As CUNA Board Chairman, Dennis Pierce intends to conduct “a full and comprehensive look at the organizational structure and governance of CUNA” during his one-year term, he announced at Tuesday morning’s General Session after being sworn in.
“Credit unions are very different today, and I think we’re going to be very different in the future. Our trade association needs to be responsive to that,” said Pierce, CEO at CommunityAmerica Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo.
“We’ve had great success, and we have a wonderful system. But we also need to make sure that system remains viable going forward.”
Pierce pledged to provide credit unions ample opportunity to voice their opinions about CUNA’s course.
“Please take advantage of that and participate, because we’ll only be as good as you, the members, push us to be,” he said.
Pierce, who replaces Pat Wesenberg, president/CEO of Central City Credit Union in Marshfield, Wis., also serves on the board of NACUSO and as Vice Chairman of CUNA Strategic Services.
“I’ll work hard and I’ll do my best,” Pierce said. “Together, we’ll make CUNA even better than it is today.”
The second phase of Same Day ACH rollout has a Sept. 15 effective date, and a list of recommended action items to be performed has been released. All financial institutions must be prepared to receive by Sept. 15.
As Congress works this week to fund the government past April 28, CUNA will be engaged in the process as it seeks to see 2 particular issues addressed: funding for CDFIs and the CFPB's exemption authority.
CUNA stands ready to work with legislators to see regulatory relief enacted into law, and the CHOICE Act is a good first step, CUNA wrote to House Financial Services Committee leadership Tuesday in advance of a hearing on the bill.