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The Cooperative Credit Union Association is accepting nominations for our Rising Stars in Credit Unions honors. This program recognizes the up and coming stars of the credit union industry. Nominees had to meet all of the following requirements:
1. Work in a New England Credit Union or be Members of the CCUA
2. Be age 50 or under at any time in 2017
3. Be an outstanding employee, manager, or business leader
4. Be making a notable impact on their institution or within the industry
Nominations close March 16, 2018

The key to a well written nomination is providing the selection committee with specific information illustrating how the individual’s achievements have had a positive impact on the organization’s business or mission goals, their volunteer time and dedication to improving their communities. The number of examples is not as important as ensuring that the nominee’s contributions match the appropriate award criteria. (500 words suggested)
Support the opening statement with specific examples that address the award criteria and elaborate on why the nominee’s accomplishments are worthy of the award. These examples should include outcomes, results, and/or activities “above and beyond” the nominee’s job description. Include qualities that make this person outstanding, and that are relevant to the award criteria. Consider answering the “who, what, when, where, why” in your supporting statements:
What did the nominee do (e.g., projects, activities)?
• Projects and/or activities above and beyond the nominee’s job description
• Any challenges or issues encountered and overcome
How did they do it?
• Initiative and/or Leadership
• Teamwork
• Creativity and Innovation
What were the results and/or impact?
• What did the nominee’s efforts accomplish?
• Are there specific benefits that the bank derived from those efforts?
Describe in detail why you feel this individual should be considered for the Rising Star honor. Include topics such as: business acumen and specific accomplishments within your organization, charity and volunteer activities outside your bank, community involvement and improvement.