MADISON, Wis. (7/25/08)--The Filene Research Institute selected 13 credit union executives to join the Institute’s i3 (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation) Group, which develops new ideas and innovations for credit unions. Each member will serve a three-year term and participate in semi-annual meetings arranged by Filene. The next meeting will be held Oct. 1-3 in Portland, Ore. “The Filene Research Institute is proud to welcome these creative and energetic professionals as new members of our i3 Group,” said Denise Gabel, Filene’s chief innovation officer. “While some might shy away from even writing the number 13, I think this is exactly what we need. We need to keep taking risks, collaborating, and asking why--or better yet, why not? “These new members will join 39 current i3 members who are working in teams to develop innovative projects ranging from an airport oasis lounge for credit union members, to ideas for products to help encourage members to save more money and make saving as easy--and fun--as spending,” she continued. The group’s most recent ideas are highlighted in the Filene i3 “Key Findings: Blueprints for Innovation,” which details recent projects available for implementation in credit unions. i³ will continue developing ideas and initiatives that: address major issues facing credit unions; identify developments in other financial institutions that can be adopted by credit unions; and provide a forum for cooperation, collaboration, professional development, and industry succession planning. Nearly 75 applications were received from Canada and the U.S. The selection process evaluated innovative aptitude, experience, and other key factors including present position, leadership abilities, motivation, geography, and type of credit union. The new i³ Group members are:
* Jenny Casselman, Greater Nevada CU, Carson City, Nev.; * Jeanne Denton, Nikkei CU, Gardena, Calif.; * Eric Dillon, Common Wealth CU, Alberta, Canada; * Linda Garboczi, AmeriCU, Rome, N.Y.; * Earl Hodgkins, Carter FCU, Springhill, La.; * CJ Meyers, Teachers FCU, Farmingville, N.Y.; * Bob Morgan, NorthCountry FCU, South Burlington, Vt.; * Kelley Parks, Call CU, Richmond, Va.; * Jason Peach, West Community CU, O’Fallon, Mo.; * Jon Reske, UMass Five College FCU, Amherst, Mass.; * Brandon Riechers, Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis.; * Charles Roberts, State Department FCU, Alexandria, Va.; and * Ginger Salt, Truliant FCU, Winston-Salem, N.C.