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Crash Network now Cooperative Trust with CUNA Mutual support
MADISON, Wis. (1/11/12)--A three-year title sponsorship commitment from CUNA Mutual Group is allowing the Crash Network--which has sent young credit union professionals to "crash" CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference and state league conventions nationwide--to evolve into a more permanent network that encourages growth for, and change by, young credit union professionals.

The Cooperative Trust is the new incarnation of the Crash Network, which grew out of the Filene Research Institute's goal to help more young adult professionals get involved in the Credit Union System. The new Cooperative Trust network and website will formally launch Jan 25.

"Supporting and mentoring young professionals is key not only to their success but the credit union movement's success as well," said Bob Trunzo, CUNA Mutual Group chief operating officer. "The Cooperative Trust has the potential to make a real difference in the credit union communities it touches."

The Cooperative Trust will carry out four primary activities:

  • Connect with Cooperative Trust members through the online channel. With 294 active members, The Cooperative Trust aims to mobilize more than 1,000 members by the end of 2014.
  • Build mentorships between Cooperative Trust members and experienced credit union professionals.
  • Develop industry projects.
  • Hold national, regional and local meet-ups.
"This sponsorship comes at the perfect time," said Brent Dixon, founder of The Crash Network and an applied research adviser at the Filene Research Institute. "Not only does it allow us to keep the lights on, but it will help us keep the community together and hammer their ideas into projects that rejuvenate the Credit Union System."

In addition to the sponsorship, CUNA Mutual employees will mentor community members, speak at meet-ups, help evaluate community-member projects, and be active in the online community. The Cooperative Trust community will also help to advise the company on products and market development topics.
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