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What's New in 2018?

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Hi everyone, Happy 2018! As the new year has gotten off to a super start, we’ve been taking time to think about how the Cooperative Trust and Crash programs should evolve and grow to ensure we are making the most impact possible for young professionals and the credit union system. You’ll see lots of changes starting in the next few months: a new Cooperative Trust website, a new logo, a mentorship program, and Crashes galore. We’ve also challenged ourselves to take Crash the GAC to the next level this year, which brings me to today’s exciting news… Join me in welcoming *78* Crashers to Crash the GAC 2018 this year! Competition was fierce, and huge ...
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At the beginning of this month I had the opportunity to crash big. bright. minds. in Austin, Texas. What do I mean by crash? The Cooperative Trust hosts crash events. They describe these as, “non-stop, packed out, credit union events for young professionals! They come with a work hard/play hard schedule and are here to help you develop as a credit union executive.” After attending this conference I am here to say energy, collaboration, and optimism in the credit union movement is alive and well! Big. bright. minds. was an incredibly invigorating experience. Industry leaders came together to share the latest in innovation and technology. What I love the ...
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Hi everyone!! I’m beyond excited to embark on my first blog experience with you all! I appreciate everyone’s support in this cool ‘Follow a Crasher’ series put on by The Cooperative Trust! When I’m not attempting to write a blog, I spend a good portion of my time at Heritage Family CU as the Senior Vice President of Retail in the gorgeous state of Vermont. I have a little family at home that keeps me grounded and relaxed. I serve as a Board of Director to an organization that offers services to underserved children and young parents, and I am so incredibly proud to be the Founder and Chair of the Credit Union Young Professionals of Vermont. I want to share ...
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Colloquia and Curveballs

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You think you’ve got life figured out and suddenly, destiny throws you a curveball. That is not to say that all curveballs are bad. Google defines a curve as “a line or outline that gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length.” The keyword “deviates” perfectly explains the effect this curve ball has taken on my career; it has led me to question whether I should continue on my current career path or diverge into something I’ve newly discovered a passion for within the credit union industry. While I was in high school, I decided that I would study finance in college and obtain a job as an Accountant. It was my ultimate goal. Being ...
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The question we don’t ask before Crashing an event is, “What am I prepared to do after I Crash?” Life after Crash If you imagine doors would open at every turn, I’d say you’re about half-right. The doors are left ajar, but there is no door attendant waiting for you to walk through – that’s up to you. Creating opportunities, sustaining and maintaining the relationships you’ve started takes effort. My life after Crashing the GAC in 2016 has been filled with excitement and learning, and then testing the boundaries of what I thought I was capable of to the realities of where I’m at in my career. By keeping in contact with my fellow Crashers and Crash mentors, ...
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One thing the 2016 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference showed me was that there is no better time to be in the industry.  I realized current leaders who’ve carried the legacy of thrift, cooperative, and people helping people are shifting into transition.  Likewise, one thing that the Crash the GAC program showed me was how critical our role is in the industry.  That experience was invaluable, but the stake in the ground didn’t initially break ground there. The road to Crash the GAC started earlier than the conference, but from that experience I’ve been able to maximize my professional progression more efficiently.  Learning from the people I admire, I’ve ...
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New Beginnings

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A note from James: Four years ago, you all started a journey with me. A journey to an unknown destination, but you came with me anyway. Four years ago, I took charge of The Cooperative Trust and everything that includes. As I write this, my part in this journey is approaching its end. Yours, however, continues onwards… What’s next for me? I’ll come to that later, but first… The last four years have given me the chance to meet and work with some of the brightest talent in the credit union system. I’ve been surrounded by passionate, committed, kind and generous people at all times. Not once in the last four years has working with you, ever been ‘work’. You ...
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