5 CUs win CUNA Tech Council ‘Excellence in Technology’ award

October 2, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (10/2/15)--Five credit unions were honored with CUNA Technology Council 2015 “Excellence in Technology” awards during the council’s 20th Annual Conference, Sept. 27-30 in Orlando, Fla.

The award recognizes outstanding approaches to technology challenges with potential for universal application across the credit union movement.

The winners are:

  • Unitus Community CU, Portland, Ore. Its new Sales and Service Referral solution for its sales tracking process implemented a custom integrated solution within its core called “The Hub” and enabled it to incorporate better marketing campaigns, improve sales reporting and improve sales and service performance;
  • Educators CU, in Mt. Pleasant, Wis. Its “Tech IT Up a Notch” program was a two-day staff event promoting creativity, encouraging collaboration, and rewarding innovative ideas for its new online channels;
  • CASE CU, Lansing, Mich. Its custom Systems Dashboard solution provides the credit union a centralized location for many information technology-related tasks, including scripts for file transfers and complex processes, and links to commonly used sites and applications. As a result, CASE CU improved efficiency and reduced errors;
  • Ent FCU, Colorado Springs, Colo. Its custom solution within its core, “Account Management,” created an easier, faster central portal for common account creation and maintenance, and incorporated profitable pre-qualification lending features, red flag warnings, to do lists, and access to forms or disclosures; and
  • Michael Mahiya, vice president, chief information officer of XCEL FCU, Bloomfield, N.J., was recognized as an Innovative Leader. He developed solutions such as a mobile wallet for use by XCEL and other credit unions in business continuity disasters. Having learned from 9/11, when XCEL FCU was headquartered in the World Trade Center, Mahiya prepares for the future with e-Services to make XCEL ready to assist other credit unions.


CUNA Technology Council 2015 “Excellence in Technology” award winners are, from left: Gary Coates, business applications manager, Unitus Community CU; Amber Stansauk, manager of business support, Ent FCU; Michael Mikkelson, chief information officer (CIO), and Katherine McCabe, assistant vice president-eStrategies, both of Educators CU; Kevin Miyamoto, manager-information systems, CASE CU; and Michael Mahiya, vice president/CIO, XCEL FCU. (CUNA Photo)

Winners were selected based on strategy, process, application and results, without regard to credit union asset size.