And the winners are…

Congratulations to incumbent Linda Bodie, CEO of Element FCU in Charleston, West Virginia; incumbent Jeff Jorgensen, CEO of Sioux Empire FCU in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and newcomer Tom Gryp, President/CEO of Notre Dame FCU in Notre Dame, Indiana.  All were elected to serve a three-year term on the CU*Answers Board of Directors, at the 2016 Annual Stockholders meeting held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

A sincere thank you to all of the candidates in this year’s race.  It was a true testament to the power of ownership to see such dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers vie for a spot on our Board.  Ownership is real at CU*Answers, thanks to the participation of ALL of its owners!

The nominations are in…getting ready for the 2016 election

Per our Board Member Handbook, this is official notification that the period for receiving nominations to fill seats on the CU*Answers Board of Directors has closed as of March 31, 2016, and the CU*Answers Board of Directors has met to set the final ballot for this year’s election.  Ballots will be sent to all owners during the week of May 2, 2016.

Voting Electronically

Once again we will be offering an electronic voting option for the 2016 CU*Answers Board of Directors election on June 22, 2016, using the Simply Voting tool (  The ballot will be sent to all owners during the week of May 2, 2016.

  • This year all owners will receive an email from with an electronic ballot.
  • Owners who elect not to cast their vote electronically can obtain a hard copy of the ballot here.
  • Even if you want to wait until the Stockholder’s meeting to vote, if there is a chance you won’t make the meeting, please plan to vote electronically anyway. You can always change your vote at the meeting!  (Last one in supersedes any previous ballots you cast).

We Need Your Vote!

Along with your ballot you’ll also receive the official invitation to the 2016 CU*Answers Leadership Conference and Golf Outing.  We would of course love to see you at this year’s events, but whether or not you are not able to attend, we will still need your vote.

Please mark your calendar to watch for the ballot mailing, and make sure your voice is heard at this year’s election!

Nominations are Officially Open!

On February 2, 2016, clients were notified of the official call for nominations of candidates to be placed on the ballot for the June CU*Answers Board of Directors election.  The packet, which was mailed to credit union CEOs, included these items:

Memo from Randy Karnes to CU*Answers Stockholders

Copy of memo from Dean Wilson to CU*Answers Stockholders (sent Sept. 2015)

A Call to Nominations

2016 Board Handbook

News about e-Voting

This year we’re again offering an e-voting option.  If you won’t be able to make the Stockholders Meeting in June, you can still vote via proxy, either by mailing your ballot (as before) or by voting electronically!  Check out the Election Rules page for more details.

Call to Nominations for the 2016 Election

On September 23, 2015, a memo was sent to CU*Answers Stockholders from Dean Wilson, CU*Answers Board Member and 2015 Nominating Committee Chair.  In that memo we explained that because of the results from the 2015 bylaws election, it was necessary for Chris Butler to resign from the Board of Directors effective October 2015.  According to the “Appointing Directors to Fill Unexpired Terms” procedures in our Board Handbook, because Chris Butler’s remaining term was more than 12 months this board seat will be filled at the 2016 Annual Stockholders Meeting on June 22, 2016.

Therefore the 2016 election will include filling three (3) open seats on the Board of Directors.  Per Board procedure, at the October Board meeting the 2016 Nominating Committee was established, consisting of Vickie Schmitzer, Don Mills, and Dean Wilson (Chair).  Based on the procedures outlined in the handbook, interested candidates should submit their application to serve on CU*Answers’ Board of Directors to the Nominating Committee.

Refer to the Call to Nominations flyer for instructions.

Candidates who are selected to be on the ballot will be contacted and asked to provide electronic copies of their letter of intent and resume as well as a photo and candidate message to be posted on the Board Elections website.

2016 Election Timeline

January Board meeting (28th) through March 31

  • Nominations accepted to fill three (3) open Board seats starting October 1, 2016

First week of April

  • Stockholders notified that nominations are closed, preliminary news about the election announced
  • Candidates contacted by Nominating Committee, information gathered for the campaign website

April Board meeting (28th)

  • Board of Directors officially approves the ballot

First week of May

  • 2016 stockholder meeting invitation, ballot, and previous year minutes sent to all owners

June 17

  • Deadline for all proxy votes (electronic and paper) to be received

June 22

  • Official Board election; votes tallied and winners announced to attendees

Last week of June

  • New Board members announced to all clients and press

Results of the 2015 Bylaws Changes Vote

The 2015 election included a proposal to adjust the organization’s bylaws, including changes to streamline electronic notification and voting procedures, new language to comply with NCUA Rule 712.3 (“The CUSO Rule”), and a change to broaden the pool of candidates eligible for the CU*Answers Board.

After tallying the votes during the Annual Stockholders Meeting on June 17, 2015, the first two proposed changes (electronic voting procedures and the CUSO rule) were passed.  However, although voter turnout was excellent, the third change (broadening the rules for candidate eligibility) was not approved by the necessary margin (two-thirds of all shareholders eligible to vote).

Read the memo from Dean Wilson to CU*Answers Stockholders sent September 23, 2015