The 2019 Next Big Idea Judges...

Sarah Canepa Bang:  

Business Combat Engineer with fabulous shoes, Herb Wegner award winner, Mother of Shared Branching, and Credit Unions for Kids champion.  She is also a painter, filmmaker,  choreographer and concert promoter in her spare time.


Bill Beardsley:

Entrepreneur trapped in a banker’s life, the closest thing on the panel to Mr. Wonderful, but not a shark at heart, father of four, grandfather of one, previous board president of a venture capital matchmaking organization supporting University of Michigan spinoffs, predicted by high school class mates as the one at age 50 who will still be making excuses why his work isn’t done.


Kris Kovacs:

Credit union legacy, startup rainmaker, Founder/ CEO Constellation Digital Partners, inventor, destroyer of digital excuses, husband, father of three sons, semi-professional pool boy AND Winner 2017 Next Big Idea Competition.  Mic drop


Kirk Drake:

Boyish Xenial Credit Union entrepreneur, Founder & CEO, OGO, first organic cloud platform for CUs,  super fan of Sarah, Denise and Kris (sorry Bill I don’t know you that well yet), Author of Credit Union 2.0, Husband of 1, Father of 3, friend of many, foe of a couple (you know who you are).

Moderator: Guy Messick, The CUSO Guru

Guy began representing credit unions when Ed Filene asked him to think about doing more with the collaboration thing.  Guy was unable to convince a his credit union clients to form a CUSO with Tom Edison to market electricity but since then his clients have been forming  great innovative partnerships.  

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