NWCUA YP Leads Champions Encourage Young Professionals to Apply Now


Last year’s YP Leads helped MAXX Convention attendees become #CUobsessed. Applications are being accepted through June 20 for 2018 YP Leads.

Jake Denning could keep himself beyond busy in his role as VP of Financial and Strategic Planning at Rexburg, Idaho-based Beehive Federal Credit Union. But he does more than that for the Credit Union Movement he’s so proud of.

Denning is an at-large Director on the Idaho Credit Union League (ICUL) Board. And he’s contributed countless hours in the past year as a Champion for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) Young Professional Leads Program (YP Leads). As a Champion, Denning helped to mentor the inaugural class of “YPs” in 2017 and will do so again this year.

Applications are being accepted through June 20 for the 2018 YP Leads Program. Six credit union professionals from each NWCUA/ICUL state – Idaho, Oregon, and Washington—will be selected. In addition to career development and mentoring, YPs get a “full ride” to attend MAXX Convention in Tacoma October 16-18, 2018.

“What I like about this program is the opportunity for the YPs to do something they might not ordinarily get to do, such as attend MAXX. A lot of young professionals don’t get that opportunity,” Denning said.

Denning’s drive to “give back” was inspired partly by his CEO, Shane Berger, who has mentored him and given him opportunities to get involved in the credit union ecosystem.

Alex Johnson, Community Relations Officer for Tacoma, Washington-based Sound Credit Union, recalls the positive impact the YP Leads program had on last year’s group.

“The coolest part for me was to see the excitement build and to see how they were ready to take it to the next level, and for them to see how much support there is for them in the credit union movement,” said Johnson.

For one of last year’s YPs, that “next level” meant starting a young professionals networking group in her hometown of Spokane.

That makes Nick Fugal, CFO at Nampa, Idaho-based Clarity Credit Union, proud to again serve as a YP Champion.

“What I like to see after their first experience at MAXX Convention is what they are going to do afterward,” Fugal said.

More information about the YP Leads program and the 2018 application process can be found online.

Please note that the application deadline has been extended to June 30th!

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