The Credit Union Executives Society® (CUES) has selected Heather McKissick to serve as its next CEO after a North America-wide search facilitated by DDJ Myers, the well-known executive search and leadership development firm.
McKissick is an International Credit Union Development Educator (I-CUDE) and a proven executive leader with world-class public speaking skills and demonstrated organizational development expertise. She most recently served as Executive Vice President of Community Impact, Marketing, and Communication for University Federal Credit Union (UFCU), the $4.6 billion cooperative headquartered in Austin, Texas.
“Throughout my career, I have witnessed the transformative power of leadership development. Now, as the CEO of CUES, I am eager to leverage my diverse background and experience to help credit unions thrive and succeed in a rapidly evolving landscape,” says McKissick. “I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the Board of Directors. I can’t wait to work collaboratively with the CUES team, our valued members, and our partners to shape a strategic vision that positions CUES as the go-to source for innovative leadership development for credit unions, driving growth and expanding impact.”
CUES’ mission is to empower Credit Union Leaders of today and tomorrow to realize their potential, transforming their organizations, their communities, and the world. These goals are accomplished through a dedicated team that McKissick will now lead.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Heather as our next CEO! The Board is confident that her passion for our industry and stakeholders, purpose-driven focus, and track record of fostering strong collaborative relationships will take CUES to its next level of success and expand the ways we benefit the industry as a whole,” says Kelly Marshall, CUES Board Chair & CEO of Summerland Credit Union.
In addition to spending nearly a decade serving UFCU, McKissick previously served as President and CEO of Leadership Austin and as Director of Organizational Development and Education for a $5.5 billion non-profit healthcare organization. She received her Master of Arts in English Language from The Claremont Graduate University and her Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edwards University.
The Credit Union Executives Society® was founded in 1962 on the firmly held principle of “cooperation among cooperatives” not only for credit unions but also for CU managers. Since our start, we’ve grown into an organization dedicated to providing credit union professionals, directors and suppliers the resources they need to reach their greatest potential. Our passion is being the trusted, single source for our members’ professional development needs. More than experiences, we create powerful relationships. From our small, yet mighty, staff to an expansive leadership network, we facilitate connections that provide invaluable support throughout our members’ leadership journey. Learn more about www.cues.org.