Nominations Deadline: January 22, 2018
Nomination deadline will be strictly followed – nominations will not be accepted after the January 22, 2018 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 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 2017 Winner

Melinda Leung, VP of Marketing, Parsons Federal Credit Union: “Receiving the Rising Star Award was both inspiring and humbling. Being among such a diverse group of creative minds made me want to challenge myself to try new things and to never settle for complacency. I had a blast getting to know veterans in the industry, hearing stories of their journeys, and will always remember this amazing experience.”

What does this award mean to you and your credit union? “We accomplished a lot together in the past year – me and the entire staff here at Parsons FCU worked our behinds off to not only halt a declining membership, but to implement growth among a ton of other projects, simultaneously. This award was not only for me, but for everyone on my team –  it’s well-deserved recognition for everyone here.”

What would you say to others thinking about applying to the 2018 Award? “Sometimes, you just got to toot your own horn. So just do it! You can’t win if you never try.”

Winner Recognition

The winner will be announced at the 25th Annual CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Annual Conference, March 11-14, 2018 in San Francisco. 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