Nominations Deadline:  January 7, 2019
Entry Materials Deadline:  February 4, 2019

Entry deadline will be strictly followed – no entries will be accepted after the February 4, 2019 deadline date so please don’t wait until the last minute – applications take time to fill out and complete. Thank you!

The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council's Business Development Professional of the Year Award recognizes and honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union business development. This distinction is reserved exclusively for the credit union business development elite: individuals who, in all aspects of their chosen profession, consistently excel in perpetuating the growth of credit union membership and expansion of services, while maintaining the ideals of the credit union movement.

Hear from your 2018 Winner

Christian Albouras, Business Development Specialist, Summit Credit Union: “To be highlighted in the presence of so many talented and dedicated credit union industry professionals as the Business Development Professional of the Year is quite energizing and humbling. There are so many deserving recipients. While at the Marketing & Business Development Conference, I connected with other Business Development professionals and attended breakout sessions that covered best practices, innovative strategies for garnering new membership/market share, and heard about the challenges that professionals in this area face. The experience was very enriching and gave me actionable strategies I could apply at Summit.”

What does the BDPOY Award mean to you and your credit union? “This award means that the hard work and efforts put forth everyday by our department support the growth of our credit union and serve as a potential model for other credit unions across the county to utilize which, is exciting as we look to support the credit union movement in any way possible.”

What would you say to others thinking about applying for the 2019 Award? “I highly encourage you to apply and to nominate others that you feel exemplify excellence in the practice of business development. There are so many talented and deserving professionals within our industry. We would love to hear your story and your successes as the next Business Development Professional of the Year.”

Winner Recognition

The winner will be announced at the 26th Annual CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference, March 20-23, 2019 in Las Vegas. The winner should plan on attending the conference and will receive the following:

  • The prestigious Business Development Professional of the Year award;
  • Recognition in Credit Union Magazine;
  • Complimentary registration to the conference;
  • The opportunity to help select the following year's recipient and present the award.

Nomination and Entry Process

Start by reviewing the details, deadlines and the nomination process.

To nominate an associate or yourself, complete the online nomination form. You may nominate more than one person.

Once nominated, those interested in competing for the award must submit entry materials.

How to Enter

The entry form must be completed and submitted online. The steps below outline exactly how to enter.

  1. Register an Account
  2. Create Your Entry
  3. Upload Digital Files
  4. Submit Entry

LOGIN – to begin entry process

If you have questions about the entry process, please contact CUNA Councils at 1-800-356-9655, ext. 4018 or