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Andrew Downin: A Quadruple Threat … Could you be Next?

Andrew Downin: A Quadruple Threat … Could you be Next?

In 2012, I was interviewing dozens of credit unions executives for potential entry into Filene’s i3 program. On a warm, summer day I called an Andrew Downin who was then in charge of product development at Schools First Credit Union. I started my call by asking him what he did last weekend. With confidence, he replied, “I went to a Barry Manilow concert!”









Thus began my (and Filene’s) fantastic relationship with Drew. He was accepted into i3 and contributed immediately by building such bold ideas as Centsus and WheelChoice. Next, Filene was looking for a new head of innovation and he was the natural choice for this hire. For a guy from Arizona who spent most of his adult life in Southern California, Wisconsin was a real change. Once again, he contributed immediately by helping to expand innovation programming beyond the i3 program into state leagues and individual organizations. Plus, he became very adept at shoveling snow, appreciating cheese curds and making small talk about our non-existent traffic. His next challenge arrived in 2016 when we went looking for a new head of research. Again, Andrew was the natural choice and his contributions were immediate with the building of Filene’s Centers of Excellence.

Filene has been fortunate to keep Andrew in our orbit for the past 6 plus years, and now we congratulate him (in a bittersweet manner) as he launches into his new role as VP/Marketing and Communications at Vantage West Credit Union in Arizona. I always told Andrew he was a quadruple threat: brilliant writer, persuasive speaker, motivational manager and a superior human being. Thanks Andrew and good luck in Arizona!

…Are you a quadruple threat? We have a vacancy for managing director, research at Filene…!

Comments on this Post

Congratulations Andrew!  Wow- excited for you and this next phase of your career.

Congratulations Andrew and best of luck in your new role!

Honored to have been a part of your i3 class and to call you a friend!  Congratulations and best of luck on your new adventure!

Andrew is one of the finest human beings I’ve met and will be missed!  Vantage West is getting a gem!  Best of luck Andrew!

Awesome opportunity Andrew!  Looking forward to your continued success back in your home state!  #GoCats

I will continue to watch and see what great work you conjure up next my friend. Best of luck in your new role!

Andrew is defiantly an all around solid human being. Not to mention his impact on our industry. Wishing him all the best on this next adventure!

Andrew, you brought out the best in my i3 class. More than you probably know. Excited to see your impact on Vantage West. All the best sir!

So proud of you and your career progression, Andrew! Credit unions are better because of you.

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