Saving the Best for Last: Previewing the Final Day of Convention

The final day of the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA’s) 2012 Convention and Annual Business Meeting has more events packed into 16 hours—yes, a 16-hour day—than many people have events packed into their entire year. Among the day’s 37 events are two keynote presentations, 13 education breakouts, 12 impact sessions, two tradeshow openings, the Summit Awards Dinner, a winners reception, and a dessert social and champagne toast for the Association’s now-retired CEO John Annaloro.

Convention-goers had to arise early, however, as breakfast began at 7:30 a.m. with the opening of the tradeshow. The continental breakfast will allow plenty of flexibility for the entire crowd to explore the exhibit hall.

Jeff Russell, a man with multiple titles that include president and CEO of TMG Financial Services, will lead the first general session in a discussion about remaining relevant in the future of payment systems. Following his 8:40-10 a.m. session, the trade show will open for the fourth and final time. This happens simultaneously to the first impact sessions taking place from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

The interactive impact sessions will give participants the opportunity to come face-to-face with service corporations from across the region that will save time and money. Each impact session is facilitated by an industry expert and offers an inside look at the products and services offered by Strategic Link business partners.

Education breakout sessions begin promptly at 12:15 and 2 p.m. and will cover topics such as in-branch technology, collaboration and best board practices, to name just a few. A full lineup is available here.

The final general session begins at 3:30 p.m. and features Neil Goldman, senior partner at Golman Consulting and Strategy. Goldman will reveal the dramatic results of an NWCUA-commissioned study searching for the message that will help people understand the credit union difference—and join.

The final four-and-a-half hours of convention will see the mood change from curious to celebratory as the entire Convention convenes for the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Summit Awards followed by a dessert reception and toast to Annaloro beginning at 8 p.m.


Questions? Contact Training Programs Coordinator Yuri Jung: 206.340.4817,

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