Credit union advocacy was among the highlights of the the Northwest Credit Union Association’s 2016 MAXX Convention, held last week in SeaTac, Wash.
U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) urged attendees, regardless of party affiliation, to advocate on behalf of credit unions.
Heck, who spent significant time in the credit union movement as an executive before going on to serve in Congress, recounted his own fierce devotion to the movement, and reflected on bringing those principles to Washington.
"I always remind myself that I'm one of only about 10,000 people to wear this pin," he said, pointing to the Congressional pin on his lapel.
Heck went on to chronicle the current state of the general election, reminding attendees that regardless of their viewpoint, the American democratic process is a 240-year experiment that requires democratic participation, urging all in the room to vote.
Also, NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang shared his strategic vision for “2017 and Beyond.” Stang called for a 75% credit union market share by 2025.
“I recognize it’s a tall order, but collectively, I believe it’s a goal we can reach,” he said.
By bringing credit union advocacy to local entities and points of contact, such as school boards, chambers of commerce, city councils and similar groups, Stang said the credit union difference can take hold for more people, enabling them to become “fierce ambassadors” of credit unions in their communities.
The final keynoter to take the stage, Gov. Jay Inslee was effusive in his praise for Washington credit unions, recounting both their economic impact and growing membership numbers, adding that he’s a “proud member of the credit union team.”
“Washington has the No. 1 economy in the country, and credit unions are a critical part of that,” Inslee said.
He went on to tick off other points of pride, from community support following natural disasters, to expanding financial literacy and education, to upcoming financial reality fairs on International Credit Union Day on Oct. 20.
Also during the conference, the Hollywood Glamour Credit Unions for Kids Auction raised $301,266.