54.5 AVG NPS®
Excellent Net Promoter Score — well above financial industry standards and comparable to premium consumer brands
+11% YOY Growth
Average year-over-year membership growth, with Blend as integral to the members-first strategy
Adoption by all loan teams, who rely on Blend to successfully compete and provide the best experience
The choice to go with Blend: prioritizing member experience above all else
Mountain America Credit Union has a reputation for two things: best-in-class member experience and adopting the latest technology to drive that experience.
They made their way to the third-fastest growing credit union in America through strict adherence to their values and placing members first. Though it’s been no small feat for their loan teams, they started digitizing parts of the mortgage process more than seven years ago. The final frontier was completely revamping the front-end application.
“As soon as we saw what members were going to see with Blend, we were sold,” says Amy Moser, Vice president of mortgage services at Mountain America.
A role model — and technology pioneer — for credit unions everywhere
Everyone at Mountain America — in every team across the organization — does what it takes to serve members to the fullest. Adopting the latest and best technology is a critical part of that.
For executives and project leaders, budgets follow values: If new technology is in the best interest of members, acquiring the best-in-class solution becomes priority.
“I think there’s a big misconception with technology and the mortgage industry as a whole. People think of it like an iceberg; if you want to get rid of a paper file, they are overwhelmed by how much will have to change to make it happen on the back end. For us, we approached it piece by piece,” explains Moser. “That’s why we started moving to paperless processes seven years ago. We knew it was inevitable and wanted to get started. We’ve always been trying to improve the member experience slowly, but in significant ways, and companies that think like us — especially Blend — are key to our transformation.”
For loan teams, member experience always outweighs the initial fear of adopting new technology.
“Technology helps us compete,” explains Reanin Heddlesten, a Loan officer at Mountain America, “We have to make sure the experience we offer is on par with or better than our competitors’, on top of being speedy, efficient, and compliant. Technology like Blend helps us do that.”
A brand that reflects a culture of “people helping people”
“The credit union philosophy is ‘people helping people,’” says Nanette Graviet, Assistant vice president of mortgage projects and compliance. At Mountain America, that means that even if employees initially need to do extra operational work during the implementation of new technology, their teams will move forward with adopting it anyway.
“Our vision is helping our members achieve their financial dreams,” says Graviet. “As the mortgage team, we have a huge responsibility, because for a lot of people, owning a home is a big part of their financial dream they’re going to realize.”
“Being able to talk about how we can help members get through this process that is normally big and scary — or even intimidating and hard to figure out — and instead simplify it for them and take away stress is really important for us this year,” explains Clint Thorn, Marketing channel manager. That’s why marketing the Blend application is part of Mountain America’s mortgage strategy for the year.
A winning philosophy
Mountain America’s prioritization of member experience isn’t just good for members; it has been good for business.
Their member-centric approach to technology investments has resulted in their phenomenal growth of over 30% in every segment for the past two years. As the third-fastest growing credit union in America, Mountain America is a model for other credit unions — particularly to those seeking to emulate their innovative digital strategy.
To further their success, the Mountain America team has big goals for the rest of 2018 and beyond. To help reach their goals, they need to successfully tap into the fastest growing demographic of homebuyers on the market and offer a seamless digital mortgage experience that can compete with that of other top lenders.
“If our partner isn’t forward-thinking and already planning to implement the next generation of technology, then we’re going to be left behind,” says Moser. “We want a partner that’s ahead of the game — that’s what Blend is for us.”
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