America’s Credit Union Conference

Scenes from Sunday at the ACUC

More than 1,200 people are attending, including 200 first-time attendees.

July 1, 2013


Posters for the ACUC go up prior to the start of the conference in New York City Sunday morning.


“Hispanics are the largest, fastest-growing, youngest, and most-underserved U.S. market,” said Miriam De Dios, CEO of Coopera (right), joined by Cathie Mahon, president/CEO of the National Federation of Community Development CUs, during an Emerging Markets Workshop.


CUNA’s Small CU Committee was instrumental in the successful efforts to change the definition of “small” CU from $10 million to $50 million in assets, and to make NCUA’s loan participation rule more palatable, Mike Schenk, CUNA’s vice president of economics and statistics, told a Small CU Workshop Sunday.


The America’s CU Conference opened to the sounds of the New York City Police Department’s Pipes and Drums Corps.


Emcee Mark DeCarlo relayed a story about how his grandfather, a barber, was money-smart because he used a CU—and had no kind words for banks or bankers.


The emcee asked attendees to do their best Jimmy Stewart impersonations ala "It’s a Wonderful Life."


Iowa CU League President/CEO Patrick Jury honors Warren Morrow as Credit Union Magazine’s 2013 CU Hero of the Year Sunday during the ACUC in New York City.


Christina Fernandez-Morrow and her daughter, Ariana, accepted Credit Union Magazine’s 2013 CU Hero of the Year Award on behalf of their late husband and father, Coopera Founder Warren Morrow. Warren died last year at the age of 34. Joining them are CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney (left) and Iowa CU League President/CEO Pat Jury.


More than 1,200 people are attending the America’s CU Conference, including 200 first-time attendees.


CU Association of New York President/CEO Bill Mellin cited New York City’s ethnic diversity manifested in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Little Italy, and that the city has 14,000 taxi cabs and the largest transportation system in the world. “CUs finance many taxi medallions [certificates to operate], which have an average value of  $750,000,” he said.

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Lt. Col. Robert Darling took America’s CU Conference attendees through “24 Hours in the President’s Bunker” following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


CUNA Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan bemoaned the inactivity of the 112th Congress—which holds the dubious distinction of being the least productive Congress since World War II. He addressed the Small CU Workshop on Sunday.


The Opening General Session of the 2013 ACUC kicked off Sunday evening. It runs through Wednesday in New York City.


Credit Union Magazine Publisher John Wiley (left) and CUNA Executive VP of Strategic Communications and Engagement Paul Gentile (right) take in the first day of ACUC.


Amy Nigrelli (left), CUNA VP of Marketing and Sales Administration, meets with an ACUC attendee at CUNA’s booth.