CUNA President Bill Cheney to Give Opening Pitch at NWCUA Convention

With just over a year under his belt at the helm of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), President and CEO Bill Cheney has already been tasked with steering the organization—and the entire credit union movement—through a number of thorny issues. From fighting to protect credit unions’ tax-exempt status to pushing member business loan (MBL) legislation in Congress, Cheney has worked to promote the interests of the credit union movement during turbulent economic times.

Cheney will address attendees as the keynote speaker at the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) Convention and Annual Business Meeting, providing opening remarks immediately following the Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday evening. He is expected to discuss his passionate belief in the credit union model, as well as the many issues currently facing credit unions nationwide.

The most recent focal point on the CUNA agenda has been member business lending, particularly as it relates to the Obama Administration’s American Jobs Act. With a goal of spurring legislative change to raise the cap on member business lending (current proposals would raise the cap to 27.5 percent of assets from its present 12.25 percent), CUNA recently began an ad campaign touting the benefits of such a change. The ads will run during the month of October in a number of Washington DC-based publications and focus on the bipartisan appeal and the positive impact increased member business lending capability would have on the economy. According to the ads, the new legislation “would create 140,000 new jobs at no cost to taxpayers.”

Cheney joined CUNA after serving four years as President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, the most recent of his 25 years of experience in the credit union movement, which has seen him at nearly every operational level and discipline. CUNA is the nation’s largest and most influential advocacy group for credit unions, representing most of nation’s nearly 7,800 credit unions.

After his address, Cheney will join NWCUA President Troy Stang in presenting the Advocacy Awards to credit unions and individuals going above and beyond in advocating on behalf of the credit union movement and lobbying government for beneficial regulations for credit union members.

For additional more information on all the week’s events, refer to the Convention website.

Questions or Concerns? Contact Matt Halvorson, Anthem Editor: mhalvorson@nwcua.org.

Posted in Advocacy News, CUNA, MAXX Annual Convention, NWCUA.