Madison Magazine honors Kim Sponem as Best in Business Change Agent

MADISON, WI (January 29, 2016) — Kim Sponem, CEO and President of Summit Credit Union, headquartered in Madison, WI has received one of four prestigious Best in Business Change Agent Awards, from Madison Magazine for her innovative approach to creating impactful financial education programs. She was particularly recognized for creating STAR Credit Union. Now 10 years old, it is the only known chartered credit union for kids in the world. STAR (Saving to Achieve Results) is located at the Dane County Boys and Girls Club, where more than 600 children and teens learn about money, running their own credit union, and taking action to save for their futures. She was also honored for supporting financial wellness for women and communities of color.

The Brian Howell Excellence in Innovation Award, issued annually, is in honor of the late editor of Madison Magazine. “Brian Howell was known to encourage, celebrate, bring out people’s best, and let people know they were part of something bigger, so I am especially honored to be recognized with this award,” said Sponem. “I’m also thrilled for the credit union movement’s prominence in this year’s Change Agent awards,” added Sponem, noting that Steven Goldberg, Executive Director of the CUNA Mutual Foundation was also an awardee. “It’s inspiring to see this public recognition of credit unions’ leadership in positive community change.”


About Summit Credit Union (WI)

Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative. Summit holds $5 billion in assets and has more than 226,000 members and 799 employees across 49 locations throughout south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. Kim Sponem has been CEO & President of Summit Credit Union, and its predecessor organization, CUNA Credit Union/Great Wisconsin Credit Union, since 2002. Recognized for its excellence in employee engagement, Summit was named a Top Workplace in the USA in 2021 and 2022 by Top Workplaces USA and a Top Workplace in the Madison area for 2022 and 2021 by the Wisconsin State Journal. For more information, visit or call 608-243-5000 or 800-236-5560. For additional media information, visit or follow Summit on FacebookInstagram and Twitter


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