CSCU Joins the CULedger Initiative.
Robert Hackney Named to the CULedger Steering Committee.

TAMPA, Fla. (September 8, 2016) Card Services for Credit Unions®, one of the country’s leading CUSOs, announced its commitment today to the recently formed CULedger research-to-action initiative spearheaded by the Mountain West Credit Union Association, CUNA, and Best Innovation Group.

“While many people have heard of Bitcoin, the electronic currency, it is the underlying blockchain or distributed ledger technology that has captured the interest of the largest financial institutions. Where we in the United States are familiar with a central bank approach to financial transactions involving the Federal Reserve, distributed ledger technology is a peer-to-peer, decentralized technology for managing and recording financial transactions,” says Card Services for Credit Unions® president Robert Hackney who also accepted an invitation to serve on the CULedger Steering Committee.

“Because transaction verification is handled through state of the art cryptography and consensus among multiple computers, it is assumed to be immune to fraud while improving the speed and efficiency at which transactions are settled. It is clear that the largest financial institutions in the U.S. and the world believe in the technology as evidenced by their membership in the R3 blockchain technology consortium. Further evidence of the potential of distributed ledger technology lies in the fact Bank of America has filed for approximately 35 blockchain related patents. As a result, Card Services for Credit Unions® supports this credit union Blockchain initiative,” Hackney explains.

Tom Davis, Card Services for Credit Unions® senior vice president of finance and technology, points out that distributed ledger technology (DLT) has the potential to be an entirely new platform for the next generation of transactional applications that streamline processes while increasing trust and security. “Though it’s early in terms of the technology’s evolution and with a number of challenges still to be addressed, remaining competitive in tomorrow’s financial marketplace will require new methods and protocols based on DLT,” Davis adds.

For more information on the blockchain distributed ledger technology, view Card Services for Credit Unions® thought leadership story at or download an informative whitepaper at Card Services for Credit Unions® Whitepaper: BitCoin and BlockChain.

About CULedger:

CULedger, formerly known as CUblockchain, is an assembled consortia of credit unions, CUSOs, and credit union leagues that collectively are working to prepare credit unions for the future.Preparation will include developing proof-of-concept projects based on a permissioned, distributed, shared ledger platform that ultimately can provide a low-risk entry point for credit unions expanded use of DLT.

About Card Services for Credit Unions®:

With nearly 2100 members, CSSU is one of the largest credit union services organizations (CUSOs) in the United States.Approximately 40% of the nation’s credit unions rely on Card Services for Credit Unions® to provide consultation, thought leadership, products and services that enable credit unions to compete in the rapidly evolving payments industry. Card Services for Credit Unions® partnership with its members keeps their card programs among their institution’s highest return on assets.


CONTACT: Paul Castner, Card Services for Credit Unions® Director of Communications, 813-901-4555,