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Eighteen new innovators join Filenes i3
MADISON, Wis. (8/27/12)--The Filene Research Institute has selected 18 credit union executives to join the institute's i3 (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation) program, which fosters the development of new ideas and innovations for credit unions.

Each member will serve a two-year term, participate in semi-annual meetings arranged by Filene, and be responsible for piloting new ideas at their credit unions. Filene received more than 70 applications from credit union executives.

"While the struggles of consumers and financial institutions are all too real, this environment is perfect for innovation," said George Hofheimer, Filene's chief research and innovation officer. "We're confident that this new group of i3ers has the skills, passion, and grit to transform the lives of consumers through credit unions."

i3 has helped launch programs such as Save to Win (prize-based savings accounts), nationwide Savings Challenges (reality TV meets wallet improvement), and Debt in Focus (an anonymous, online financial assessment tool), which have improved the way credit unions provide financial guidance to their membership. Credit unions can learn more about all these ideas by e-mailing innovation@filene.org.

The newest i³ members are:

  • Megan Armstrong, manager, member services, Saratoga's Community FCU, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.;
  • William Azaroff, director, business and community development, Vancity, Vancouver, B.C., Canada ;
  • Brad Barnes, vice president and chief financial officer, Air Academy FCU, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
  • Kayce Bel, chief operating officer, Alabama CU, Tuscaloosa, Ala.;
  • Marquis Boochee, vice president, eStrategy and innovation, Xceed Financial FCU, El Segundo, Calif.;
  • Danielle Brehmer, vice president, marketing, Lake Trust CU, Lansing, Mich.;
  • Cindy Brucato, assistant vice president, application development, GTE Financial, Tampa, Fla.;
  • Taylor Carstens, vice president of sales and lending, People's Trust FCU, Houston;
  • Robert Christiansen, district manager, Servus CU, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;
  • Andrew Downin, manager of product development, Schools First FCU, Santa Ana, Calif.;
  • Damian Jakubczyk, vice president of information technology, Elevations CU, Boulder, Colo.;
  • David Klavitter, senior vice president, marketing and public relations, Dupaco Community CU, Dubuque, Iowa;
  • Matt Monge, chief culture officer, Mazuma CU, Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Andea Mosher, vice president of lending, University of Michigan CU, Ann Arbor, Mich.;
  • Michael Salerno, e-services manager, America First FCU, Riverdale, Utah;
  • Andrew Spirrison, assistant vice president, retail delivery, FORUM CU, Indianapolis;
  • Mary Beth Spuck, vice president of organizational development, TwinStar CU, Lacey, Wash.; and
  • Denise Wymore, vice president, member loyalty, Del Norte CU, Los Alamos, N.M.
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