Oklahoma business briefs for July 3

Credit unions in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas have formed the Cornerstone Credit Union League.
Published: July 3, 2013
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In brief

CREDIT UNIONS FORM LEAGUE

Credit unions in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas have joined to form the Cornerstone Credit Union League. Following a “yes” vote by credit unions in each of the states, the Cornerstone Credit Union League has emerged as the largest credit union league in the country. Gina A. Wilson, former chairwoman of the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma and a board of director for the new Cornerstone Credit Union League, lauded the change. “The power of collaboration is strong indeed,” she said. “I'm confident in our future and look forward to the great things this organization is poised to do for our some 646 credit unions.” Cornerstone Credit Union League is based in Dallas, with satellite offices in Little Rock, Ark., Oklahoma City and Austin, Texas. Longtime Texas Credit Union League President and CEO Dick Ensweiler has been selected to serve as CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League, with each satellite office having its own president.

AT&T EXPANDS 4G LTE NETWORK

— AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network to Lawton, bringing some customers faster speeds and the ability to use a variety of LTE-compatible devices including new smartphones and tablets. “This is a great day for Lawton,” Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon said in a statement. “Today's announcement means we now have access to the fastest wireless technology available. AT&T's investment in Lawton will provide our businesses and our residents with reliable speeds and the latest technology.” Bryan Gonterman, president of AT&T Oklahoma, said the company continues to see skyrocketing demand for speedy mobile Internet service.

BATTERIES PLUS BULBS OPENS

Marietta Dennis and Brandon Boozer, a mother-son team who own and operate five Batteries Plus Bulbs stores in Oklahoma, have opened their sixth location in Norman. When the recent tornadoes hit communities in Shawnee and Moore, Boozer and Dennis were quick to get out and lend a hand. With the help of the Batteries Plus corporate team, the mother-son duo donated more than $125,000 worth of batteries and flashlights to those in need. The business also is working to ensure that schools in their town are prepared in case a future storm should hit. “We understand that by equipping one teacher, we positively affect the lives of approximately 25 students; therefore we set a goal to equip every teacher with a quality LED flashlight and extra batteries. In pursuit of that goal, we donated approximately 2,200 flashlights and thousands of additional batteries to almost 55 local elementary schools and organizations,” Boozer said.

HUDIBURG, ALLY TO AID MILITARY

During the month of July, Hudiburg Chevrolet and Ally Financial will challenge the community to raise money for Operation Homefront Oklahoma, an organization that provides emergency financial assistance to military families. “Oklahomans give back. It's in our blood, and it's what we do,” said Mike Myers, general manager of Hudiburg Chevrolet. Hudiburg Chevrolet this month will donate $20 for every new car sold and $1 from every oil change directly to Operation Homefront, and the dealership encourages customers to match the donation. In addition, Ally Financial will match the total giving at the end of the month and present the donation to Operation Homefront at an event celebrating local Oklahoma military families in August. Operation Homefront is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2002 to support the families of deployed service members. Operation Homefront has given $128 million in emergency assistance to military families.



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