Jimese Harkley, 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec
Jimese Harkley, philanthropy and community relations manager with America’s First Federal Credit Union in Birmingham, Alabama, was named the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec
Harkley’s project idea about a “Community First Campaign” was chosen from a group of international applicants, all age 35 or under, who had been selected by a team of judges as Finalists in September. As one of five Finalists, Harkley’s 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 Monday at CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network™. Harkley 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.
Jimese wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two CUES’ CEO Institutes—one in 2016 and one in 2017—and two remote coaching sessions from CUES Supplier member, strategic partner and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers Ltd. of Phoenix, Ariz.
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“Being named the winner has given me a huge boost, both personally and professionally. It validated the work we are doing at my credit union, and gave a shot of confidence to all of us. We may be a small credit union in Northern Canada, but we can have an impact internationally."
“Being named the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec has opened numerous public speaking doors for me. I eagerly look forward to sharing my experience with others and encouraging them to take advantage of future competitions."
“What an awesome program to encourage credit union professionals, 35 and under, to get involved in the industry, network and learn from industry leaders, as well as grow professionally and personally during the process."
"Winning this competition was one of the most impactful experiences in my career. While participating, I found a new passion in developing people. So much so, that I moved to a new position as a corporate trainer in leadership development."
"Winning the 2010 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec clarified the passion and talents that I have in my life and gave me a window into what's possible in my future. It was an awesome experience."