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Real Learning Comes About When The Competitive Spirit Is On Fire.

November 8, 2019

Kevin O’Neill calls in for hour one talking about latest election polls, the role of competition and monopoly, importance of law enforcement and more. Special guest of the day Todd Gunderson COO of Credit Union One introducing The Credit Union One’s mission, core values and vision. Eric Charles May, calls in to talk the College Landscape old and new, loans and tuition, gain in foreign students for the state and more.

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Kevin O’Neill is our Wednesday morning sports guy. His segment emphasizes what happens off the field as much as what happens on the field. All businesses have their intrigue, but the inner workings of sports organizations find their way into the public domain frequently. Unless a rant from the Chief spills into Kevin’s segment (not an unusual occurrence), he will highlight some of those sports related business issues; but be advised that those highlights usually come with an opinion. Read more.

Todd Gunderson
Executive Direction:
Collaborate with the executive team to carry out the strategic plans and goals in various
roles as President, Division Vice President of both Sales and Operations, Chief Lending
Officer Roles for Credit Unions and Major Banks. During that time developed procedures
and systems that promote operational improvement, for marketing, product
development, electronic distribution, and underwriting execution to ensure a sales and
service culture that is constantly strengthened and improving.
Lead branch marketing campaigns as well as indirect sales for all product channels.
Implemented innovative industry direct marketing programs that drove $600 million of
member loan volume annually. Developed products that provide member/customer
service value while generating over $4 million per year in incremental revenue. Provided
marketing support for over 1200 branches and 400 sales reps.
Sales Leadership:
Executed plans for marketing, sales, volume goals and product distribution for sales
division throughout branch network and indirect sales channels . Improved products,
underwriting and marketing campaigns for high volume local retail partners. Increased
volume in indirect channel from $250mm monthly to $1.2 billion, increasing marketshare
from 16th place to 1st place in entire industry.
Executed corporate-wide strategic initiatives for sales, marketing, product placement,
underwriting, customer service and portfolio performance across United States and
Canada’s 16 operation centers. Protect company name/brand by working with Federal
regulators OCC, FDIC, and CFPB.
Marketing, Sales process development, member/customer experience improvement
Product Refinement and Development • P&L Management • Sales Process Strategies •
Public Speaking • Relationship Building • Credit Risk Analysis • Competitive Analysis •
Vendor Management Negotiation • Banking Credit and Collections Compliance


Eric Charles May is the author of the novel Bedrock Faith, which was named a Notable African-American Title by Publishers Weekly, and a Top Ten Debut Novel for 2014 by Booklist Magazine. A 2015 recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, May is a former reporter for The Washington Post. He’s also a native of Chicago’s South Side—Morgan Park, South Shore—and in addition to rooting for the White Sox, he also longs for the day when the football Cardinals quit their nomadic wandering and return to their original home on the South Side. Eric’s fiction has also appeared in Fish Stories, Solstice, Hypertext, Flyleaf Journal, F, and Criminal Class magazines. In addition to his Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in Sport Literate, Chicago Tribune, and the personal essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck. He has taught at the Stonecoast, Solstice, Northwestern University, and Chicago writers’ conferences, and in Chicago he’s read personal essays with 2nd Story, That’s All She Wrote, and done oral tellings at the Grown Folks’ Stories and Here’s the Story personal essay programs.

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