NCUA Chair Matz to Keynote NWCUA’s Amplify Convention

Debbie Matz, chairman of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board, has a vision for a modernized regulatory agency, allowing more innovative products, streamlined exams for smaller credit unions, and improved supervision of larger credit unions. How’s that working? Attendees to the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) Amplify Convention may be among the first to find out.

Matz is scheduled to deliver the keynote address following the Annual Business Meeting on Oct. 8, the opening session at Amplify. The convention is scheduled to take place Oct. 8-10 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. Online registration is open.

Matz will be able to speak to Amplify attendees both as the top gun in the federal regulatory agency, and as a former credit union executive. Prior to beginning her public service career during President Bill Clinton’s administration, Matz rose through credit union ranks to serve as vice president/chief operating officer of an $800 million federal credit union.

Matz is the eighth chair of the NCUA. She served first as a board member from 2002-2005, and returned in 2009 for an unprecedented second term. Matz was at the helm during the peak of the Great Recession, a time during which credit unions remained on the whole, safe, sound and not involved in the risky behaviors blamed for creating the crisis. On Matz’ watch, the NCUA sued big banks and Wall Street institutions for selling securities with inflated ratings to corporate credit unions. Thus far, the NCUA won over a third of a billion dollars in settlements while many additional suits are pending.

According to the NCUA, credit unions’ performance has improved in all key metrics during Matz’s chairmanship, including net worth, return on assets, delinquencies and charge offs.

By the time Matz addresses Northwest credit union leaders, she will have been joined on the NCUA board by Oregonian Rick Metsger, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Aug. 1, 2013.

Matz is one of several national-level speakers at Amplify. Last week the NWCUA announced awarding winning capitol hill columnist A.B. Stoddard would also address Amplify attendees, offering them a front row seat to the inner workings of the oval office and congress.

Additional information about speakers is being announced weekly. Some of the speakers are coming from unconventional backgrounds but took paths to innovation success that is bound to wow and inspire attendees.

Amplify convention registration is available online, and special hotel discount pricing is available through Sept. 6, 2013.

In addition to hours of high level presentations and breakout sessions, Amplify will celebrate Credit Unions for Kids with a semi-formal dinner and fundraising auction. The “Boardwalk of Miracles” event on Oct. 9 has sponsorship opportunities available online. Event tickets are also available.

In addition, the Summit Awards Dinner and Gala will honor advocates, credit unions and professionals for their impact on legislation, innovation, and community development. The awards dinner is scheduled for Oct. 10.


Questions? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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