As the Vice President of Innovation and Product Development, Rick is responsible for creating and deploying innovation initiatives across the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) region. Rick is also a co-founder of the national CULedger Blockchain consortia, one of the largest blockchain consortia’s in the world, representing over 70 organizations in the domestic U.S. and Canada. He has been a lead contributor and driver for the CULedger initiative. Additionally, the CULedger initiative includes many of the largest financial industry support organizations in the credit union industry. CULedger has been recognized by Hyperledger for leading out in the Self Sovereign Identity space.
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 including working with fintech companies as well as Fortune 50 organizations.
Mr. Cranston holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business from South Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of Montana.