NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (3/14/11)--The National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) announced Thursday that nominations for the 2011 CUSO Collaboration and Innovation Award are now being accepted from NACUSO members. The formal announcement and presentation of the award will take place April 27, during the Annual Conference & Collaboration Connection, which will be held at the Encore Las Vegas Resort. Nominations must be submitted by the close of business April 1. NACUSO will acknowledge all credit union service organizations(CUSOs) that submit applications during the annual conference. “CUSOs are examples of how collaboration can leverage the credit union system’s resources to enhance member value,” said Jay Johnson, executive vice president, Callahan & Associates and chairman of the 2011 Award Committee. “NACUSO would like to recognize the CUSO that best exhibits excellence in utilizing collaboration and innovation to serve the financial and other needs of their membership. “NACUSO is committed to supporting the collaborative model for the benefit of our industry and credit union members,” he added. “The NACUSO Collaboration and Innovation Award is a reflection of this strategic vision for the future.” The 2011 CUSO Collaboration and Innovation Award will be judged using these criteria. The nomination:
* Provides a clear description of how the organization and the collaborative model have brought value to the industry, its owners, and credit union members; * Illustrates how the organization exemplifies thought leadership and critical thinking; * Describes the value created by the organization through use of collaboration/innovation in organizational design; * Explains methods of implementation and execution; and * Includes correlating results, outcomes and performance.
“These criteria were selected to recognize those individuals and organizations that are making a significant difference and contribution to our industry,” said Jack Antonini, NACUSO president/CEO. “While the credit union industry faces diverse challenges, there are many people who are engaging in the critical, creative thinking necessary to find solutions to these issues. We want to recognize and celebrate those CUSOs that demonstrate an exemplary ability to create and implement solutions. Moving forward, innovative collaborative efforts and implementation of the collaborative solutions will serve credit unions and their members well.” Self-nominations will be accepted. Winners of any NACUSO award from 2008-2010 are ineligible. The judging panel for this year’s award will include five leaders from the credit union industry and cooperative business sector who have demonstrated experience in innovation and collaboration. Nominations may be sent by mail to NACUSO, 3419 Via Lido, PMB #135, Newport Beach, CA 92663, or e-mail Shwana@nacuso.org
. The nomination form and award rules may be found with the details of the 2011 NACUSO Annual Conference; use the link. Additional queries may also be directed to Shawna by phone: 888-462-2870.