View Presentations and Vote for CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec, November 6

NASHVILLE, TN — Final presentations for the 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge are set for today, Tuesday, November 6, during CUES CEO/Executive Team Network™ in Nashville. The competition is supported by a partnership with CUES strategic partner DDJ Myers Ltd., Phoenix, and CUES Supplier member Currency, Chilliwack, BC, Canada.

Earlier this year, 23 young, emerging leaders from within the credit union industry created video applications on From there, a judging panel and public vote narrowed the field to the Top 10. A separate judging panel then reduced the Top 10 down to the five Finalists. Now, with the help of the public, it’s time to choose the winner.

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

The five Finalists are: 

  • Blaine Bartholomew, Unitus Community Credit Union, Portland, OR, United States
  • Clark Duncan, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Radcliff, KY, United States
  • Emily Strybosch, Libro Credit Union, London, ON, Canada
  • Jodi Maus, Central Minnesota Credit Union, Melrose, MN, United States
  • Lynette Cupps, MAX Credit Union, Montgomery, AL, United States

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 member and Judge David Tuyo II, president/CEO, University Credit Union in Los Angeles said, “Our judging panel has reviewed everything these finalists have done. Having seen the quality of competitors from the beginning, it’s incredibly difficult to even get to this stage of the competition. The Finalists have worked very hard with their videos, multiple blog posts, and sharing on social media. No matter who wins, the credit union system will learn from these young leaders.”

Presentations will take place from 12:40 to 1:50 p.m. Central time on November 6. The public can vote online for their favorite Finalists between 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Central time on November 6. 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 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec and a $20,000 educational prize package from CUES. Watch for the winner announcement on at 1:00 p.m. Central time, November 7.

To view the 2018 NTCUE competition, visit, and cast your vote.

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.

Currency is a credit union-focused marketing firm. Our unique programs—It’s a Money Thing 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 offers executive recruitment, strategic organization, and customized leadership programs.

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