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$10,000 CO-OP THINK Prize 13

Bill PrichardComment

Down to Three Finalists

With a $10,000 grand prize presented by MasterCard at stake, three finalists have been named for the CO-OP THINK Prize 13. CU Water Cooler had previously reported the competition details to you back in September.

Three credit union employees decided to go for it. Here they are:


Robert Baron

Director of Marketing
Technicolor Federal
Credit Union

Burbank, Calif.
Idea: “Virtual Teller System."


Andree Kirk

Online Services Administrator
San Francisco Federal
Credit Union

San Francisco, Calif.
Idea: “Shared Member Application Platform.”


Deborah Larson

Branch Manager
Dakota Plains Credit Union
Enderlin, N.D.
Idea: “Switch Kit App.”

The three finalists were selected by judges from CO-OP Financial Services and Filene Research Institute. The winner of the CO-OP THINK Prize 13 will be announced on May 2 at the THINK 13 Conference, being held at the Swissotel in Chicago, Ill., April 29-May 2.

Rather than waiting for CO-OP to tell you who won, why not attend the entire event? Registration is $679 and you can get yourself set up immediately at The event is once again attracting world-class speakers, including Newark, N.J., Mayor (and prospective U.S. Senate candidate) Cory A. Booker. In fact, info on all the conference speakers is available here.

The CO-OP THINK Prize 13 winner will be based on scoring by the CO-OP Financial Services and Filene Research Institute judges; online voting by credit union employees at open March 26-April 19, and on-site voting by registered THINK 13 Conference attendees.

To be a part of it all, register for the THINK 13 Conference by visiting


Bill Prichard is the Manager, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, at CO-OP Financial Services, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He can be reached at 800-782-9042, ext. 3450 or