“Sponsoring a community event like the Teddy Bear Picnic is so important because it gives MSUFCU employees the opportunity to interact with a wider demographic and contribute to family fun. Our group of volunteers did a great job of putting smiles on children's faces. We were able to have conversations about the Credit Union with kids as young as seven, as well as with their families.”— Lily, Credit Union volunteer
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MSUFCU's Clobes Receives Inaugural Future Thinker Award

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Published: Apr 26, 2017

MSUFCU's Clobes Receives Inaugural Future Thinker Award

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the selection of April Clobes, its President and CEO, as the inaugural recipient of the 2017 Future Thinker Award, presented by the GreenLight Business Model Competition on March 29, 2017.


The GreenLight Business Model Competition was co-created by Spartan Innovations and MSUFCU in 2013 and works to expand entrepreneurship and small business success throughout Michigan. Participants in the annual competition have the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges, network with some of Michigan’s top talent in angel and venture capital investment, and help encourage small business and startup ventures. In the competition’s five years, MSUFCU has participated as a co-creator, sponsor, and representative on the judging panel.


Further recognizing entrepreneurs in the community, GreenLight created the Future Thinker Award this year, with Clobes as the 2017 recipient. Paul Jacques, Director of Student and Community Engagement at Spartan Innovations remarked: “April is the first Future Thinker recipient because she inspired it. April began this competition and her vision and leadership are vital to the greater Lansing area’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.”


“I am honored to receive this award,” commented Clobes. “Helping entrepreneurs and small business owners is critical to the vitality and success of our community, our region, and the state.”


MSU Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest university-based credit union, offers a full range of personal — and business-related — financial services to Michigan State University and Oakland University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families worldwide, in addition to a variety of select employee groups. Founded in 1937 by MSU professors, MSUFCU has 17 branches, over 235,000 members, more than $3.5 billion in assets, and over 750 employees. In 2016, MSUFCU was recognized as the #1 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, as well as one of Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads. Also in 2016, MSUFCU was selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, receiving the Michigan Business Professional Association’s top honor of Elite Overall – Best of the Best award. MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence, and was recognized in 2016 as fifth in the nation for its financial education program by the National Youth Involvement Board. In 2017, the Credit Union was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.


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