CUNA Community CU & Growth Conference
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Scenes from the Community CU Conference

A photographic look at the event's happenings and speakers.

October 11, 2013


Ryan Donovan, senior vice president for legislative affairs for CUNA, offers a history lesson to Community CU & Growth Conference attendees, explaining how the long view and tenacity of the Anti-Saloon League secured a victory over an entrenched social institution. "A minority of the public can defeat a majority of the elite," he said.

Big Data

Peter Halenar, vice president of strategic partnerships for MoneyDesktop, advised conference attendees to put aside their reservations about Big Data now or face playing catch-up in a high-stakes game.

Big Data

Dan Cumbee, president/CEO of Dakotaland FCU, shared best practices during a breakout session featuring presentations from 2012 Community CU of the Year Award winners.


Develop and own your brand authentically and you’ll serve members in a way that makes sales easy, comfortable, and beneficial, former credit union marketing executive Matt Purvis told Community CU & Growth Conference attendees during a breakout session. 

Big banks' miscues make clear CUs' advantages, Paul Gentile, CUNA's executive vice president of strategic communications and engagement, tells Community CU & Growth Conference attendees.

The power of storytelling, according to Paul Smith in his keynote address at the Community CU & Growth Conference: It's simple, timeless, demographic-proof, contagious, easy to remember, and inspiring. Smith is an author and director of consumer & communications research at Procter & Gamble.

The Jonathan Edwards Winery, located in a renovated New England dairy barn among 48 acres in North Stonington, Conn., proved a popular stop for attendees of the CUNA Community Credit Union & Growth Conference.

A group of Community Credit Union & Growth Conference attendees participated in a preconference trip to the historic seaport in Mystic, Conn., home of the nation’s leading maritime museum, the Mystic Seaport Museum.

Mystic Pizza--made famous by the 1988 movie featuring Julia Roberts—turns 40 this year, and was a highlight on a tour through Mystic, Conn., by attendees of the Community Credit Union & Growth Conference.


Chefs provide made-to-order pasta dishes at a reception with sponsors of the CUNA Community CU & Growth Conference.


Kathleen Roberge, chief business development officer at Compushare, told Community CU & Growth Conference breakout session attendees that CUs increasingly outsource technology and obtain cloud services—as evidenced by the $3 million her company contracted in the first six months of the year.

Jim Merrill

Jim Merrill offered up some surprising information—such as Gen Y and the Millennials (80 million population) outnumber the Baby Boomers (76 million), and the number of mobile devices will exceed world population this year—at a Community CU & Growth Conference breakout session about lassoing the power of young consumers via financial education. Merrill is the senior vice president of sales and business development for Lendkey, a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider.


CEO Jay Valanju of BuzzBanking explained the power of the four Cs—credit unions, commerce, consumers, and charities—at a breakout session of the conference.


Blake Myers, consultant for the Federation, lays out the various pathways credit unions can take to serve underserved markets, and explains the value of doing so.


What’s your credit union’s story? Board chair George Thompson explained how EECU in Fort Worth, Texas, sent specialists into a heavily Hispanic neighborhood to determine what services the credit union should offer at a branch designed to meet the needs of the underserved population.


The Cooperative Trust’s breakout session presentation of small business solutions for credit unions drew a big audience at the Community CU & Growth Conference.


Theresa Hilinski of The Cooperative Trust explained at a Community CU & Growth Conference breakout session how credit unions are well-suited to meet small businesses’ needs.


Eric Fosselman, senior director of sales, MoneyGram International, told attendees of a Community CU & Growth Conference breakout session their members already use various payment services with other vendors. CUs would be wise to bring that business in-house, he said. MoneyGram is a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider.