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YPs 'Take Over' Fort Worth Chapter of CU Meeting
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:50 AM

The Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions' latest meeting was “taken over” by credit union young professionals attempting to gain insight into the type of employees CEOs recruit for advancement. The Fort Worth Chapter board provided logistical support but turned the event’s decision making over to the Young Professional (YP) Advisors from the Fort Worth region.

Cornerstone Credit Union League YP Advisors Meghan Jamison from Tarrant County’s Credit Union and Cameron Newfarmer from Texas Trust Credit Union worked closely with the board to create an event with a CEO/YP panel facilitated by Dean Borland from Credit Union Resources.

In an effort to provide a broad scope of valuable insights and perspectives, the CEO/YP panel was comprised of both young professionals and seasoned veterans from large and small credit unions. The topic focused on the subject of CEO succession planning.

Panelists included Gary Williams, president/CEO at Unity One Credit Union; Andy Reed, president/CEO at Texas People Federal Credit Union; Jessica White, marketing manager at Texas Trust Credit Union; Melissa Burleson, business development coordinator at Tarrant County’s Credit Union; and Marcus Cotton, vice president CU Resources, Executive Search.

Panelists discussed the qualities CEOs look for when promoting young professionals. Cotton provided the unique perspective of a board director, including what boards look for in a CEO during the selection process. The experienced panelists provided insights on what current young professionals can do to prepare for career advancement in the credit union industry, and they answered questions pertaining to professional growth and development.

Door prize tickets were sold at the beginning of the meeting, and total funds raised of $265 were donated to the National Credit Union Foundation.