MADISON, Wis. (7/10/09)--The Filene Research Institute has selected 22 credit union executives to join the institute’s i3--Ideas, Innovation, Implementation-- program, which fosters the development of new ideas and innovations for credit unions. Each member will serve a two-year term and participate in semi-annual meetings arranged by Filene. The next meeting will be Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in Montreal, Quebec. Seventeen individuals representing 12 states were selected, Filene said. Also, for the first time, i3 will include a five-person Canadian team representing three provinces. Denise Gabel, Filene’s chief innovation officer, noted that Filene is “eager to continue our collaboration with our friends to the north and explore their financial model at our fall meeting.” Currently, i3 members are working on topics such as the American Dream, sustainability, and income generation. i3’s most recent idea is an anonymous debt management tool for members. Credit unions can test drive the tool at DebtinFocus.org and tap into the service by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. Filene received more than 60 applications from qualified credit union executives. The selection was based on innovative aptitude, experience, and other factors including present position, leadership abilities, motivation, geography and type of credit union. “Innovation is a people business,” Gabel said. “Having such a rich talent pool in these challenging economic times illustrates the industry’s strong commitment in building a better tomorrow.” New i³ members are:
* Shelly Berryman, director of member advocacy, SchoolsFirst FCU, Tustin, Calif.; * Corey Bowes, chief operating officer, OMISTA CU, Moncton, NB; * Dawn Collins, project manager, Mt. Lehman CU, Abbotsford, BC; * Julie Cosgrove, vice president of employee relations, Affinity Plus FCU, St. Paul, Minn.; * Mark Coudriet, vice president of information technology, Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo, Calif.; * Louise Delaney, manager, marketing, Salmon Arm Savings and CU, Salmon Arm, BC; * Yolanda Draine, senior vice president of human resources, First South CU, Bartlett, Tenn.; * Paul Ebisch, chief financial officer/vice president, Assemblies of God CU, Springfield, Mo.; * Jackie Edwards, business development manager, Connexus CU, Rothschild, Wis.; * Ernesto Flores, executive vice president, Camino FCU, Montebello, Calif.; * Josette Gauthier, senior vice president, human resources, Alterna Savings, Toronto, Ont.; * Matthew Henry, vice president of information technology, Elevations CU, Boulder, Colo.; * Jane Kennedy, marketing and business development manager, Utilities Employees CU, Wyomissing, Pa.; * Mike Kenzie, chief administrative officer, Patriot FCU, Chambersburg, Pa.; * Paul Kirkbride, vice president of credit services, Unitus Community CU, Portland, Ore.; * Tamela Meade, vice president of member service, American Airlines FCU, Fort Worth, Texas; * Toni Montgomery, community relations manager, Americhoice FCU, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; * Chris Phillips, director of marketing, Land Of Lincoln, CU Decatur, Ill.; * C.J. Presto, vice president of finance, Baxter CU, Vernon Hills, Ill.; * Lisa Randall, vice president, lending and marketing, Vermont FCU, Burlington, Vt.; * Domenic Vinci, senior vice president and chief operations officer, Interior Savings CU, Kelowna, B.C.; and * Alison Wolf, vice president of marketing, FAA CU, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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