The CUInsight Experience podcast: Randy Salser – Creating momentum (#92)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 92 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.My guest today is Randy Salser, the President of NAFCU Services Corporation. Listen as we talk about credit unions, leadership lessons learned, and life. Randy shares some great stuff on remote work, keeping teams connected, moving fast, and failing fast. Randy discusses how his team at NAFCU Services is holding up during this pandemic, how he has grown as a leader while leading through a global health crisis, and the changes he has seen credit unions makeover the last six months. They are having success with virtual conferences, but he is ready for in-person conferences to resume human interaction.In the leadership and life hacks section, we learn what inspired Randy to take the position at NAFCU Services and how the inspiration has changed over the years. Momentum is something his team has heard him say often, and Randy shares that he always could make hard decisions; he thinks he does it better now though. When he has a day off, he hangs out with his kids and travels around in their RV to his son’s laCrosse tournaments.We learned that Randy wanted to be a professional football player as a child during the rapid-fire questions, but in high school, that changed to an archeologist. Exercise and reading have become his daily routines, and time has become more important. I think you will enjoy this conversation. Stay well and enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherBooks mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Randy:Randy Salser, President of NAFCU [email protected]/nafcuservicesLinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Randy and his team at NAFCU Services are doing here.Event mentioned: NAFCU Innovation SpotlightShout-out: Daniel WeickenandShout-out: Lisa SchlehuberShout-out: Debra SchwartzShout-out: Pete Hilger and his team at Allied SolutionsShout-out: Dan BergerShout-out: Carrie HuntShout-out: Anthony DemangoneShout-out: Randy’s wife Amy and their childrenShout-out: Jill NowackiAlbum mentioned: Greatest Hits by Lynyrd SkynyrdAlbum mentioned: Straight outta ComptonAlbum mentioned: The ChronicShout-out: John SpenceBook mentioned: Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. GwynneBook mentioned: Awesomely Simple by John SpencePrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Pete Hilger, Dan Berger, Carrie Hunt, John Spence, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) This Episode:[01:56] – Welcome to the show, Randy![02:10] – Randy shares how everyone is holding up at NAFCU Services.[03:35] – How have you grown as a leader with the pandemic?[05:22] – Randy discusses the changes he has seen over the last few months.[07:42] – Randy hopes that in-person conferences will continue soon, but for now, they still have them virtually, but in the future, they may become hybrid.[10:42] – They speak about staying in touch with the new technology when there are no trade shows to go to.[12:26] – What will you be the proudest of your team’s accomplishments in the next year?[13:34] – Randy shares what inspired him to take the position at NAFCU Services.[15:03] – Listen as Randy speaks about how the inspiration has changed over the last seven years.[16:00] – Randy says that momentum is something his team has heard him say over and over.[16:41] – Have you always had the ability to make hard decisions?[17:42] – Not listening to your team is a mistake he made and believes that today’s young leaders.[18:39] – A common myth that Randy wants to debunk is work smarter, not harder.[19:27] – Fail fast and move on is something they taught him early in his career.[20:35] – How have mentors and advice overall been beneficial in your career?[22:12] – Randy discusses what he likes to do to recharge when he has a day off.[23:55] – Randy was a jock in high school, and he got into fights a lot.[24:35] – When he was young, he wanted to be a professional football player, but he wanted to be an archeologist when he got into high school.[25:31] – Since the pandemic, exercise and reading have been his daily routine.[27:05] – What is the best album of all time?[28:26] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[29:41] – Time has become more important, and negative energy has become less important.[30:31] – When you hear the word success, which is the first person to come to mind?[31:04] – Randy shares some final thoughts for the listeners.[31:43] – Thank you so much for being on the show! This is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data…center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Angels still looking for pitchers and a catcher as winter meetings begin

first_imgLAS VEGAS — When the offseason began, the Angels were looking for pitching, pitching, pitching … and a catcher.Two months later, as MLB’s Winter Meetings begin, not much has changed.Angels general manager Billy Eppler has so far accomplished only a few minor tweaks to his roster, with the heavy lifting still to come.“I feel optimistic that there are things we can do to the club to make us better,” Eppler said before heading to Las Vegas for the winter meetings, which begin officially on Monday. “We’ll see how those lay themselves out in the next week or the coming weeks, and further understand what can be reality and what cannot be reality.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros That leaves plenty of room for improvement.Because the Angels probably would like to add multiple starters, it is less likely that they’d go after the top remaining free agent starter, Dallas Keuchel. He will probably command a salary of more than $20 million per year, which would limit what the Angels can do around him.J.A. Happ could also get an annual salary approaching that amount, but for fewer years, because he’s 36.After those two, the list of free agent starters includes pitchers like Gio Gonzalez, Lance Lynn and Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. Wade Miley, Mike Fiers, Clay Buchholz and Derek Holland also fit for the Angels.The Angels are also no doubt looking at the trade market, with Sonny Gray being the most obvious fit who is certain to be traded. The Angels would also no doubt have interest in Julio Teheran if the Atlanta Braves make him available. They could even make a run at Zack Greinke, who is most certainly available, although the Diamondbacks will have to eat a large chunk of his remaining contract to move him and Greinke is believed to have included most of the California teams in his no-trade clause.Eppler said he’s also looking for relief pitchers, although his history has shown that he is not inclined to spend much on relievers. High-profile relievers like Craig Kimbrel, Kelvin Herrera or Andrew Miller are probably out, but they could look at one of the dozens of lower-level relievers on the market.On the position player side of things, catcher remains their most pressing need. They have José Briceño and Kevan Smith on the 40-man roster, and they signed Dustin Garneau to a minor league deal.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img And what moves are the Angels considering?Keeping his options open, as usual, Eppler narrowed the possibilities only slightly.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I’d say the the majority of our conversations have surrounded pitching and catching, but we’ve been engaged with some infielders on a couple things,” he said.Although another first baseman to provide some depth behind Albert Pujols – coming off knee surgery – would be a plus, the Angels’ most pressing needs are pitching and a catcher.The starting rotation currently includes Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, Jaime Barría, Nick Tropeano and Felix Peña. If they want to go big at that position, they could try to trade for J.T. Realmuto. The Marlins are reportedly looking for a major league-ready young player, so the best the Angels could do would be a package based around Matt Thaiss, Taylor Ward or Luis Rengifo.Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos are the top free agent catchers, but both have some defensive red flags, as well as their age. Grandal is 30 and Ramos is 31.If the Angels add anyone who isn’t a pitcher or catcher, it would probably be someone who could play first base. Ideally, that player could play first and another position, so he could fill in for Pujols when he’s not available, but play somewhere else when he is.When any of this happens is anyone guess, although it’s worth noting that in the previous three offseasons that Eppler has been the general manager, he’s added at least one everyday player during the Winter Meetings or shortly after. He picked up Yunel Escobar in 2015, Danny Espinosa and Martín Maldonado in 2016 and Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart in 2017.“It’s hard to forecast an open market and what you might walk away with from the market,” Eppler said. “We have resources at our disposal. We are looking for a situation where we feel the price of the acquisition and the value added to our run-scoring or run-prevention intersect. When we do, we’ll take that player down.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: Weekend-long Closure of Marvin Road Overpass in Lacey

first_imgFacebook58Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationTravelers who use the Marvin Road overpass (State Route 510) in Lacey will need give themselves extra time and use alternative routes during this weekend’s around-the-clock closure.10:00 p.m. Friday, September 27, until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 30Marvin Road overpass and northbound exit to Marvin Road will close.Northbound I-5 exit to Quinault Drive will remain open.Travelers are advised to plan for lengthy delays and added congestion as drivers detour around the overpass closure. Drivers can detour using Exit 114 in Nisqually or Exit 109 at Martin Way East.Businesses remain open and accessible during the closure.The weekend work allow crews to rebuild the Marvin Road on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5. The work is part of continuing efforts to convert the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and the WSDOT regional Twitter account.last_img read more

The Two River Times Wins 6 Top Awards in Newspaper Contest

first_imgRED BANK – The Two River Times won several awards in the New Jersey Press Associations 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, the trade association announced Wednesday.In the Editorial contest for weekly papers with circulation under 6,500, reporter Jay Cook won the first place, Responsible Journalism – First Amendment Award for his coverage of how government transparency was reinforced by a recent Open Public Records Act decision. His story also highlighted the efforts of local citizen activists in Middletown and Holmdel who regularly attend government meetings, film the proceedings and share on social media.Cook also won a second place feature writing award for his photos and story about a Middletown equine therapy program that pairs horses and military veterans suffering from PTSD, and another second place feature award for his article about the retirement of Rumson’s popular mail carrier, photographed by Tina Colella.His story about the threat to the state’s fluke fishing industry, as felt in the Atlantic Highlands and Belford fishing communities, won third place in the business and economics writing category.Senior reporter John Burton was honored for his coverage of elections and politics for his body of work, as exemplified by articles about former state Sen. Jennifer Beck’s reflection on her 2017 election loss, local Republican energy heading into the 2017 elections and an interview with the county Democrats’ new chairman, David Brown.Writer Mary Ann Bourbeau won a first place award for a feature about the relationship of Fair Haven illustrator Mike Quon and his 103-year-old father, Milton Quon, one of Disney’s original animators. Both Quons hosted an art exhibit in Red Bank last year.News editor Christina Johnson won first place for a portfolio of headline writing, for titles such as “Red Bank Merchants Circle Round, Looking for a Way Out of Parking Problems.”In the Advertising category of the contest, production manager Chris Draper won three first place awards in the weekly under 6,500 division for Best Real Estate Ad (Public Open House), Best Ad for Retail Business (Holiday Gift Certificate) and Best Community Service or Shared Ad (Fair Haven Holiday).Draper also took second place awards for Best Use of Small Space-Black and White (One of a Kind Gift Boxes) and Best Large Space Ad-Color (Does Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer?)last_img read more

Cyclone Taylor field is set – Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

first_imgThe Storm now face Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champ Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the opening game of the tournament Thursday.In the other contest, tournament host Creston Valley Thunder Cats meet Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.Friday, Aldergrove battles Beaver Valley while Campbell River faces off against Creston.Saturday, the final round robin games have Beaver Valley meeting Creston in the all-KIJHL matchup while Aldergrove takes on Campbell River.The top two teams meet for the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday at 7:30 p.m.The third and fourth-place teams meet for the bronze medal at 2 p.m.The winner represents BC at the Keystone Cup in Arborg, Manitoba from April 13 – 16. The field has been set for the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Creston.Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm was the final team to book its ticket to the four-team BC Junior B Hockey Championships.The Storm needed four overtime periods to edge Victoria Cougars 4-3 in the seventh game of the VIJHL Championship Sunday in Victoria.Christian Brandt was the hero with an unassisted goal at 4:48 of the 4th overtime to give the Storm a trip to Creston and the Cyclone Taylor Cup.last_img read more