Oregon, Washington Credit Union Chapters Hosting March Events

Two credit union chapters—one in Oregon and one in Washington—are hosting March events you don’t want to miss. And the registration deadline for the Southern Oregon Chapter event is Tomorrow, Friday, March 4.

Questions about individual chapter events should be addressed to the appropriate chapter contacts.

Southern Oregon Chapter of Credit Unions Networking Dinner
Wednesday, March 8
Winston Community Center (Near Roseburg)

Networking begins at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner begins at 7 p.m. / Served Buffet Style

  • Tri Tip
  • Gorgonzola Salad
  • Fresh Baked Rolls
  • Carrot Cake
  • Drinks

Cost: $25 per person
Employee paid by your credit union. Guests and no-shows will be charged the price per person.

NWCUA Director of Regulatory Advocacy Jaycee Winn

Please RSVP to Connie Adams or Jake Hillman by 12 p.m. on Friday, March 4.



Snohomish County Chapter of Credit Unions March Meeting
Legislative Actions and Governmental Issues Affecting Washington CU’s
Tuesday, March 22
Downtown Everett Holiday Inn

Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner and speakers begins at 6 p.m. 

Cost: $25.00 per person

Al Ralston – State Lobbyist
Parker Cann – BECU SVP and Corporate Counsel

Please RSVP no later than March 18. Register online today.

Al Ralston
For 39 years, Al has been involved in issues development and advocacy at the federal, state and local government level.  In August of 2009, Al stepped down as the President of the Washington Research Council, the premier issues research organization in Washington State, to open his own consulting business, Checkerboard Consulting Services LLC to concentrate on issues management in the field of transportation infrastructure, banking and finance. In January of 2010, Al also became a partner with Gordon Thomas Honeywell-Governmental Affairs, the largest governmental affairs firm in Washington State. Al also currently serves as BECU’s state lobbyist.

Prior to the Washington Research Council, Al represented The Boeing Company, for 21 years, as a Senior Political Strategist and more recently as the lead lobbyist before city, county and state governments in Washington State, Oregon, Hawaii and Montana.  Al has also represented The Boeing Company as the primary representative on key Washington State trade missions promoting Boeing products and positions on International Trade to Mexico, The Peoples Republic of China, Japan and Vietnam. 

Active in Civic and Community Affairs, Al has served on the Boards of The Association of Washington Business, Washington Research Council, Washington Council on International Trade, Associated Oregon Industries, Pacific Northwest International Trade Alliance, Highline Community College Foundation, the Youth and Government program of the YMCA and the Western Washington University Alumni Association and Foundation.

Parker Cann
Parker Cann joined BECU in May 2009 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial institutions industry and has served the industry in positions as varied as credit union CEO, state credit union regulator, federal thrift regulator and in-house and outside counsel.  Throughout his career, he has been extensively involved in corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Before joining BECU, Parker served as the President and CEO of Columbia Credit Union (Vancouver, Washington). 

Prior to that time, Parker served as the chief credit union regulator in Washington State.  He was successful in engineering extensive revisions to Washington’s credit union statutes and rules to reduce regulatory burden.  During that time, he served on the board of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS).

Parker currently serves as the Chair of the NASCUS Advisory Council and as a member of various NASCUS committees.  He also serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee of CUNA and on the Government Affairs Executive Committee of the Northwest Credit Union Association.

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