Coastal Federal Credit Union employees Patrick Livingston and Brandon McAdams have earned the 2014 Cooperative Spirit Award from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Development Education Program. Livingston and McAdams are being recognized for their efforts in creating CUaware (www.cuaware.org), an educational networking council within the Carolinas Credit Union League, aimed at connecting and educating employees from across credit unions. The award was presented on August 14 during the annual Development Educators Workshop, in Austin, TX.
Livingston, Director of Business Transformation and McAdams, Consumer Lending Product Development Manager, came up with the idea for CUaware after completing the Development Educator training program in 2011.
“We saw a networking gap in the industry. We set out to introduce credit union staff, at all levels, to learn the cooperative principles that guide credit unions in an informal and fun way,” said Livingston.
“We focused our efforts around three concepts: learn, share and grow,” added McAdams. “It was important that we capitalized on the cooperative nature of credit unions and pulled everyone together to better our organizations and help connect our movement at a local level.”
CUaware began with organized events between Coastal employees and other Triangle credit unions. It soon expanded to include the Winston-Salem area, and is now coordinated by volunteers from several credit unions in North Carolina and South Carolina who bring credit union employees together for programs, networking opportunities and community service projects throughout both states.