Photo gallery: GAC is in full swing

Photo gallery: GAC is in full swing

Attendees hear from Jim Nussle, keynote speaker Marcus Buckingham, and others.

February 24, 2020

CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) kicked into high gear Monday with a parade of flags, a welcome from CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, and an update from National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland.

The general session wrapped up with a keynote address from author and consultant Marcus Buckingham, who shared insights on attracting and retaining top talent.

Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer, updated attendees on advocacy efforts during the afternoon general session. Attendees also heard from NCUA board member J. Mark McWatters, Mark Calabria from Federal Housing Finance Agency, and outgoing CUNA Board Chair Brett Martinez.


  • Slide 01

    The parade of flags is an annual celebration of collaboration between credit unions, leagues, and CUNA.

  • Slide 02

    Karen Nussle gives husband Jim a “course correction” during Monday’s Opening General Session.

  • Slide 03

    Financial well-being is not one size fits all, says National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland

  • Slide 04

    “Help people get super curious about what works when it worked,” advises author and consultant Marcus Buckingham.

  • Slide 05

    Unifying and activating data can transform your credit union, says Keith Dunlap, managing director of sales for AdvantEdge Analytics, during a Lightning Round in the Exhibit Hall.

  • Slide 06

    Attendees become magazine cover models at the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group.

  • Slide 07

    The Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) conducts financial literacy workshops in conjunction with state legislators, says ICUL President/CEO Tom Kane (right) during a CUNA News Podcast interview, sponsored by Symitar. At left is CUNA's Bill Merrick.

  • Slide 08

    Attendees learn the finer points of website design in the Exhibit Hall.

  • Slide 09

    “Don’t underestimate the three-tiered system” of credit unions, leagues, and CUNA, says outgoing CUNA Board Chair Brett Martinez.

  • Slide 10

    Credit unions are well-positioned to tell their stories to policymakers, says CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan.

  • Slide 11

    NCUA Board member J. Mark McWatters wants to continue making changes that benefit credit unions.

  • Slide 12

    Credit unions are the backbone of the mortgage finance system, says Federal Finance Housing Agency Director Mark Calabria.


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