INDIANAPOLIS (11/5/14)--Those on-hand at the Indiana Credit Union League's annual convention last month were able to listen to a number of inspirational and educational speakers.
The lineup included Indiana U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D), a longtime credit union member and advocate, who took the time to express his support for the credit union movement and its contributions to the citizens of Indiana.
Also speaking was keynoter Bob Karsh, who tackled the subject of managing millennials in the workforce with a presentation called "Dude, What's My Job?"
"It was great to have more than 500 individuals experience this year's convention," said John McKenzie, Indiana league president/CEO. "We appreciate all of the attendees, sponsors and presenters who made this year's event a success."
The three-day event, which overlapped with International Credit Union Day on Oct. 16, also featured a shoe collection for Samaritan's Feet, an international organization that distributes shoes to those in need.
In the five years that the convention has been a collection point for shoes, the equivalent of more than 7,200 pairs of shoes have been collected, according to the league.
Rep. Gail Riecken accepts the Outstanding Hoosier Legislator Award from Indiana Credit Union League Chair Doug True, president/CEO, FORUM CU. (Indiana Credit Union League Photo)
Also at the convention, the league gave State Rep. Gail Riecken (D-Evansville) its 2014 Outstanding Hoosier Legislator award, which goes to lawmakers who have stepped up to support credit unions in the state.
Riecken has been a key member of the House Financial Institutions Committee and has worked on a variety of issues that affect credit unions, including in 2014 when she led the initiative to pass a law allowing credit unions to offer prize-linked savings accounts (HB 1235).
"We really appreciate Rep. Riecken's willingness to champion credit unions in the Indiana General Assembly and her tremendous efforts this year to pass prize-linked savings legislation," McKenzie said.
Added Chris Beaumont, league vice president of governmental affairs: "She always works closely with us on financial services legislation to maximize the benefit or minimize the harm for credit unions."
Finally, table officers for the league's board were elected and one newly elected member of the board began his term at the convention.
The new board member is Kevin Sparks, president/CEO, Crane FCU, Odon, with $433 million in assets.
The new table officers are:
Also serving on the board are: Dallas Bergl, president/CEO, INOVA FCU, Elkhart, with $304 million in assets; Dave Fleming, board member, Union Baptist Church FCU, Fort Wayne, with $228,000 in assets; Frank Gulley, board member, Afena FCU, Marion, with $58 million in assets; and Kevin Ryan, Financial Center FCU, Indianapolis, with $508 million in assets.