CUES Awards

Celebrate and Congratulate Your Peers

Join us for our first-ever member appreciation and awards event, happening online October 21, at 2:00 p.m. Central. Special guest speaker Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first female official, will share what’s possible if you believe, staying focused under pressure, and creating change. Then, celebrate and congratulate your peers as we discover the winner in each CUES Award category!

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For Credit Union Professionals

Outstanding Chief Executive

The CUES Outstanding Chief Executive award is presented annually to a credit union industry professional who has rendered exceptional service and/or made outstanding contributions to strengthen their credit union and/or the industry.

Candidates must:

  • Be a current CUES member during the nomination year
  • Be nominated by a current CUES member
  • Currently serve as Chief Executive Officer at a credit union
  • Have rendered exceptional service and/or made outstanding contributions to strengthen their credit union and/or the industry
  • Not have received this recognition previously

This award is bestowed at the discretion of the CUES Board of Directors, subject to criteria requested on the proposed nominee.

2020 Winner: Garth Warner, President/CEO, Servus Credit Union. Learn more about Garth!

Exceptional Leader

The CUES Exceptional Leader award is presented annually to a credit union industry professional who has rendered exceptional service and/or made outstanding contributions to strengthen their credit union and/or the industry.

Candidates must:

  • Be a current CUES member during the nomination year
  • Be nominated by a current CUES member
  • Currently serve in a leadership role in the credit union industry
  • Have rendered exceptional service and/or made outstanding contributions to strengthen their credit union and/or the industry
  • Not have received this recognition previously

This award is bestowed at the discretion of the CUES Board of Directors, subject to criteria requested on the proposed nominee. 

2020 Winner: Ricky Otey, EVP/Chief Operations Officer, Sharonview FCU. Learn more about Ricky!

Distinguished Director

The CUES Distinguished Director Award is bestowed upon a director or committee member who has rendered distinguished service and/or made outstanding contributions to strengthen their credit union or the industry. To be considered for the CUES Distinguished Director Award, a candidate must be a current CUES member. The nomination must also be submitted by a current CUES member. Directors may not nominate themselves. The CUES Distinguished Director Award may be awarded once to a director.

Candidates must:

  • Be a current CUES member at the director level during nomination year.
  • Currently serve on a credit union board or committee at a credit union
  • Have rendered distinguished service and/or made outstanding contributions to strengthen their credit union or the industry.

2020 Winner: Linda Carver , Chair/Board, America First FCU. Learn more about Linda!

Hall of Fame

Inductees are nominated by the CUES board of directors for lifetime achievement and contributions to the credit union movement. They are recognized annually for their:

  • Contributions to their profession and the industry
  • Involvement in community service
  • Education and history of self-improvement
  • Contributions to CUES

2020 Winners: Stewart Ramsey and Maurice Smith

For Credit Unions

DEI: Catalyst for Change

This award celebrates the diversity, equity, and inclusion support and advancement efforts of credit unions bringing forth positive change within the industry, their workplace, and/or their community.

CUES is set to recognize and celebrate the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of credit unions through the new DEI: Catalyst for Change Award. This annual award will go to a credit union that has demonstrated sustained support for advancing DEI in their workplace, raised awareness of workplace diversity and inclusion issues, been a catalyst for change regarding workplace DEI, and/or supported positive change within the industry, their organization, or their community. 

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Candidate credit unions must:

  • Be a current CUES member during the nomination year
  • Have demonstrated sustained support for raising awareness of, and subsequently advancing, DEI initiatives in their workplace, community, and/or the credit union industry.
  • Not have received this recognition previously 

 

*Current CUES board members are not eligible for this award

This award is bestowed at the discretion of the CUES Board of Directors, subject to criteria requested on the proposed nominee.