Photo gallery: Scenes from CU Direct’s Drive 18 Conference

Photo gallery: Scenes from CU Direct’s Drive 18 Conference

Credit union professionals gather to learn about the latest in lending.

June 1, 2018

More than 500 attendees gathered at CU Direct’s Drive 18 Conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

The following is a collection of some of the events and speakers at the conference, which aims to maximize lending performance and improve member experiences for credit union lenders.


  • Slide 01

    Mark Schulman, a drummer for numerous high-profile performers, shares what it takes to unlock a rock star mindset.

  • Slide 02

    Keynote speaker Nicholas Webb signs copies of his book for conference attendees.

  • Slide 03

    The economy will continue to be good for the next 15 months, says Elliot Eisenberg, chief economist at GraphsandLaughs, but credit unions should be ready for a potential recession in late 2019 or early 2020.

  • Slide 04

    There’s a strong correlation between a credit union’s asset size and whether they use auto decisioning, says Sam Taft of Callahan & Associates.

  • Slide 05

    A banjo player entertains the crowd during a wine and chocolate tasting Thursday night.

  • Slide 06

    A crowd gathers to listen to a presentation from Lending 360 in the Test Drive Center in the exhibit hall.

  • Slide 07

    Staff from Dr. Sue’s Chocolate hand out chocolate samples and explain which wines will taste best with the different types of chocolate.

  • Slide 08

    “When you’re looking at small data, you’re looking at the basic, fundamental, human characteristics,” says Jeff LoCastro, CEO of Neener Anlaytics.

  • Slide 09

    Emcee Andrew Davis kicks off CU Direct’s Drive 18 Conference Wednesday in Grapevine, Texas.

  • Slide 10

    More than 500 attendees are at CU Direct’s Drive 18 Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

  • Slide 11

    Vendors from CU Direct and CUDL Complete talk with attendees during the opening reception.

  • Slide 12

    Two fiddle players entertain attendees with a rendition of “Devil Went Down to Georgia” during the opening reception.

  • Slide 13

    Diane Heilman, partnership development director at ID Analytics, discusses the company’s services with two conference attendees.