The 2018 Competition

Lynette Cupps, 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

Lynette Cupps, VP Organizational Development, with MAX Credit Union in Montgomery, AL was named the 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec.

Lynette’s project, how to support non-profit organizations by partnering to provide training for their staff and volunteers, was chosen from a group of international applicants, all age 35 or under, whom a team of judges named as Finalists back in August. As one of five Finalists, her 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 at CUES CEO/Executive Team Network™.  Lynette 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.

Lynette wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodations and economy airfare to any two of CUES coveted CEO Institutes – one in 2019 and one in 2020 – and two remote coaching sessions from DDJ Myers Ltd., challenge sponsor and Silver CUESolutions provider for their succession planning, executive recruitment and leadership coaching services.

Live Announcement

Lynette’s Presentation


After a rigorous coaching and judging phase, the five finalists for the 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge were named. 

Top 10

The applicants campaigned, the credit union community voted, the ballots were tabulated and the Top 10 were revealed.  


In the Spring of 2018, 165 talented young credit union executives from around the world were nominated. This group of 23 from the United States and Canada continued on by entering the competition.