Blaine Bartholomew from Unitus Community Credit Union named Finalist in CUES® Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge

PORTLAND, OR (August 24, 2018) — Blaine Bartholomew, AVP of Member Experience with Unitus Community Credit Union in Portland, has been named one of the five Finalists in the 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge, powered by Currency and in partnership with DDJ Myers Ltd.

CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec applicants are age 35 or under, employed by a credit union, and create a short video outlining the details of an innovative project they’re working on at their credit union. The online public voted for their favorite, and along with a judging panel, narrowed the field to the Top 10. From there, a second judging panel selected five Finalists. Blaine Bartholomew, 35, submitted details of his credit union’s member rewards account program focused on the ownership difference, promoting technology and saving, and attracting millennial members, and won one of the coveted Finalists’ spots.

Bartholomew wins a $6,000 prize package; including coaching sessions from challenge sponsor DDJ Myers, and registration, accommodation and airfare to CUES Network™ in Nashville, November 5-7, 2018. While in Nashville, Bartholomew will compete against the other four Finalists for the grand prize, a CUES educational package valued at $20,000, and the honor of being named the 2018 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec on November 7.

Updates on the Finalists’ progress will be featured on the website including video of their final presentation at CUES Network in November. The public may vote for their favorite candidate, with the public vote forming part of the overall final score in the challenge. To vote for Blaine Bartholomew, go to between 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 6, 2018.


About Unitus Community Credit Union

At Unitus, we’re dedicated to improving lives in the communities we serve. As a member-owned  local credit union, we invest in people by doing the right thing. Through partnerships with nonprofit  organizations, we provide support for community groups through volunteerism and financial  donations. Our 104,000 members count on us to serve them and their communities; our 300+ employees share that passion for service. Learn about the local impact Unitus makes by visiting

About CUES

CUES ( is a Madison, Wisconsin-based, independent, not-for-profit, international membership association for credit union executives. CUES’ mission is to educate and develop credit union CEOs, directors and future leaders.

About Currency

Currency ( is a credit union-focused marketing firm. Our unique programs—It’s a Money Thing, Young & Free and Next Top Credit Union Exec—focus on helping credit unions raise awareness, build relationships and foster financial empowerment with young adults.

About DDJ Myers

Based in Phoenix, Ariz., DDJ Myers ( offers executive recruitment, strategic organization, and customized leadership programs.


Autumn Foster

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