GAC 2013

GAC Attracts Heavy Hitters

House speaker part of a powerful, bipartisan lineup of congressional and regulatory speakers.

February 13, 2013

I am pleased to note that more than 4,000 credit union leaders are attending CUNA’s 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

We have a stellar program. It is unusual for the Speaker of the House to address association conferences, but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will be with us during the GAC. This is a testament to his belief in the great work credit unions do on a daily basis to serve their members.

The House Speaker is part of a powerful, bipartisan lineup of congressional and regulatory speakers and topical breakout sessions on the GAC program this week. However, our attendance at the GAC transcends even the terrific programming.

This is our opportunity—4,000 strong—to educate and enlighten members of Congress about the value of credit unions when you make your Capitol Hill visits.

When so many consumers today are disillusioned with banks, it creates an enormous opening for credit unions.

If we succeed in removing regulatory barriers, elevating consumer awareness, and fostering service excellence through collaboration, many more people will recognize what our members already know so well.

People across this nation will choose credit unions as their best financial partner. I plan to expand on this theme when I address the conference.

With your involvement, we will make a powerful impact and leave a lasting impression on Capitol Hill.

BILL CHENEY is president/CEO of CUNA.