Chad Helminak, CUDE

Director of DE and Cooperative Culture | (608) 231-4078

Chad is the Director of DE and Cooperative Culture at the National Credit Union Foundation. In this role, he leads the Foundation’s signature Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) Program and provides strategic direction and resources that help credit unions communicate and leverage their differentiating value proposition.

Since joining the credit union movement in 2006, Chad’s experience includes a variety of leadership and consultant roles in the areas of communications, advocacy, community & professional development, research & innovation, and talent engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, Chad has worked at CUNA Mutual Group, Heritage Credit Union, Filene Research Institute and the Wisconsin Credit Union League.

Chad was certified as a CUDE in 2009 and has since served as a mentor and presenter in U.S. and Africa CUDE programs. Over the years, he’s presented at industry events across the country, helped to grow numerous young professional networks, and co-created a music project that introduces financial education songs and lessons to children.

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Get to Know Chad

Passions: Music, nature, travel, politics, serving others, and doing my best to leave things better than I found them.

Inspiration: New ideas, new perspectives, and new experiences.

Favorite food: Any food I'm trying for the first time!

Favorite quote: "A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

First concert: Foo Fighters when they were touring for their first album.

Did you know?: I play guitar and sometimes perform songs about credit unions and financial education for kids. I also DJ for weddings and parties!