Six credit unions leaders were honored for their achievements in marketing and business development at the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference, March 29-April 1 in San Antonio.
Roy MacKinnon, CEO, Edwards FCU, Lancaster, Calif., was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. MacKinnon has served on various credit union industry committees and boards, is a current member of the CUNA CEO Council and a charter member of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council.
Julie Monahan, business development officer, First Heritage FCU, Painted Post, N.Y., was presented with the Business Development Professional of the Year Award. Monahan has been an active member of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council since 2014. She also supports her local chapter by attending various functions and roundtable events.
Nathan Schmidt, executive vice president of marketing and business development, San Diego County CU, San Diego, was presented with the Marketing Professional of the Year Award. With more than 20 years of financial management experience, Schmidt’s focus on continually raising the bar on creativity, service, strategy and execution has resulted in exponential growth for SDCCU and impacted the overall credit union movement.
Melinda Leung, vice president of marketing, Parsons FCU, Pasadena, Calif., was presented with the Rising Star Award. This award recognizes rising professionals with two years or less of experience in the credit union industry. Leung has attended the annual CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council conference since 2015 and will now be part of the planning committee for the 2018 conference. Locally, she is a member of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Committee, where she lends her expertise for its annual charity event.
Suzanne Kennedy, vice president of marketing, Cornerstone Community FCU, Lockport, N.Y., was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award. As a member-led organization, the council relies on volunteers, and this award recognizes those contributions to the council. Kennedy has served on the Recognition Committee for the last two years and has increased nominations overall.
Andrea Parrish, digital marketing specialist, STCU, Liberty Lake, Wash., was presented with the Top Community Contributor Award. This award recognizes value and expertise shared with peers through collaboration within the Councils Community member networking platform. Parrish has been an excellent contributor--asking questions, answering posts, sharing files, and being a giving and cheerful presence for members online.