Rick Grady is Vice President for Research and Economics at Cornerstone Credit Union League where he leads all primary and secondary investigations on economic activities that affect financial institutions and consumers. His 30 years of financial and technology experience provides a platform for spotting future trends and opportunities, and authoring position papers.
Rick has lead public relations, M&A, and intelligence activities for Fortune 500 companies such as Affiliated Computer Services, Computer Task Group, and Electronic Data Systems, where he spearheaded technological developments in SaaS, microcomputers, Internet technologies and cloud-based operations. He also served with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and The Indus Entrepreneurs Association (TIE), a venture-capital trade association, where he served as the Executive Director, as senior partner of two public relations agencies and, for eight years, a rating-busting rock & roll disc jockey for a leading college-town commercial radio station.
Rick started his community service at the age of 13 when he joined the Civil Air Patrol, a U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. He joined the U.S. Air Force ROTC program in college but was transferred to the U.S. Army where he served as a noncommissioned officer managing a company of forward air controllers in Vietnam and twice decorated with the Army Commendation Medal.
Rick is the Chairman of Friends of Consumer Freedom, a nationwide organization dedicated to financial literacy education, former Chairman of Plano’s Planning and Zoning Commission, and the former Chairman of Plano’s Community Relations Commission. He is involved with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Alpha Delta Phi Alumni Association, The American Legion, American Marketing Association, American Society of Association Executives, Army Aviation Association of America, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Public Relations Society of America, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Rick champions Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Credit Unions for Kids fundraising activities across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, raising millions of dollars annually for patient care.