The Pulse | 08-30-2018

Volume 7, Issue 34.5



Minnesotan Named Finalist for 2018 CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec

The 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 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.


The five Finalists for the 2018 CUES®Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge are:


  • Blaine Bartholomew, Unitus Community Credit Union, Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Lynette Cupps, MAX Credit Union, Montgomery, Alabama, United States
  • Clark Duncan, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Radcliff, Kentucky, United States 
  • Jodi Maus, Central Minnesota Credit Union, Melrose, Minnesota, United States
  • Emily Strybosch, Libro Credit Union, London, Ontario, Canada 

 “The five Finalists were selected from a highly competitive group,” said John Pembroke, CUES’ president/CEO. “Once again, we had several notable entries this year. Our judges had to consider a wide range of items to choose five quality young leaders from our Top 10 to move through to the Finals. 

“Thank you to all of our applicants for their hard work to get to this point, and for the outstanding ideas they bring to their credit unions and the credit union industry. Congratulations to our Finalists; we look forward to learning more about their projects as they progress between now and their final presentations at CEO/Executive Team Network in November,” said Pembroke. 


In addition to two coaching sessions provided by challenge sponsor and Silver CUESolutions provider for their succession planning, executive recruitment and leadership coaching services DDJ Myers, the five Finalists each receive registration, accommodations and airfare to CUES’ CEO/Executive Team Network™ in Nashville, November 5 through 7, 2018. There, the Finalists will face off for the grand prize, a CUES educational package valued at $20,000, and the honor of being named 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec on November 7.



Update your Communications Preferences with MnCUN, Credit Union Webinar Network

Through partnership with the Credit Union Webinar Network, the Minnesota Credit Union Network offers more than 120 educational webinars annually. The Webinar Network has enhanced their email system to provide you with more relevant content and less emails.


Those who currently receive notifications can update their profile by choosing the Manage Your Email Preferences link at the bottom of any Webinar Network email.


To start receiving notifications about upcoming webinars, email


Credit unions are encouraged to add the address (IP to their safe sender list to ensure messages are not blocked.


Please note, updating email preferences from the Credit Union Webinar Network will not change your contact preferences with MnCUN. To update your information preferences with MnCUN, update your profile online.




Follow the links below to read the latest news from Minnesota's credit unions. Stories sent to MnCUN are shared: on the Minnesota Credit Union News Channel; in The Pulse newsletter; and on CU Social Good, a microsite that captures credit union community impact stories. Send stories, pitches, press releases and published articles to MnCUN Director of Communications Laura Whittet.




Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a summary of the Minnesota Credit Union Network's September educational sessions. Browse the listings below and click the links for more detailed information and online registration.


P2P & In-Person Events


Chapter Meetings

Look for a complete schedule on the Event Calendar section of the Network website.



Foundation to host Fall Back Fundraiser at Lake Monster Brewing

Join the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul for a casual afternoon of networking, games, and beer with your credit union colleagues - all while supporting a great cause.


Funds raised during the event will support grant-making in the areas of financial education, professional development, disaster relief, and other projects and initiatives that fit within MnCUF’s mission of providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive


Registration includes admission, two beverage tickets and a commemorative pint glass. The event is open to credit union staff, directors, supporters, and their guests. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.


For complete details, sponsorship opportunities, and registration visit the MnCUF online.

Minnesota Credit Union Network
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