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15 Join Iowa League Innovators Group
DES MOINES, Iowa (3/25/13)--The Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) selected 15 credit union executives to join its inaugural Iowa Innovation Group (IIG) program, which fosters the development of new ideas and innovations for credit unions.

Each member will serve a seven-month term, participate in meetings led by a team from ICUL and the Filene Research Institute, and pilot new ideas at their credit unions.

"While the struggles of consumers and financial institutions are all too real, this environment is perfect for innovation," says Jim Niederhauser, ICUL vice president of member services. "We're confident that this new group of innovators has the skills, passion, and grit to transform the lives of consumers through credit unions in Iowa."

Modeled after Filene's i3 (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation), IIG seeks to launch similar programs such as the i3 Save to Win (prize-based savings accounts), nationwide Savings Challenges (reality TV meets wallet improvement) and Debt in Focus (an anonymous, online financial assessment tool).

IIG will identify ways to improve how credit unions provide financial guidance to their membership.

IIG members include:

  • Alejandro Alaniz, account relationship specialist, Des Moines (Iowa) Metro CU;
  • Dan Davis, vice president of finance/information technology, Financial Plus CU, West Des Moines;
  • Brian Day, Dwolla product leader, The Members Group;
  • Paul Farmer, innovation officer, Veridian CU, Waterloo;
  • Rich Head, information technology director, Linn Area CU, Cedar Rapids;
  • Maria Johnson, assistant vice president, marketing, Collins Community CU, Cedar Rapids;
  • Janet Lintin, CEO, Des Moines (Iowa) Police Officers CU;
  • Kris Lundquist, vice president, marketing, The Family CU, Davenport;
  • Penny McCoy, branch manager, First Class CU, West Des Moines;
  • Jonathon Miller, president/CEO, Dubuque (Iowa) Teachers CU;
  • Samantha Pingel, member service representatives, Fort Dodge (Iowa) Family CU;
  • Aaron Plein, vice president, branch manager/service delivery, Dupaco Community CU, Dubuque;
  • Denny Siemers, CEO, Town and Country CU, Harlan;
  • Kathy Steffes, branch manager, Iowa Community CU, Cedar Falls; and
  • Jennifer Tebbe, eServices branch manager, Greater Iowa CU, Ames.


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