Amplify and Engage: NWCUA’s Annual Convention Kicks Off in Portland

NCUA board Chairman Debbie Matz will talk about her vision for the future of the regulatory agency and the challenges that lie ahead when the Northwest Credit Union Association kicks off its 2013 Amplify Convention in Portland this afternoon.

Matz will address the NWCUA’s annual business meeting, a town hall-style gathering that’s scheduled from 3-5 p.m.  Amplify, the NWCUA’s annual celebration of the credit union movement, will continue at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower through Thursday.

More than 30 credit unions, credit union chapters, and professionals from Oregon and Washington will be honored at the convention’s Summit Awards Dinner and Gala. In addition to national honors for financial education, philosophy in action, and social responsibility, the awards will include recognition for political advocacy and chapter excellence. Three top Summit Awards— Young Credit Union Professional of the Year, Innovation & Impact, and Lifetime Achievement—will also be announced.

Credit union professionals will raise funds for Credit Unions for Kids and its charity of choice, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, at a festive Boardwalk of Miracles Auction. Among the items up for bid: a “Monopoly on Luxury” package that includes a visit to Dosha Salon Spa, dinner at El Gaucho, a shopping trip to Nordstrom and more; a “Civil War!” package that includes tickets to see the Ducks and Beavers face off in football, baseball, and basketball; and the sweetest pair of Air Jordans this side of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital—the Nike Air Jordan 9 Retro DB, designed by 11-year-old Oswaldo Jimenez for the Doernbecher Freestyle collection.

Attendees can also choose from 18 sponsored Impact Sessions, 17 Education Breakout Sessions and a unique Strategic Link Trade Show, where more than 100 exhibitors will display everything from marketing and communications services to security products and auto-buying solutions.

In addition to Matz, attendees will hear from:

  • Bernard Lachance, a French Canadian singer who literally gave the shirt off his back for a chance to appear on television with Oprah. Lachance will join Denise Gabel, NWCUA’s chief operating officer, to talk about innovation—starting small, thinking big and, in the end, living large. (Opening General Session, 8:30-9:45 a.m. Wednesday)
  • Anthony Huey, the president of Reputation Management Associates, who will share a revolutionary new approach to creating effective presentations that are proven to leave a positive, memorable impression on an audience. (General Session, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Wednesday)
  •  A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist for The Hill, who will offer her view from the Washington, D.C., press gallery and rare insights into the gridlock inside the Beltway. (General Session, 8:45-10:00 a.m. Thursday)
  • And Laura Kelley, the chief product officer for Dun & Bradstreet, who will talk about the key drivers of innovation and how credit unions can expand and grow in the digital age. (Closing General Session, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Thursday)

Throughout the week, attendees can find the latest convention information and stay on schedule with the Amplify App and event portal. On Thursday, look for comprehensive coverage in Anthem, including recaps of the major addresses and highlights from the Boardwalk of Miracles Auction. And on Friday, watch for the complete list of winners from the Summit Awards Dinner and Gala.


Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216,

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