Nominations Deadline: February 4, 2019
Nomination deadline will be strictly followed – nominations will not 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 Your Rising Star

The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council's Rising Star Award recognizes and honors an individual with 2 or less years of paid, full time experience in the credit union industry. The winner of this prestigious award will be an emerging marketing or business development professional whose work demonstrates ongoing and exceptional growth. Their contribution to the future of the credit union industry is evident even in the short time they've been a part of the movement.

Hear from your 2018 Winner

Chelsea Oliver, Marketing Specialist, Corry Federal Credit Union: “This experience has taught me so much about marketing in the credit union industry. Receiving an award like this at such an early point in my career just confirms that I’m on the right track but there is always room to grow. Bringing this award home was an indescribable moment for me, but networking with my peers, seeing what great work other CU’s are doing, and just being able to absorb so much information in such a short week was an incredible experience. Whether you’re an award winner or not, the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference is not one to miss.”

What does this award mean to you and your credit union? “For me personally, this award means credibility and opportunity. I’m eager to see how this award influences the next phase of my career. For my credit union, it means there’s no going back. Before I was hired, a full-time marketing position did not exist here. My hope is that because of this honor, our marketing efforts can continue to grow to better serve our members.”

What would you say to others thinking about applying to the 2019 Award? “Go for it! Sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader and there is no shame in either nominating yourself or just asking someone in your CU to nominate you. If you believe your work is worthy of being awarded, it probably is!”

Winner Recognition

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

  • The prestigious Rising Star 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 Process

  1. First review the details and nomination process
  2. Then complete and submit the nomination form

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