MADISON, Wis. (7/15/100)--The Filene Research Institute has selected 19 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 and participate in semi-annual meetings arranged by Filene. The next meeting will be held October 12-15 in Berkeley, Calif. Currently i3 members are partnering with other non-profit organizations and several cooperatives to develop new ideas around housing, retirement savings, and tapping synergies between credit unions and other cooperatives. i3’s most recent pilot is a successful loan feature that rewards members for making loan payments on-time by reducing their interest rate. Filene received more than 60 applications from qualified credit union executives. The selection process evaluated innovative aptitude, experience, and other key factors including present position, leadership abilities, motivation, geography, and type of credit union. “Innovation is a people business,” says Denise Gabel, Filene’s chief innovation officer. “Having such a rich talent pool in these challenging economic times illustrates the industry’s strong commitment to building a better tomorrow.” The new members are:
* Douglas Adams, president/CEO, Muna CU, Meridian, Miss.; * David Birky, director, strategic development, Interra CU, Goshen, Ind.; * Robert Chavez, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Sandia Laboratory FCU, Albuquerque, N.M; * Chris Chippindale, vice president, enterprise initiatives, Ent FCU, Colorado Springs, Colo.; * Paul Farmer, innovation officer, Veridian CU, Cedar Falls, Iowa; * Carlene Frimer, corporate trainer, United Communities CU, Ontario, Canada; * Sharon Gaugler, vice president, lending, A+ FCU, Austin, Texas; * Michael Hostetler, E-Commerce and market research manager, Finance Center FCU, Indianapolis; * Shannon Huot, marketing manager, Educators CU, Racine, Wis.; * Kathy Martin, senior vice president, development and support, Directions CU, Sylvania, Ohio; * Lisa Palma, vice president, member services, TruStone Financial FCU, Plymouth, Minn.; * Betsy Sommers, vice president, staff development, Seasons FCU, Wethersfield, Conn.; * Nick Talley, assistant vice president, branch lending, Chetco FCU, Brookings, Ore.; * Lauren Vance, vice president, strategic development and product delivery, Christian Financial CU, Roseville, Mich. * Joni Walker, senior vice president, Missoula (Mont.) FCU; * Michael Warrell, senior vice president, member service, Smart Financial CU, Kingwood, Texas; * Corina Watts, senior manager, marketing, University FCU, Austin, Texas; * Derrik Wynkoop, vice president, retail delivery, Hudson Valley FCU, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and * Stacie Wyss-Schoenborn, vice president, member solutions, Boeing Employees CU, Seattle.
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