1. Category Analysis/Selection

Senior editorial members with feedback from our esteemed judges review and update categories annually to properly reflect changes in industry best practices, priorities and trends. We set requirements for detailed data, metrics and examples to help ensure the individuals and organizations selected honor the very best the profession has to offer.

2.  Ensuring A Diverse Slate of Entrants

ALM ThinkAdvisor works to ensure its recognition awards honor the absolute best the profession has to offer, and the only way to do that is to ensure we are receiving submissions from all relevant nominees across an array of backgrounds,geographies and organization types. We leverage the Credit Union Times community to assure as broad a swath of the industry is aware of and participating in these recognitions.

3.  Nomination Review Process

Using the criteria posted online, Senior editors possessing decades of market knowledge and expertise review all submissions before presenting a shortlist to our esteemed judging panel. Out of hundreds of submissions, a smaller percentage of candidates are selected as finalists, with a large number of nominations being excluded.

4.  Judging

The shortlist is presented to an independent panel of industry experts to make the decision on winners. These experts are knowledgeable in the field but also not in any way directly competing with the work being judged. We insist all judges announce any conflicts and exclude themselves from categories where they feel bias may occur.

5.  Finalists/Winners Selected

All finalists are notified of this honor and recognized as a LUMINARIES finalist across all Credit Union Times mediums (print/online and awards dinner). Winners are announced and celebrated at an awards ceremony meant to not only highlight their achievements but offer advice and inspiration to the next generation of leaders.