Tyler Kerkmann, development and culture specialist, Mazuma Credit Union, Overland Park, Kan.
What made you apply to be a GAC crasher?
I’ve worked in the credit union industry for four years, and as a young professional I’ve been attracted to the grassroots efforts of credit unions. Our movement speaks about people helping people by serving underserved populations and creating opportunities for communities. Applying to be a crasher at GAC was all about expanding the impact I can make with our industry as well as [becoming] inspired by the young professionals in the industry. My hope was this experience would give me the tools, resources and fuel needed to move forward — it did so much more. Speaking on credit union concerns attracted me to the Cooperative Trust and taught more about advocacy in the credit union industry and hiking the Hill.
Did you take anything from GAC and implement or propose something new for your credit union?
Due to GAC and VISA, we were able to redirect $20,000 from purchasing financial literacy resources to using the vast, quality resources VISA offers through their financial literacy efforts. The money was then used to enhance our committees' ability to serve more members by improving technology in the program. Additionally, our community service efforts will be recorded through CUSocialGood as a way to increase awareness surrounding Mazuma’s community outreach, as well as [to] track the volunteer hours and monetary donations. Finally, a more ambitious goal of mine is to launch a young professionals group at Mazuma to engage the need our younger generation has [for] leadership, professional and personal development. This is at the beginning stages as we align this idea with current ideas we’re working with.