Compliance and Operations: Stronger Together

Compliance and Operations: Stronger Together


Hello readers! My name is Anthony Kirt Cooper, and I am proud to be a new Compliance Consultant on the PolicyWorks team. I began this next step in my career in early September after moving to Des Moines from Sacramento - a place that I had called home my entire life.

While I worked to attain my bachelor’s degree and MBA from Sacramento State, I was fortunate to be able to work for SAFE Credit Union for more than eight years. My credit union career began as an intern for SAFE during high school, which allowed me the opportunity to teach my peers the basics of financial literacy as we prepared for the world ahead. From that point on, I knew I had a passion for helping people simplify their finances and went on to work for SAFE after high school. Whether it was helping members or employees, I learned first-hand the credit union difference, and honest dedication to making an impact in the community.

I have experience working within the boundaries of many regulations that credit unions work with today. My goal at PolicyWorks is to leverage my prior operational experience when consulting with credit unions, to help them better understand the “why” of the compliance topic, and how they can efficiently and safely operate within its borders.

Over the years, I’ve had numerous conversations about the positive effects strong operations and compliance can have on a credit union. A philosophy I agree with is that if a credit union is not strong in its compliance and operations, it could spend large amounts of time correcting mistakes. On the flip side, if a credit union is consistent in its operations and compliant with regulations, it could dedicate more of its time to the continued building of meaningful relationships with its members.

While we are all passionate about serving members, credit union employees don’t always see eye-to-eye on compliance. The topic of compliance is typically viewed as having a negative connotation associated with it – but what if it didn’t? By beginning to adopt the simple philosophy mentioned above, we can create an even greater positive impact on the financial lives of those we serve.

Thank you for gifting me a moment of your time to introduce myself. I look forward to working with credit unions and expanding their impacts as we strengthen compliance and operations together.