CUES Interviews: NTCUE Winner Fibre Credit Union’s Shannon Cahoon Reacts to Her Victory…

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Fibre Federal Credit Union Community Outreach Coordinator Shannon Cahoon reacts to her 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec win and adds what's next for her career.  Currency Marketing President and Creative Director Tim McAlpine joins the celebratory chat, providing details on the prize haul for Shannon and advice for 2017 would-be contestants. Start thinking who you'd like to nominate today. Enjoy -- and congrats again Shannon.

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Cahoon named 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

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Shannon Cahoon, community outreach coordinator with $967M Fibre Federal Credit Union, Longview, Wash., was named the 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec (NTCUE) this morning.

Cahoon’s project to track the return on investment of financial education 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, Cahoon’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™ (www.cues.org/ntcue.com).  Cahoon 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.

Cahoon recognized the importance of providing value in financial education, and being able to prove that value through a comprehensive system. The credit union industry in North America will benefit from Cahoon’s turnkey system, allowing them to track, measure and prove the profitability of their financial education efforts. In her presentation, Cahoon provided suggestions for how credit unions of any size could implement similar programs of their own.

CUES president/CEO John Pembroke said, “Attendees at our CEO/Executive Team Network conference were excited that Shannon Cahoon and the rest of this year’s NTCUE Finalists continue to demonstrate that the future of the credit union movement is strong and the plans and ideas coming from this next generation of leaders are both smart and achievable.”

The other four Finalists were:

  • Ali Fett of $760M Verve, a Credit Union, Oshkosh, Wis.;
  • Colleen Tilton of $440M Blackhawk Community Credit Union, Janesville, Wis.;
  • Michael Murdoch of $236M NW Priority Credit Union, Portland, Ore.; and
  • Nicole Haverly of $1.8B Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Saint Paul, Minn.

Cahoon wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two of CUES’ coveted CEO Institutes – one in 2017 and one in 2018 – and two remote coaching sessions from CUES Supplier member, strategic partner and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers Ltd.(www.ddjmyers.com) of Phoenix. Watch for further updates on Cahoon’s project at www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com (www.nexttopcreditunionexec.com).

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Fibre Federal CU's Shannon Cahoon Takes CUES Next Top CU Exec Competition

Anthem | By Eric Horvath

The Community Outreach Coordinator's project to track the ROI on financial education investment put her over the top.

Fibre Federal Credit Union’s Community Outreach Coordinator Shannon Cahoon won first place in an annual international search for young stand-out credit union executives. The “Next Top Credit Union Executive” is coordinated by Credit Union Executive Society (CUES), an international credit union membership association. 

Cahoon’s project to track the return on investment of financial education 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, Cahoon’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™ in Savannah, GA.  Cahoon emerged the winner this morning after a four-part scoring process that included judging panel results, a measurement of her social media engagement, plus audience and online voting.

Cahoon recognized the importance of providing value in financial education, and being able to prove that value through a comprehensive system. In her presentation, Cahoon provided suggestions for how credit unions of any size could implement similar programs of their own.

CUES president/CEO John Pembroke said, “Attendees at our CEO/Executive Team Network conference were excited that Shannon Cahoon and the rest of this year’s NTCUE Finalists continue to demonstrate that the future of the credit union movement is strong and the plans and ideas coming from this next generation of leaders are both smart and achievable.”

Cahoon wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two of CUES’ coveted CEO Institutes—one in 2017 and one in 2018—and two remote coaching sessions from DDJ Myers Ltd. of Phoenix.

Click here to view Cahoon's presentation from the CUES event.

Cahoon was joined in the final five by NW Priority Credit Union Marketing Specialist Michael Murdoch.

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NTCUE Competition: NW Priority CU’s Michael Murdoch Shares ‘People Providing Hope’ Program…

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NW Priority Credit Union Marketing Specialist Michael Murdoch shares his "People Providing Hope" program, which consists of a omprehensive financial education program offering tailored coursework and co-operative banking products and services – within a safe and social space – to select, at-risk people aged 16 to 24.

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NTCUE Competition: Blackhawk Community CU’s Colleen Tilton Shares ‘Learn to Earn’ Program…

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Blackhawk Community Credit Union Director of Staff Development Colleen Tilton shares her "Learn to Earn" program, which invests in employees’ professional development by creating career paths with educational and experience opportunities that allow them to specialize in member service areas, as well as increase their own income potential.

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NTCUE Competition: Fibre FCU’s Shannon Cahoon Shares ‘Tracking the ROI of Financial Education’…

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Fibre Federal Credit Union Community Outreach Coordinator Shannon Cahoon shares her "Tracking the ROI of Financial Education" program, which tracks, measures, and proves the profitability of a credit union's financial education program using Shannon's turn key, comprehensive system.

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NTCUE Competition: Affinity Plus FCU’s Nicole Haverly Shares the ‘Savings Accelerator’ Program…

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Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union Senior Portfolio Manager Nicole Haverly shares her "Savings Accelerator" program, which increases saving behavior that puts an end to the downward spiral of payday lending.

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Ashley Kohlrus honored with leadership award

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Ashley Kohlrus, chief operations officer for Allegacy Federal Credit Union, has been honored with one of the Winston-Salem Chamber’s 2016 Winston<40 Leadership Awards.

The Winston<40 award is given to 20 individuals that are excelling in their respective fields. The individuals are also actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

“We are extremely proud of Ashley for being named to this incredible group of young leaders in our community,” said Cathy Pace, President and CEO, Allegacy. “She is dedicated to ensuring that Allegacy employees are motivated and encouraged to provide an outstanding member experience for every member, every time and learn from all interactions. She has coined the mantra to ‘replicate and celebrate compliments’ and ‘coaching and mitigate complaints.’ One of her core values is life-long learning and she takes every opportunity to learn and grow.”

Kohlrus is active in the Winston-Salem community where she serves on the Komen Northwest North Carolina Board of Directors and currently is secretary on the executive committee, the Center for Smart Financial Choices Board of Directors, Hospice Foundation Leadership Council, Allegacy Benefit Solutions Board of Directors, and is the Credit Union Executives Society Carolinas Council Chair. She is also a 2010 recipient of the YWCA “Women of Vision” award and the 2012 Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Next Top Credit Union Executive.

She received her undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from East Tennessee State University and her master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Change from Pfeiffer University. She has also earned numerous certifications including Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Global Customer Experience Management, and Credit Union Executive Society Chief Executive (CCE).

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About Allegacy

For nearly 50 years, Allegacy has helped its members, employees and the communities it serves be their best by helping people make smart financial choices. By doing right, Allegacy has become one of the largest credit unions in North Carolina serving over 129,000 members worldwide with over $1.2 billion in assets and an additional billion dollars in assets under management in its financial planning group. With roots in Winston Salem, Allegacy has 12 convenient locations and eight high school student-run credit unions in the Triad. Allegacy offers personal and business financial services to help a broad membership base including the employees, retirees and families of over 680 companies throughout the country be their best. To learn more, visit AllegacyFCU.org.

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One to Watch: Danielle Buscher

Association for Talent Development | by ATD Staff

Title: Learning and Development Manager

Company: West Community Credit Union

Location: O'Fallon, Missouri

Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism (Eastern Illinois University); pursuing a master's degree in HR and organization development with a concentration in workplace learning (University of Louisville)

Twitter Handle: @dbuscher29

At West Community Credit Union, Buscher is a department of one. She designs and delivers training for the entire credit union, manages the learning management system, works with subject matter experts, and evaluates training effectiveness. That's in addition to running a volunteer professional development group for employees who want to develop outside of the opportunities they have based on their job title.

What advice do you have for new talent development professionals?
Never stop learning. We are so focused on the professional development of others that it can be easy to forget about developing ourselves. Get involved with your local ATD chapter. Join a community of practice. Keep developing your skill set because, at the end of the day, it will make you more equipped to develop others.

The profession's future
While there will always be a need for formal training, I see the role of the talent development professional shifting to more of a content curator that creates learning environments to support more autonomous and social learning experiences. I look at how people learn outside of work or school. They are not signing up to attend formal training programs; they are getting their information from resources like Twitter or YouTube. With our ever-changing environment, TD professionals need to start emulating the social tools that people are already using for learning.

Greatest achievement
I was a 2015 Top 5 Finalist for Next Top Credit Union Executive, which is an international competition for young credit union professionals that requires nominees to develop and implement a project that they believe will advance the credit union industry.

My project was a voluntary professional development program for employees who wanted to engage, grow, and develop outside of the opportunities afforded to them by their job title.

Qualities for success
Passion, determination, and confidence.

Extracurricular activities
I am a runner and like to use that as a tool to raise funds for charities like St. Jude's.

Favorite quote
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Judges For CUES’ Next Top CU Exec Are Named

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The judges for the 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition have been announced.

They are: Deedee Myers, CEO of DDJ Myers, CUES Strategic Partner and challenge sponsor, Phoenix; Matt Levandowski, president and CEO of Heritage Family Credit Union in Rutland, Vt.; and Ashley Kohlrus, chief operations officer at Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem, N.C. and 2012 Next Top Credit Union Exec Winner.

CUES reported that After a public vote and a judging panel of previous CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec participants reduced the original applicants to a Top 15, a judging panel of Myers, Levandowski and Kohlrus 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 (www.ntcue.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 (www.cues.org/cnet) in Savannah, Ga., Oct. 23-26, 2016.

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3 steps to supporting a bright future for credit unions

CU Insight | by John Pembroke

For seven years running, the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge has been making a positive difference in the professional lives of the young credit union professionals (non-CEOs, age 35 and under) who take it on. Participating means blogging with text and video and—for those who make it to the Final Five—presenting live at CEO/Executive Team Network—about a project they’re leading at their credit unions.

One way the contest supports a bright future for credit unions is by underscoring for these rising stars the idea they can excel in their work at credit unions. For example, 2014 winner Alex Castley, CHRP, talent acquisition/development manager at $1.3 billion Integris Credit Union, Prince George, British Columbia, said:

“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.”

Another positive impact of the competition is that winners receive the prize of attendance at two segments of world-class CEO Institute. This is a great opportunity for them to develop as leaders and puts them on the path of earning the well-respected Certified Chief Executive designation. In some cases, the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec experience is what puts the possibility of being a top leader in the credit union industry on the radar of these young professionals.

For example, 2011 winner Devin Selte, CCE, now senior manager of member experience at $14 billion Servus Credit Union in Edmonton, Alberta, said: “Because of this competition and going on to achieve my CCE designation (by attending the three segments of CEO Institute and completing the between segments projects), I have set forth a future goal of becoming a CEO in the credit union movement. The CCE designation will definitely assist me in working toward reaching that goal.”

In addition, each year’s Finalists get to meet both their competition peers and longtime credit union leaders when they present at CEO/Executive Team Network. “Winning the competition has expanded my network exponentially and allowed me to learn from credit union leaders across the country,” says 2016 winner Jimese Harkley, CUDE, who was philanthropy and community relations manager with $1.4 billion America’s First Federal Credit Union, Birmingham, Ala., when she won and now is stewardship/development director for Filene Research Institute, Madison, Wis.

Notably, the contest does not just benefit the winners. Participant blogs clearly demonstrate the energy all the entrants have gotten from the experience of vying to be the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. The Top 15 also receive a remote executive coaching session from challenge sponsor DDJ Myers, a CUES Supplier member and strategic provider based in Phoenix.

As I write this column, the five 2016 Finalists have been named. Already more than 5,700 votes have been cast up to this point in the contest this year—up almost 60 percent over last year’s vote tally. And it’s not over yet. You can still be a part of the positive impact this year’s competition will make by taking the following three steps:

  1. Get to know the 5 Finalists.
  2. Watch the live stream of the final presentations at CEO/Executive Team Network on Oct. 24—or see them in person by attending the event in Savannah, Ga.
  3. Vote. Voting will open at approximately 3 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 24, and end at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 25.

Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to vote. By doing so, you’ll support credit unions’ bright future.

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Who Will Be the Next Top CU Exec?

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Five finalists are vying to win CUES’ competition by pitching special projects aimed at everything from financial education and savings to employee development and engagement.

Shannon Cahoon,
Fibre FCU, Longview, Wash.

A 27-year-old community outreach coordinator for the $967 million Fibre FCU is making a business case for providing a financial education program.

Tracking the ROI of Financial Education
Cahoon is developing a turn-key, comprehensive system to monitor and measure a credit union’s financial education program to prove the profitability of these efforts. The Next Top CU Exec finalist added that “the beauty of it is that with a few simple adjustments, this program can also be used to measure the ROI of your community outreach efforts, business development program, second chance accounts and more.” Learn more about Cahoon’s plan here.

Ali Fett,
Verve CU, Oshkosh, Wis.

The 35-year-old AVP of talent development at the $760 million Verve is pitching how a whimsical, yet concrete reminder of a CU’s mission can lead to a strong culture of servant leadership.

The Jar!
Fett demonstrated how her credit union is using this jar as a visible daily reminder to get and keep employees engaged from the moment they’re first brought on board and every day thereafter. Inside the jar: a bucket, symbolizing how people “fill each other up” and the power of words; a goal post, representing the importance of giving each other clear guidelines; a puzzle piece, celebrating each person’s natural talents and a ladder and penny, symbolizing flipping a coin and asking good questions before making assumptions. “We know when organizations have engaged team members, they perform four times better financially,” Fett said. Click here to learn more about Fett’s plan.

Nicole Haverly,
Affinity Plus FCU, Saint Paul, Minn.

The 30-year-old senior portfolio manager at the $1.8 billion Affinity Plus is focusing her efforts on helping consumers save money to prevent them from heading into the downward spiral of payday lending.

Savings Accelerator
This program is paired with a loan in which the borrower receives a reduction on the interest rate and then puts aside a small amount automatically into higher-yielding savings account each month. The idea, Haverly said, is that by the time the member repays the loan, the member will have a substantial accumulation of savings. “Today, too many Americans rely on the payday lending industry, and many live paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “This downward cycle of debt can be transformed into upward financial freedom once our members learn how to save by paying themselves first.” Click here to learn more about Haverly’s plan.

Michael Murdoch,
NW Priority CU, Portland, Ore.

The 34-year-old marketing specialist at the $236 million NW Priority is hearkening back to the industry’s roots by seeking to help at-risk youth succeed by giving them a safe place to learn about finances.

People Providing Hope
Murdoch’s project is to create a comprehensive financial education program that targets at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 by working with groups of alienated and disaffected youth to not only teach them about personal financial issues but also to help them gain banking skills and work experience in the process. “Remember, the very first credit union members weren’t noblemen or aristocrats,” he said. “They were at risk themselves; peasants, refugees and outcasts. As institutions built on the belief that everyone deserves a fair shot at life, credit unions have the philosophic responsibility to develop and implement financial education coursework for those who have no societal voice and who desperately need our help.” Click here to learn more about Murdoch’s plan.

Colleen Tilton,
Blackhawk Community CU, Janesville, Wis.

The 34-year-old director of staff development at the $440 million CU has been tasked with improving Blackhawk’s employee development program by putting together “academies” for different specialties that will allow employees to serve members better while improving their own income potential.

Learn to Earn: Our Transition to a Learning Organization
As part of Blackhawk’s strategic plan, Tilton is developing a plan to create strong career paths for employees such that they can focus on mastering certain skills and be rewarded for doing so while also giving them the skills and experience they need to further their careers at the credit union. “My big audacious goal for the plan envisions our credit union as a premier employer in our community,” Tilton said. “Our member experience is our No. 1 priority, and we recognize that we are only as strong as our employees who serve our members.” The credit union will measure the success of the program by monitoring employee turnover, internal promotions and enrollment in the program. Click here to learn more about Tilton’s plan.

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Two of Top Five in CUES Top CU Exec Contest Hail from Northwest

Anthem | By Eric Horvath

As the finalist list moves from 15 to five, young credit union professionals from Oregon and Washington advanced.

Late last week, the five finalists for the 2016 CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge were announced—and both Northwest entries made the cut.

Michael Murdoch of NW Priority Credit Union, in Portland, OR, and Shannon Cahoon of Fibre Federal Credit Union in Longview, WA, made it to the final.

Each of the five Finalists will be required to produce an additional one- to two-minute YouTube video detailing the progress of their project. These videos will be posted on the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec blog and will help the general public and our judging panel further evaluate the Finalists.

A combination of public vote and a judging panel determined the Top 15 entrants. Since the results of that vote were announced in mid July, all 15 young professionals have been providing updates to their projects at NTCUE.com(www.nexttopcreditunionexec.com).

These updates and entrants’ earlier video applications were evaluated by a judging team composed of Deedee Myers, CEO of DDJ Myers(www.ddjmyers.com), Phoenix, and two credit union executives.

Cahoon is developing a turn-key tracking system for measuring the profitability of programs like financial education, business development, community outreach, second chance accounts, and more. She is currently on the board of the Northwest Young Credit Union Professionals, a member of the Executive Committee for the National Youth Involvement Board, and a contributing blogger for CUNA’s Guides to Money blog.

Murdoch is introducing the idea of “People Providing Hope”, a collaborative effort between credit unions and other community groups to combat the crisis of teen and young adult homelessness through financial education, specialized banking programs, and job experience. Michael has planned and directed dozens of successful community growth fundraisers, including those for the Portland Kitchen, Lines for Life, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“The five finalists were selected from a unique and highly skilled group,” said John Pembroke, CUES’ president/CEO. “We had many fantastic entries this year. Our judges had quite the challenging task in determining which of the Top 15 would move through to the Finals.

Click here for earlier coverage of the contest in Anthem—and be sure to support your two finalists on social media!

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#616: How CUES NTCUE Competition Fuels Future Credit Union Leaders…

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It's that time of year again when the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition starts to really heat up. We are down to 15 competitors now, which will be pared down to the final five in another month or so. So get over to the website now and pick your favorite because these folks will be running our industry in the not-so-distant future.

To get the inside scoop on this annual endeavor, we invited NTCUE's creator/Ryan Seacrest-like host Currency Marketing's President & Creative Director Tim McAlpine -- who's also behind the immensely popular "Young & Free" program and more recently "It's a Money Thing" animated financial literacy series.

Tim provides us with a quick history on the seven-year-old competition, how it benefits the participants and the industry, competitor success stories, the incredible awards/prizes given out to the winners, and plenty more.

So check it out and let us know your thoughts -- and who you're rooting for this year.

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Two NW Entries Make Top 15 in CUES Next Top CU Exec Competition

Anthem | By Eric Horvath

What began as more than 200 young credit union leaders at the beginning of the nomination process has made it to the next round.

Two of the Top 15 finalists in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive Competition are from the Northwest.

Shannon Cahoon, Community Outreach Coordinator at Fibre Federal Credit Union ($967M) in Longview, Washington and Michael Murdoch, Marketing Specialist at NW Priority Credit Union ($236M) in Portland, Oregon, both advanced. 

The announcement follows the conclusion of public voting which increased to nearly 60 percent over last year, according to CUES President & CEO, John Pembroke.

“After putting the twenty-five applicants to a public vote, we were delighted to see the votes flood in. We had well over 5,700 votes this year,” he said.

The competition is hosted by CUES, in partnership with DDJ Myers and Currency, and features several phases of competition.

Cahoon is developing a turn-key tracking system for measuring the profitability of programs like financial education, business development, community outreach, second chance accounts, and more. She is currently on the board of the Northwest Young Credit Union Professionals, a member of the Executive Committee for the National Youth Involvement Board, and a contributing blogger for CUNA’s Guides to Money blog.

Murdoch is introducing the idea of “People Providing Hope”, a collaborative effort between credit unions and other community groups to combat the crisis of teen and young adult homelessness through financial education, specialized banking programs, and job experience. Michael has planned and directed dozens of successful community growth fundraisers, including those for the Portland KitchenLines for Life, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Top 15 will now submit a blog post update about their project to www.nexttopcreditunionexec.com. And to provide additional value to the competition experience, they’ll each receive an executive coaching session from DDJ Myers, a CUES Supplier member and strategic provider. A judging panel of two CUES members and Deedee Myers of DDJ Myers will then score the Top 15’s applications and blog posts, narrowing the competition to the Final Five, who will move on to the finals.

Follow along in later issues of Anthem and on social media with hashtag #NTCUE and support Shannon and Michael!

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Fibre Federal and NW Priority CU Home to Candidates for 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive Search

Anthem | By Eric Horvath

The competition is hosted by CUES, in partnership with DDJ Myers and Currency, and features several phases of competition.

The Northwest is proud to have two candidates for the 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive Search.

The competition is hosted by CUES, in partnership with DDJ Myers and Currency, and features several phases of competition. Candidates were either nominated, or applied on their own. The first challenge was to create a short video introducing themselves and a project they are working on to impact their credit union, or the industry as a whole.

Shannon Cahoon, Community Outreach Coordinator at Fibre Federal Credit Union ($967M) in Longview, Washington, is developing a turn-key tracking system for measuring the profitability of programs like financial education, business development, community outreach, second chance accounts, and more. She is currently on the board of the Northwest Young Credit Union Professionals, a member of the Executive Committee for the National Youth Involvement Board, and a contributing blogger for CUNA’s Guides to Money blog.

Michael Murdoch, Marketing Specialist at NW Priority Credit Union ($236M) in Portland, Oregon, is introducing the idea of “People Providing Hope”, a collaborative effort between credit unions and other community groups to combat the crisis of teen and young adult homelessness through financial education, specialized banking programs, and job experience. Michael has planned and directed dozens of successful community growth fundraisers, including those for the Portland KitchenLines for Life, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Shannon and Michael will need your help to make it onto the next stage of competition—the top 15.

Beginning today, you can visit the CUES NTCUE website to view all applicant profiles, and vote for Shannon or Michael. You are allowed one vote per valid email address. Voting will be open until July 13. The top 15 will then submit a blog post about their project by August 18, which will be reviewed by a panel of judges. From here, the top five will create an update video, and prepare for live presentations at the CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network in Savannah, Georgia, on October 24. You can also engage with Shannon and Michael on social media, as this will count as 15% of their overall score.

Let’s show some Northwest support to these two outstanding young professionals! Encourage your staff to visit the competition website and vote by July 13. Stay tuned for updates on other ways you can support Shannon and Michael’s journey!

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Fifteen CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec Applicants Advance

CU Insight 

Public voting has ended and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec has announced its Top 15 applicants for 2016. CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec (NTCUE) competition – held in partnership with DDJ Myers and powered by Currency – searches for emerging leaders age 35 and under from within the credit union industry.

“We were pleased to have had well over 200 worthy young credit union leaders nominated for this, our seventh year of competition. Of those nominated, 25 people from Canada and the U.S. applied by submitting an entry video,” said John Pembroke, CUES’ president/CEO. “After putting the twenty-five applicants to a public vote, we were delighted to see the votes flood in; we had well over 5,700 votes this year, a nearly 60d% increase over last year’s vote tally.”

The top 10 vote-getters automatically advanced to the Top 15 phase, and five additional applicants were chosen by a special judging panel of former NTCUE finalists to round out the Top 15.

Named to the Top 15 in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition are:

  • Lindsey Benson, 29, Loan Officer, Soo Co-op Credit Union, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., USA
  • Shannon Cahoon, 27, Community Outreach Coordinator, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Longview, Wash., USA
  • Caire Chambers, 35, Training Manager, Smart Financial Credit Union, Houston, USA
  • Dustin Cole, 33, Vice President of Indirect Lending, Arkansas Federal Credit Union, Jacksonville, Ark., USA
  • Chris Conway, 34, Branch Manager, Smart Financial Credit Union, Houston, USA
  • Ali Fett, 35, AVP of Talent Development, Verve a Credit Union, Oshkosh, Wis., USA
  • Rachel Guyselman, 29, Operations/Marketing Manager, Tongass Federal Credit Union, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
  • Nicole Haverly, 30, Senior Portfolio Manager, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., USA
  • Ben Hering, 32, Business Development Specialist, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., USA
  • Mario Mejia, 33, Business Development Director, Department of Interior Federal Credit Union, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Michael Murdoch, 34, Marketing Specialist, NW Priority Credit Union, Portland, Ore., USA
  • David O’Dell, 33, Branch Manager, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Birmingham, Ala., USA
  • Colleen Tilton, 34, Director of Staff Development, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, Janesville, Wis., USA
  • Raffo Wimsett, 31, Campus Relations Partner, Commonwealth Credit Union, Frankfort, Ky., USA
  • Stephanie Zulegar, 32, VP/Chief Lending Officer, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn., USA

The Top 15 will now submit a blog post update about their project to www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com. And to provide additional value to the competition experience, they’ll each receive an executive coaching session from DDJ Myers, a CUES Supplier member and strategic provider. A judging panel of two CUES members and Deedee Myers of DDJ Myers will then score the Top 15’s applications and blog posts, narrowing the competition to the Final Five, who will move on to the finals.

The five Finalists will receive additional coaching, airfare, accommodation and registration to CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network™, October 22-25 in Savannah, Ga., where they will give their final presentations. The winner will receive further coaching, airfare, accommodation and registration for two CUES’ CEO Institutes, a total prize package valued at $20,000.

To follow along with the next stages of the competition, go to www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.

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, based in Chilliwack, B.C., is a leading integrated marketing agency for credit unions and is featuring its latest financial education concept – It’s a Money Thing.

Fifteen CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec Applicants Advance

CUES 

Public voting has ended and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec has announced its Top 15 applicants for 2016. CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec (NTCUE) competition – held in partnership with DDJ Myers and powered by Currency – searches for emerging leaders age 35 and under from within the credit union industry.

“We were pleased to have had well over 200 worthy young credit union leaders nominated for this, our seventh year of competition. Of those nominated, 25 people from Canada and the U.S. applied by submitting an entry video,” said John Pembroke, CUES’ president/CEO. “After putting the twenty-five applicants to a public vote, we were delighted to see the votes flood in; we had well over 5,700 votes this year, a nearly 60d% increase over last year’s vote tally.”

The top 10 vote-getters automatically advanced to the Top 15 phase, and five additional applicants were chosen by a special judging panel of former NTCUE finalists to round out the Top 15.

Named to the Top 15 in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition are:

  • Lindsey Benson, 29, Loan Officer, Soo Co-op Credit Union, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., USA
  • Shannon Cahoon, 27, Community Outreach Coordinator, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Longview, Wash., USA
  • Caire Chambers, 35, Training Manager, Smart Financial Credit Union, Houston, USA
  • Dustin Cole, 33, Vice President of Indirect Lending, Arkansas Federal Credit Union, Jacksonville, Ark., USA
  • Chris Conway, 34, Branch Manager, Smart Financial Credit Union, Houston, USA
  • Ali Fett, 35, AVP of Talent Development, Verve a Credit Union, Oshkosh, Wis., USA
  • Rachel Guyselman, 29, Operations/Marketing Manager, Tongass Federal Credit Union, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
  • Nicole Haverly, 30, Senior Portfolio Manager, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., USA
  • Ben Hering, 32, Business Development Specialist, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn., USA
  • Mario Mejia, 33, Business Development Director, Department of Interior Federal Credit Union, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Michael Murdoch, 34, Marketing Specialist, NW Priority Credit Union, Portland, Ore., USA
  • David O’Dell, 33, Branch Manager, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Birmingham, Ala., USA
  • Colleen Tilton, 34, Director of Staff Development, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, Janesville, Wis., USA
  • Raffo Wimsett, 31, Campus Relations Partner, Commonwealth Credit Union, Frankfort, Ky., USA
  • Stephanie Zulegar, 32, VP/Chief Lending Officer, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn., USA

The Top 15 will now submit a blog post update about their project to www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com. And to provide additional value to the competition experience, they’ll each receive an executive coaching session from DDJ Myers, a CUES Supplier member and strategic provider. A judging panel of two CUES members and Deedee Myers of DDJ Myers will then score the Top 15’s applications and blog posts, narrowing the competition to the Final Five, who will move on to the finals.

The five Finalists will receive additional coaching, airfare, accommodation and registration to CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network™, October 22-25 in Savannah, Ga., where they will give their final presentations. The winner will receive further coaching, airfare, accommodation and registration for two CUES’ CEO Institutes, a total prize package valued at $20,000.

To follow along with the next stages of the competition, go to www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.

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.

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Two Minnesotans in the Running for CUES Young Credit Union Executive Competition

Minnesota Credit Union Network The Pulse

Twenty-five young, emerging leaders from within the credit union industry created video applications to compete for 2016 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec, powered by Currency and in partnership with DDJ Myers. 2016 competition participants from Minnesota include Affinity Plus Business Development Specialist Ben Hering and Senior Portfolio Manager Nicole Haverly, also from Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union.

Online voting is open to the public until Wednesday, July 13 at 2 p.m.

The ten Applicants with the most online votes will have the opportunity to continue on in the competition, and a special judging committee will add five additional applicants to form the Top 15.

A second judging panel will evaluate and score the Top 15 and the five highest-ranking applicants will be named Finalists. The five Finalists will win additional coaching sessions and registration, accommodation and airfare to CUES' CEO/Executive Team Network™ in Savannah, Ga., Oct. 22 through 25. While in Savannah, the Finalists will face off for the grand prize.

Visit NextTopCreditUnionExec.com to view the videos and place your vote today.

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