MADISON, Wis. (4/20/11)--An iPod nano was among the prizes for first-time winners of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) America’s Credit Union Conference (ACUC) & Expo Big Time Thursday contest. The online contest, built around CUNA’s blog, CUNAverse, creates discussion around ACUC keynoters and speaker topics. Each week, CUNAverse blog writers feature a speaker and invite readers to share innovative ideas from their credit unions. Big Time Thursdays have generated posts from all over the U.S. with ideas on youth outreach, Hispanic initiatives, tapping into employee ideas, differentiation and more. Each week a winner is randomly selected from contributors. Prizes tie to the blog post’s theme. First round Big Time Thursday winners, prizes and their ideas include:
* Cheryl Hart won the Apple iPod nano and a copy of Charlie Todd’s book, “Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere” for commenting on how TruMark Financial CU, Trevose, Pa., uses a mix of social media and in-person activities to get the word out about financial literacy and more. * Amy Ackerman won a copy of Doug Hall’s book, “Jump Start Your Brain,” and a magic kit to jump start her next big idea for commenting on how 1st MidAmerica CU, Bethalto, Ill., used idea generation techniques to brainstorm ideas on wowing, engaging and having great interactions with members. * Katherine Dyer won a copy of Eric Saperston’s documentary, “The Journey,” on DVD and a $15 Starbucks card for responding with questions she has asked herself to improve as an individual and excel in her role at Hiway FCU, St. Paul, Minn.
Big Time Thursdays will take place weekly through early May. Upcoming conversation topics include best-selling author Dan Pink and using key motivators to drive top performance; and renowned adventurer and West Point professor Alison Levine and surviving and thriving through change.