WASHINGTON (3/9/15)--Nearly 5,000 credit union leaders, a record crowd, are in the nation's capital today for the premier credit union conference, CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.
|This giant banner hanging in the sun on the facade of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center welcomes credit union leaders to the 2015 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, and reminds Washington, D.C., passers-by that credit unions are "a Smarter Choice" (and they can learn more at aSmarterChoice.org.) (CUNA Photo)|
Today's events will feature the inaugural GAC speech from CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, who took the helm at CUNA in September. In another GAC first, Nussle's presentation will be followed by a press outreach event outlining credit union advocacy priorities for 2015.
Nussle will be joined at the press conference by CUNA Board Chair Dennis Pierce, incoming CUNA Board Chair Susan Streifel and American Association of Credit Union Leagues Chair Tracie Kenyon. The group will address all trade press and mainstream media outlets attending.
CUNA shook up the status quo Sunday afternoon by offering a new highlight with the ED (Filene) Talk, featuring retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, instead of a Sunday night concert. (See the related stories in today's News Now about Sunday's events, including McChrystal's speech.)
Other keynote speakers this week will include media influencer Arianna Huffington, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and former Pennsylvania Gov. and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.
Leaders from both the Senate and House are scheduled to speak, including: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee; Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), ranking member of the Senate Banking subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer protection; Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), chair of the House Financial Services subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit.
Other legislators on the calendar include: Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), a former credit union executive; Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.); Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), credit union champion and lead Democratic sponsor of supplemental capital legislation; Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii), new member of Congress and longtime credit union member; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee.
On Tuesday there will be a number of breakout sessions covering the hottest credit union issues such as examiner priorities and credit union exam concerns; merchant data breaches and the future of payments security; and a look at the statistics behind the cooperative financial institution model.
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