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Indiana fires up ignite initiative
INDIANAPOLIS (2/5/08)--ignite, an state-level credit union innovation venture in Indiana, held its kickoff meeting, themed "Fuel for Innovation," with 20 credit union professionals from 17 credit unions attending.
Click to view larger image From left, front row seated: Doug True; Denise Gabel; Charlie White of Members United Corporate FCU; Nan Morrow; Gary Icenogle: Chad Gramling; Carolyn Probasco; Debby Blake; Michael Hostetler; Michelle Peterson; Evelyn Royer; Kay Neidlinger, Indiana Credit Union League vice president communications; and Joe Guilfoy, league vice president consulting and education. Back row, league President John McKenzie; Tony Meier; Bob Falk; Tim Lukomski; Kevin Sparks; Brian Wilkerson; Joe Hasto; Jim Johnson; Becky Summers; Jan Chronic; Marie "Sam" Shanks; Blake Dearing; Charles King; Lora Davison; and Kevin Kosek. (Photo provided by the Indiana Credit Union League)
The meeting discussed innovations attendees may engineer for credit unions and their members. The group was divided into four working groups to develop ideas for their innovations, to be introduced at meetings later in the year. The first of its kind at the state level, ignite is a joint venture among the Indiana Credit Union League and three Indiana credit union representatives associated with the Filene Research Institute’s i3 program. The representatives are: Doug True, senior vice president of technovation at FORUM CU and president of FORUM Solutions; Bob Falk, president/chief operating officer at Purdue Employees FCU; and Nan Morrow, vice president of corporate development at Centra CU. They comprise the ignite Leadership Team. In addition to support from the Indiana Credit Union League and Servicecorp, ignite receives sponsorship support from Members United Corporate FCU and the CUNA Mutual Group. “ignite goes beyond networking to be a cross-credit union collaborative effort, where the groups will be solving issues we all face,” said Falk. “The best thing would be if these teams come up with solutions we’ve never dreamed of.” The group already is using an ignite portal to share information, True said, adding, the group will gather again in May for an update on everyone's progress. A special portal--donated by Passageways, Purdue Employees FCU's credit union service organization--is the key communication tool for the working groups, where they share project information, pose questions, and track dates and time lines. "This is a high-energy, impressive group of individuals," said Morrow. "Credit unions and their members across our state and potentially across the country, will be able to benefit from the innovations that they will develop," she said. “As our league puts additional emphasis on offering more for the emerging leaders at Indiana’s credit unions, the ignite initiative fits perfectly into our plans,” said League President John McKenzie. At the meeting, ideas were sparked by the featured speaker, Denise Gabel, chief innovation officer with the Filene Research Institute, who oversees the i3 program. She outlined the processes used by members of the i3 working groups and provided highlights of the innovative projects undertaken by those groups. Working group members are:
* Debby Blake, manager, contact center, FORUM CU; * Tim Lukomski, chief financial officer (CFO)/vice president, support systems, Heritage FCU; * Carolyn Probasco, manager/CEO, Members United FCU; * Michael Hostetler, marketing coordinator, Finance Center FCU; * Kevin Kosek, director, business development, REGIONAL FCU; * Blake Dearing, mortgage sales manager, FORUM C; * Lora Davison, CFO, Northern Indiana FCU; * Jan Chronic, senior vice president marketing, Eli Lilly FCU; * Charles King, corporate attorney, Hoosier Hills CU; * Gary Icenogle, vice president marketing and business development, NorthPark Community CU * Becky Summers, vice president, Teachers CU; * Marie "Sam" Shanks, executive vice president, Indiana State University FCU; * Jim Johnson, vice president member services, Three Rivers FCU; * Tony Meier, assistant vice president/business development officer, Evansville Teachers FCU; * Kevin Sparks, vice president/CFO, Crane FCU; * Brian Wilkerson, vice president/chief operating officer, KEMBA CU; * Chad Gramling, product manager, Three Rivers FCU; * Joe Hasto, CFO, Eli Lilly FCU; * Evelyn Royer, vice president risk management/support services, Purdue Employees FCU; and * Michelle Peterson, marketing manager, Marion School Employees CU.


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