GAC countdown: Treasury's Gerety, CFPB's Martinez invited to join power-packed lineup

February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (3/2/15)--With CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) set to kick off in less than a week, two key federal policymakers have been added to a lineup that already features a number of high-profile regulatory and legislative policymakers.

Amias Gerety, just nominated last week by President Barack Obama to the position of assistant secretary for financial institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury has been confirmed to speak, and CUNA also has invited Zixta Martinez, associate director for external affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

"This being my first GAC, I'm proud we've put together such a power-packed agenda for the nearly 5,000 credit union leaders who will be flooding to Washington for the credit union movement's premier conference," said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.

Gerety and Martinez will join a list of speakers that include: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; legislator, governor and inaugural Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge; Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush; and Arianna Huffington, author, columnist and co-founder/editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.

At least 10 senators and representatives are also confirmed to speak, and a number of others will make video addresses to the audience. Jason Furman, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, and all three National Credit Union Administration board members will also address the credit union crowd.

Breakout sessions covering the top issues facing credit unions, such as the NCUA's risk-based capital proposal, tax reform, data breaches and regulatory burdens, will be moderated by CUNA staff and other credit union experts.

In addition to the speakers and sessions, there will be an exhibit hall featuring nearly 1,000 exhibitors from more than 200 companies that provide products and services to credit unions. And credit union visits to Capitol Hill to discuss top issues with federal lawmakers and their staffs remains a central strength of the CUNA GAC.