Nominate a Stand-Out Future Leader for the 2013 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge in Partnership with DDJ Myers

The industry’s first competition recognizing the incredible young leaders of the credit union movement is back! The search is on for the 2013 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. The Credit Union Executives Society’s (CUES®) program for the industry’s emerging leaders is administered 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 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 emerging leader in the credit union industry.

“At CUES, our mission statement is to develop credit union CEOs, directors, and future leaders. The CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge supports our mission directly in helping develop future leaders. Those leaders are coming from all over the world. It was great to see people from four different countries nominated last year,“ says Chuck Fagan, CUES president & CEO. “We’re eager to see which talented people are nominated during this year’s challenge. It’s these people that will continue to keep the credit union industry thriving and strong.”

Four key phases make up the program this year:

  1. The search will open with a nomination phase. Nominations will be accepted from May 16 to June 14, 2013. Go to to nominate a young professional today. Any nominated young leader may apply by completing an application form and submitting a short video and blog post about their project idea.
  2. The public will be able to view the application videos and blog posts. When the voting phase takes place, the public will narrow the field to the top 15.
  3. Each member of the top 15 will submit an additional blog post, updating their project or idea. The judging phase then begins with our judging panel 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 YouTube video prior to their final presentations at CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network™, November 3-6 in San Diego.

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.

2012 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Ashley Kohlrus said, “I was overwhelmed by the support I received from my credit union’s staff and members, as well as the well wishes from many credit union leaders throughout the world. The CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition was one of the most impactful experiences in my career. While participating, I discovered a new level of dedication in myself and discovered a passion for sharing about my project."

CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Team