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Shannon Cahoon, 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

Shannon Cahoon, Community Outreach Coordinator, with Fibre Federal Credit Union in Longview, Wash., was named the 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

Shannon Cahoon

Shannon Cahoon

Cahoon’s project to track the Return on Investment of Financial Education was chosen from a group of international applicants, all age 35 or under, who had been selected by a team of judges as Finalists in September. As one of five Finalists, Cahoon’s blog and video updates over the past few months provided the industry with an insight into the project’s progress, and culminated with a final presentation Monday at CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network™.  Cahoon emerged the winner after a four-part scoring process that included judging panel results, a measurement of her social media engagement, plus audience and online voting.

Cahoon wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two of CUES’ coveted CEO Institutes – one in 2017 and one in 2018 – and two remote coaching sessions from CUES Supplier member, strategic partner and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers Ltd. of Phoenix, Ariz.

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From Left to right: Colleen Tilton, Ali Fett, Nicole Haverly, Shannon Cahoon & Michael Murdoch

From Left to right: Colleen Tilton, Ali Fett, Nicole Haverly, Shannon Cahoon & Michael Murdoch

Special thanks to our five talented credit union executives who presented at the cues' CEO/Executive Team Network in Savannah, Ga.

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“Winning the competition has expanded my network exponentially and allowed me to learn from credit union leaders across the country. It has also given me the tools to plan and carry out short- and long-term initiatives."
“Being named the winner has given me a huge boost, both personally and professionally. It validated the work we are doing at my credit union, and gave a shot of confidence to all of us. We may be a small credit union in Northern Canada, but we can have an impact internationally."
“Being named the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec has opened numerous public speaking doors for me. I eagerly look forward to sharing my experience with others and encouraging them to take advantage of future competitions."
“What an awesome program to encourage credit union professionals, 35 and under, to get involved in the industry, network and learn from industry leaders, as well as grow professionally and personally during the process."
"Because of this competition and going on to achieve my CCE designation, I have set forth a future goal of becoming a CEO in the credit union movement. The CCE designation will definitely assist me in working toward reaching that goal."
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