DUBUQUE, Iowa (9/18/14)--Former NFL player Merril Hoge and 2013 CNN Hero Chad Pregracke will headline the Iowa Credit Union Conference, hosted by the Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL), this week in Dubuque.
More than 500 credit union CEOs, directors, executive staff, guests and exhibitors are expected to attend this year's conference, themed "Unite for Good."
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Dubuque Mayor Pro Tem Karla Braig welcomed attendees Wednesday evening.
Pregracke opened the convention today, sharing how he and his team have removed more than 7 million pounds of garbage from U.S. rivers. An ESPN analyst and former NFL star, Hoge will speak on Friday about how he achieved his goals despite career-ending concussions and cancer.
In addition, ICUL's Iowa Innovation Group participants will kick off Friday's opening keynote session by sharing their new ideas and prototypes that could be implemented for the benefit of Iowa credit unions.
Fifteen breakout sessions will cover topics ranging from innovations in compliance technology, succession planning, loan growth and Europay-Mastercard-Visa chip-card technology.
The Iowa Credit Union Foundation will host a benefit Mississippi river boat cruise tonight. All proceeds go toward ICUF's mission of helping Iowans build wealth, responsibility and independence.
For real-time updates on Twitter, follow the convention hashtag at #IACUConv.