Nearly 600 first-timers are at this year’s CUNA GAC. During an orientation, they discussed what brought them to the largest advocacy event in the movement, and what top issues they look forward to exploring.
Kim Runge, vice president of member services, PCM Credit Union, Green Bay, Wis., said luck played a role in her first-time GAC attendance this year. PCM CU announced it would send an employee to CUNA’s premier conference and asked those interested to throw their names into a hat. Out of seven names, Runge’s came out victorious. She said she’s looking forward especially to the GAC breakout session on field-of-membership issues.
While Josue Mercado, director, First Imperial Credit Union, El Centro, Calif., was attending the GAC’s first-time attendees session, he says it’s actually his second time here. He missed the orientation his first year but wanted to hear what to expect when making his visits on Capitol Hill to discuss key credit union issues. He’ll also tell his congressional delegation of credit union efforts to support their communities, serve the underserved, and help low-income communities with financial education programs.
Chris Petree, director, First Imperial Credit Union, El Centro, Calif., said this year he’s particularly focused on the economy and what his credit union can expect. And a Monday breakout session--“Economic Outlook and Credit Unions”—will deliver that forecast to him. Petree said of CUNA conferences, “I always learn something I can bring back to my credit union.”