Nearly 700 of the 4,400 GAC attendees are experiencing their first conference.
CUNA staff provided tips on navigating the large conference, and the trade association’s President/CEO Bill Cheney delivered a personal welcome.
“We're here to promote the credit union difference and make a difference in the future of credit unions,” Cheney said.
Cheney encouraged the first-timers to be engaged participants and to deliver the credit union message while in Washington.
“Removing barriers is what this week is all about,” said Cheney, referring to CUNA’s Unite for Good initiative.
Many of the first-time attendees said they’re looking forward to networking with other credit union leaders and advocating for the movement on Capitol Hill.
“Hopefully, I'll learn some more about the credit union movement and how we interact with the government,” said Ted Dwyer, director, Arizona Central CU.
Teresa Fedyk, CFO, Select Employees CU in Sterling, Ill., had similar goals on her mind.
“I'm very excited just to be in Washington, D.C., and to experience the whole thing. Plus, I most look forward to our visits with our congressmen,” Fedyk said.
In addition to Cheney’s pep talk, CUNA’s Todd Spiczenski, senior vice president, center for professional development; Claudia Grabow, online administrator/Web programmer; and Rich Cronin, vice president, conferences and meetings experiences, offered tips.