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Summit AwardS and Accomplishments

We work hard to make a difference in our communities and for our members.
We're especially thrilled (not to mention blushing just a little) when that hard work is recognized. 

Best-Of Awards

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 – BEST OF WAUNAKEE AWARD
Summit voted "Best Financial Institution" by Waunakee Tribune readers. Presented by the Waunakee Tribune and the Waunakee-Westport Chamber of Commerce.

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 – STAR OF MADISON AWARD
Summit voted #1 (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012), #2 (2013, 2010) and #3 (2011) in the Credit Union category by readers of Madison.com, Wisconsin State Journal, Capital Times and 77 Square.

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 – BEST OF SUN PRAIRIE AWARD
Summit voted "Best Financial Institution" in this readers' choice award through The Star.

2017, 2016, 2014 – BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
Summit voted #1 by BRAVA magazine readers.

2016 – BEST NEW DEVELOPMENT OR RENOVATION-RETAIL
For Summit's Waukesha branch, In Business Magazine's 2016 Commercial Design Award

2013 – BEST RETAIL RENOVATION AND BEST SMALL PROJECT
For Summit's "Inspiration Branch" in Fitchburg. In Business Commercial Design Awards.

2012 – BEST FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Summit voted "Best Financial Advisor" by BRAVA Magazine readers.

Credit Union Industry and Financial Education Awards

2016, 2014, 2010 — GOVERNOR'S FINANCIAL LITERACY AWARD
2016 - For Summit’s Project Money annual financial challenge. 2014 – For Summit’s CUatWork, a workplace financial wellness program. 2010 – For Summit’s partnership with Common Wealth Development in supporting Earn $ave. Awarded by Wisconsin Governors Walker (2016, 2014) and Doyle (2010) and The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. 

Desjardins Financial Education awards2016 — DESJARDINS ADULT FINANCIAL EDUCATION AWARD
Recognized as number one in Wisconsin by the Credit Union National Association and the Wisconsin Credit Union League for excellence in adult financial education through Summit’s Project Money program.  

2016 – CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
Awarded in 2017 by Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) for raising more funds for CULAC than any other credit union in Wisconsin in 2016.

2016 – CUNA DIAMOND AWARD
Awarded by CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council in recognition of Summit’s accomplishments in business and select employee group development through CUatWork. 

2015, 2011 — CUDL DIAMOND AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LENDING 
Awarded by Credit Union Direct Lending (CUDL) for outstanding achievement in our auto lending program — one of two Diamond Awards in the country.

2015 – CUNA EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Awarded by CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council for Summit’s financial wellness initiative, CUatWork. 

Desjardins Financial Education awards2014 — DESJARDINS YOUTH FINANCIAL EDUCATION AWARD
Nationally recognized by the Credit Union National Association for the credit union’s efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to those under age 18. Awarded for Project Teen Money.

2014 — GOLDEN MIRROR AWARD FOR BRANCH DESIGN AND POSITIONING
International recognition by the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) for Summit’s Inspiration Branch. 

2014 — BEST PRACTICE IN MARKETING TO MEMBERS
Awarded May 2014, based on Summit’s Sign & Drive option for members. Awarded by CU Direct through CUDL.

2012 — VISA GLOBAL SERVICE QUALITY PERFORMANCE AWARD
Awarded for highest domestic approval rate, 98%, in authorization of debit cards. Awarded May, 2013.

2011 — OUTSTANDING SERVICING PERFORMANCE
Awarded June, 25, 2012 by CMG Mortgage Insurance for success in ensuring accurate delinquency reporting, maximizing loan workouts and modifications, generating strong cure rates and helping members stay in their homes.

Cooperative Awards

2014 – THE TOP COOP AWARD FOR MERIT MOBILIZATION & INVOLVEMENT
Awarded by the International Summit of Cooperatives for Summit's Co-op Connection.

Business Awards

2018 – SILVER ADDY
Awarded by The American Advertising Federation for Integrated Advertising Campaigns (Mortgage).

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 – EXECUTIVE CHOICE AWARD FOR CREDIT UNIONS
The Small Business Administration of Wisconsin – most SBA loans 7(a) through a credit union in WI. Most recently awarded in May, 2016.

2017 – GOLD ADDY
Award Awarded by The American Advertising Federation for Best of Online Social Media Promotion (Refresh the Nest) and Best of Visual Advertising (The Credit Union Difference Infographic).

2017 – SILVER ADDY
Award Awarded by The American Advertising Federation for Best of Online/Interactive Consumer Website (SummitCreditUnino.com), Best of Responsive Design (SummitCreditUnion.com) and Best of Online Film, Video and Sound (Money Smarts “How Not To” Video Series).

2016 – CONTINUOUS SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT AWARD
Awarded by the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County.

2012, 2011, 2010 – BEST OF WISCONSIN BUSINESSES AWARDS
Summit voted #2 for "Best Credit Union for Businesses" selected by nearly 3,000 Corporate Report Wisconsin readers.

Employer Awards

2017 – CUNA WOW Award
Credit Union National Association's most prestigious award for employee development in recognition of Summit's Leadership Academy for managers and emerging leaders. 

2014 — ELLy TRAINING CHAMPION AWARD
Credit Union National Association’s top recognition of a senior  manager for their vision, involvement, and leadership of the credit union’s training initiatives. 

2014, 2012 — ELLy AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN E-LEARNING DESIGN
Credit Union National Association bestows this national award to credit union trainers for outstanding efforts in professional staff development.

2013, 2012 — BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
Bronze award from In Business Magazine as one of greater Madison’s “Best Companies to Work For”.

2012, 2011 — ASTD BEST AWARD
The training industry’s most rigorous and coveted international  recognition, honoring organizations which create, support and champion learning opportunities for strategic results and a learning culture. Awarded by the American Society for Training & Development.

2010 — ELLy WOW! AWARD OF MERIT
National award presented to CU trainers by Credit Union National Association for outstanding efforts in professional staff development. Summit received this award for our Member Sales & Service Training Program.

Community Awards

2017 – United Way People’s Choice Innovation Award
For commitment to raising awareness and resources during the campaign

2017 – United Way Top 10 in five award categories
For employers with more than 350 employees: Community Chest (3rd year in a row) for percent increase in employee giving, Employee Engagement (3rd year in a row) for participation in an employee campaign, Red Feather (4th year in a row) for dollar increase in employee giving, Bronze Award (4th year in a row) for average employee giving and Best Practices Award (4th year in a row & 2012) for execution of Best Practices and an overall increase in giving. 

2015 — UNITED WAY TOP 10 IN SIX AWARD CATEGORIES 
All of the above and Community Growth for percent increase in new donors.

2015 — OUTSTANDING BUSINESS — AFP PHILANTHROPY AWARD
In honor of Summit’s contributions to financial education of youth. Nominated for the impacts of STAR Credit Union by the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Madison Chapter.

Other Accomplishments

2015 — SUMMIT IN THE TOP 4% NATIONWIDE FOR RETURN TO THE MEMBERS
Among credit unions over $1 billion in assets. Ranked #10 of 253. This ranking, by Callahan and Associates, measures how much value credit unions return to their members. 

2015 — “GREEN PROFESSIONAL" DESIGNATION 
From the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council as part of their Green Masters Program.

2015 — WOMEN'S DAY MAGAZINE
January issue included Summit Project Money winner advice.

M power 2013 Champion

2014 — CERTIFICATE OF ENGAGEMENT — FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Awarded for outstanding commitment to sustainability as a 2013 MPower Business Champion. Presented by Madison’s Mayor, Paul Soglin, and Sustain Dane.

2014 — ABCNEWS.COM SHARED SUMMIT ADVICE
Elisabeth Leamy’s (Good Morning America) shared advice from  Summit’s Project Money program in her ABC blog. 

KIM SPONEM, SUMMIT'S CEO/PRESIDENT

  • 2017 — WOW Award, CUNA's most prestigious national award for employee development in recognition of Summit's Leadership Academy development program for managers and emerging leaders.

  • 2016 — Awarded Madison Magazine’s Brian Howell Excellence in Innovation Award for her leadership of Summit’s innovative financial education, including STAR Credit Union.

  • 2014 — Honored as “Woman to Watch” in the credit union industry by Credit Union Times.

  • 2014 — Named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in Greater Madison” by In Business magazine for commitment to financial literacy.

  • 2014 — Awarded Cooperative Builder Award for outstanding contributions to advance cooperative philosophy and ideals by the Cooperative Network.

2012 — HEART FOR HUMANITY AWARD
Presented by the Boys and Girls club of Dane County recognizing continued support.

2012 — TECHNOLOGY BLOG FEATURES SUMMIT FOR SOCIAL WEB SURFING 
Nerdwallet.com names Summit one of seven credit union picks for member-friendly technology — highlighting our interactive website.

2011-2012 — LEADERS OF THE PACK & TOP VOLUNTEERS
Presented by Dane County Junior Achievement for Summit’s  contribution to teaching young people about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

2010 — LAKE MILLS VOLUNTEER BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Awarded By Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce in recognition of volunteering in the community, and within the chamber.

Number 1 mortgage lender in dane county
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
#1 mortgage lender based upon number of mortgages recorded with the Dane County register of deeds.

number one SBA lender among credit unions in wisconsin
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
SBA Lender of the Year awarded by the Small Business Administration of Wisconsin, most SBA loans 7(a) through a credit union in WI. 

 

 

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