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Pinnacle Awards Judging Underway This Week at Cornerstone HQ
Monday, August 22, 2016 7:00 AM

The Cornerstone Marketing and Business Development Council is hosting the annual Pinnacle Awards judging this week, Aug. 22-26, at Cornerstone’s new office building in Plano.

This has been a remarkable year for the Council, which has received 139 Pinnacle Award entries in 23 different categories. The Pinnacle Awards Committee consists of volunteers from two different credit unions in the Cornerstone region:

  • Chair Alison Wolf, VP of marketing for True Sky Credit Union in Oklahoma City, and
  • Co-Chair Cody Buchholz, AVP/manager, financial empowerment at Tinker Federal Credit Union in Oklahoma City.

The two committee members, along with Cornerstone liaisons Kelly Burns and Carla Trager, have worked diligently to ensure this year's wide number of credit union entries and a diverse, unbiased judging selection process.

“I have been impressed and honored to work with the Pinnacle Awards Committee again this year," said Trager, lead liaison to the Council and a league representative. "They have demonstrated tremendous dedication and outside-the-box thinking that will be demonstrated during the Pinnacle Awards Dinner on November 16, in Fort Worth."

This year’s four Pinnacle Awards judges come from across the nation. They are dedicated credit union professionals volunteering their time to select the final winners of this year’s Pinnacle awards. This year’s judges are:

  • Adena Whitman, director of marketing and outreach at Guadalupe Credit Union in Santa Fe, NM
  • Amy Bucaida, executive consultant at Beyond the Nine Marketing and Communications in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Stephanie Smith, executive director at America's Credit Union Museum in Manchester, NH
  • Kathy Moore, director of business development at Greenville Heritage FCU in Greenville, SC

The winners of this year’s awards will be officially announced and recognized at the annual Pinnacle Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. during the Marketing and Business Development Conference. The conference takes place Nov. 15-17at the Hilton Downtown in Fort Worth.