The 2015 Competition

Jimese Harkley, 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

Jimese Harkley, philanthropy and community relations manager with  America’s First Federal Credit Union in Birmingham, Alabama, was named the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec.

Harkley’s project idea about a “Community First Campaign” 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, Harkley’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™. Harkley 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.

Jimese wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two CUES’ CEO Institutes—one in 2016 and one in 2017—and two remote coaching sessions from CUES Supplier member, strategic partner and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers Ltd. of Phoenix, Ariz.

Live Announcement

JIMESE's Presentation

Our Fantastic Finalists

After a rigorous coaching and judging phase, the five finalists for the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge were named. 

Top 15

The applicants campaigned, the credit union community voted, the ballots were tabulated and the Top 15 were revealed.  


In the Spring of 2015, 201 talented young credit union executives from around the world were nominated. This group of 20 from the United States and Canada continued on by entering the competition.