You know who your vulnerable members are. They are students struggling to balance school, work, budgets and expenses. Or they are young parents working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Nicolus Blunt, MSR with Kingston Community Credit Union, saw a need for financial education in his community, and how it could help members in need.
Imagine this… a low-income credit union with access to over six thousand college-age students, but no financial education materials to share with them. That was the situation that led Barbara Bean, president and CEO of Cal Poly Federal Credit Union, to enter our contest “365-Day Content Adventure Contest” in June, 2015.
We doubled first prize! We had 17 credit unions enter our It's a Money Thing 365-Day Content Adventure Contest, and wow—what amazing entries! Each credit union had to submit an entry that detailed an overall strategy, presented a creative plan for deployment, outlined the potential impact of implementing the plan and demonstrated credit union need.
The CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition is back for the 6th year! It is fantastic to one again be working alongside our partners at CUES and DDJ Myers. I am really proud of the impact that this competition has had in the lives of young credit union professionals from all corners of the United States, Canada and beyond.
Mid way through my last year of art school, I started a design business on the side. I called the company McAlpine Graphic Communications and was officially in business January 2, 1990. I was 20 at the time, had zero qualifications to be a business owner and I had only had one real job (if you don't count paperboy at 12 and the fry guy at McDonald's at 14).
2015 is just around the corner, which means many of us will be finalizing our new year’s resolutions such as the ones above before that giant, shiny, glittery ball drops at midnight. While new year’s resolutions regarding health and family are among the most popular, money is also at the top of the list. As I look back and reflect on 2014, here are a few things I learned that may be of some assistance as you enter the new year.
Let’s talk about trust, y’all. I recently took my biannual visit to the dentist. I decided to try a new doctor this time around after scheduling conflicts with my usual guy, and after it was all said and done, I found myself exiting the building with a sour taste in my mouth (both literally and figuratively).
For the past four years, we've gathered all of our Young & Free clients together for something we call the Young & Free Marketer Meet-up. This is held the day before the annual CU Water Cooler Symposium. As part of the Marketer Meet-up, we also hold something called the Young & Free Spokester Summit where our active Spokesters get together, connect, learn from one another and credit a collaborative video.