What started as a temp job until a high school teaching position became available has led to an unexpected and rewarding career for Christopher Morris, director of communications at the National Credit Union Foundation in Madison, Wis.

“Every young credit union professional should never miss an opportunity to go above and beyond. Keep learning new things,” said the latest Trailblazers 40 Below honoree. “I got my start here as a finance and administration assistant who noticed the website hadn’t been updated in three months and kept volunteering to do more.”

That willingness to help led to many opportunities, including the creation of cuaid.coop, the first national online disaster relief fundraising system for credit unions. But it was taking part in the Credit Union Development Education training that made Morris a credit union lifer, he said.

“Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid and love it,” Morris joked. “At its core it’s a unique intensive training that digs deep in the philosophy and cooperative principles. I think once you really understand the history and the mission of the movement along with the inspiring stories of those people behind it like Louise Herring, that leads to passion and drives motivation to want to do more for the members and to help further the credit union movement as a whole.”

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