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 Marketing Professional of the Year Award recognizes and honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union marketing. This distinction is reserved exclusively for the credit union marketing elite: individuals who, in all aspects of their chosen profession, consistently excel for the benefit of their employer, and the advancement of ideals of the credit union movement.

Hear from your 2018 Winner

Deidre Davis, Chief Marketing Officer, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union: “The conference itself was great, as was the overall experience of applying for the Marketing Professional of the Year. Being selected as the Marketing Professional of the Year allowed me the opportunity to meet so many outstanding marketing professionals that were in attendance (at the conference and awards dinner), as well as to meet last year’s Marketing Professional of the Year, Nathan Schmidt. 

It is invaluable to have the opportunity to share best practices and learn from others in our industry – attendees truly embody the philosophy of people helping people as they share ideas and collaborate, making this a wonderful gathering for credit union creative minds! The application process was also valuable as it provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect back on the variety of campaigns from the past 2 years as I determined which to include in the entry materials.”

What does this award mean to you and your credit union? “This award is an honor, not only for me, but for MSUFCU. We are grateful to have been recognized for our efforts in telling MSUFCU’s story and helping members and potential members achieve financial success, and ultimately, their dreams. I am incredibly fortunate to be part of the Credit Union movement, and am thankful to work in an industry I am truly passionate about, in a Credit Union wholly dedicated to its members’ success. This award celebrates the dedication of everyone at MSUFCU in helping members’ dreams come true.”

What would you say to others thinking about applying for the 2019 Award? “My first response would be, “Definitely apply!” There are so many amazing marketers in our industry, and it is so encouraging and inspiring to hear the stories of those around us. I would encourage those individuals who are thinking of applying to share the stories of their remarkable achievements so that others may learn and be inspired by them. And I would say, “Don’t put it off until “next year”. Now’s a perfect time.”

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 Marketing 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 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