The Cooperative Trust Changes Hands – What Does That Mean for the Future?

by. Jimmy Marks

For the first time in its history, The Cooperative Trust has undergone a leadership change. Brent Dixon, the organization’s creator and, for want of a better term, “Motivational Shepherd”, has stepped down. He will be replaced by James Marshall, a credit union employee from the UK and a participant in this year’s Crash the GAC event.

James has worked for CUs in the UK and is currently in London, waiting (I’m told) to make his way to the US of A. He’ll be working with Filene on next steps and a strategy for growth for the tiny gathering of industry-loving young folks which started out as no more than a handful of weary travelers in a DC-area hostel.

I’ve met James. I like him a lot. I don’t know that much will change in the day-to-day, but I can appreciate his desire to bring outside perspective and to further energize the base. I’m sorry that Brent won’t be directly tangled up in the Cooperative Trust’s various goings-on, but I also greatly doubt that Brent won’t have a hand in the organization in some way.

Long story short: I think this is great news. It comes at a time when the continued success of the Trust’s mission and vision depend on an involved, articulate, energetic individual.

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