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GAC crashers look forward to record-breaking conference
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and a record-breaking class of GAC Crashers take part in the annual tradition of taking a selfie together at the start of each year's CUNA GAC Sunday.

GAC crashers look forward to record-breaking conference

The 78 Crashers at the GAC is the largest class ever.

February 25, 2018

The 78 Crashers at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) are making history, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle says.

Not only are they part of the largest Crashers class ever, but they're part of the biggest credit union event in history, with more than 5,000 in attendance for the credit union movement’s premier event.

Crash the GAC is a program for credit union young professionals that allows them to experience the industry’s largest advocacy conference with a complimentary registration. The program is sponsored by The Cooperative Trust and Filene Research Institute, and is made possible with the support of CUNA, and with help from credit union leagues/associations.

Nussle spoke of the power of the credit union movement during a gathering with the Crashers Sunday night.

"Credit unions have a superpower, and that’s the ability to grow, to perform, to be advocates together,” Nussle says. “And this superpower gives us an amazing ability to solve problems, and to solve them together.”

And with these “cooperative superpowers,” Nussle says the Crashers’ responsibility is to get involved.

“I expect all of you to lean in, to take full advantage of this opportunity to get involved," he says. "That’s how we build the next direction of credit union leaders."

Nussle also answered questions from Crashers, addressing the Senate’s bipartisan regulatory relief bill, bank attacks in Iowa, the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and data breaches.

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