MADISON, Wis. (10/29/14)--The Credit Union National Association's new Young Professional (YP) Committee recently held its first face-to-face planning meeting, establishing opportunities for young credit union professionals to increase their involvement in the movement.
|The Credit Union National Association's Young Professional Committee recently held its first meeting. From left, Josh McAfee, Leaders CU, Jackson, Tenn.; Ronaldo Hardy, Shell Geismar FCU, Gonzales, La.; Meghann Dawson, director of learning events, CUNA; Kelsey Balcaitis, A+ FCU, Austin, Texas; Kelsey Buyer, Cabrillo CU, San Diego; David Rohn, vice president, CUNA Councils; Lisa Totaro, Sunmark FCU, Latham, N.Y.; Jim Morrell, Peninsula Community FCU, Shelton, Wash.; Laura Engle, Piedmont Advantage CU, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Jordan Holland, Telhio CU, Columbus, Ohio; and Chad Helminak, Wisconsin Credit Union League. (CUNA Photo)|
The initiative focuses on three areas: professional education, leadership development and political involvement.
"CUNA is committed to develop next generation leaders to grow, promote and sustain the credit union movement," said Jill Tomalin, CUNA executive vice president/chief operating officer. "We've brought together a diverse group of young professionals from around the country. This committee of passionate credit union leaders will provide insights and guidance to develop a strong focus for YP programs nationally."
The nine members of the YP Committee are:
Credit unions have a lot to offer young professionals, Hardy told News Now. "The social good of credit unions is attractive to younger people," he said. "They want to feel that what they're doing is making an impact on the lives of others."
With CEO retirements on the horizon, "there are a lot of opportunities for upward mobility, too," he said. "As smaller institutions, credit unions are a little easier to move up the ladder."
Hardy said the group wants to increase awareness with CEOs that this younger generation wants to learn.
"We want to remind them how they felt when they started and what has kept their passion going for so many years," he told News Now.
Experienced professionals provide leadership skills to people who have a passion for the movement in order to create an enduring legacy. New people bring an innovative edge to the table. "Both groups benefit from the wisdom exchange," he said.
Hardy said he wants the group to be able to say it did something to spark the passion within the next generation of leaders.
"We're creating roots now to see good fruits in the future," he noted.