Chad Gramling, Three Rivers FCU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2014

Chad Gramling
Chad is Insight Manager at Three Rivers FCU in Fort Wayne. His career with the credit union began in the marketing area. He blogs for the credit union and his path to his current position has included work in a number of areas including process automation, onboarding, relationship development, technology and much more. Chad was an inaugural member of the League’s ignite initiative and his group’s Drive-Up Savings project was implemented at a credit unions around the United States. He is a current member of the League’s Emerging Leadership Advisory Group.




Charlie King, Hoosier Hills CU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2014
Charlie King
Charlie is Senior Vice President of Administration and the Corporate Attorney at Hoosier Hills Credit Union in Bedford. He started at the credit union as a teller and has worked his way through a variety of positions on the way to his current role. Charlie’s service to the credit union business in Indiana includes his position on the initial Board of Trustees for the CUCare Welfare Benefit Plan Trust, which was just established in January of this year.





Cari Palmer, Energy Plus CU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2014
Cari Palmer
Cari is Vice President at Energy Plus CU in Indianapolis. A six-year employee of the credit union, she worked in the marketing area and in operations before she was promoted to vice president last year. She has represented her credit union by attending the League’s Legislative Affairs Forum and CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference several times. She is an alumnae of the League’s ignite initiativer and she is a current member of the League’s Emerging Leadership Advisory Group and the Political Involvement Leadership Advisory Group.




Award Criteria

The Emerging Leadership Award was created in 2007 to recognize the next generation of credit union leaders in Indiana for their accomplishments and for their potential to be an Indiana credit union leader in the future.

METHOD: Individuals are nominated by others from their credit union, or from among their credit union peers. Self-nomination is not allowed. The Awards Committee may select up to three individuals each year, none from the same credit union, based upon the individuals’ accomplishments and their essay-style responses to two questions. Answers should be a maximum of 250 words.

  1. What do you see in the future of the credit union movement?
  2. What have you done to prepare for that future, and how will you lead?

RECOGNITION: The winners will be announced at the League’s annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the lobby area of the League’s office that lists winner of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals employed by League-affiliated credit unions holding managerial positions, with the exception of President/CEO/Manager, are eligible. Current League Board members are excluded from consideration.

CRITERIA: Candidates will be judged by the Awards Committee based on their accomplishments and on their answers to two screening questions.

Past Winners


​Chad Gramling
Charlie King
Cari Palmer

​2013 Deidre Davis
Tara Holloway
Sven Leander
2012 Andrew Spirrison
2011 Bill Hord
Brett Rinker
2010 Kim Stambush
Kim Kniola
Kevin Kosek
2009 Michael Hostetler
Matt Snively
Kevin Sparks
2008 Melissa Comfort
Carma Parrish
2007 Lisa Halboob
Doug True