ACUC Opens With Welcome From NWCUA President & CEO Troy Stang, Support From Congressman Denny Heck, and Powerful Keynote From Alex Sheen

NWCUA President & CEO Troy Stang welcomes attendees to America’s Credit Union Conference. Photo courtesy of CU Today.

CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference opened at the Washington State Convention Center Sunday, after a two-day pre-conference for credit union Directors and CEOs convened in the same location, co-hosted by CUNA and Your Association.

Attendees were welcomed to the Northwest by NWCUA President & CEO Troy Stang, who reminded the 1,000 attendees that Seattle is not, in fact, the rainiest city in America—Miami, Chicago, and Dallas take that prize.

Stang also detailed the strong market share position of credit unions in the Northwest, serving nearly 50 percent of the population in both states combined while holding 60 percent of auto loans in Washington and nearly 50 percent of Oregon auto loans.

Stang introduced Congressman Denny Heck to the main stage where he shared his enthusiasm for the work that credit unions do to improve communities. Congressman Heck asked the crowd to begin thinking about a potential, future Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issue centered on small business tracking and reporting.

The four-day conference promises chances for learning, networking, and a future-focused look at the evolution of the credit union industry. The conference also includes the debut of a nationwide awareness campaign, seeking to sharpen the true difference between credit unions and other financial institutions. The effort combines 16 years of credit union research from more than 16,000 interviews.

Sunday’s opening general session featured Alex Sheen, CEO and founder of “because I said I would,” who talked about his nonprofit, which is dedicated to the betterment of humanity through practicing the simple act of keeping promises.

Twitter coverage of the Sunday opener was compiled by Credit Union Magazine on Storify, as well. Those looking to follow along during the conference can do so using the hashtag #CUNAACUC on social media platforms.

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