Crash the GAC applications due Jan. 1

December 2, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (12/3/14)--Young credit union professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are invited to apply to Crash the GAC--an opportunity to attend the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., March 8-12.

CUNA and The Cooperative Trust are accepting applications through Jan. 1. Each crasher receives full conference registration, courtesy of CUNA. All other costs are the responsibility of the attendee and their credit union.

"It is truly inspiring to hear about the impact that Crash the GAC has had on young professionals," said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. "The work doesn't just end at GAC. Crash the GAC is about creating long-term relationships with the future of our industry." 

James Marshall, manager of The Cooperative Trust at the Filene Research Institute, said Crash the GAC opens the door for young professionals.

"It brings the focus back to the sustainability of the credit union movement," Marshall said, adding, "Attendees can gain access to these bright young minds while crashers learn the true meaning behind the credit union difference.

"If they can even bring back one idea to their credit unions, then we have had a successful Crash the GAC," he said.

In addition to the core events of keynote speakers and breakout sessions, crashers will take part in exclusive sessions that focus on state and federal credit union advocacy and how they can build their advocacy efforts at their own credit union.

Twenty-five state leagues have committed to support crashers from their state.

"Leagues have been a huge success driver for expanding Crash the GAC," said Brett Thompson, president/CEO, Wisconsin Credit Union League. "Without their ongoing support, young professionals across the nation would not have these priceless learning and networking opportunities."