Nominate a Stand-Out Future Leader

Nominate a stand-out future leader for the 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge powered by Currency and in partnership with DDJ Myers

MADISON, Wis.—The industry’s first competition recognizing the incredible young leaders of the credit union movement is back for a seventh exciting year! The search is on for the 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. This CUES® program for the industry’s emerging leaders is powered by Currency and sponsored in part by DDJ Myers.

CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge searches for emerging credit union leaders age 35 and under. Participants pitch a current project or program they are working on at their credit union or an idea to advance either their credit union or the credit union industry. The challenge features more than $50,000 in prizes and will award the title of CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec to one evolving leader in the credit union industry.

“CUES brings the finest in talent development opportunities to the industry; the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge embodies this in every sense,” said John Pembroke, CUES’ president/CEO. “The fact that the competition is entering its seventh year stronger than ever is a testament to the number of dedicated, intelligent, and energetic up-and-coming leaders this industry has. I’m eager to see the pool of talented individuals who apply to be named the 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec.”

Four key phases make up the program:

1. Nominations will be accepted from April 26 to May 9, 2016 at Any young leader may apply by completing an application form and submitting a short video and blog post about their project idea during the application phase of May 10 to June 24, 2016.

2. The public can view the application videos and blog posts and then vote for their favorite. Voting takes place June 28 to July 13, 2016. The ten applicants with the most votes will move on to the Top 15 phase, along with five additional applicants chosen by a special panel of CUES members and past Finalists.

3. Each member of the Top 15 will submit an additional blog post, updating his or her project or idea. The second judging phase then begins with our judging panel of two CUES members and Deedee Myers, CEO of DDJ Myers, evaluating and scoring each member of the Top 15. 

4. The five highest-ranking applicants from the judges’ scores will be named Finalists and move on to the Finalist phase. The Finalists will contribute one additional video prior to their final presentations at CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network™, October 23-26 in Savannah, Ga.

To provide additional value to the competition experience, the Top 15 will receive executive coaching sessions from DDJ Myers. The five finalists will receive additional coaching, airfare, accommodation and registration to CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network. The winner will receive further coaching, airfare, accommodation and registration for two CUES’ CEO Institutes, a total prize package valued at $20,000.

2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Jimese Harkley, CUDE, said, “I never knew how impactful winning this competition would be for me. I learned more about myself by working through the various stages of the competition and became a stronger person. It was great to celebrate what we do at my credit union, and share that message online and at events. The CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition and the ability to attend CEO Institute have already had a huge impact on my career. This competition can be a life-changing event for a young leader."

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.

Based in Phoenix, Ariz., DDJ Myers offers executive recruitment, strategic organization, and customized leadership programs.

Currency is a credit union-focused marketing firm. Our unique programs—It’s a Money Thing, Young & Free and Next Top Credit Union Exec—focus on helping credit unions raise awareness, build relationships and foster financial empowerment with young adults.