Frank J. Diekmann is Cooperator-in-Chief and co-founder of CUToday.info, a digital news and collaboration platform that is now the #1 provider of organic reporting, opinion, analysis, video and other resources to credit unions than any other provider.
Mr. Diekmann has an extensive background in credit union industry reporting and editing. Prior to founding CUToday.info, Mr. Diekmann founded Credit Union Journal, and prior to that cofounded Credit Union Times. Before covering credit unions, Mr. Diekmann covered the nation’s banking industry. He began his editorial career working as a sports reporter with the Cincinnati Post, before making the natural segue into credit unions.
Mr. Diekmann is a frequent speaker, having addressed CU meetings from Sydney to Prague and all of the U.S., and also regularly serves as a judge in various organizations’ marketing and awards competitions. He is the only journalist to ever graduate from the National Credit Union Foundation’s Development Education program, and is now certified as an International Credit Union Development Educator.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Diekmann is also the author of three books: Cathode Ray’s, The Bawl Game and The Flip Flop.
John Ainsworth serves as president and CEO of CULedger, a credit union-owned CUSO that focuses on delivering innovative applications on a global distributed ledger platform for credit unions. In this position, Ainsworth brings his wide breadth of expertise to develop and enhance CULedger’s growth strategy. He plays a vital role in its launch of innovative and game changing applications on a global distributed ledger platform for credit unions. Along with his executive team, Ainsworth will focus on the company’s capitalization, industry relationships and corporate development.
Prior to joining CU Ledger, he served as executive vice president of North America markets at MasterCard Worldwide, where he was responsible for managing the independent bank and credit union segments. He previously held the position of senior vice president of global accounts, where he managed business development activities for one of MasterCard’s largest and most complex global members including debit, RFID, prepaid, acquiring and commercial segments.
Ainsworth is a seasoned financial services executive whose background includes more than 30 years of product and sales management experience with major financial organizations, such as SunTrust Banks and Visa International. Having led and mentored sales forces specializing in strategic solution sales, he is credentialed with national recognized commercial sales programs such as Huthwaite and Miller Heiman.
Ainsworth attended the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University and American Institute for Banking.