Craig Gloudemans named to Fox Cities Chamber Future 15


future 15 nomination.Community First Credit Union’s Craig Gloudemans has been selected as one of the Fox Cities Chamber’s Future 15, an honor for young business professionals age 40 and under.
 
Gloudemans is the Vice President of Finance at Community First and has spent his entire working career with CFCU, starting as a student teller during his senior year at Appleton West High School in 2001.
 
He was one of the very first student tellers hired in early 2001 when Community First started its first in-school, student-run credit union branch. That experience led to accounting support roles in the credit union’s finance department, including working summers, weekends and school breaks while earning an accounting degree from UW-Platteville.
 
The day after his college graduation in 2005, Gloudemans started his career as a staff accountant. In 2012, he was promoted to Accounting Manager and, in 2019, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Finance. In that role, he focused on optimizing workflows, efficiencies and reporting, leading the annual budget process and helping advance finance projects for the credit union. Along the way, he has willingly shared his expertise, time and talent in a variety of work and non-work-related collaborations with nonprofits, community organizations and his church.
 

Engagement ‘comes naturally’

“When you begin and continue your career with an organization that is committed to the community like Community First is, giving back and seeking ways to have a positive impact comes naturally,” said Gloudemans.
 
Over the years, Craig has graduated from Leadership Fox Cities (2017-18) and become actively involved in several local organizations, including: leadership roles with Big Brothers Big Sisters and its Bowl for Kids’ Sake annual fundraiser; serving as VP and President, Institute of Management Accountants (Winnebago chapter); Board Treasurer, Community First Fox Cities Marathon since 2016; Emerging Leader Committee, United Way of the Fox Cities (serving as CFCU’s first Emerging Leader) since 2019, and as a board treasurer for three years with Girls On the Run Northeast Wisconsin, empowering girls, including his two daughters, through running to be confident, healthy and joyful.
 
“I have welcomed opportunities to lead, learn and serve within our community,” said Gloudemans. “Every opportunity has challenged, inspired and humbled me at the same time that it helped me to develop new skills, take on leadership roles and make a difference.”
 
Craig and his wife, Kim, live in Neenah with their two daughters, Claire (14) and Kendra (11).
 

Future 15 honor

The 2021 Fox Cities Future 15 were celebrated Dec. 9 at The 513 in downtown Appleton. The annual awards event (held virtually in 2020) is hosted by the Chamber’s Pulse Young Professionals Network.
 
“It is cool (to be recognized) but I really hope it inspires others to get involved,” said Gloudemans. “I have learned so much by taking on roles outside volunteering that I can then transfer back to Community First.”
 
By intentionally seeking out involvement beyond his area of financial expertise – such as marketing/promotions, community engagement and fundraising – he broadens his knowledge, increases his confidence and learns from board and committee member interactions. “It’s all about learning the needs of our community and how we are inspired to think differently and more broadly.”
 
Besides introducing the newest honorees, the event will reveal the 2021 Young Professional of the Year. The recipient is chosen from past Future 15 honorees, representing a high level of character, integrity and personal/professional values; noteworthy career achievements and growth; a record of community service, and demonstrated commitment as a role model for other young professionals.

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