Photo gallery: CUNA Finance Council Conference highlights
The 2022 CUNA Finance Council Conference is being held from May 22-25 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Photo gallery: CUNA Finance Council Conference highlights

Finance leaders address crypto, cannabis banking, profitability, and more.

May 24, 2022

More than 400 finance leaders gathered for the 2022 CUNA Finance Council Conference, from May 22-25 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Conference conversations centered around trends in accounting, cryptocurrency, cannabis banking, regulations, and more.

Here are some highlights:

Mia Perez

Conference emcee Mia Perez, chief strategy and people officer at Louisiana Federal Credit Union, welcomes attendees to the conference.


Brandi Stankovic

Hybrid work arrangements, the need for collaboration, and a member-centric focus are contributing to a renewed focus on emotional intelligence, says CU Solutions Group’s Dr. Brandi Stankovic.


Justin Mouzoukos

Justin Mouzoukos, CFO at Mazuma Credit Union, takes part in Sunday’s Finance Leader Exchange.



Attendees play “get to know you bingo” during Sunday’s orientation.


Chef Jeff Henderson

“When you see the world through a poverty mindset, you can’t see the opportunities in front of you,” says philanthropist, author, and celebrity chef Jeff Henderson. “We need to shift the thinking of the people we’re trying to help. If you can see it, you can be it.”


Exhibit Hall

Attendees visit with more than 60 solutions providers in the exhibit hall.


Lamont Black

Credit unions are a source of trust for “crypto curious” members, says Lamont Black, DePaul University professor.


Cannabis banking

Due diligence on cannabis banking accounts takes 40 to 60 hours per account, says Phil Forbert, director of cannabis business development at U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union, and Troy Garry, executive vice president/CFO at Sound Credit Union.


Awards luncheon

Congratulations are in order for 2022 Rising Star Award winner Brittni Downs, manager of accounting at OUCU Financial, and 2022 Professional of the Year Award honoree Steve Arbaugh, CFO at SECU of Maryland.


CDFI certification

The CDFI Fund has become the most significant source of external credit for credit unions, says Pablo DeFilippi, executive vice president at Inclusiv.


Drai’s Beachclub

Drai’s Beachclub hosted Monday’s social event.