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!

Celebrate a Lifetime of Achievement

The Marketing & Business Development Council's Marketing Professional of the Year Award and Business Development Professional of the Year Award represent what is known as a “career year,” that period of time when you make all the right moves and the pieces fall into place. But only one award honors a lifetime of such achievement.

The Lifetime Achievement Award alone recognizes marketing and business development professionals who have excelled at this difficult discipline throughout their professional careers. It’s an honor not easily won, and even less frequently bestowed. But it’s of vital importance in its measure of excellence, and is the Marketing & Business Development Council's most prestigious honor.

Hear from your 2018 Winner

Rich Jones, President/Principal, Leading2Leadership LLC: “Receiving the Lifetime Achievement award was an incredible acknowledgment of my years of working in and for the movement. Being aware that your peers value your work and contributions is the highest form of compliment. The trophy is now proudly displayed in my home, and the video of my journey and acceptance permanently resides on my website. Although I could not be at the actual ceremony due to a speaking commitment that day for a credit union association, CUNA did a masterful job in working with me to make a professional acceptance video at my home. The movement and CUNA have been real partners with me throughout my credit union career."

What does the award mean to you? “Rarely does a professional get this kind of recognition. It is incredibly humbling. The real value this brought to my life was a public way to share my gratitude for many of my peers and bosses that nurtured me through this career. This opportunity to thank them and give them the credit they deserve for their impact on my career is indeed a once in a lifetime experience.”

Winner Recognition

The winner will be announced at the 26th Annual CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference, March 20-23, 2019 in Las Vegas. In addition to recognition throughout the credit union movement, each Lifetime Achievement inductee receives the following honors:

  • The prestigious Lifetime Achievement 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 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
  5. LOGIN – to begin entry process

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