WASHINGTON (2/24/16 UPDATED 11:53 A.M. ET)--The Credit Union National Association’s new board chair, Rod Staatz, chose to extol the strength of CUNA-state credit union league “interdependence” in his first official address to CUNA members.
“We are stronger together. Our successes are and will be due to all of us working together: CUNA, the leagues, credit unions. All of us need to be involved in advocacy.”
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Addressing the Tuesday afternoon General Session of the 2016 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, Staatz told his audience of credit union advocates, “The CUNA-league purpose must be to support, protect, and advance the movement so credit unions grow and succeed in being America's best financial partners.”
Click on the video below to hear Staatz’s full address.
Why do credit unions need strong, interdependent advocacy efforts? “So banks don’t define who we are and, therefore, limit Americans' access to fairly priced products and services,” Staatz said. He added credit unions need to continue to communicate to legislators and regulators that they're unique and truly are here to serve members.
Staatz is president/CEO of SECU, Linthicum, Md., and was elected chair following the 82nd Annual General Meeting at the GAC Monday. He succeeds Susan Streifel, president/CEO of Woodstone CU, Federal Way, Wash.