The judges for the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge have been announced: Deedee Myers, CEO of CUES Supplier member and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers, Phoenix; Kent Oram, Chief Executive Officer, Idaho Central Credit Union, Pocatello, Idaho; and Dave Craigen CCE, Chief Executive Officer, First Credit Union, Powell River, B.C.
After a public vote and a judging panel of previous CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec finalists reduced the original 24 applicants to a Top 15, a judging panel of Myers, Oram and Craigen evaluated and scored each member of the Top 15. Judging was based on their original application video, their two blog posts and the value their project brings to their credit union and to the credit union industry as a whole. The five highest-ranking applicants were named as Finalists.
Judges are responsible for keeping up to date on the projects each of the five Finalists are reporting on at NextTopCreditUnionExec.com, and for viewing the final presentations with a critical eye toward the criteria of creative thinking, content/idea, and style. Each Finalist will be given seven minutes to recap their project in a presentation face-off event at CUES' CEO/Executive Team Network™ in Amelia Island, Fla., November 2-5, 2014.
According to Myers, “Each one of the Finalists has worked hard to achieve their place in the finals of the Next Top Credit Union Exec competition. The experience of completing their final report in front of an audience of C-level executives will be a challenge and an opportunity that doesn’t come very often for most credit union staff. The person who becomes the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec will have earned it!”
The judging panel is just one of the ways the Finalists’ presentations on Monday, November 3, will be evaluated. Audience members at the conference will be able to vote for their favorite on the spot, and the public will also be able to vote online November 3-4. The Finalist with the highest score based on audience votes, online votes, social media interaction, as well as the judging panel results, will earn the title of 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec.
CUES is a Madison, Wisconsin-based, independent, not-for-profit, international membership association for credit union executives. CUES’ mission is to educate and develop credit union CEOs, directors and future leaders.