The 2016 Competition

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.

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.

Live Announcement

Shannon's Presentation

Our Fantastic Finalists

After a rigorous coaching and judging phase, the five finalists for the 2016 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 2016, 238 talented young credit union executives from around the world were nominated. This group of 25 from the United States and Canada continued on by entering the competition.