About Dan Finerty

Dan Finerty is the Director of Marketing at the Mountain West Credit Union Association, a Credit Union champion, a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), and an award-winning marketer. Dan has over 14 years of marketing experience in communications, retail, packaged goods, and, of course, Credit Unions. He believes that Credit Unions have an incredible story to tell and works with some of the brightest Credit Union professionals to help promote Credit Unions to the public. Dan holds two Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and in Management. He is also a swell guy.

How Leaders are Sometimes Their Own Worst Enemies

How Leaders are Sometimes Their Own Worst Enemies

Most of us are generally all too aware of our own shortcomings. This is not a bad thing, as part of what makes a great leader is the willingness towards honest self-reflection and a consistent drive for learning and personal development. Even so, habits that undermine our own ability to lead can creep into everyday […]

Creating a High Trust Culture

Creating a High Trust Culture

And How Credit Unions Have an Advantage I recently read The Trust Factor, by Paul Zak, a fascinating read using neuroscience to help explain difficult questions such as: Why is “culture” so difficult to improve? What makes so many good employees check out? Science has shown that when a stranger demonstrates that they trust us, […]

Leading with Gratitude, pt.2

Leading with Gratitude, pt.2

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” –Andrew Carnegie As leaders, our success is directly tied to the efforts of those we lead. As such, consciously recognizing them through actions that demonstrate our gratitude is one of the most […]

Leading with Gratitude, pt.1

Leading with Gratitude, pt.1

Having spent the last two weeks interviewing recent graduates of the Leadership Institute, I was struck by a common factor in all three of the graduates I interviewed: a deep sense of gratitude for having had the opportunity to participate, and for the impact the program made in their lives. As a recent graduate of […]

What is it Like to Attend Western CUNA Management School?

What is it Like to Attend Western CUNA Management School?

Two recent graduates share their experience. Western CUNA Management School is a highly concentrated academic training that occurs over three yearly two-week terms. The program’s central focus is on effectively preparing promising leaders for tomorrow’s challenges and provide them with the tools they need to pursue their passion for serving members. Packed with exercises that promote the […]

The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie Dunkirk, and it has me thinking about why a leadership title is not enough to guarantee that someone will, in fact, lead. The movie does a wonderful job of showing how in times of war, the uniform does not a leader make. Likewise, in […]