Inside This Issue:
Greater Nevada’s newest branch, located in the Ridgeview Plaza on the corner of McCarran Boulevard and Mae Anne Avenue in northwest Reno, had its official ribbon cutting on June 9. Our new northwest Reno branch provides a progressive in-branch experience and also includes a walk-up ATM with check deposit, along with a 24-hour depository for the convenience of our business members. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 am–6 pm and Saturdays 10 am–3 pm.
The new branch also means that all members now have access to nine full-service branches in northern Nevada, plus the 5,000 shared credit union branches located nationwide through the CO-OP Financial ServicesSM network. The network provides
members with access to nearly 30,000 fee-free ATMs as well.
At Greater Nevada, we’re always looking for ways to make your life Greater, and we’re thrilled to add the new northwest Reno branch as one of the many ways we do that. To easily locate any Greater Nevada branch, CO-OP ATMSM or CO-OP
Shared BranchSM, visit gncu.org and click on Locations or Services.
Northwest Reno Branch
Watch for Upcoming Information
Greater Nevada is undergoing a core operating system upgrade this year in order to provide you with the latest technology in banking services, security and solutions. We’ll be sharing the details of how all of the enhancements will help you to Live Greater, so stay tuned for more information coming your way soon!
The Newsletter for Greater Nevada Credit Union Members
It’s Time To Live Greater Federally insured by NCUA
If you’re in the market for a new car or truck, be sure to check out Greater Nevada’s new AutoPREMIER™ Auto Buying Program. The program, free for Greater Nevada members, includes no-haggle, pre-set, discounted prices on new and pre-owned vehicles from select local dealers.
In addition, AutoPREMIER offers shopping tools to research new car reviews, safety ratings, manufacturer warranties, current rebates, and incentives at gncu.autopremier.com. Once you’re ready to buy, simply call (800) 970-3783. An AutoPREMIER concierge team member will walk you through the process, and set an appointment for you with an authorized dealer, where you can expect the “white glove” treatment on top of all the money you’ll save.
Message from the President GNCU Visa® Debit Card Home Equity Line of Credit GNM’s Greater Access
Buying Your Next
Car Just Got Easier
The Nevada Wolf Pack Marching Band plays at the Grand
From the President
Your Goals Are Our Goals
Greater Nevada Credit Union and Greater Nevada Mortgage, our well respected real estate lending subsidiary, are both in the midst of an exciting time in each company’s history. They are abuzz with activity and accomplishment on a variety of fronts. Included among them are some of the items highlighted in articles elsewhere in this issue:
• Celebrating the opening of a new GNCU branch in northwest Reno • Preparing for new technologies that will help us take member
service to new levels, and
• Receiving recognition as one of the top employers in northern Nevada These successes provide the impetus and momentum to take on new endeavors that will allow us to serve you ever Greater. Yet even as we continue to invest in the bright future of Greater Nevada, one basic concept never changes around here. That is our commitment to each GNCU member that every employee is here to provide you with the excellent service and high quality products you expect from us. After all, once you decided to become a member of our credit union, you also chose to become one of its owners. That’s why you deserve our best each and every day.
So even as we continue to keep an eye on the future in order to broaden our services for the increasing number of consumers and businesses who desire what we have to offer, our main attention remains squarely focused on you—GNCU’s 46,000 existing members. Whether they are large or modest, short-term or long-term, we are here to help you reach the goals you have in your life. That’s the sole reason Greater Nevada Credit Union and Greater Nevada Mortgage exist, and all 200 of our employees work daily to honor that promise.
Along those lines, we truly want to know what we can do today to help you get where you want to be in life. That might mean having a lower cost checking/debit account, exploring options for purchasing a new home, seeking information on financing a business venture, earning more on your personal investments, funding health care costs, buying a new vehicle or RV, restructuring existing debts, or saving more for the future. We have the tools to help with those situations and many more. All you need to do is let us know how we can!
Warmest regards and God bless,
Wally Murray President/CEO
The Greater Way for
Do you have a small or growing business in need of better banking options? Greater Nevada Business Services offers three business checking accounts, designed to make your life easier and your business more successful. No matter which account you choose, all come with:
• Local branches, most open six days a week • Free online, mobile and telephone banking options • Free bill pay and electronic statements
• Free access to more than 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide
• Online check ordering • Competitive pricing • And more
Ask a member service representative about the advantages of Greater Nevada’s business checking, or visit gncu.org and click on Business Services for more details.
Whether you have an existing HSA somewhere else or you’re self-insured or a business owner, you know that affordable medical coverage is a never-ending challenge.
Ask us about Greater Nevada’s Health Savings Accounts, a flexible way to save money, earn interest, and stay ahead of rising health care expenses.
Best Places to Work
Greater Nevada was once again recognized as one of the top companies to work for in the Greater Reno–Tahoe Best Places To Work® Awards by taking third place in the large business category at this year’s awards ceremony. Greater Nevada has earned a Best Places to Work distinction every year since 2008 and was the only financial institution to be nominated for this award in 2014.
GNCU Awards 19 Scholarships This Year
Greater Nevada congratulates the 19 students who were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships through our annual academic scholarship program. The 2014 scholarship winners selected are:
• Brittany Bennett • Claudia De La Cruz • Ryan Doherty • Ethan Hoffman • Quintin Jardon • Taylor Kelton • Brandie King • Mikayla Knight • Steven Larkin
• Taylen Russell Lopez-Simms • Shania Marques • Elizabeth Martin • Baneza Montalvo • Hailee Porras • Brooke Presley • Marcella Rico • Maddison Saarem • Autumn Bree Snow • Omar Ziadeh
Greater Nevada has offered academic scholarships to members for the past 15 years. For more information about the annual scholarship program and this year’s winners, visit gncu.org and click on Community Involvement, and then GNCU College Scholarships.
GNCU at the 2014 Special Olympics Northern Nevada
Polar Plunge and Summer Games
Greater Nevada is a proud sponsor of Special Olympics Northern Nevada (SONV), and as you can see by these photos, we have lots of fun while fundraising for and supporting local SONV athletes. A special thanks to our plungers, supporters and volunteers, who help make it all happen!
GNCU’s Rick Hassman, VP Finance, and his family took the superhero theme to the next level. GNCU’s Ash Greenspan, Member
Services Sales Manager (aka Superman), fearlessly flies into the chilly waters of Lake Tahoe.
Tips for Using Your
First Checking Account
Your first checking account is a big step toward more financial freedom and more responsibility. The following are some key habits for staying in charge of your finances now and for the long run:
Keep track of your transactions and balance your account regularly online or by phone so you know how much money you have and how much you’ve spent. Don’t forget about transactions scheduled to come out of your account automatically, such as online subscriptions or bill payments.
Don’t spend what you don’t have available in your account or you could end up paying overdraft fees. Take it a step further and make a budget so you can better plan your spending and saving based on your income and expenses.
Protect your account. Never give your personal identification number (PIN), online banking password, or other sensitive information to anyone. Also, be aware of possible scams like suspicious phone calls, emails or text messages asking for your account information. Contact Greater Nevada immediately if you’re unsure about any requests you receive for your personal information.
Shop safely online. Only use websites and retailers that have a good reputation when you shop online and never give out personal information, like your Social Security number.
Want more tips on managing your money, including creative ways to save and spend? Visit our blog at itstimenevada.com/blog.
Go Mobile with the
Greater Nevada App
Check your balances, make payments, transfer money or deposit a check anytime and anywhere from your smartphone using the Greater Nevada App. Get yours for free today at the Apple® App Store or Google Play™ Store.
A Message from
Greater Nevada Financial Services*
IRA Rollovers for
Lump Sum Pension PayoutsGive your assets the opportunity for further tax-deferred growth
If you are taking a lump sum pension payout from your former employer, what is the next step for that money? How can you make your assets work harder for you? Your money shouldn’t just sit there; keep it growing by rolling it over to a traditional IRA.
By arranging a rollover of your lump sum distribution to a traditional IRA (assets are not Roth eligible), you may defer taxes on those dollars.** If you’ve already taken a payout, you can still defer tax if you place the distribution into an IRA within 60 days of the payout. If you decide to deposit your lump sum payout into a non-IRA bank account, your assets will be considered taxable income by the IRS. Also, per IRS regulations, your employer must withhold 20% of a lump sum payout.
In a Traditional IRA, those assets can be tax-deferred and invested as you like. Your money will not be taxed until it is withdrawn. Talk to a Greater Nevada Financial Services professional who can help you with the paperwork and get your IRA rollover going.
** Representatives are registered, securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor. CBSI is under contract with Greater Nevada to make securities available to members.Not NCUA/NCUSIF/ FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution. CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. is a registered broker/dealer in all fifty states of the United States of America.
**Consult your tax advsior for possible tax benefits.
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and CO-OP Shared BranchSM networks.
These networks provide free ATM and shared branch access nationwide for all members. For a complete listing of ATM and shared branch locations, as well as Greater Nevada branches, visit gncu.org.
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Jon Steele, Chair • Dan Reaser, Member
Daniel Thomas, Member • Steve Watson, Member
Board of Directors
Bill Arensdorf, Chair • Paul Richey, Vice Chair Alex Talmant, Treasurer • Rob Joiner, Secretary Barbara Byington, Director • Vernon Dalton, Director Bill Prowse, Director
Wally Murray, President/CEO • Dean Altus, EVP/COO Joyce Whitney-Silva, EVP/CFO
Branches will be closed on:Friday, July 4 – Independence Day
Monday, September 1 – Labor Day
Monday, October 13 – Columbus Day/Staff Training Friday, October 31 – Nevada Day
Financial StatisticsAs of April 2014 As of April 2013 Members 45,747 45,245 Total Assets $476,651,754 $457,366,455 Total Deposits $426,503,146 $410,212,374 Total Loans $290,643,419 $262,178,744
Three Good Reasons to Use Your
Greater Nevada Visa® Debit Card
There are many benefits to using your Greater Nevada Visa Debit Card, including some of our favorites:
1. It’s Rewarding.* If you have a Rock account, using your debit card can help you earn monthly Amazon.com® and iTunes® credits. With Aspire you can be eligible to earn extra cash to spend on
anything you want—up to $250 annually! Both cards also offer the opportunity to earn unlimited ATM fee rebates.
2. It’s Safe. All Greater Nevada debit cards come with Visa’s Zero Liability policy, so you’re protected from having to pay for fraudulent charges.
3. It’s Convenient. Use your card anywhere Visa is
accepted worldwide, and at over 30,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide. Plus, you can even ask for cash back at many retail locations instead of using an ATM.
Make sure you’re reaping all the benefits of a Greater Nevada Visa debit card by using it instead of cash, checks or credit cards. Don’t have a Greater Nevada debit card? Be sure to speak with a Greater Nevada member service representative today.
* Rewards can be earned each qualifying month when required minimum activities are met. Visit gncu.org/accounts/checking or call or visit your nearest branch for qualifying information.
Refer a Friend
and Get Rewarded
When you refer friends and family to Greater Nevada Credit Union, you can both receive a $25 bonus when they open a new checking account!* Visit gncu.org and click on Services or stop by one of our branches for a Refer-a-Friend certificate and to learn how easy it is to start rewarding yourself, while helping your friends and family Live Greater.
* Restrictions apply. Please see gncu.org or your local branch for details.
Greater Nevada Mortgage:
Making Homeownership Even More Accessible!
Greater Nevada Mortgage recently unveiled Greater Access*, a program designed to assist borrowers with their down payment, making homeownership possible for more people throughout the state. Greater Access features include:
• Down payments as low as ½%
• A wider range of sources for funding down payments and closing costs • Allows home sellers to pay up to 6% of the sales price towards the
borrower’s closing costs
• All processing, underwriting, and funding is performed by our staff in northern Nevada
If you’re in the market for a new home, or are a real estate professional helping clients get into one, call us at (775) 888-6999 to learn if Greater Access can help you Move to Greater. You can also visit us online at GreaterNevadaMortgage.com
for more information.
* Program parameters are subject to change. All loans subject to credit approval.
GNM NMLS ID: 279738
Give Yourself a Break
with a Greater Nevada
Home Equity Line of Credit
Why pay high interest credit card rates when it could cost much less to tap into a home equity line of credit (HELOC)*. With a HELOC, you can use the equity in your home for money when you need it, at a much lower rate.
A HELOC can be used for many reasons, such as consolidating high interest debt into one affordable payment, making home improvements to increase the value of your house, or to pay for unexpected expenses, such as repairs or new appliances. Plus, the interest may be tax deductible**.
For more information about how HELOCs work, visit
itstimenevada.com/blog. Or speak with a Greater Nevada representative today.
** All loans subject to credit approval. Property values determined by appraisers selected and approved by Greater Nevada. Property insurance required.