Get rec­og­nized for what ac­tu­ally mat­ters: re­sults

Credit Union Journal - - Grandstand -

CREDIT UNION JOURNAL IS IS­SU­ING ITS CALL FOR en­tries for the 2017 Best Prac­tices Awards. The dead­line is Aug. 1.

Rather than of­fer­ing ac­co­lades to in­di­vid­u­als, our an­nual awards pro­gram rec­og­nizes real ac­com­plish­ments by credit unions, with a fo­cus on in­no­va­tive prac­tices, poli­cies, prod­ucts, ser­vices or pro­ce­dures with a proven track record of suc­cess.

Not only do you have a chance to be hon­ored for your best prac­tice, but you also have the op­por­tu­nity to pick up some new best prac­tices when we fea­ture in-depth pro­files of the win­ning en­tries start­ing in Oc­to­ber on­line and in print.

There’s no cost to en­ter, and credit unions can nom­i­nate them­selves or be nom­i­nated by CUSOS, ven­dors and as­so­ci­a­tions.

The Best Prac­tices Awards are aimed at rec­og­niz­ing achieve­ments across the en­tire credit union en­ter­prise, from im­proved mem­ber ser­vice, cross-sales, loan pro­mo­tions, ex­pense re­duc­tions, bet­ter de­ploy­ment of staff, fa­cil­i­ties, branch strate­gies, train­ing, board pro­grams, use of tech­nol­ogy, and more.

In short, if your credit union has done some­thing you be­lieve de­serves recog­ni­tion and which other credit unions could learn from, CU Journal’s Best Prac­tices Awards are for you.

THE CRI­TE­RIA FOR EN­TRY ARE SIM­PLE:

• The best prac­tice must have been de­ployed on or

af­ter May 1, 2016.

• You are wel­come to nom­i­nate more than one best prac­tice if you are a credit union or CUSO, and more than one credit union if you are a ven­dor, CUSO or as­so­ci­a­tion.

• The en­try should in­clude: 500 words or fewer on why you be­lieve a best prac­tice has been cre­ated and de­ployed.

• The nom­i­na­tion es­say should in­clude as many tan­gi­ble mea­sures as prac­ti­cal (in­clud­ing ROI where avail­able) doc­u­ment­ing the best prac­tice; the back­ground on en­vi­ron­ment prior to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the best prac­tice; fac­tors driv­ing adop­tion of the best prac­tice, and any new prod­ucts/so­lu­tions de­ployed to achieve the best prac­tice.

“The goal of this pro­gram has al­ways been twofold: to rec­og­nize ex­cep­tional, con­crete re­sults de­rived from a new best prac­tice adopted by a credit union over the last year and to pro­vide our read­ers with an ar­ray of great ideas with proven re­sults that they can adapt and im­ple­ment at their own credit unions,” said CU Journal Edi­tor in Chief Lisa Free­man. “It re­ally is the ul­ti­mate win-win: award win­ners get the recog­ni­tion they’ve earned by do­ing some­thing that has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to their suc­cess, and read­ers get a whole bunch of tried and tested strate­gies they can use to im­prove their op­er­a­tions.”

Nom­i­na­tions should be sent to Edi­tor in Chief Lisa Free­man at lisa.free­man@source­me­dia. com. Dead­line to en­ter is Aug. 1.

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