees of the Year for their excellence in serving our members and the community. (PDF)
12/16/16 – Vantage West awards $20k in annual holiday charitable grants
Vantage West employees nominated 10 organizations that they believe deserve one of the $2,000 grants traditionally awarded by the credit union during its yearend celebration. (PDF)
12/08/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Four gifts employers can give for retirement readiness, by Rene Almazan
Employers have the opportunity to help their employees manage their personal finances, ensure financial security and peace of mind. Here are four “gifts” they can give to promote retirement readiness.(PDF)
12/7/16 – $13,500 Commitment to Community winners announced this Thursday
With thousands of votes tallied, Vantage West Credit Union is set to announce the winning local nonprofits of this year’s Commitment to Community campaign. Grand prize – $10,000; 2nd prize – $2,500; 3rd prize – $1,000. (PDF)
11/10/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Four tips for seasonal businesses, by Rene Almazan
With the holiday season quickly approaching, businesses are gearing up for the busiest shopping months of the year. Here are four tips to help seasonal businesses transition seamlessly from downtime to boom time and back again.
11/8/16 – Vantage West leader named Man of the Year by Greater Tucson Leadership
Vantage West Credit Union announced today its President and CEO Robert D. Ramirez has been named Man of the Year by Greater Tucson Leadership. He will join an esteemed class of past recipients, dating back to the award’s inception in 1952. (PDF)
11/3/16 – Tucson.com: Ramirez named “Tucson Man of the Year”
Robert D. Ramirez has distinguished himself by supporting community projects at personal sacrifice, by helping those less fortunate, and for living in a way that inspires affection, admiration, and respect.
11/1/16 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West is first financial institution to receive SHARP award from ADOSH
Vantage West Credit Union recently received the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), in recognition of its exemplary efforts to ensure the safety of its close to 500 employees. (PDF)
10/28/16 – TucsonNewsNow.com: Startling number of skimming devices discovered at local gas stations
Tucson News Now spoke with Vantage West, a credit union that is part of a “skimming alliance” with law enforcement. When members notify them of fraud, they analyze the location and data to see if it could be skimmers.
10/13/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Four Reasons to Leverage Mobile Wallet for Your Business, by Rene Almazan
About 46 percent of consumers are using mobile options to make payments. Having a general understanding of how mobile wallets can benefit your business should be part of your growth strategy.
09/22/16 – Vantage West Credit Union and UA Coach Rich Rodriguez Team up To Support Six AZ Charities
Vantage West has teamed up once again with UA Football Coach Rich Rodriguez for the Commitment to Community Campaign. The public is encouraged to vote online for their favorite charity. Voting also enters participants into weekly drawings for autographed prizes. (PDF)
09/02/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Capturing the attention of “Hispennials” and why it’s important, by Rene Almazan
It is wise to note how the growth of the Hispanic-millennial population can positively impact locally owned businesses and our local economy. Find out what you should be doing when including this demographic in your business and marketing plans.
08/23/16 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West breaks ground on corporate expansion
Vantage West has broken ground on a 38,500 square foot building that will accommodate the corporate centers growth and a new technology center.
08/12/16 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West awards scholarships to 10 college-bound students
Vantage West has awarded 10 college-bound students scholarships to ensure they can pursue their education here in Arizona. Each student was awarded $1,000 to use toward their tuition and scholarship needs.
08/04/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Four Important Questions When Considering a Business Loan, by Rene Almazan
A conversation with a business lender is something that must take place sometime between having an idea and being wildly successful. View this list to find the questions you should be asking your trusted business advisor.
07/22/16 – HustlerMoneyBlog.com: Vantage West Credit Union Premium Checking Review: $100 bonus
A chance to earn $100 for opening an account? That’s amazing! Check out Vantage West’s latest promotion for Pima Community College faculty and students.
07/16/16 – BankCheckSavings.com: Vantage West Credit Union Premium Checking Review: $100 bonus
Vantage West is offering a special promotion for Pima Community College faculty and students. This exclusive offer provides a $100 bonus when you open a Premium Checking account with Vantage West.
07/6/16 – Tucson.com: Two thirds of Arizona banks, credit unions earn highest ratings
Arizona banks and credit unions are serving Arizona bankers well, and people are noticing. Vantage West does everything they can to ensure member satisfaction.
07/2/16 – CUTimes.com: Ramirez appointed to Catalyst Corporate Federal CU supervisory committee
Vantage West’s President and CEO, Robert D. Ramirez, has been appointed the Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union’s supervisory committee.
06/30/16 – UA Coach Rodrigues preps for 2016 Vantage West Commitment to Community Competition
To kick off this year’s Commitment to Community campaign, Vantage West will be at the University of Arizona’s first PAC-12 home game on Saturday, September 24th. Coach Rodriguez will be announcing the nonprofits selected for the 2016 competition. (PDF)
06/20/16 – CUInsight.com: Kenneth McGlamery named Members Insurance & Investments Financial Advisor of the Month
One of our very own, Kenneth McGlamery received an award as he was recently named Financial Advisor of the Month by CUNA Mutual. Kenneth was awarded because of the impact he has had and the inspiration he provides our community. Read more on Kenneth’s award and past recipients.
06/10/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Five tips to help protect your company’s data, by Rene Almazan
Understand your weaknesses, Know your enemy, Back up your data, Ensure proper oversight, and Lock it down. Data breaches can cripple a company but with the right tools and assets you can avoid major disaster. Learn how to most effectively protect your company’s data from our Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer Rene Almazan.
06/9/16 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West Credit Union seats its Board of Directors
Recent election results have placed the newest members of the Board of Directors, including new professionals and returning board members. The new board will serve to continue the strategic initiatives of the credit union in support of its vision.
05/31/16 – ArizonaDailyIndependent.com: Vantage West Credit Union’s CEO With 5 Shadows
CEO, Robert D. Ramirez has recently begun mentoring a group of young bilingual students here in Tucson in order to introduce them to the possibilities of the future. Through shadowing the CEO, these students have the opportunity to learn about potential career paths and financial readiness.
05/27/16 – CUInsight.com: Tucson kids make sense of Vantage West’s dollars and cents
A handful of Tucson students now have a better understanding of what it is like to be CEO after spending the day shadowing Vantage West’s President and CEO, Robert D. Ramirez. “Youth are our future… Helping them understand what we do allows them to better understand how to improve their own lives and the lives in the communities where they live.”
05/26/16 – CUInsight.com Vantage West CU to Sponsor U of A’s ‘ZonaZoo’
In preparation of the new school year Vantage West has launched a partnership with the University of Arizona to sponsor U of A’s ZonaZoo! As the Wildcats prepare for a new season, the largest student section in the country will sponsored in part by the credit union.
05/24/16 – Vantage West Sponsors Women and Investing, Conservative Investing Seminars
To promote financial readiness in the community, Vantage West will host financial education seminars in May and June to help people make sound financial decisions. The events are hosted by the Vantage West Financial Advisors, who are registered representatives of CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc (CBSI), and will take place in Tucson and Phoenix. (PDF)
05/23/16 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West gives UA student section another reason to cheer
This year, Vantage West has teamed up with the University of Arizona’s ZonaZoo for a special offer. The credit union is giving students the opportunity to earn $100 toward ZonaZoo membership dues when they open a new checking account at Vantage West.
05/19/16 – CopperArea.com: San Manuel seniors nab more than $1M in scholarships
San Manuel graduating seniors have proven their scholarly excellence and garnered over $1.3 million in scholarships. Learn more about their awards and academic endeavors.
05/12/16 – Financial Fix: Four ways to support small businesses, by Rene Almazan
Statistics confirm that small businesses are the engines that drive our economy. The SBA estimates that $68 out of every $100 spent at a small business stays with the local economy. This article touches on four ways that we can support our local businesses.
05/06/16 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West Annual Meeting shares vision for growth
Vantage West held its Annual Meeting on May 6. At the meeting, the annual report was distributed, the growth and acquisition goals were presented, and the community impact statement was displayed.
04/12/16 – Arizona Is Our Home and Our Future: Community Banking with Vantage West
Love Arizona. Bank Arizona. As an Arizona-based financial institution, Vantage West offers the advantage of local-decision making, allowing flexibility in the commercial and consumer loan processes. Meet up with Vantage West at their Community Banking Month activities.
04/10/16 – HustlerMoneyBlog.com Vantage West Credit Union Review: $200 Checking Bonus
Work for Boeing and want a bonus? Vantage West is offering a Checking Bonus and now is the time to take advantage of this offer. See the article for program details and additional information
04/01/16 – CUES.org: Member Self-Service Options
Executives must choose which self-service machines best meets both members’ needs and a credit union’s budget. Vantage West recently decided conventional ATMs were one way to increase its presence at ten sites in Cochise and Pima Counties.
04/01/16 – InBusinessMag.com: Financially Serving the Hispanic Market
Arizona’s population is more than 30 percent Hispanic. According to census predictions, this segment will be the majority by 2030. Vantage West has recently seen a 7 percent growth in the Hispanic market.
04/01/16 – Financial Fix: Five commercial lending trends to watch, by Rene Almazan
Recent trends and insights have revealed the market for business loans is in somewhat of a sweet spot. Check out these useful tips to better understand the state of the commercial market.
03/26/16 – CUTimes.com: Credit Union, Consultants Reveal Merger Best Practices
“I told my board that I saw opportunities [in merging] with a credit union half our size,” said Robert D. Ramirez, President and CEO of Vantage West. “It jump started us into a growth trajectory.”
03/24/16 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West honored with National Marketing Award
Vantage West was recognized with the Category’s Best Diamond Award during the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council’s conference in CA.
03/18/16 – CUTimes.com: Planning, Open Mindedness Keys to Merger Success
Vantage West Credit Union has been involved in mergers that perhaps many CEOs would have never considered. President and CEO Robert D. Ramirez stated that by going in to such mergers with “eyes wide open,” it was easier to spot potential opportunities for growth.
03/14/16 – CUJournal.com: Execs React to Matz Stepping Down
President and CEO Robert D. Ramirez commented, “Vantage West thanks Ms. Matz for her commitment, service, and dedication at NCUA. We wish her all the best in future endeavors.” (Slide #8)
03/04/16 – Financial Fix: Office spring cleaning? Four documents not to shred, by Rene Almazan
It’s the season when many business owners and office managers get the itch to give the office a spring cleaning. Experts agree document retention is crucial, but that it can become cumbersome and use up a lot of your space. Check out these guidelines from the Small Business Administration on how long your documents should be kept.
02/25/16 – CUJournal.com: What would you like to ask — and tell — the presidential candidates
Vantage West’s President and CEO Robert D. Ramirez weighs in. (Slide #13)
02/19/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness.com: Pisik appointed as associate director
Mitch Pisik was recently appointed as an associate director to the Board of Directors. Pisik is an active member on several boards, and he was a finalist for the 2015 Business Leader of the Year for Southern Arizona.
02/07/16 – Tucson.com: Local Super Bowl commercial revives Chaffin’s Diner
Vantage West’s commercial is the last thing ever done at Chaffin’s Diner, an iconic restaurant that closed in December 2015 after being sold. The commercial will air during Super Bowl 50.
Special Report 2016 – BizTucson: In Touch with Tucson
Founded more than 60 years ago, Vantage West is now a thriving financial institution. Read about Vantage West’s leaders, its culture, its technology, and its community involvement in this special report.
01/28/16 – Vantage West Opens Scholarship Program Application Window
Vantage West has opened its 2016 scholarship, which will award $1,000 each to 10 college-bound students. The deadline for this online application is April 9, 2016. (PDF)
01/26/16 – CUNA.org: Helping people part of CUs’ DNA, Vantage West CEO to BizTucson
Last week, BizTucson featured Robert D. Ramirez, president/CEO of Vantage West, and his unconventional rise to the top, describing him as someone who has “spent his life building things.”
01/22/16 – BizTucson: Robert D. Ramirez, president and CEO of Vantage West Credit Union
As a boy, Ramirez loved building model airplanes and cars. His first job was assembling toys. He has never forgotten where he came from. His mother used to tell him, “You have to give before you can get.” Today, Ramirez continues the spirit of helping people. “It’s part of my job, it’s in my DNA.”
01/22/16 – Financial Fix: Eight resolutions for business owners, by Rene Almazan
A new year is a great time for a fresh start. Though nearly 45%of American make resolutions, Forbes reports that there are only about 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions. Check out these helpful resolutions for business owners.
01/21/16 – InsideTucsonBusiness: Good appointed to Vantage West board
Gregory Good was recently appointed as an associate director to the Vantage West Board of Directors. Good has been recognized as a top attorney in the state by AZ’s Finest Lawyers.
01/20/16 – Vantage West Names New VP of Business Lending and Services
Tim Overton brings Vantage West more than two decades of experience as a commercial relationship manager. Having lived in Tucson since 1997, Overton has an appreciation for community banking and the benefits it offers local business owners and ultimately the community. (PDF)
12/22/15 – Tucson.com: Vantage West Announces Employees of the Year
Vantage West Credit Union named Cassandra Garber of its corporate office, and Veronica Morton of its Casa Grande branch, as the Employees of the Year.
12/15/15 – Vantage West Awards $20K in Holiday Charitable Grants
In tradition, employees at Vantage West were asked to nominate ten organizations to receive one of this year’s $2,000 grants.
12/14/15 – CUInsight.com: Vantage West Awards $10,000 to Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
Tucson’s older adults recently won a social media contest. This three-month campaign, orchestrated by Vantage West Credit Union as part of their Commitment to Community, awarded PCOA a $10,000 prize. (PDF)
12/11/15 – Financial Fix: Six year-end finance tips for business owners, by Rene Almazan
For many industries, business tends to slow around the holidays as employees use vacation time – and clients do the same. Experts agree it is important for businesses to have a “check up” to review their finances before the year’s end.
11/27/15 – Arizona Daily Independent (ADI): Trio appointed to Vantage West Board
Three Tucson residents were recently appointed to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors at Vantage West Credit Union. Paul Melendez was appointed as a director, and Gregory Good and Mitch Pisik were appointed as associate directors.
11/20/15 – Tombstone News: Vantage West Placing Additional ATMs in Cochise & Pima Counties
Vantage West CU is expanding its reach in Cochise and Pima Counties by adding 10 new ATMs to the region following its merge with Tombstone Federal CU in 2014.
11/14/15 – Tucson.com: Vantage West Adds ATMs
Vantage West has added 10 additional ATMs in Pima and Cochise Counties. Look for the new machines in Sierra Vista, Benson, Willcox, Bisbee, and Tucson.
11/13/15 – Financial Fix: Three local business strategies for Small Business Saturday and beyond, by Rene Almazan
What began a few years ago in an effort to support small businesses has snowballed into a multi-billion-dollar day. If your business is looking to capitalize on this holiday, you might want to test drive these three strategies.
11/13/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West Expanding in Pima and Cochise Counties
Vantage West has expanded its reach by adding 10 new ATMs in Cochise and Pima Counties. “The addition of the ATMs not only offers convenience to our members, but also aligns with our commitment to provide services to areas of Cochise County,” said Robert D. Ramirez, President and CEO.
11/09/15 – Arizona Daily Independent: Five Tips to Save on Holiday Shopping
Vantage West compiled a few tips to help guide a holiday spending strategy to include saving. Tips include opening a holiday savings account, saving a little at a time, cashing in on rewards cards, taking advantage of payment deferrals if available, and making the most of the time leading up to the holiday.
10/28/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West Sales Coach honored with Hope Award
Vantage West Senior Sales Coach, Chad Clayton, was awarded Mountain West Credit Union Association’s HOPE Award. This award is given each year to industry professionals who are nominated by peers for practicing exceptional member service and demonstrating the credit union philosophy.
10/23/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West recognized for outstanding financial health
DepositAccounts recently gave Vantage West an “A+” rating. This is a rating that recognizes the highest level of fiscal stability and puts Vantage West at the top 10 percent of financial institutions nationwide for financial health.
10/20/15 – Tucson.com: Biz awards earned in Southern Arizona
Vantage West was name “Community Partner of the Year” by Junior Achievement of Arizona at a banquet on October 14. Vantage West employees frequently support JA’s fundraisers as well as serve as advisers to the JA board.
10/13/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West marks credit union week with festivities and deals
Vantage West will celebrate International Credit Union Week (October 12 – 16, 2015) with a slew of in-branch festivities and a number of special offers.
10/12/15 – DepositAccounts.com: Vantage West Offers a “Sweet Deal”
This year, Vantage West is offering a number of “sweet deals” during Credit Union Week. Comparing their celebratory 25-month share certificate with 176 financial institutions’ similar products (tracked by DepositAccounts.com), this offer ranks #2!
10/10/15 – Vantage West Marketing Manager Named to 40 Under 40
Vantage West is proud to announce its Segment Marketing Manager, Luis Soto, was recently named to the 40 Under 40 list, sponsored by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. (PDF)
10/6/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West awards dorm room makeover to UA grad student
Vantage West wants Paul Winkler, a optic sciences graduate student, to focus on his studies and feel at home as he settles into his apartment. To do that, Vantage West will provide this lucky winner a $1,500 room makeover.
10/1/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West earns three consumer awards
Vantage West has been honored with three awards voted on by the readers of the Arizona Daily Star. The annual Readers’ Choice awards encourage readers to choose favorites — from shopping to service to dining. Vantage West was named winner in the categories of Best Bank/Credit Union and Best Adult Enrichment Classes. Additionally, Vantage West was voted a Fan Favorite in the category of Best Debit Card.
09/30/15 – ReidParkZoo.org: October Saturday Animal Presentations Sponsored by Vantage West
Vantage West is the sponsor of Saturday animal presentations at the Reid Park Zoo throughout the month of October. (Vantage West members receive discounted pricing on Reid Park Zoo memberships!)
09/30/15 – Tucson.com: Vantage West recognized for service to Hispanic market
“In other regions, Hispanics are thought to be underbanked and underserved, but that is not the case in Arizona,” said Luis Soto, Hispanic Marketing Manager. With more than 120,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in Arizona, Vantage West offers bilingual small-business experts in its lending division.
09/29/15 – Cuna.org: Vantage West earns Juntos Avanzamos designation
The Juntos Avanzamos program is growing. Last week, Vantage West became the first credit union outside of Texas and Oklahoma to receive the designation. The Juntos Avanzamos program aims to empower credit unions to serve the Hispanic population more effectively.
09/18/15 – Tucson.com: Local United Way launches workforce donation campaign
United Way launched its 2015-2016 workforce campaign yesterday. Robert D. Ramirez, president and CEO of Vantage West Credit Union, is chairman of the campaign.
09/17/15 – Financial Fix: Four ways the Hispanic market makes an impact on the economy, by Rene Almazan
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. Our country has numerous Latino leaders, and their influence continues to grow and impact the economy on a local and national level.
09/17/15 – Tucson.com: United Way giving: There is strength in unity, by Robert D. Ramirez
We are surrounded by people who embrace giving as a part of our community culture. As 2015-2016 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Tucson and Southern AZ, I am hopeful that spirit will help make this the most successful United Way Community Campaign ever.
09/16/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West to receive Juntos Avanzamos designation
“Vantage West is the first credit union outside the Cornerstone Credit Union League states to join Juntos Avanzamos. We salute their vision, leadership, and commitment to financial inclusion that will increase asset-building opportunities for the Hispanic community,” said Pablo DeFillippi, VP Membership and Business Development, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.
09/16/15 – AZ Business Magazine: Vantage West 1st in AZ to earn Hispanic designation
On Tuesday, September 22, Vantage West will become the first financial institution in Arizona to receive the Juntos Avanzamos (Together We Advance) designation. The program originated in 2005. (PDF)
09/10/15 – News 4 Tucson – KVOA: Tucson-area students jump starting college degrees through internshipsA few Tucson high school students are working alongside professionals and getting a start on college by participating in 10-month work-study internships at Vantage West.
09/03/15 – Inside Tucson Business: Santarelli elected as vice chairman of Vantage West board
Gene Santarelli was recently elected to serve as the vice chairman of the board of directors for Vantage West. Santarelli is a retired lieutenant general of the United States Air Force. He has been a member at the credit union for more than twenty years.
08/31/15 – KVOA.com: AZ Football’s Rich Rod & Vantage West team up to help Tucson Charities, by Paul Cicala
08/31/15 – Vantage West and AZ Football Coach Rich Rodriguez Team up To Support Tucson Charities
Vantage West is kicking off Arizona football season, “Tucson Style,” by launching this year’s Commitment to Community Campaign alongside Arizona Football Coach Rich Rodriquez. During the coin toss at Arizona’s opening game, Vantage West will introduce eight local charities in a competition to win a grand prize of $10,000, second place award of $2,500 or $1000 third place award. (PDF)
08/24/15 – CU Insight: Vantage West kicks off United Way campaign
Vantage West has kicked off its United Way fundraising efforts by donating $10,000 to the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. “It’s an honor to be asked to lead this campaign… I know I will be able to rely on the committed and generous businesses and organizations in our region to provide support and funds to make this a record year,” said Robert D. Ramirez, Vantage West’s President/CEO.
08/21/15 – Financial Fix: Three ways scholarship programs benefit local businesses, by Rene Almazan
Saying college is “expensive” is like saying Arizona’s summers are “warm.” An educated workforce is a priority for many businesses and others consideration relocation to Tucson. At Vantage West, we consider it our civic duty to help our community’s children pursue their dreams. That’s why in 2015, we chose to award $5,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
07/28/15 – CU Social Good: Vantage West Awards $5,000 in Scholarships
Vantage West recently awarded five scholarships to graduates who plan to start college this fall. More than 700 students inquired about the credit union’s scholarships. Winners were chosen because of their commitment to financial readiness, their appreciation for fiscal responsibility, and their dedication to financial stability.
07/24/15 – Financial Fix: Five Ways to Get Ahead During the Summer Lull, by Rene Almazan
Many Tucson businesses report a decline during the summer months. Despite its drawbacks, a lull does not have to equal a total loss. Read five tips on how to stay ahead of Tucson’s dog days of summer.
07/17/15 – Credit Union Times: Stability Returns to Sand State Credit Unions
Vantage West President/CEO Robert D. Ramirez said the credit union faced the economic downturn with determination in order to prepare for when the economy began growing again.
07/10/15 – Phoenix Business Journal: Here are the top credit unions across Arizona
The list was ranked by total assets as of March 31, 2015, as reported by the Mountain West Credit Union Association and the National Credit Union Administration. Vantage West made the list with $1.48 billion in assets. Vantage West is based in Tucson, but has two branches in the Phoenix area.
07/06/15 – Vantage West Names New Board of Directors
During a June 23 meeting, the board held its election of officers, where Chariman, Charles Matthewson was re-elected to his position, Gene Santarelli was voted Vice Chairman, Gary W. Smith was re-elected as Treasurer, and John Driskill as Secretary. They will serve with Directors Gloria Gonzalez and Ana Archer. (PDF)
07/01/15 – Robert D. Ramirez Named ’15-’16 United Way Campaign Chair (United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona)
“It’s a privilege and an honor to have Robert lead the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Annual Campaign,” said Tony Penn, United Way President and CEO. “We are fortunate to have Robert and other business leaders join our board. United Way and our community will benefit from their experience and their commitment to improve the lives of children, families, and seniors.”
06/26/15 – Financial Fix: 3 Hidden Business Costs that Impact your Bottom Line, by Rene Almazan
Business owners understand the costs of doing business. Rent, capital purchases, marketing costs, and inventory are some things that tend to be generally expected. Learn about three costs that are a little less obvious.
06/19/15 – Vantage West Annual Meeting Reflects on 60 Years of Service
Vantage West recently held its sixtieth annual meeting of the membership. During the meeting, the importance of providing superior service, better products, faster technology, and competitive offers was discussed. Members were thanked for their loyalty and for helping make Vantage West the number one credit union in southern Arizona.
05/15/15 – Financial Fix: 4 Reasons Math is Anything But Elementary for Business Owners, by Rene Almazan
Ever grow up questioning the real-life application of your math lessons? You may have wondered, “will I ever actually need the Pythagorean theorem?” Studies show there are a number of practical math lessons are used beyond the classroom walls. Things like ratio calculations, simple addition and subtraction, and extrapolation are all lessons that can build a foundation for financial readiness in our professional lives.
04/20/15 – CopperArea.com: Vantage West CEO named professional of the year
The President and CEO at Vantage West has recently been named the Professional of the Year by the Mountain West Credit Union Association.
04/20/15 – CUinsight.com: Robert D. Ramirez named ‘professional of the year’
Just as Vantage West’s President and CEO completed his term as Chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Association League, Robert D. Ramirez has been named Professional of the Year.
04/18/15 – Tucson.com: Money smarts learned at home
Children often learn about money in school — things like how many pennies are in a dollar and how to recognize our currency. “Saving is a necessity and should be practiced by individuals of all age ranges,” said Richard Paige, AVP District Sales Manager at Vantage West.
04/17/15 – Honorary Commanders connect 162nd Wing, community
The 162nd Wing awarded the title of “Honorary Commander” to one of Vantage West’s branch managers, Lisa Larsen. “I am really excited that I was chosen, and I look forward to seeing how I can be involved.”
04/17/15 – Financial Fix: 3 ways investing in local education helps build a community nest egg, by Rene Almazan
Small investments, even those that beginning with a single penny, are powerful and can add up. Our community needs your support. Investing in local education can create a mutually beneficial outcome for both businesses and individuals.
04/17/15 – CUJournal.com: Promotions, New Hires, and CU People on the Move
The Mountain West Credit Union Association recently named Robert D. Ramirez, president and CEO of Vantage West, “Professional of the Year.”
04/14/15 – Tucson.com: Credit-union group honors Vantage West’s Ramirez
Credit-union professionals from Arizona, Wyoming, and Colorado Wyoming are eligible for this award. It recognizes industry executives who have demonstrated productive service to their credit union.
03/23/15 – DepositAccounts.com: Vantage West 60th Anniversary 25-Month Share Certificate Special
As part of its 60th anniversary, Vantage West raised the rate on its eShare Certificate. In the spirit of celebration, Vantage West has introduced a new 25-month Share Certificate. The minimum opening deposit is $1,000. This is a limited time offer.
03/20/15 – Financial Fix: Five tax time tips for business owners, by Rene Almazan
The deadline is looming. Tax experts estimate between 25 and 33 percent of Americans wait until the last minute to file tax returns. But, it isn’t time to panic just yet. There are ways to make this crunch time less painful.
03/13/15 – Vantage West Introduces Scholarship Program
Vantage West has introduced a scholarship program as part of its continued commitment to financial readiness. The program, which selects recipients based on a number of criteria (including academic merit, the quality of a written essay, and volunteerism), awards five $1,000 scholarships for students enrolled in college. (PDF)
03/09/15 – Credit Union Magazine: Advocacy Gives CUs, Members a United Voice
Robert D. Ramirez, Vantage West’s CEO, is a proponent maintaining relationships with local, state, and federal legislators and regulators. He considers it vital to promote the credit union agenda. “A mutual understanding of our respective responsibilities makes it easier to advocate for the credit union movement,” says Ramirez. His advocacy efforts landed him a spot on the transition team for Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.).
03/02/15 – DepositAccounts.com: Vantage West Raises Rate on 15-month eCertificate Special
Vantage West recently increased the rate on their 15-month eCertificate. This rate increase marks the highest APY level in the eCertificate’s history. In conjunction, Vantage West is offering a limited-time 6-month Share Certificate (1.947% APY) and a $50 IRA Match to celebrate Military Saves. While the 6-month certificate is limited to those with military affiliations, the rate surpasses all similar certificates being offered to Arizona residents.
02/25/15 – Credit Union Magazine: Hispanic Outreach: Language is Not a Barrier to Growth
If your financial institution is considering how to better serve Hispanics in your region, Vantage West offers a valuable piece of advice: Don’t think of language as a barrier. “We recognized translations can help build the connection, but not every message has to be in Spanish.”
02/23/15 – CU Social Good: Vantage West Hosting Financial Readiness Workshops
Vantage West is encouraging military families in its community to start small and think big. As the country celebrate “Military Saves Week,” Vantage West will facilitate three workshops at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.
02/20/15 – CUNA: CUs stand ready for servicemembers during Military Saves Week
Vantage West has a commitment to southern Arizona’s military community. We will hold three financial readiness workshops at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Workshops will focus on building a secure financial future and youth-oriented financial subjects.
02/20/15 – Financial Fix: Making Financial Health an Employee Benefit, by Rene Almazan
Think about “debt and savings” conversations: a lot of numbers come into play. Of course interest rates and minimum deposits are obvious ones, but what about other stats? Studies indicate that roughly one-third of military families have trouble paying bills, while about one-half of Americans report good savings health.
02/17/15 – Vantage West Promotes Financial Readiness During Military Saves Week
As the nation recognizes Military Saves Week and America Saves Week, Vantage West Credit Union will facilitate workshops at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Feb. 23-28, invoking the national campaign mantra of “Start Small. Think Big.” (PDF)
01/22/15 – Greater Phoenix In Business: Vantage West Credit Union Celebrates 60 Years
Vantage West shares its diamond anniversary with McDonald’s and the first cans of Coca-Cola. It also shares this milestone with members from all over Southern Arizona who have relied on them for mortgages, personal loans, college funding, weddings, and business needs.
01/21/15 – Financial Fix: Financial Resolutions for a Fruitful New Year, by Rene Almazan
With the New Year comes the desire to make changes. About one-half of the American population makes a vow every January to lose weight, get organized, or save more. New Year’s resolutions can help consumers jump start the process of reaching goals.
01/17/15 – CUToday.info: Vantage West Makes Good First Impression
Vantage West is making a lasting impression on the community by joining the Tucson Chamber of Commerce for its First Impressions Project. Their goal is to create an eclectic collection of symbols that represent lifestyle, culture, history and community to improve the gateway to Tucson International Airport.
01/14/15 – Vantage West Receives a Bronze Employer-Achievement Award
Pima Association of Governments recognizes employers for implementing successful travel reduction programs at their work sites to improve air quality. For 2014, Vantage West received a Bronze Award. (PDF)
01/13/15 – KVOA.com: Vantage West Films Super Bowl Commercial in Tucson
Sparkroot on Congress was transformed from a coffee shop into quite the production studio. A local Super Bowl commercial was filmed there recently for Vantage West Credit Union. “Vantage West has an opportunity to help stimulate the local economy,” said Jill Casey, a representative of Vantage West. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”
01/06/15 – Vantage West Sculpture Featured in First Impressions Project
Vantage West Credit Union has joined as a sponsor of Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s First Impressions Project. The goal of the project is to create an eclectic visual of symbols that represent lifestyle, culture, history and community in Southern Arizona. Each sponsor contributed a piece to the display that tells a story about Tucson. (PDF)
12/24/14 – Financial Fix: 2015: The year mobile banking shifts into high gear, by Rene Almazan
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for experts to make predictions. Movie watchers will look ahead at 2015 releases, fashion experts are already looking at summer trends and publications are making lists of people and events to look for in 2015. The financial industry is no different.
12/18/14 – Arizona Daily Star: McSally Names Transition Team Members
U.S. Rep.-Elect Martha McSally announced her transition team of 30 people who will help her make staff hiring decisions and set up her congressional office. The team includes politicians, business and community leaders, and residents of the districts Pima and Cochise counties. Among the 30 listed was Bob Ramirez, president and CEO of Vantage West.
12/12/14 – Vantage West Awards Annual Holiday Charitable Grants
It has become an annual tradition for Vantage West Credit Union to award charitable holiday grants to local nonprofits nominated by employees. The nomination process calls for employees to nominate organizations they feel have made an impact on the community, themselves or loved ones. (PDF)
12/12/14 – Vantage West Members and Employees Share in the Spirit of Giving
Vantage West Credit Union invited members and employees to contribute to a toy drive through Arizona’s Children Association’s “Gifts of Hope” program. The toy drive will benefit local foster children and those from families facing financial struggles. These families turn to Arizona’s Children Association because they want to make life better for their children. (PDF)
12/12/14 – Financial Fix: Five Security Tips for the Holiday Shopping Season, by Rene Almazan
Reports released earlier this year indicated that consumers had planned to spend about the same amount this year on holiday gifts as in 2013, but this year they may spend it differently. Each year, more consumers are going online to shop, and increasingly more business owners are seeing purchases made from cellphones and tablets.
12/09/14 – Vantage West President / CEO Honored
Robert D. Ramirez, President/CEO Vantage West Credit Union was named 2014 Outstanding Community Leader by Eller Hispanic Honorary of the University of Arizona.(PDF)
11/28/14 – Financial Fix: Mobile Banking Conveniences Drive Advances in Security, by Rene Almazan
The age of digital banking continues to evolve rapidly. And while branch visits are still popular, more people are turning to online channels for everyday account management. Today’s consumers are not only embracing the existing mobile banking channels, but also looking forward for the next best app or online resource to help them fulfill their financial needs.
11/18/14 – Vantage West Recognized as One of the Nation’s Most Financially Healthy Credit Unions
As part of its annual ranking of the nation’s top 200 healthiest credit unions, Depositaccounts.com ranked Vantage West among the elite. (PDF)
11/14/14 – Financial Fix: Nonprofits contribute $800 billion to nation’s GDP, by Rene Almazan
Communities are made stronger because of the selfless people who work behind the scenes for the greater good. There’s no question that the work of nonprofit organizations makes a tremendous economic impact in the communities in which they operate.
10/31/14 – Financial Fix: Traveling? Before Departure, Check your Wallet, by Rene Almazan
Traveling, be in for business or pleasure, can have its ups and downs. While there is generally at least a hint – or sometimes a healthy dose – of excitement ahead of a trip, there is also a fair amount of planning needed to make sure the trip goes smoothly.
10/28/14 – Vantage West Recognized as One of the Country’s Best Credit Unions to Work For
Vantage West has been named one of the country’s Best Credit Unions to Work for in 2014. As part of a survey conducted by Best Companies Group and Credit Union Journal, Vantage West is being recognized among 30 other credit unions nationwide. (PDF)
10/28/14 – Vantage West Extends Fisher House Support by Participating in Radiothon, Opening Donation Accounts
Vantage West is extending its support for Tucson’s future Fisher House by participating in a radiothon this week to benefit the worthy foundation. As part of the Day of Giving, hosted by 104.1 FM KQTH on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Vantage West will establish Fisher House donation accounts at each of its 17 branches, enabling anyone to begin contributing.
10/17/14 – Financial Fix: New Trend Points to American Saving More — Here’s How, by Rene Almazan
As we celebrate International Credit Union Week, it feels appropriate to talk about savings, one of the services for which credit unions are best known. Credit unions now offer a robust line of business and consumer loans and a variety of supplemental financial services, from insurance to warranties. But, for an American population that has, over the past decade, strayed from savings, the service for which credit unions are known can be a big plus.
10/16/14 – FI Highlight: Vantage West Credit Union, by Banking.com Staff
For our latest FI Highlight, we spoke with Jill Casey, Assistant Vice President of eCommerce and Public Relations at Vantage West Credit Union (VWCU). Jill discussed VWCU’s ongoing partnership with University of Arizona’s football organization and how their recent online video campaign has increased engagement with the local community.
10/03/14 – Financial Fix: The Global and Local Economic Impact of Women in Business, by Rene Almazan
Women business owners, leaders, and those in the workforce in general make an impact on the communities in which they live and work, while at the same time leaving an impression on the economy, both locally and globally. While it’s difficult to measure the value of a strong leader, market analysis provides insight into the power and influence of women, the businesses they own and work for, and the ripple effect they are responsible for in business.
10/03/14 – Vantage West Marks International Credit Union Week by Giving Back (PDF)
Vantage West Credit Union joins fellow credit unions around the world to mark International Credit Union Week, Monday, October 13 through Friday, October 17 (and International Credit Union Day on October 15), a day that highlights the global benefit of local service. During International Credit Union Week, Vantage West will participate with seven other credit unions from the Mountain West Region in a cooperative campaign to help generate awareness of the credit union movement, and celebrate the 100 million member milestone achieved earlier this year.
10/02/14 – Vantage West CEO Joins TREO Chariman’s Circle (PDF)
Robert D. Ramirez, president and CEO at Vantage West Credit Union, has joined the Chairman’s Circle for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO). Ramirez joins an elite group of high-profile executives as a member of the Chairman’s Circle, including University of Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart, Carondelet Health Network president and CEO James Beckman and Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, among others.
10/02/14 – Vantage West Sponsors No-Cost Social Security Seminars (PDF)
Vantage West is working educating local members and residents about retirement planning and Social Security benefits through a series of seminars over two days in late October. Seating is limited for the no-cost, “Social Security and Your Retirement” seminars that will be held in Tucson from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 30 at the Vantage West Annex, 2222-1 S. Craycroft Rd.; and from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29 at the Southwest Branch, 3125 E. Valencia Rd. and Thursday, October 30 at the Northwest Branch, 550 W. Magee Rd.
10/02/14 – Vantage West Sponsors No-Cost Transition to Retirement Seminar (PDF)
Vantage West, Southern Arizona’s largest credit union, is working to educate local members and residents about retirement planning through a no-cost, no-obligation seminar to be offered at the Casa Grande Branch in late October. Seating is limited for “The Three Transitions to Retirement” seminar that will be held from 7:30-8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 29 at the Vantage West Casa Grande branch, 2008 E. Florence Blvd.
09/19/14 – Financial Fix: Plenty of Ways to Save when Buying a New Car, by Rene Almazan
Whether you need a new company car for your business, or it’s time to upgrade the family vehicle, most auto buyers who finance a purchase share a common denominator: a desire to save. There are a number of different ways to save when it comes to buying a new car, even if that “new” car is simply new to you. Local vehicle dealerships offer a variety of models, programs, prices and incentives, giving local drivers numerous options when it comes time to purchase.
09/05/14 – Financial Fix: The Hispanic Market by the Numbers, by Rene Almazan
The U.S. Hispanic population is one of the fastest-growing consumer segments in the country, while Hispanic-owned businesses are also growing at the fastest pace in the nation. Statistics indicate the Hispanic population will reach 132.8 million by 2050, which will constitute 30 percent of the U.S. population. Arizona’s economy is home to more than 67,000 Hispanic-owned businesses, the overwhelming majority of the state’s 100,000 minority-owned businesses.
09/04/14 – John Driskill Elected to Vantage West Board of Directors (PDF)
John Driskill has recently been elected to the Vantage West Credit Union Board of Directors after serving as an associate director earlier this year. Driskill, a retired insurance executive, held several senior positions within the insurance industry. He retired following his 20 years of service as the CEO and managing director of the American Society of CLU & ChFC, a professional society within the insurance industry.
09/02/14 – Vantage West Celebrates Grand Opening of Tombstone Branch (PDF)
Vantage West Credit Union is ready to celebrate its arrival in Tombstone. As any good neighbor would do, Vantage West Credit Union will host a celebratory open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, to get to know its Tombstone community. The complimentary festivities will include local food trucks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., kettle korn, a live radio remote, face painting, and kids’ activities.
08/08/14 – Financial Fix: Business Growth, A Recipe for Success, by Rene Almazan
Business is booming. Sales are steady and traffic is strong. It’s time to expand, right? Not so fast. Before business owners plow ahead with plans for new space, locations and markets, a little planning is needed.
07/16/14 – Dale Whittaker, Chairman Emeritus for Vantage West, inducted to Defense Credit Union Council Hall of Honor (PDF)
Dale Whittaker has been inducted into the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) Hall of Honor. Whittaker, who retired from Vantage West’s Board of Directors, was praised for dedicating fifty-eight years of selfless service to the credit union movement and forty years of devoted service to the Tucson community and Vantage West Credit Union.
05/27/14 – AZ Fisher House Campaign Kicks Off with Vantage West Donation (PDF)
The Arizona Fisher House Foundation and the Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care Systems will recognize Vantage West Credit Union for its generous commitment of $100,000. AFHF is raising $3,000,000 to be matched by the national Fisher House Foundation to build a Fisher House on the SAVAHCS campus where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.
» 05/23/14 – Click the play button to hear the 104.1 FM interview with Matt Matthewson, Vantage West’s Chairman of the Board.
05/07/14 – Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Names ’14-’15 Board Officers
“We are privileged to have such dedicated leaders working to help as many people as possible via the Foundation’s resources.” [Vantage West’s CEO, Bob Ramirez, serves as a member of this board.]
04/28/14 – Vantage West Announces Merger with Tombstone Federal Credit Union
Vantage West Credit Union, Southern Arizona’s largest credit union, today announced its merger with Tombstone Federal Credit Union. (PDF)
03/25/14 – Vantage West Receives Award for Outstanding Website
Vantage West Credit Union was recently honored with a Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. (PDF)
01/21/14 – Vantage West CEO Elected Chairman, Credit Union Executives Society
Robert D. Ramirez, President/CEO of Vantage West Credit Union was elected Chairman of the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Board of Directors. Ramirez has served on the CUES Board of Directors since 2008. He has been with Vantage West for 29 years. (PDF)
12/16/13 – 1st Avenue Branch, First of Its Kind in Southern Arizona
Vantage West Credit Union’s new 1st Ave branch, located at 4280 N 1st Ave, Tucson, is the first in southern Arizona to offer a brand new “interactive, interactive tellerless smart banking experience,” that is, the latest in banking technology combined with highly personalized credit union service. (PDF)
10/2/13 – Chairman, Dale Whittaker Honored for Outstanding Commitment to Credit Union Movement
Dale Whittaker, Chairman of the Board for Vantage West Credit Union, was presented the “Gene Ball Award” on September 27, at the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen (NACUC) Conference in Savannah, Georgia. This award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Credit Union Movement and the NACUC. (PDF)
08/28/13 – Vantage West Advertising to Feature Coach Rich Rodriguez
As Arizona Football kicks off its second season with Coach Rich Rodriguez, Vantage West Credit Union kicks off its fifth year as the official coin toss sponsor of Arizona Football. As part of the sponsorship, University of Arizona Head Football Coach, Rich Rodriguez will once again be featured in Vantage West’s print, online, television and radio ads, as well as on billboards. The centerpiece of the promotion is a new limited edition signature football. (PDF)
12/19/12 – Vantage West Named #1 SBA 504 Lender
Vantage West Credit Union was recently named “The Gold Institution” by Business Development Finance Corporation (BDFC), for being the #1 SBA 504 Lender in Southern Arizona. Jim Barron and Melissa Galus also received top honors at an awards ceremony, which was held for the honorees and attendees representing financial institutions of all sizes, from across the state of Arizona. (PDF)
12/11/12 – Vantage West Awards Holiday Grants to Local Nonprofits
In the spirit of giving back to the communities that have supported Vantage West Credit Union over the years, Vantage West in turn supports local nonprofit organizations year-round. (PDF)