Three executives and seven credit unions were honored for their achievements in human resources and organizational development in a ceremony at the 2018 CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Conference, which was held April 22-25 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“Considering the immense amount of innovation and dedication in the HR and Organizational Development field, choosing winners for these awards is never an easy task,” said Lisa Baron, CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Chair and senior vice president of talent management at Baxter Credit Union, Vernon Hills, Ill. “However, these individuals stood above an already impressive field of candidates as truly exemplary, helping credit union professionals reach their true potential.”
Jessica Jones, senior vice president, administrative services, Universal 1 CU, Dayton, Ohio, was honored with the Professional of the Year Award for her dedication to updating, implementing and developing services for staff and members, embodying the “people helping people” spirit, streamlining credit union processes and updating compensation, incentive and benefit structures to be more competitive and structured;
Marielle Richie, education coordinator, Gerber FCU, Fremont, Mich., won the Rising Star Award, which recognizes and honors an emerging professional in the credit union industry who has a focus on HR or organizational development. Richie was recognized for her instrumental role in transforming Gerber FCU’s teller and member service training programs, as well as her work as student branch coordinator;
Jeff Madland, vice president, Eagle Community CU, Foothill Ranch, Calif., was presented with the Top Community Contributor Award. The award recognizes value and expertise shared with peers through collaboration within the Councils Community member networking platform; and
Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis., won the Best of Show--Excellence in HR & Organizational Development Award, Innovative Staff Development (assets more than $1 billion) for its Exploring Leadership program. The program encourages the development of future leaders within RCU by using coaching, mentoring, learning sessions and group projects.
Additional Excellence Award-winning entries include: