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CUnext group encourages young pros in Kansas CUs
TOPEKA, Kan. (5/4/11)--The Kansas Credit Union Association said it has launched an initiative to give young credit union leaders the opportunity to help shape the future of the industry.
Click to view larger image Kansas Credit Union Association’s young leadership group, CUnext, includes professionals from Area CU, Kansas City, Kan.; Credit Union of Dodge City; Envista CU, Topeka; Kansas State University FCU, Manhattan; Meritrust CU, Wichita; Mid American CU, Wichita; and Quest CU, Topeka.
The group, CUnext: Young Leaders of Kansas, met in March to learn about credit union advocacy and meet state legislators. The group met again in April at the KCUA annual meeting, where its members participated in networking and educational sessions with other credit union professionals. CUnext group member Travis Colibert, newly promoted to a branch manager at Mid-American CU, Wichita, attended both CUnext functions. He said he left both meetings with ideas to strengthen his skills within the industry. “The program opens our eyes to different aspects of credit unions and allows us to get our feet wet in other related areas,” he said.
Click to view larger image U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (Kan.-R) visits with the members of CUnext group while attending the Kansas Credit Union Assocation’s annual meeting in April. (Photos provided by the Kansas Credit Union Association)
The goal of the initiative is to provide the next generation of credit union leaders with opportunities to learn more about the credit union system while giving them the chance to network with each other and create opportunities for growth and innovation. Understanding advocacy and the connection with legislators is essential for today’s credit union professionals, said Haley DaVee, vice president of governmental and public affairs for KCUA and the CUnext coordinator. “It’s important that the future leaders of Kansas’ credit unions have access to information and contacts at the state and national levels, as well as opportunities to get involved,” DaVee said. “Not all our meet-ups will be legislative in nature, though. We are planning a variety of programs to help young professionals expand their understanding and involvement in all aspects the credit union movement.” CUnext was inspired by CRASH Network!, a national credit union program encouraging industry participation among young professionals, DaVee said.


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