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Cierra Faubert named Lowcountry Chapter CUaware Protégé

Posted By CUaware, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Cierra Faubert, Lowcountry Protege

Cierra Faubert, a member service representative with Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union (HTFCU), was named the Lowcountry Chapter’s CUaware Protégé on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Faubert will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition finals at the LAUNCH Conference Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Faubert and fellow candidate Chelsea King (SC Federal CU) represented their respective credit unions at the Lowcountry Chapter event at the North Charleston Marriott in N. Charleston, SC. Each contestant made a five-minute presentation in front of a judging panel and credit union professionals in attendance. The contestants were also scored on a one-page essay that they submitted as part of the application process.

Faubert joined HTFCU in 2016 and aspires to become a branch manager so she can continue membership growth and employee talent development at the credit union. She is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Ed K-6 and minor in Mathematics. Faubert is a recipient of the credit union’s All-Star Award and is currently enrolled in HTFCU’s Lighthouse University, which provides continuous learning opportunities for all credit union employees.

In her spare time, she enjoys working on community outreach projects for the credit union that make a difference for others and spending quality time with her family.

She joins Columbia Chapter Protégé Amy Coggins, Upstate Chapter Protégé Meaghan King, and Tarheel Chapter Protégé Barbara Mojica Arzate in the lineup of finalists moving forward in the competition, with others to be determined in the weeks ahead. Click here to see the upcoming events.

a collage of the lowcountry event on 103018

Tags:  career development  CUaware  Heritage Trust FCU  learn  networking  Protégé  SC Federal CU 

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Barbara Mojica Arzate selected as Tarheel Chapter CUaware Protégé

Posted By CUaware, Monday, October 15, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Barbara M Arzate, Tarheel ProtegeBarbara Mojica Arzate, an account manager with Coastal Credit Union, was named the Tarheel Chapter’s CUaware Protégé on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Mojica will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition finals at the LAUNCH Conference Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Mojica and fellow candidate Gioia Hackett (Local Government FCU) represented their respective credit unions at the Tarheel Chapter event hosted by LGFCU. Each contestant made five-minute presentations in front of the chapter board and credit union professionals in attendance. The contestants were also scored on a one-page essay that they submitted as part of the application process.

Mojica joined Coastal in 2017 and seeks to continue her career development at the credit union. She has an associates in graphic design from Mount Olive College and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in business management with plans to master in business.

Mojica joins Upstate Chapter Protégé Meaghan King in the lineup of finalists moving forward in the competition, with others to be determined in the weeks ahead. Click here to see the upcoming events.

a collage of the tarheel event on 101018

Tags:  career development  Coastal Credit Union  CUaware  learn  Local Government FCU  networking  Protégé 

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CUaware premieres new ‘Protégé & Beyond’ blog series ft. past competition finalists

Posted By CUaware, Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In coordination with the kickoff for the 2019 CUaware Protege Competition season, the CUaware Council is excited to premiere its new blog series called "Protégé & Beyond." The series features interviews with former competition finalists, giving them a platform to share what they learned during and after the program.

"It's part 'where are they now' and part 'pay it forward,' said Coastal Credit Union's Sara Portis, the brainchild of the interview series. "We are pleased so many former finalists have taken to this idea and look forward to hearing what each of them have to share on their experience and where life has taken them post-protégé."

Dizzy Felkel and SPC CU staff from 2012
Dizzy Felkel (center), who worked at SPC Credit Union at the time, competed in the first year of the Protégé Competition in 2012 to become the first-place winner. Since then, he's returned from time to time to share his insight with professionals in the credit union movement through various League and chapter events.

The interview series will be posted monthly throughout the 2019 competition cycle. The first episode premiered this week on the CUaware Podcast and features the "OG" Dizzy Felkel, who won the inaugural protégé competition in 2012.

In the interview, led by Coastal Credit Union's Sara Portis and Phil Kadzielawski, Dizzy touched on a variety of subjects including what it was like being among the first to compete in the program, how to prepare to compete, and the importance of taking advantage of this platform and unique opportunity.

"I owe a whole lot to that competition," said Felkel. "The people at the manager [from SPC Credit Union] at the time. A lot of people invested in me and believed in me and it opened up a lot of doors for me, and it's led to a lot of cool things in life. That's why I dwell so much on 'make the most of it' because I'm living proof that this can change a life."


Special Thanks to our Featured Protégé!

Dizzy Felkel has a passion for serving the credit union industry, which has offered him incredible opportunities over the years. He works at Jack Henry & Associates under the Symitar division, where he focuses on small and mid-sized credit unions. He also offers training and public speaking services under his personal brand.

Dizzy holds the honor of winning the inaugural CUaware Protégé Competition in 2012. Educationally speaking, he holds an MBA from North Greenville University and is a graduate of the Southeast CUNA Management School. Dizzy resides near Charlotte with his wife and daughter.

Tags:  career development  Coastal Credit Union  CUaware  learn  networking  Podcast  Protégé  Protégé and Beyond 

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CUaware Triangle holds speed networking event

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Thirty credit union professionals attended CUaware Triangle's speed networking event Tuesday, November 1. The event took place at Local Government FCU's Wake Forest Road location. 

“This was a successful and fun event with a very diverse group of attendees," shared Jennifer Moore of CUaware. "One colleague had 8 months of experience while two others have been part of the credit union movement for over 20 years. This is what CUaware is all about – bridging the gap between the “newbies” and “seasoned” industry professionals. I hope this trend continues for years to come as the industry is constantly evolving,” Moore said.

The professionals were paired up and exchanged answers on a question for three minutes, then rotated to another partner for a new question. The fast format generated lively discussions on a range of career questions covering their current and past roles in the work force. A few credit union system questions were included as well. A sampling of the questions included:

  • What was the first paying job you ever held and how did it help prepare you for the work world?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of your current job?
  • If you could make some change in the credit union industry, little or big, what would it be and why?

“I thought it was interesting how Jeff Hardin and I shared our first paying job – which was on a farm," Moore noted. "And now we’re both part of the credit union movement. A movement founded by farmers. It really makes you stop and reflect for a moment.”

In addition to the fast-paced networking event, CUaware Triangle hosted a catered reception and mixer before the event. After the speed networking concluded, the group received a tour of LGFCU's new location, which opened earlier this year.

CUaware is a council of the Carolinas Credit Union League, with meetings and events in various parts of North Carolina and South Carolina through the year. To learn more, please click here


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