ECCU’s Weidler Wins CO-OP THINK Prize

BREA, California—As an IT asset coordinator for Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU), Matt Weidler is used to working behind the scenes. On Tuesday evening, May 17, Weidler stepped onto a much more public stage when he was presented as winner of the first-ever CO-OP THINK Prize at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

“Wow” was the first thought that entered Weidler’s mind when his name was announced. Then came feelings of “shock, surprise, elation, and gratitude” that his idea—for credit union members to be able to access an ATM with their cell phone instead of a debit card—had won the competition. Those feelings were undoubtedly heightened when he received the actual prize—a $10,000 check.

When asked about next steps, Weidler offered some context. “I’m more of an idea guy,” he says. “There’s a big difference between conceptually knowing something can work and having the expertise to implement it.” He’s looking forward to continuing the conversation with CO-OP Financial Services, sponsor of the CO-OP THINK Prize, and card service providers to see how his idea can become a reality.

Weidler received his award at CO-OP’s fourth annual THINK Conference, which was attended by some 550 people, most of them credit union staff looking for insights and ideas for creatively addressing the challenges credit unions face every day.