Brooklyn Park Couple Promotes Affordable Adoption Idea

CCX Media | By Shannon Slatton

There's never a dull moment in the Bullock house. Seven-year-old Alaya and 4-year-old Annika keep life busy and their parents on their toes. Their parents, Nicole and Geoff, wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Nicole and Geoff married 11 years ago, they knew they wanted to build a family.

"We thought about it the traditional way, but we kept going, we felt a call, a burden, a tug to go in another direction," remembered Nicole. 

The couple became foster parents first, then went a step further.

"It turned from foster care into adoption and we met our oldest daughter though foster care and she’s amazing and we had the opportunity to adopt her three months into having her, so here we are," said Nicole.

A few years later, they had the opportunity to adopt Alaya's sister, Annika. But the price to adopt a newborn was high.

"I told Nicole, I’ll work five jobs if I have to, she’s our daughter and this needs to happen," said Geoff.

Instead, the couple sold their Brooklyn Park home and used equity and savings to pay for the adoption.

"We thought there has to be a better way for other families to adopt," says Geoff. "What about families that don’t have resources and what about families that would be great homes for kids, but don’t have $30,000 sitting around the house?"

An Idea was Born

Geoff works for Firefly Credit Union and came up with an idea to make a credit line available for families. He entered his idea in a national contest and won. On Jan. 2, Firefly Credit Union launched that new line of credit. Instead of taking out a loan where families are responsible for interest right away, a credit line is available so families only have to pay interest on the amount they use.

While the Bullocks say the decision to sell their home to pay for their second daughter’s adoption was an easy one, they are thankful other families won’t have to make this same decision.

"I really hope we can help families get over that barrier," says Nicole. "So they can reach out and connect with other children who need a home and forever families."

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Brooklyn Park dad dreams up line of credit to help families adopt

Minnesota Credit Union Network The Pulse

Like her 7-year-old sister Alaya, 4-year-old Annika Bullock is a daddy’s girl — except when she’s under the weather. Then no one but Mom will do.

That’s why Nicole Bullock celebrated her recent 39th birthday with her feverish younger daughter on her lap, watching a movie in the family’s dining-room-turned-playroom.

“I’m the one that buys them too many stuffed animals and lets them break the rules, but when they’re in distress, I’m not as good as she is,” said dad Geoff Bullock of his wife.

The Brooklyn Park couple had to work hard to experience the everyday joys of parenting. In fact, they had to bet the house to build their family through adoption.

The Bullocks adopted Alaya from the foster care system when she turned 1. Two years later, they had taken custody of newborn Annika while preparing to adopt her. But complications in finalizing Annika’s adoption arose, and with them, almost $30,000 in legal fees and other expenses.

“We’d already had her for three months. We’d named her. I told Nicole, ‘I’ll work five jobs if I have to. She’s our daughter,’ ” Geoff said.

Although $30,000 may sound exorbitant, many families face those kinds of expenses when adopting. According to Adoptive Families magazine, which conducts an annual survey on the cost of finalizing adoptions, an average international adoption costs $42,000, while adoption of a domestic newborn averaged $37,000 in 2015-16.

To raise money to finance Annika’s adoption, the Bullocks sold the Brooklyn Park home they had bought as a fixer-upper, cashing out their sweat equity to pay the adoption-related bills.

“I thought there’s got to be another way, a better way for families like us to do this,” Geoff said.

He made it his mission to find one.

A financial education specialist at Burnsville-based Firefly Credit Union, Geoff went to work crafting a new type of loan — an adoption line of credit.

Because the adoption process often takes several years, this financing allows families to borrow bit by bit as expenses arise instead of taking out a large loan. That can dramatically lower their interest costs over the life of the loan.

Bullock entered his idea for an adoption line of credit in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive contest, a national industry competition that rewards innovative ideas from local credit union managers.

“We ask participants to come up with a product that could have industrywide impact, not just for their individual credit union,” said Tim McAlpine of Currency Marketing, the credit union industry organization that sponsored the competition.

“Geoff’s idea doesn’t solve a Minnesota problem,” McAlpine said. “It could be a nationwide solution to an issue.”

Bullock’s idea stood out among the thousand entries in the CUES contest. He was named a finalist in an October convention in Las Vegas, where he pitched his idea again, in a reality show-style competition — complete with a panel of judges, elimination rounds and online voting from the audience.

He was chosen as the national winner.

“Through his own experience, Geoff had beta-tested the concept and proved the relevancy of it,” said McAlpine, who presented the award. “He married an unmet market need with an applicable product. When the judges heard it, they had an aha moment.”

“When they made the announcement, I started crying,” Nicole Bullock said. “Not just because I was proud of Geoff but because I knew this means other people will be able to be parents and kids will get their forever families.”

Firefly Credit Union began offering its adoption loan — an unsecured fixed-rate line of credit — on Jan. 2. The loan is available so far only to adoptive families approved through Children’s Home Society/Lutheran Social Service, which is Minnesota’s largest adoption agency.

“We’ve known for years that financing adoption is a significant barrier for some families, so we’re always looking for new tools that a family can access,” said Alexis Oberdorfer, senior director of adoption for the agency. “We’re excited about the possibilities of an adoption line of credit. We met with Geoff and gave him input to help this option move forward.”

For kids, for families
Oberdorfer said families that adopt waiting children from the foster care system have minimal expenses, but confirmed that families who take the more expensive route of adopting infants face steep costs related to screening, transportation and legal fees.

Some families qualify for a federal adoption tax credit, and others can take advantage of grants or adoption expense reimbursement programs offered in some company benefit packages.

More affluent families may be able to front the costs, but many prospective parents end up borrowing from their retirement savings, hitting up friends and relatives for loans or taking second jobs.

“When families learn about the costs, so often their hearts sink and they have to slow down, go back and regroup,” Oberdorfer said. “We want families getting ready to engage with the process to have every vehicle possible to move forward.”

In the years since the Bullocks sold their fixer-upper to finance their bills, they’ve finalized Annika’s adoption and moved into a new house.

While winning the credit union contest has been a professional highlight for Bullock, he said, he’s more delighted that his idea may help other couples in their quest to become parents.

“Credit unions are collaborative. They don’t hold onto something and say, ‘This is a proprietary idea that’s mine.’ They’re willing to share,” he said. “Folks came up to me after the competition, [and asked] ‘How do I get this at my credit union?’ This is going to be good for them and good for kids who need families.”

That makes Bullock’s work on the credit line more than worth it.

“You could not find two sweeter, kinder, more loving girls than my daughters,” he said. “Our greatest joy in life is being their parents. You can’t put a price on that.”

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Brooklyn Park dad dreams up line of credit to help families adopt

StarTribune  |  By Kevyn Burger

Like her 7-year-old sister Alaya, 4-year-old Annika Bullock is a daddy’s girl — except when she’s under the weather. Then no one but Mom will do.

That’s why Nicole Bullock celebrated her recent 39th birthday with her feverish younger daughter on her lap, watching a movie in the family’s dining-room-turned-playroom.

“I’m the one that buys them too many stuffed animals and lets them break the rules, but when they’re in distress, I’m not as good as she is,” said dad Geoff Bullock of his wife.

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The Brooklyn Park couple had to work hard to experience the everyday joys of parenting. In fact, they had to bet the house to build their family through adoption.

The Bullocks adopted Alaya from the foster care system when she turned 1. Two years later, they had taken custody of newborn Annika while preparing to adopt her. But complications in finalizing Annika’s adoption arose, and with them, almost $30,000 in legal fees and other expenses.

“We’d already had her for three months. We’d named her. I told Nicole, ‘I’ll work five jobs if I have to. She’s our daughter,’ ” Geoff said.

Although $30,000 may sound exorbitant, many families face those kinds of expenses when adopting. According to Adoptive Families magazine, which conducts an annual survey on the cost of finalizing adoptions, an average international adoption costs $42,000, while adoption of a domestic newborn averaged $37,000 in 2015-16.

To raise money to finance Annika’s adoption, the Bullocks sold the Brooklyn Park home they had bought as a fixer-upper, cashing out their sweat equity to pay the adoption-related bills.

“I thought there’s got to be another way, a better way for families like us to do this,” Geoff said.

He made it his mission to find one.

A financial education specialist at Burnsville-based Firefly Credit Union, Geoff went to work crafting a new type of loan — an adoption line of credit.

Because the adoption process often takes several years, this financing allows families to borrow bit by bit as expenses arise instead of taking out a large loan. That can dramatically lower their interest costs over the life of the loan.

Bullock entered his idea for an adoption line of credit in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive contest, a national industry competition that rewards innovative ideas from local credit union managers.

“We ask participants to come up with a product that could have industrywide impact, not just for their individual credit union,” said Tim McAlpine of Currency Marketing, the credit union industry organization that sponsored the competition.

“Geoff’s idea doesn’t solve a Minnesota problem,” McAlpine said. “It could be a nationwide solution to an issue.”

Bullock’s idea stood out among the thousand entries in the CUES contest. He was named a finalist in an October convention in Las Vegas, where he pitched his idea again, in a reality show-style competition — complete with a panel of judges, elimination rounds and online voting from the audience.

He was chosen as the national winner.

“Through his own experience, Geoff had beta-tested the concept and proved the relevancy of it,” said McAlpine, who presented the award. “He married an unmet market need with an applicable product. When the judges heard it, they had an aha moment.”

“When they made the announcement, I started crying,” Nicole Bullock said. “Not just because I was proud of Geoff but because I knew this means other people will be able to be parents and kids will get their forever families.”

Firefly Credit Union began offering its adoption loan — an unsecured fixed-rate line of credit — on Jan. 2. The loan is available so far only to adoptive families approved through Children’s Home Society/Lutheran Social Service, which is Minnesota’s largest adoption agency.

“We’ve known for years that financing adoption is a significant barrier for some families, so we’re always looking for new tools that a family can access,” said Alexis Oberdorfer, senior director of adoption for the agency. “We’re excited about the possibilities of an adoption line of credit. We met with Geoff and gave him input to help this option move forward.”

For kids, for families
Oberdorfer said families that adopt waiting children from the foster care system have minimal expenses, but confirmed that families who take the more expensive route of adopting infants face steep costs related to screening, transportation and legal fees.

Some families qualify for a federal adoption tax credit, and others can take advantage of grants or adoption expense reimbursement programs offered in some company benefit packages.

More affluent families may be able to front the costs, but many prospective parents end up borrowing from their retirement savings, hitting up friends and relatives for loans or taking second jobs.

“When families learn about the costs, so often their hearts sink and they have to slow down, go back and regroup,” Oberdorfer said. “We want families getting ready to engage with the process to have every vehicle possible to move forward.”

In the years since the Bullocks sold their fixer-upper to finance their bills, they’ve finalized Annika’s adoption and moved into a new house.

While winning the credit union contest has been a professional highlight for Bullock, he said, he’s more delighted that his idea may help other couples in their quest to become parents.

“Credit unions are collaborative. They don’t hold onto something and say, ‘This is a proprietary idea that’s mine.’ They’re willing to share,” he said. “Folks came up to me after the competition, [and asked] ‘How do I get this at my credit union?’ This is going to be good for them and good for kids who need families.”

That makes Bullock’s work on the credit line more than worth it.

“You could not find two sweeter, kinder, more loving girls than my daughters,” he said. “Our greatest joy in life is being their parents. You can’t put a price on that.”

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CETNET Interviews: 2017 NTCUE Winner Geoff Bullock Shares His Winning ‘Bridging the Gap’ Project…

CU Broadcast

CUES' 2017 Next Top Credit Union Executive competition has a winner: Firefly Credit Union Financial Education Specialist Geoff Bullock took the top prize with his unique "Bridging the Gap" lending program for adoptive parents. Geoff's passionate presentation truly came from the heart, as he and his wife have personal experience in the very expensive world of adopting children. He saw a huge need to provide many, many adoptive parents out there with a clear way to afford the adoption process -- with credit unions leading the way.

Currency Marketing President and Creative Director Tim McAlpine joined us, as well, to share his thoughts on this year's competition, how it's evolved over the last eight years, and how this year's finalists were off-the-charts talented -- making it very difficult to choose a winner.

Check it out and let us know your thoughts -- and congratulations, again, Geoff. Well done!

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CETNET Interviews: Firefly’s Geoff Bullock Shares His NTCUE ‘Adoption’ Loans Project…

CU Broadcast

Geoff Bullock, Financial Education Specialist at Firefly Credit Union and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec finalist shares his competition project: "Bridging the Gap." Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

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CETNET Interviews: Red Rocks’ Jessica Vartanian Shares Her NTCUE Member Experience Project…

CU Broadcast

Jessica Vartanian, VP, Project Implementation and Impact at Red Rocks Credit Union and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec finalist visited us in the Studio Lounge just after her presentation to share further details on her NTCUE project: Re-engineering the Member Journey." Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

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CETNET Interviews: Northwest FCU’s Derek Fuzzell Shares His NTCUE F.A.R.E. Project…

CU Broadcast

Derek Fuzzell, Vice President - Finance at Northwest Federal Credit Union and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec finalist joined us in the Studio Lounge just after his NTCUE presentation to share further insight on his project: "F.A.R.E. Framework: Financial Management for Credit Union Professionals."  Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

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CETNET Interviews: Y-12’s Lindsey McMillen Shares Her NTCUE Risk-Based Check Cashing Project...

CU Broadcast

Lindsey McMillen, Business Systems Analyst at Y-12 Federal Credit Union and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec finalist dropped by the Studio Lounge after her presentation to share further insight on her NTCUE project: Risk Based Check Cashing. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

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CETNET Interviews: DuPont Community’s Josh Gelser Shares NTCUE PMO Project…

CU Broadcast

Joshua Gelser, Strategic Project Manager at DuPont Community Credit Union and CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec finalist, joined us in the Studio Lounge after his onstage presentation to divulge a few more details on his NTCUE project: Project Management Office. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

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Geoff Bullock of Firefly Credit Union Named CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

Minnesota Credit Union Network The Pulse

Geoff Bullock, financial education specialist with $1.1B Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minn., United States, was named the 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec (NTCUE) this morning.

Bullock’s project about bridging the financial gap for adoptive families was chosen from a group of international applicants, all age 35 or under, whom a team of judges selected as Finalists in August. As one of five Finalists, Bullock’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 Wednesday at CUES CEO/Executive Team Network™.  Bullock emerged the winner after a four-part scoring process that included judging panel results, a measurement of his social media engagement, plus audience and online voting.

Bullock, highlighted how his state of Minnesota became a central stop on “The Orphan Train” in the mid-1800s, and how it remains first in the United States in adoptions per capita. Bullock’s project idea was to create a unique loan product that would allow families wishing to adopt to have financial support and guidance throughout the process. In his presentation, Bullock provided suggestions for how credit unions of any size could implement similar programs of their own.

CUES president/CEO John Pembroke said, “Attendees at CEO/Executive Team Network were excited that Geoff Bullock 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:

 

  • Derek Fuzzell of $3.258B Northwest Federal Credit Union, Herndon, Va.; 
  • Josh Gelser of $1.1B DuPont Community Credit Union, Waynesboro, Va.; 
  • Lindsey McMillen of $1B Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and
  • Jessica Vartanian of $270M Red Rocks Credit Union, Littleton, Colo.

Bullock wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two of CUES’ coveted CEO Institutes – one in 2018 and one in 2019 – and two remote coaching sessions from Silver CUESolutions provider, strategic partner and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers Ltd. of Phoenix. Watch for further updates on Bullock’s project at www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.
 
CUES (www.cues.org) is the go-to source credit union professionals rely on for the highest quality talent development. We serve the evolving needs of the industry with excellence and value, making it stronger along the way. CUES offers highly rated institutes, conferences, and seminars, convenient online learning options, and progressive strategic solutions.

Currency (www.currencymarketing.ca) 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.


Based in Phoenix, Ariz., DDJ Myers (www.ddjmyers.com) offers executive recruitment, strategic organization, and customized leadership programs.

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Geoff Bullock of Firefly Credit Union Named CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

Press Release Point

 

Geoff Bullock, financial education specialist with $1.1B Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minn., United States, was named the 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec (NTCUE) this morning.
 

Bullock’s project about bridging the financial gap for adoptive families was chosen from a group of international applicants, all age 35 or under, whom a team of judges selected as Finalists in August. As one of five Finalists, Bullock’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 Wednesday at CUES CEO/Executive Team Network™.  Bullock emerged the winner after a four-part scoring process that included judging panel results, a measurement of his social media engagement, plus audience and online voting.
 

Bullock, highlighted how his state of Minnesota became a central stop on “The Orphan Train” in the mid-1800s, and how it remains first in the United States in adoptions per capita. Bullock’s project idea was to create a unique loan product that would allow families wishing to adopt to have financial support and guidance throughout the process. In his presentation, Bullock provided suggestions for how credit unions of any size could implement similar programs of their own.
 

CUES president/CEO John Pembroke said, “Attendees at CEO/Executive Team Network were excited that Geoff Bullock 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:

 

  • Derek Fuzzell of $3.258B Northwest Federal Credit Union, Herndon, Va.; 
  • Josh Gelser of $1.1B DuPont Community Credit Union, Waynesboro, Va.; 
  • Lindsey McMillen of $1B Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and
  • Jessica Vartanian of $270M Red Rocks Credit Union, Littleton, Colo.

Bullock wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two of CUES’ coveted CEO Institutes – one in 2018 and one in 2019 – and two remote coaching sessions from Silver CUESolutions provider, strategic partner and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers Ltd. of Phoenix. Watch for further updates on Bullock’s project at www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.

 
CUES (www.cues.org) is the go-to source credit union professionals rely on for the highest quality talent development. We serve the evolving needs of the industry with excellence and value, making it stronger along the way. CUES offers highly rated institutes, conferences, and seminars, convenient online learning options, and progressive strategic solutions.

Currency (www.currencymarketing.ca) 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.


Based in Phoenix, Ariz., DDJ Myers (www.ddjmyers.com) offers executive recruitment, strategic organization, and customized leadership programs.

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Bullock named 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec

CUInsight

Geoff Bullock, financial education specialist with $1.1B Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minn., United States, was named the 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec (NTCUE) this morning.

Bullock’s project about bridging the financial gap for adoptive families was chosen from a group of international applicants, all age 35 or under, whom a team of judges selected as Finalists in August. As one of five Finalists, Bullock’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 Wednesday at CUES CEO/Executive Team Network™(www.cues.org/cnet).  Bullock emerged the winner after a four-part scoring process that included judging panel results, a measurement of his social media engagement, plus audience and online voting.

Bullock, highlighted how his state of Minnesota became a central stop on “The Orphan Train” in the mid-1800s, and how it remains first in the United States in adoptions per capita. Bullock’s project idea was to create a unique loan product that would allow families wishing to adopt to have financial support and guidance throughout the process. In his presentation, Bullock provided suggestions for how credit unions of any size could implement similar programs of their own.

CUES president/CEO John Pembroke said, “Attendees at CEO/Executive Team Network were excited that Geoff Bullock 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:

  • Derek Fuzzell of $3.258B Northwest Federal Credit Union, Herndon, Va.;
  • Josh Gelser of $1.1B DuPont Community Credit Union, Waynesboro, Va.;
  • Lindsey McMillen of $1B Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and
  • Jessica Vartanian of $270M Red Rocks Credit Union, Littleton, Colo.

Bullock wins a $20,000 educational prize package that includes registration, accommodation and economy airfare to any two of CUES’ coveted CEO Institutes – one in 2018 and one in 2019 – and two remote coaching sessions from Silver CUESolutions provider, strategic partner and challenge sponsor DDJ Myers Ltd. of Phoenix. Watch for further updates on Bullock’s project at www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.

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Vote now for 2017 CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec

CUInsight

Who will advance from our five Finalists to become the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec? That’s up to YOU. Watch the live streamed presentations by our Finalists on October 11 starting at 12:15 p.m. Pacific time and then get ready to vote.

Earlier this year, 19 young, emerging leaders from within the credit union industry created video applications on NextTopCreditUnionExec.com(www.ntcue.com). From there, a judging panel and public vote narrowed the field to the Top 15. A separate judging panel then reduced the Top 15 down to the five Finalists. Now, with the help of the public, it’s time to choose the winner.

Each of the five Finalists produced a number of blogs and videos updating followers on their project idea. Online voting takes place on Tuesday, October 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Pacific time. The winner will be announced live at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

The NTCUE website will live stream the announcement of the winner. The winner will receive a CUES educational package valued at $20,000, and the honor of being named 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec.

The 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. To read the blogs, view the videos and extras that the five Finalists have created about their project, and then vote for your favorite, visit www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.

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Who Will Be Named Next Top Credit Union Exec? Tune In This Week

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Final presentations will take place this week as part of the 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec when hosts its CUES CEO/Executive Team Network here.

The Finalists, five young credit union employees, have been blogging and posting videos at NextTopCreditUnionExec.com (www.nextopcreditunionexec.com) about their respective projects in preparation for the face-off event, which will be live streamed via NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.

The five Finalists are:

  • Geoff Bullock, Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minn.
  • Derek Fuzzell, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Herndon, Va.
  • Josh Gelser, DuPont Community Credit Union, Waynesboro, Va.
  • Lindsey McMillen, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Jessica Vartanian, Red Rocks Credit Union, Littleton, Colo. 

The Finalists will have seven minutes to recap their projects for the judging panel and audience, who will then vote for their favorite Finalist.

CUES is urging credit unions to tune in from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on Oct. 11 to view the presentations via live-stream. The public can also vote online for their favorite Finalists between 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Pacific time on that same date. The Finalist with the highest score, based on a combination of judging panel results, audience votes, online votes and social media engagement, will earn the title of 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec and a $20,000 educational prize package from CUES.

The announcement of the winner will be livestreamed on NextTopCreditUnionExec.com on Oct. 12 at 12:45 p.m. PT.

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CUES® Next top Credit Union Exec judges announced

CUInsight

The judges for the 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition have been announced: Deedee Myers, Ph.D., CEO of DDJ Myers, challenge sponsor and Silver CUESolutions provider for their succession planning, executive recruitment and leadership coaching services, Phoenix; Dan Rader, president/CEO, SCE Federal Credit Union, Ontario, Calif.; and David O. Brock, president/CEO, Community Credit Union, Melbourne, Fla.

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, Rader and Brock 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.nexttopcreditunionexec.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 CEO/Executive Team Network™ in Las Vegas, October 10-12, 2017.

According to Myers, “The Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge is a favorite of mine every year. It’s exciting to watch the growth of the five finalists through out the challenge. Each one brings a project idea that is unique, yet always applicable to the other credit unions.”

Rader added, “I’m excited about the diversity of ideas from this group of finalists. They have obviously put a lot of thought and effort into their applications and blog posts, and I’m looking forward to their final presentations in Las Vegas.“

The judging panel is just one of the ways the Finalists’ presentations on Wednesday, October 11, will be evaluated. Audience members at the conference will be able to vote for their favorite on the spot, and the public will also be able to vote online on October 11. The Finalist with the highest score based on audience votes, online votes, social media interaction, as well as the judging panel results, will earn the title of 2017 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec.

The CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition is powered by Currency Marketing(www.currencymarketing.ca) and in partnership with DDJ Myers Ltd.(www.ddjmyers.com). Visit NextTopCreditUnionExec.com and check out the five Finalists’ projects. To register for the conference, visit cues.org/cnet(www.cues.org/cnet).

CUES(www.cues.org) 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.

 Currency(www.currencymarketing.ca) 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.

 Based in Phoenix, Ariz., DDJ Myers(www.ddjmyers.com) offers executive recruitment, strategic organization, and customized leadership programs.

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CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Judges. CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge is for the industry’s emerging leaders and is powered by Currency and in partnership with DDJ Myers.

CUES 39: Meet the 2017 NTCUE Finalists, an interview with Josh Gelser

CUES Podcast

In this episode, we will highlight one of the five Finalists of CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive (NTCUE) competition. Join us as we learn more about their projects and how they impact the credit union industry and beyond. Gelser is strategic project manager at DuPont Community Credit Union, Waynesboro, Va., and one of five NTCUE Finalists.

CUES 38: Meet the 2017 NTCUE Finalists, an interview with Lindsey McMillen

CUES Podcast

In this episode, we will highlight one of the five Finalists of CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive (NTCUE) competition. Join us as we learn more about their projects and how they impact the credit union industry and beyond. McMillen is business systems analyst at Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and one of five NTCUE Finalists.

CUES 37: Meet the 2017 NTCUE Finalists, an interview with Geoff Bullock

CUES Podcast

In this episode, we will highlight one of the five Finalists of CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive (NTCUE) competition. Join us as we learn more about their projects and how they impact the credit union industry and beyond. Bullock is financial education specialist at Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minn., and one of five NTCUE Finalists.

CUES 36: Meet the 2017 NTCUE Finalists, an interview with Jessica Vartanian

CUES Podcast

In this episode, we will highlight one of the five Finalists of CUES Next Top Credit Union Executive (NTCUE) competition. Join us as we learn more about their projects and how they impact the credit union industry and beyond. Vartanian is the vice president project implementation and impact at Red Rocks CU, Littleton, Colo., and one of five NTCUE Finalists.