The CU NextGen Leadership Team


Kent Zimmer

CEO, CU NextGen

Kent Zimmer serves dually as the CEO of CU NextGen and as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Members Development Company, the research and development CUSO that owns CU NextGen jointly with ClaySys Technologies. Working with MDC since 2013, Kent is no stranger to the needs of credit unions looking to grow and remain relevant in a financial services marketplace that continues to evolve with ever-increasing rapidity. This experience is what led to his determination to execute CU NextGen’s vision to futureproof credit unions through the practical application of leading-edge technologies, solutions, and next-generation innovation.

At MDC, Kent currently oversees several of the CUSO’s strategic initiatives, including those that led to the creation of CU NextGen. He also leads MDC’s NextUP program, the credit union industry’s preeminent innovation training and development opportunity.

Kent brings a strong background in finance, project management, operations, and marketing from his previous career across multiple industries. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Northern Arizona University.

Our Board Members

Vinod Tharakan

Managing Director – ClaySys Group of Companies
CU NextGen Board Chair

Timothy Antonition

President and CEO at Space Coast Credit Union
CU NextGen Board Vice Chair

Jeff Kline

President & CEO – Members Development Company
CU NextGen Board Secretary/Treasurer

James Nastars

President/CEO at Meritrust Credit Union

Tony Saldanha

President, Transformant | Ex Global Shared Services VP and CIO, P&G