As the Vice President of Innovation and Product Develop, Rick is responsible for creating and deploying innovation initiatives across the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) region. As a co-Founder of CULedger, LLC, he has been a primary contributor and leader for the national CULedger Blockchain industry initiative. Additionally, the CULedger initiative includes many of the largest credit union service organizations from across the country.
Mr. Cranston is also co-leading a national deployment of AffirmX, a highly-used on-line compliance platform. He also has a seat on the Executive Leadership Board for the National Credit Union Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (NCU-ISAO) with the mission advancing credit union cyber resilience, real-time security situational awareness information sharing, and coordinated response in the global credit union community.
Mr. Cranston serves on the organizing board of the Global Sovrin Foundation, the purpose of which is to establish and maintain a global public permissioned ledger for self-sovereign identity that fosters a global participatory ecosystem and achieves the maximum trust from all stakeholders. Rick has been with the Mountain West Credit Union Association since 2007. Prior to his arrival at the MWCUA, Mr. Cranston performed in a variety of high tech leadership positions on behalf of national technology consulting companies. He also served in the military in both the USAF and USAR. Rick has over 30 years of experience in technology initiatives both in and out of the credit union industry. Mr. Cranston holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business from South Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of Montana.