Flashback: Amanda McMeans (Thomas)

Next up in our Flashback series is Amanda McMeans.

Amy McMeans, 2011 Finalist

At the time of the competition, Amanda was the Marketing & Business Development Manager with Members First Credit Union ($48M) in Columbus, Ohio.

Where are you now?

I am the Vice President of Client Management at MarketMatch, Inc. It is a strategic marketing and branding firm working with credit unions and community banks throughout the United States.

How did the competition help you in your career?

The competition helped in so many ways. The most poignant change has been my willingness to put myself out there instead of fearing failure. Learning to speak confidently in front of CEOs about my project and its results really helped me as a consultant because I have to be confident in my recommendations to help our clients meet their strategic goals.

What’s your best memory of the competition?

Sitting in Holsteins with several of the Finalists drinking strawberry milkshakes sharing our memories and experiences with one another. It didn’t matter who won, we were all excited to be there.

Words of wisdom for those thinking of applying?

JUST DO IT! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. If you care about the future of credit unions and are committed to this industry, this competition is an important step to take.

The CUES Team