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South Carolina League Chapters Recognize Emerging Professionals
COLUMBIA, S.C. (3/12/13)--Five South Carolina regional chapters of credit unions have selected their respective candidates for the Second Annual South Carolina Credit Union League Palmetto Protégé Competition, which recognizes emerging professionals and supports the employment and membership opportunities credit unions provide.

"The Palmetto Protégé Competition showcases some of our brightest emerging leaders," said Steve Fowler, SCCUL president/CEO. "This year's candidates provide a glimpse of our future and the quality of leadership to take South Carolina's credit unions to new levels of success."

The five finalists will vie for selection as the South Carolina Palmetto Protégé April 12 at the 2013 SCCUL Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach.

Chapter winners in 2013 are:

  • Candice Brady, South Carolina State CU, Columbia, Columbia Chapter;
  • Amanda Crawford ,Carolina Foothills FCU, Spartanburg, Piedmont Chapter;
  • Will Crosswell, Palmetto First FCU, Florence, Pee Dee Chapter;
  • Allison Gilmore, ArrowPointe FCU, Catawba, Catawba Chapter; and
  • Stephanie Ownby, South Carolina FCU, North Charleston, Charleston Area Chapter.
Chapter candidates were judged on credit union knowledge, communication skills, personality, and professional appearance. Each candidate completed a standardized exam and chose a presentation topic from a league-approved list that includes credit union philosophy, economics, viability, activism and promotion.

The South Carolina Palmetto Protégé will serve as a peer advocate for credit unions and liaison to CU Forward: The Leadership Initiative--a group of forward-thinking, driven, cooperative and connected leaders, SCCUL said.

Responsibilities for the Palmetto Protégé coordinated by SCCUL will include:

  • Presentations at each of the state's five chapters on his or her background, experience, CU Forward, and the Palmetto Protégé program;
  • Participation in the SCCUL Leadership Conference as secondary presenter and CU Forward advocate;
  • Liaison to CU Forward Roundtables held during his or her term as Palmetto Protégé; and
  • Regular contributions via social media including the SCCUL Facebook page.
An immediate benefit to the South Carolina Palmetto Protégé is first choice of developmental scholarships.
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