Get Inspired: Registration Now Open for NWCUA’s 2014 Amplify Convention in Spokane

Andy Hines believes that foresight can help deliver the insight necessary for success in today’s ever-changing and complex world — which means the nationally known futurist would no doubt approve of this message: Registration is now open for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s 2014 Amplify Convention, which will take place Oct. 7-9 in Spokane.

Hines will be one of the keynote speakers at the event, which will include insightful impact sessions, educational 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.

Registering for Amplify now will also pay off in inspiration:

  • On Oct. 8, credit union professionals will raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at a festive Credit Unions for Kids Auction.
  • And on Oct. 9, credit unions, credit union chapters and professionals from Oregon and Washington will be honored at the convention’s Amplify Awards Dinner & 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.

Hines, an executive-in-residence at the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Futures Studies, has focused on the future throughout his career. He was a partner with Coates & Jarratt Inc., a think tank and consulting firm that specialized in the study of the future. He was also Futurist & Senior Ideation Leader at Dow Chemical, where he used futures tools and knowledge to turn ideas into new business opportunities. Before that, Hines established and ran the Global Trends Program for the Kellogg Company.

At Amplify, the lecturer, author and radio/television commentator will share his professional hunger to make foresight practical and useful. His goal, he says, is to “infect as many change agents as possible” with his message and make foresight something organizations can use to innovate and excel.

Futurist Andy Hines (left) and political expert Charlie Cook will be among the keynote speakers at the 2014 Amplify Convention in Spokane.

Conference attendees will also hear from Charlie Cook, who has been called “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal and “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” by The New York Times.

For more than two decades, the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report has been one of Washington, D.C.’s most trusted — and most accurate — voices on Congressional, gubernatorial and presidential elections. He’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, and has served as an election-night TV analyst for every presidential contest since 1994.

Cook’s keynote address at Amplify couldn’t come at a better time — the conference will be held less than a month before the nation’s crucial mid-term elections.

Pricing and other registration information is available online now. Full registration ($449) includes the welcome reception, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Winners Reception, all breakout sessions and access to the Strategic Link Trade Show; details about the Amplify Awards Dinner & Gala and a variety of optional programs are also on the website.

Be sure to check back often for the latest news and schedule updates, because planning ahead is a wise decision, futurists like Dr. Andy Hines would agree. And it won’t look too bad in hindsight, either.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

Posted in Awards, Events, MAXX Annual Convention, NWCUA.