About Jim Vilker, NCCO

Since joining the credit union industry in 1985, Jim Vilker has been a strong advocate of managing and educating staff in compliance and audit functions. He launched his career as an examiner where he gained knowledge and depth of insight into regulatory compliance requirements of credit unions. Jim studied a broad scope of business and operational procedures leading to a deep understanding of best practices significant to credit union audit activities.
Over the next eight years Jim was actively entrenched in the business as Executive Vice President of a credit union. Jim has earned his NCCO certification through specialization in the field of auditing and compliance. His software product of choice serving as the compliance and auditing tool, was the forerunner of the current CU*BASE.
Jim’s tenure at CU*Answers began in 1998 where his knowledge and skills were immediately recognized as the CUSO’s resident advisor on regulatory compliance and audit functions. Jim has been instrumental in developing the strategic AuditLink business, educating clients through an online Advisor newsletter and designing premier training plans for clients of AuditLink and internal staff of CU*Answers’ credit unions. His experience in working with clients and CU*BASE tools uniquely qualifies him to write and instruct in the monitoring of regulated activities.

Articles by Jim Vilker, NCCO

AuditLink trains clients on using CU*BASE® tools for abnormal activity monitoring

AuditLink, the audit and compliance division of CU*Answers, held a training webinar on how to utilize the tools available to CU*Answers clients via the CU*BASE system for monitoring high risk accounts for abnormal activity. “I was happy to see over 60 clients on the call today,” states Marsha Sapino, AuditLink Assistant Manager. “I felt we […]

Network Compliance Group Returns

AuditLink, the audit and compliance division of CU*Answers, has decided to breathe new life into their Network Compliance Group. “We have had a lot of previous members and new clients ask us to revive the group, so we are!” stated Marsha Sapino, AuditLink Assistant Manager. The group was started by Sapino in 2011 when she […]

CU*Answers and Fortress Plus partner on the future of financial crime prevention

CU*Answers has chosen Fortress Plus as its partner in providing the future of financial crime risk management systems to credit unions. The new relationship enables CU*Answers to sell Rampart, the Fortress Plus system, and paves the way for deep integration to support embedded decisioning for fraud prevention. The new agreement comes on the heels of […]

Network Compliance Group Returns

AuditLink, the audit and compliance division of CU*Answers, recently announced the return of its Network Compliance Group. “We have had a lot of previous members and new clients ask us to revive the group, so we are!” stated Marsha Sapino, AuditLink Assistant Manager. The group was started by Sapino in 2011 when she worked at […]

CU*Answers Helps Credit Unions Raise Their Voice

In response to the recent NCUA call for comments on the proposed TCCUSF refund, CU*Answers encouraged its employees and partner credit unions to raise their voices. “Too often credit unions remain silent while important proposals are passed with no comment or fight,” said Randy Karnes, CU*Answers CEO. “The ‘Raise Your Voice!’ initiative we’ve done in […]

AuditLink and Fortress Plus Partner to Protect Against Financial Crime

AuditLink, the audit and compliance division of CU*Answers with deep expertise in financial fraud, and Fortress Plus, an industry-leading Fraud Management solution provider, have recently signed a partnership agreement to bring comprehensive software and services in the management and prevention of fraud to credit unions. AuditLink has been in the shared execution business for 9 […]

AuditLink Hosts “An Afternoon of Compliance”

AuditLink, the audit and compliance division of CU*Answers, recently hosted “An Afternoon of Compliance” for network clients. “It’s the first time we have hosted a training event both in person and via webinar,” stated Marsha Sapino, AuditLink Assistant Manager. “We had eight people join us at our facility and 43 attend online.” During this session, […]

AuditLink Holds its Third Annual Compliance Symposium

AuditLink, the auditing and compliance division of CU*Answers, facilitated its third annual compliance symposium sponsored by Michigan Legacy Credit Union in Pontiac, Michigan. “This is the largest event AuditLink facilitates during the year, which has grown in popularity and this year included over thirty compliance professionals,” said Jim Vilker VP of Professional Services. To start […]

AuditLink to Host Third Annual Conversations on Compliance

CU*Answers, the 100% credit union-owned cooperative CUSO, will provide their third annual Conversations on Compliance event hosted by AuditLink, the audit and compliance division of the CUSO. AuditLink’s own Jim Vilker and Marsha Sapino will be joined by Veronica Madsen from Howard & Howard Law for Business as they discuss topics such as beneficial ownership, […]

AuditLink Hosts April Vendor Management Webinar

CU*Answers, the 100% credit-union owned CUSO, provided another webinar hosted by AuditLink and Trust Exchange on Tuesday, April 25. AuditLink and Trust Exchange partnered to create one of the most robust vendor management tools and services in the country by combining years of expertise, business intelligence, and best practice. Jim Vilker, CU*Answers VP of Professional […]

AuditLink Publishes Primer on Vendor Assessment Process

AuditLink, the auditing and compliance division of CU*Answers, and Trust Exchange, a firm which helps financial institutions automate their vendor compliance monitoring, have recently published a white paper revolving around the components and process of determining the criticality of vendor relationships. “Assessing criticality is one of the most important components of a complete vendor management […]

Learn More about the Cost of Vendor Management with AuditLink

Hear about the latest strategies from AuditLink, as we continue our discussions on Vendor ManagementAuditLink and TrustExchange have partnered to create one of the most robust Vendor Management tools and processes in the country.  Technology has finally been married with expertise, business intelligence, and best practice. Join Jim Vilker, VP of Professional Services, and Ed […]

AuditLink to Host Vendor Management Webinar

CU*Answers, the 100% credit-union owned CUSO, will be having a webinar hosted by AuditLink and Trust Exchange on Wednesday, March 29th. AuditLink and Trust Exchange have partnered to create a robust vendor management system by combing expertise, business intelligence, and best practice. All credit union individuals involved in vendor management are encouraged to attend. Jim […]

VENDOR MANAGEMENT: A PRIMER TO PERFORMING EFFECTIVE VENDOR DUE DILIGENCE

The AuditLink Team along with the cooperation of Frankenmuth, Diversified, and Parkside credit unions have built a solid process for performing your vendor assessments with a sound methodology. Today, every credit union relies on more allies, partners, and vendors than ever before. It’s a networked world and keeping track of just the names of all […]