BIG expands Innovation Club

Credit unions collaborating on tomorrow’s technology

TAMPA, FL (August 14, 2019)Best Innovation Group (BIG) is pleased to announce the addition of Deere Employees Credit Union to its Innovation Club.

BIG’s Innovation Club seeks out forward-thinking CIOs and CDOs from America’s leading credit unions to come together several times each year. The group engages in educational and innovative projects using new technology to solve some of today’s most pressing issues for the financial services industry. From robotic process automation to distributed ledger, conversational banking, and machine learning and artificial intelligence, the Innovation Club members are on the leading edge of solving tomorrow’s problems today.

DECU’s Chief Information Officer, Pete Sedgwick, is looking forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas with the group and participate in the group’s prototype projects.

“The credit union movement is a very collaborative environment” says Sedgwick, “we know there is a lot of  insight that we can gain from working closely with such a forward-thinking group of credit unions. We look forward to sharing our passion for using technology to create a great member experience. “

BIG Consulting Managing Partner, Kirk Kordeleski, notes that the Innovation Club is an important way for both BIG and its clients to stay at the top of their game relative to FinTech innovation. “Big banks are spending billions of dollars every year on technology innovation. Even the largest credit unions will have trouble matching the scale of that research and development on their own. But when we join together, we have the ability to share research and collaborate on development efforts that not only solve problems for our individual credit unions but help prepare our industry for the advancements that are ahead.”

Pete Sedgwick.

About Best Innovation Group (BIG)

Founded in 2014, Best Innovation Group (BIG) was created to provide clients with the resources to quickly implement digital solutions and adopt cutting-edge technologies. BIG provides research and development in areas including voice banking, distributed ledger, and machine learning, as well as a wide array of consulting services. For more information, visit

About DECU

Founded in 1935 on the principles of commitment to our members, over the past 85 years DECU has grown to serve a global community of more than 60K people as an exclusive benefit for current and retired Deere & Company employees and their family members. Managing over $1B in assets and offering financial products and services to around 40,000 members, DECU operates 24 branches located inside John Deere facilities in and around Waterloo, Dubuque, Quad Cities and Des Moines, Iowa, plus additional units throughout the United States. For more information, visit


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