Scenes from the CUNA Technology/Operations Council Conference

Five CU technology innovators receive Awards of Excellence.

September 24, 2013

Excellence Awards

The CUNA Technology Council granted five Awards of Excellence for innovation in information technology (IT) during its conference in Hollywood, Calif., Monday.

This year's winners are, from left: Linda Bodie, CEO of Element FCU in Charleston, W.V.; Trey Kelso, vice president of business solutions for Virginia CU Inc. in Richmond; Andrew Chung, IT architect for GESA CU in Richland, Wash.; Glenn Carney, vice president of technical services for CommunityAmerica CU in Lenexa, Kan. (accepting the award on behalf of Sam Passer, the CU’s vice president of applications); and Eric Kapusinski, network engineer for Motorola ECU in Schaumburg, Ill.


MoneyDesktop’s Shane Mount and Alec Gustafson demonstrate the company's Insight and Target enhancements to its personal financial management program. The enhancements help consumers measure progress toward their personal financial goals and allow credit unions to track the success of their share-of-wallet initiatives.

MoneyDesktop and four other technology companies were selected to give seven-minute presentations during Monday morning’s “speed round."


MShift's Andrea Robles and Jeff Chen demonstrate the AnywhereMobile mobile banking app. To encourage adoption of its m-banking app, MShift offers incentives to all participants in the transaction—members, merchants, and credit unions. Members receive discounts on their purchases, merchants benefit from lower interchange fees, and credit unions reduce their transaction costs, Chen says.'s Richard Williams and Darren Suprina demonstrate their company's Stonesoft intrusion-detection system and anti-evasion technology. The software detects “disguises,” an emerging form of cyber-attack, Suprina says.


Clint Adams of MaaS360 by Fiberlink talks about his company's mobile data management product that lets employees access company data from personal devices. Adams said research indicates that half of employers will demand that employees participate in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs in the near future.

Security and productivity

Security and productivity typically are diametrically opposed to each other. But that’s not how things should be, says Andrew Jaquith, chief technology officer for SilverSky, a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider.

"Most organizations think about security considerations first and then they think about how that might affect productivity," he says. "Rarely does an organization think about how security and productivity might reinforce each other."