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New Partnership Helps CUs Manage Growth

MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 21, 2006--A consulting and facilities development firm that works exclusively with financial institutions on their strategic planning, real estate, integrated design, construction management and branding needs - Level5 - has recently joined the network of consultants who partner with CUNA.

Level5 provides an integrated approach to working with financial institutions in their growth strategies, regardless if the initiative is growing an existing market, entering new markets, changing the credit union's name or charter, finding real estate opportunities for new branches and/or administrative/operations centers, or creating a more sales-friendly environment. The Atlanta-based company's approach is aimed at minimizing risks and responding to changing conditions without wasting time, market opportunities or resources.

"Level5 is a perfect fit for credit unions of all sizes because of its unique and affordable approach to helping financial institutions expand their presence whether in the existing market or changing their name, they can do everything," said Mark Condon, CUNA's senior vice president of Research and Advice.

"Our principals have more than 130 years of experience in the financial arena, as well as the expertise gained from hundreds of financial institution assignments to offer to CUNA's membership," said Joseph F. Kassler, president and CEO of Level5. "Since we only work with financial institutions, we truly understand their business needs. Our motto is 'Think strategically. Build creatively,' and we stand by that 100 percent."

Senior Vice President / Principal of Level5 Mike Colvin said, "We are excited about the opportunity to provide unique and creative strategic solutions to credit unions of all sizes that are challenged by growth. Every financial institution with which we work is considered a true partner, and our goal is to help them realize their potential in ways they may not have thought possible."

For more information, visit advice.cuna.org, and click on the "Branch Expansion: Strategy & Development" link, or contact CUNA's Stacey Norland at (800) 356-9655, ext. 4317, or by e-mail at snorland@cuna.coop.

About CUNA

With its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, Credit Union National Association serves more than 90 percent of America's 9,000 credit unions, which are owned by nearly 87 million consumer members. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives providing affordable financial services to people from all walks of life. For more information, visit www.cuna.org.

About Level5

Headquartered in Atlanta, with other offices strategically located to best serve its clients, Level5 is a strategic consulting and facilities development firm that works exclusively with financial institutions across the United States. The company assists those institutions in the development and implementation of growth strategies through its unique services that include consulting, real estate, integrated design, construction management and branding. For more information about Level5 call (404) 761-0008 or visit the Web site at www.level5.com.

CUNA Communications
Katye Long 608-231-4038
Media Contact:
Mike Colvin, 404-761-0008
For Level5
Media Contact:
Heather Cunningham, 678-781-7215