CU*Answers held its first ever week-long CEO Strategic Developers Boot Camp event November 5-9, 2018, at its offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The boot camp was a new format for an annual conference we present to credit union CEOs, giving a unique opportunity for CEOs and their business development executives to participate in creating the solutions that CU*Answers and the cuasterisk.com network will take to market.
This year’s event hosted 52 CEOs and executives from credit unions and CUSOs around the country for working sessions on Designing the Future of Internet Retailing, Designing Teller Platforms for Our Future, and Designing the Future for Online and Mobile Tools. Randy Karnes, CU*Answers CEO, was excited about the lively interactions that took place, saying, “Thanks to all for the hard work that made last week a win. There were several credit union delegations that took risks to stir the pot during our discussions, and I appreciate that!”
The strategic work that began with this event will be followed up with multiple web-based sessions with credit union tactical teams and subject-matter experts, culminating in three separate Task Force events coming in March, April, and May, one event for each of the major topics. Said Karnes: “I think the CEOs got us going in the right direction. We have a lot of work to do to get ready for the next steps, which we will attack starting in December to keep the momentum going.”
Applicants will take an entrance test prior to admission to these exclusive events, after which CU*Answers will make a final go/no-go decision, complete the final design specifications and start engaging developers and implementors for pilot projects.