Awards

It's a Cooperative Thing

Each year these awards serve as reminders of the accomplishments achieved by our CUSO. They note our respect for the efforts of teams and individuals and develop a narrative around those who lead the way by highlighting their contributions. These annual awards acknowledge the accomplishments that stand out amongst a network of accomplishments; those who went beyond expectations. And we judge the cumulative effect of careers and partnership over those careers.

Each year, after research and review, the Management Team submits informal nominations to the CEO for the selection process. Awards winners are announced at the Leadership Conference held in June.

The “Spirit of CU*Answers” Award Est. 2011

2017 Spirit of CU*Answers Award

2017 Spirit of CU*Answers Award
recipient Honor CU – Scott McFarland, CEO

Fence with just one award, called the “Spirit of CU*Answers” award. It is awarded each year using a much broader focus which makes it easier to choose each year. We still award the Mackay Award for Leadership that focuses on an individual’s contribution, while the “Spirit of CU*Answers” award focuses on the contributions of a credit union.

The annual “Spirit of CU*Answers” award lets CU*Answers recognize an online or self processing client for excellence:

  • The CU that best exemplifies our Leadership Conference theme for the year, or
  • A CU with an especially strong and vital volunteer program, or
  • A CU that demonstrates the principle of being “all about the member,” or
  • A CU with an innovative example of collaboration and cooperation (the highest Collaborative Score), or
  • A CU that has started a business in the network, or
  • A CU that shows strong execution and performance, especially in the face of adversity or despite overcoming a significant challenge, or
  • A newly-converted CU that really hit the ground running with adoption of CU*BASE tools (or an existing CU that has really plunged into the tools in a new way), or
  • A CU that started a new initiative that really demonstrates the credit union spirit, or that moves the industry in a positive direction, or that is inspirational to other CUs in some way

Robert Mackay Award

Dennis D. Degenhardt, CEO Glacier Hills CU LC2017, Robert H. Mackay Leadership Award

Glacier Hills CU, Dennis D. Degenhardt receives the 2017 Robert H. Mackay Leadership Award

No tool, network, or collaboration is successful without those who pick up the concepts and move the ball towards success. Execution by leaders is what makes ideas come to life. CU*Answers saw the need to highlight the individuals and credit unions that exhibit that spirit. Robert Mackay pioneered this execution through not only being a driving force for this CUSOs expansion through including multiple credit union ownership, but also as constant on the board of directors as its chairman for 19 years. He led the way in building two organizations (Honor CU and CU*Answers) based on the merits of cooperation and the ideas this CUSO stands upon.

The Callahan Awards

The Callahan awards – named for Ed Callahan, credit union pioneer and champion- represent credit unions who have during the year of their award showed all of us how to step up to ideals that Ed championed throughout his career. Ed Callahan knew and valued partnership, collaboration to win for members, and strength through the aggregation of credit union resources and hopes for the future. In that spirit we award three Callahan awards; one for Performance, one for Collaboration, and one for Member Focus, every year.

Award History

Year Robert Mackay Award Spirit of CU*Answers Award
2017 Dennis D. Degenhardt
Glacier Hills CU
(West Bend, Wisconsin)
Honor CU
CEO Scott McFarland
(Michigan)
2016 Greg Smith
CU*NorthWest
(Liberty Lake, Washington)
rkGoBig
Facilitator Peter Barnard
(Middletown, Pennsylvania)
2015 Chris Butler
Community CU
(LaCrosse, Wisconsin)
Element FCU
CEO Linda Bodie
(Charleston, West Virginia)
2014 Vickie Schmitzer
Frankenmuth CU
(Frankenmuth, Michigan)
Pathways Financial CU
CEO Mike Shafer, for an innovative example of collaboration and cooperation
(Columbus, Ohio)
2013 Patrick Basler
First Financial CU
(Skokie, Illinois)
Services Center FCU
CEO David Wright, for the Site-Four initiative
(Yankton, South Dakota)
2012 Chip Filson
Callahan & Associates
(Washington, D.C.)
Jim Schrimpf, CEO
Brewery Credit Union
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
2011 Thomas L. Furrey
Western CU
(Columbus, OH)
VacationLand FCU
Kevin Ralofsky, CEO
(Sandusky, OH)

 

Year Robert Mackay
Award
Callahan Collaboration
Award
Callahan Performance
Award
Callahan Member
Focus Award
2010 Thomas Miller Sioux Empire FCU Muskegon Co-op FCU n/a
2009 David Ohman Frankenmuth CU & Alpena Alcona Area CU First Trust CU Michigan Coastal CU
2008 Joni Shin Northern Hills FCU Alpena Alcona Area CU Prospera CU
2007 David Wright Affinity Group CU Services Center CU Wauwatosa CU
2006 Rod Larr Kent County CU Progressive CU Frankenmuth CU
2005 Robert Mackay n/a n/a n/a

A Tribute to Robert H. Mackay

Robert MackayBob Mackay served as a member of the CU*Answers Board of Directors from 1985 to 2007 and as Chairman for 19 of those years. Bob was there when the very first client came on board, and over the years his vision for the future helped to push CU*Answers toward the 500+ credit union relationships it now supports nationwide.

His leadership and inspiration served not only as a guide but as the compass for CU*Answers to grow and prosper into a CUSO that is now known in the industry for its core values of cooperation, collaboration and innovation.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

CU*Answers and the million members it serves are forever indebted to Bob for his dedication, his wisdom, his gentleness, and his strength.

Words to live by, shared by Bob Mackay.
Taken from a quote by Jim Rohn.

Updated
June 23, 2017

Don’t Forget to Register for CEO Strategies Week 2017!

Don’t Forget to Register for CEO Strategies Week 2017!

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNION CEOs Credit Union CEOs – you’re invited to this year’s CEO Strategies event!  Join us for a Collaboration Workshop, CEO School, and a CEO roundtable, as well as informal networking events. November 7 – 9 Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids, MI   Follow the registration link below for additional… Read more »

Oct 23, 2017

Monday is the Deadline to Apply for the 2018 Boot Camps! Don’t Miss Out!

Monday is the Deadline to Apply for the 2018 Boot Camps!  Don’t Miss Out!

Want to participate in the 2018 Boot Camps?  Be sure to register by Monday, October 16! Boot camps provide intensive interactions between CU*Answers designs, development, and technical leaders and credit union participants, covering subject matter at a deeper level than is typical for most education focus group sessions. What Makes Data Valuable & Building Solutions as… Read more »

Oct 13, 2017

Only One Week Left! Apply for the 2018 Boot Camps Today!

Only One Week Left!  Apply for the 2018 Boot Camps Today!

Don’t miss out – there’s still time to register for the 2018 Boot Camps! Boot camps provide intensive interactions between CU*Answers designs, development, and technical leaders and credit union participants, covering subject matter at a deeper level than is typical for most education focus group sessions. What Makes Data Valuable & Building Solutions as a… Read more »

Oct 9, 2017

Get Registered for CEO Strategies Week 2017!

Get Registered for CEO Strategies Week 2017!

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNION CEOs Credit Union CEOs – you’re invited to this year’s CEO Strategies event!  Join us for a Collaboration Workshop, CEO School, and a CEO roundtable, as well as informal networking events. November 7 – 9 Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids, MI   Follow the registration link below for additional… Read more »

Oct 2, 2017

Have Questions About the 2018 Executive Boot Camps? Ask Our Boot Camp Graduates!

Have Questions About the 2018 Executive Boot Camps?  Ask Our Boot Camp Graduates!

Have Questions About the 2018 Executive Boot Camps? We will be hosting a drop-in webinar, where you can ask Boot Camp Graduates your questions. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Join the Webinar Don’t have questions, just ready to apply?  Apply online at cuanswers.com/boot-camps   Details for the New Developer’s Help… Read more »

Sep 27, 2017

Applications Now Open for the 2018 Boot Camps!

Applications Now Open for the 2018 Boot Camps!

2018 Executive Boot Camps Applications Now Open! We’re bringing back the Boot Camps! Boot Camps provide intensive interactions between CU*Answers design, development, and technical leaders and credit union participants, covering subject matter at a deeper level than is typical for most education and focus group sessions. What Makes Data Valuable & Building Solutions as a Co-Op… Read more »

Sep 19, 2017

Applications Now Open for the 2018 Boot Camps!

Applications Now Open for the 2018 Boot Camps!

2018 Executive Boot Camps Applications Now Open! We’re bringing back the Boot Camps! Boot Camps provide intensive interactions between CU*Answers design, development, and technical leaders and credit union participants, covering subject matter at a deeper level than is typical for most education and focus group sessions. What Makes Data Valuable & Building Solutions as a Co-Op… Read more »

Sep 6, 2017

Registration is now open for CEO Strategies Week 2017!

Registration is now open for CEO Strategies Week 2017!

ATTENTION ONLINE AND SELF-PROCESSING CREDIT UNION CEOs Credit Union CEOs – you’re invited to this year’s CEO Strategies event!  Join us for a Collaboration Workshop, CEO School, and a CEO roundtable, as well as informal networking events. November 7 – 9 Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids, MI   Follow the registration link below for additional… Read more »

Sep 6, 2017