DALLAS-As the first year of the "Texas 12" program winds down, one member said he has been thrilled to meet others like him.

Earlier this year, the Texas Credit Union League launched the Texas 12, describing it as a dozen "up-and-coming young credit union professionals" who are expected to proactively offer ideas on how to bring a fresh perspective to the CU system and cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Doug Bedner, chief operating officer at $367-million Resource One CU, Dallas, said he believes the concept has worked "really well."

"The group itself has connected and shared good ideas," he said. "Selfishly, it is good for me to meet people from all over Texas who are young and care about credit unions."

Bedner told Credit Union Journal the biggest accomplishment so far for the Texas 12 was hosting a young CU professionals' conference in Austin in October.

"We called the 'GSD' or 'Get Stuff Done' conference after we realized we wanted to do more than just hold meetings," he said. "We brought in good speakers and shared a lot of ideas. The goal was to have information people could take back to their credit unions to get stuff done."

Several GSD speakers discussed how they succeeded at a young age, and Bender said they talked about how they got where they are and how people can define success for themselves.

"Next, we want to establish the young professionals' conference as a recurring event each year," he said. "We want to get young professionals more networking opportunities.

"Absolutely the first year has been a success," he added.

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