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Kent Oram Announces Retirement from Idaho Central Credit Union

Jun 23
2022

Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) Chief Executive Officer and President, Kent Oram, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2022. The Board of Directors has unanimously selected Brenda Worrell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, as the next CEO and President. Oram joined ICCU in 1984 and was named CEO in 2007. During hisRead more

Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) Chief Executive Officer and President, Kent Oram, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2022. The Board of Directors has unanimously selected Brenda Worrell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, as the next CEO and President.

Oram joined ICCU in 1984 and was named CEO in 2007. During his CEO tenure, ICCU grew from $613 million to $8.7 billion in assets, $520 million to $7.4 billion in loans, $536 million to $7.7 billion in deposits, 67,797 members to 516,538 members, 249 team members to 1,700 team members and from 18 branch locations to 46. Oram was selected as the Credit Union Executive Society’s (CUES) Outstanding Chief Executive in 2013 and was inducted into the CUES Hall of Fame in 2014. He has been recognized as an Idaho Business Leader of the Year, Idaho Business Review CEO of Influence, and Idaho Business Review ICON. Oram recently served as Chair of the Northwest Credit Union Association. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Portneuf Medical Center as well as the Board of Directors for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Oram is a proponent of workplace culture and the impacts it has on team members and ICCU’s members. ICCU has been selected as the Best Place to Work in Idaho numerous times during the past ten years and ICCU’s interactions and contributions to its communities are impressive. Oram says, “It has been the professional honor of my life to lead Idaho Central Credit Union’s Green Team. Our mission is to help our members achieve financial success and we fulfill that mission many times daily.”

Oram continues to say, “I could not have been an effective CEO without the support of my family, particularly my lovely wife of 43 years, Dawnette. I am excited to begin the next chapter as a full-time husband, father to my three daughters Holly (Tony), Jodi, and Noelle (Clark), and Papa to our 13 grandkids.”

Idaho Central Credit Union Board Chair, Troy Neu, says, “Idaho Central Credit Union is fortunate that Kent chose to make ICCU his professional home. We have the utmost respect and admiration for how he has led Idaho Central Credit Union for the past 15 years. We thank him for his many contributions and wish him well.”

Brenda Worrell began her career with Idaho Central Credit Union in 1996. She has held various roles from Accounting Officer to Senior Vice President. Most recently, Brenda is ICCU’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Her leadership, project management, organizational, and technical skills are exceptional. She has directed ICCU’s workplace culture measurement and improvement efforts for more than a decade. Worrell has led the charge in serving underserved communities and small businesses in Idaho, by focusing the credit union’s efforts to expand products and services to meet their needs and earning Idaho Central the Juntos Avanzamos designation. Her vast experience and expertise, not only at ICCU but as an entrepreneur with her husband Joe Worrell, give her tremendous insights on the needs of ICCU’s members. She has a deep and detailed understanding of all the complicated workings of a large credit union.

Worrell serves on the Board of CURQL Collective, a collaborative organization that brings investment capital, credit unions, and Fintech together to revolutionize and innovate how people engage with their money. She is instrumental in the Northwest Credit Union Association’s efforts to review and adopt both law and regulation beneficial to credit unions. Brenda is a graduate of the CUES CEO Institute and received the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation. She has a master’s degree with an accounting emphasis from Idaho State University and is an Excellence in Finance award winner.

Worrell says, “It is a tremendous honor to lead ICCU in this new role. I am proud of everything we have accomplished over the last 26 years and am thankful for Kent’s leadership and mentoring. I love our mission and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our members and help them achieve financial success. I look forward to continuing our focus on delivering an exceptional member service experience and keeping ICCU a great place for our team members to work.”

Oram says, “Brenda is uniquely qualified to lead Idaho Central Credit Union. I know she will flourish and lead ICCU in amazing ways. She has the unanimous support of both the Board of Directors and the leadership team. I know she is ready and I’m proud of her.”

ICCU Board Chair, Troy Neu, adds, “Brenda is the right person for the job. We (the Board of Directors) have observed her talents and abilities for many years and are excited for the future at Idaho Central Credit Union.”

Worrell will take the reins of the organization on January 1, 2023 and looks forward to continuing the tremendous impact ICCU has on its communities, its members, and the Green Team.

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Idaho Central Credit Union Opens First Branch in Washington

May 02
2022

Idaho Central Credit Union has opened its 46th branch. This branch debuts their arrival in Washington and is located at 41 West Riverside Avenue in Spokane. ICCU purchased this building in November of 2021. They currently occupy the first three floors and lease out the top two floors to other businesses. The building is 36,936Read more

Idaho Central Credit Union has opened its 46th branch. This branch debuts their arrival in Washington and is located at 41 West Riverside Avenue in Spokane.

ICCU purchased this building in November of 2021. They currently occupy the first three floors and lease out the top two floors to other businesses. The building is 36,936 square feet.

Several features in the building have been updated since Idaho Central’s arrival including all LED lighting, updated finishes, and a new security system. ICCU is currently renovating the ATM and drive thru lanes where members can speak with a teller on a 15” high-definition screen without leaving their vehicles. Piping is being added for the vacuum tubing system to assist with financial transactions.

From now through September 30, 2022, members who visit this new branch can be entered to win a 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4×4! For more information on this branch, or for questions about Idaho Central Credit Union, please give them a call at 800-456-5067.

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Idaho Central Opens New Branch in Lewiston

Mar 11
2022

Idaho Central Credit Union has opened its 45th branch in Lewiston, Idaho located at 429 Thain Road. This branch consists of 6,680 square feet, an ATM lane, two lanes with 15” high-definition drive thru teller screens, and a large parking lot. This state-of-the-art branch features six teller stations, two kiosk PCs, several private offices andRead more

Idaho Central Credit Union has opened its 45th branch in Lewiston, Idaho located at 429 Thain Road. This branch consists of 6,680 square feet, an ATM lane, two lanes with 15” high-definition drive thru teller screens, and a large parking lot.

This state-of-the-art branch features six teller stations, two kiosk PCs, several private offices and cubicles, and a full-service vault with safe deposit boxes for members. The modern design of the building prioritizes efficiency with enhanced HVAC, lighting controls for exclusively LED lights, and a focus on natural light penetration with tall windows and ceilings.

With ICCU’s expansion into north Idaho, they are bringing the most advanced banking technology while paying tribute to the vast landscape and improving communities. They donated the land and contributed funds to widen and straighten Airway Avenue, which had a congestion issue with school buses during certain times of the day. ICCU added a third turning lane next to their branch, which has made the traffic safer for buses, members visiting this branch, and Orchard Elementary School. With over 75 trees on the property, and all overheard power lines moved underground, this branch has been a clean, safe, and attractive addition to the Lewiston community.

From now through April 30, 2022, members who visit this new branch can be entered to win a 2022 Polaris RZR! For more information on this branch, or for questions about Idaho Central Credit Union, please give them a call at 800-456-5067.

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Idaho Central Relocates Downtown Boise Branch

Dec 10
2021

Idaho Central is happy to announce their new Downtown Boise location with the same, wonderful team there to serve you! The Downtown Branch will now be conveniently located just down the road at 401 W Front St in Boise, Idaho. This location will replace the previous branch a few blocks to the north at 200Read more

Idaho Central is happy to announce their new Downtown Boise location with the same, wonderful team there to serve you! The Downtown Branch will now be conveniently located just down the road at 401 W Front St in Boise, Idaho. This location will replace the previous branch a few blocks to the north at 200 N 4th St. The old location will close permanently on Saturday, December 11 for the move, and the new location will open Monday, December 13.

This full-service location offers two drive-thru lanes, an ATM lane, multiple private offices for lending and business services, and five teller stations. In the lobby, a kiosk is available for members to browse accounts online while learning about the newest available banking tools. iPads are also accessible for members to use while opening accounts, signing documents, and registering for online banking. As always, our team will be ready to provide the local, friendly service you deserve and expect.

Safe deposit boxes are also available. All existing safe deposit boxes will be securely transferred to the new location. No boxes will be opened during the transfer.

As Idaho Central’s membership has continued to grow, the need for more state-of-the-art branches has continued to increase. The decision to move into this new branch, in preparation for the construction of the new Idaho Central Plaza, will allow for Idaho Central to continue operating without disrupting member service while completing the project.

This branch is committed to serving the needs of the Boise Downtown metropolitan area. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-456-5067.

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Idaho Central Credit Union Opens New Owyhee High School Branch

Dec 08
2021

Idaho Central Credit Union is excited to announce the opening of their newest branch located in Owyhee High School in Meridian, Idaho. This unconventional branch is ICCU’s third of its kind, aimed at serving the banking needs of the faculty and students, while investing in our youth’s financial education. ICCU first put a branch inRead more

Idaho Central Credit Union is excited to announce the opening of their newest branch located in Owyhee High School in Meridian, Idaho. This unconventional branch is ICCU’s third of its kind, aimed at serving the banking needs of the faculty and students, while investing in our youth’s financial education.

ICCU first put a branch in Mountain View High School, also in Meridian, fourteen years ago. When the principal of MVHS transferred to Owyhee High School, he asked ICCU to open up a new branch there to continue investing in the students of West Ada School District. ICCU’s second school branch is located at Thunder Ridge High School in Idaho Falls. Idaho Central is always looking for ways to provide students with financial education and has seen great strides with the students they have worked with in these student-run branches.

This new branch has eight motivated Owyhee High School students working alongside Idaho Central team members to learn job skills, member service skills, and financial literacy. These students will be working in the school branch each day during a class period to earn an elective credit and help their fellow students with their banking needs. Inside the branch, there are two teller stations that will be open four hours a day. The students can help others with basic transactions, opening an account, and assistance with accounts and loans. They are also paid interns at their local ICCU branch and help out after school or on weekends. ICCU often hires many of the employees full-time after their internship has been completed!

Idaho Central recognizes the importance of teaching students about financial management and how to make smart decisions. These skills are especially significant to learn before they graduate and start pursuing higher education or entering the workforce. They have partnered with Stukent, a leader in education courseware, to provide every high school in Idaho and Eastern Washington with a program using state-of-the-art technology to teach personal financial skills and decision-learning theory. This program simulates real-life situations that students will be faced with and teaches the concepts needed to make informed decisions.

With the economic environment constantly changing, ICCU is proud to team up with various education programs to increase our youth’s ability to achieve financial success! A U.S. Department of the Treasury study found that these in-school branches increased account ownership and improved attitudes toward banking in addition to improving attitudes about saving and working with financial institutions. ICCU believes financial literacy should be a basic part of education for students of every age and are committed to investing in the resources needed to close the gap.

The Owyhee High School branch will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and the student employees will be supervised by Kasey Orlik Hill. Kasey has been with Idaho Central for four years and has also served as a Financial Service Officer before becoming a supervisor. “I am so excited to invest in the students here at Owyhee High School and to see them grow and develop along the way,” said Kasey. “As a previous intern myself, I want to show them that they can accomplish anything. Not only are we helping these students learn about accounts and services, we are helping them set the groundwork for their own financial literacy along the way as well.”

With the assistance of the community and the school district, ICCU is thrilled to have another opportunity to arm our youth with the knowledge and skills to understand personal finance.