Executives@CdA2017 Fosters Collaboration and Innovation


This year at Coeur d’Alene Resort, Execs@CdA offered Northwest credit union leaders a pivotal opportunity to learn about the latest industry developments while building the relationships that keep cooperatives strong.

“It had something for everyone,” said Val Brooks, CEO of Idaho-based Simplot Employees Credit Union. “Many of the topics the event addressed, such as cybersecurity, impact credit unions of every size.”

This year’s speakers helped generate creative, strategic conversations among attendees. Futurist Glen Hiemstra’s presentation stood among the highlights, zeroing in on emerging trends in economics, demographics, housing, and transportation to assist credit unions with effective strategic planning. AdvantEdge Analytics executives Tim Peterson and Blesson Abraham coached credit unions about how to leverage big data to drive superior results. And Dan Shull, Leadership & Management Consultant at Packman and Associates, helped credit union leaders broaden their ideas about technology and their credit union’s architecture of the future.

Panel discussions on cybersecurity and bank asset purchases also provided valuable insights.

“For me, the highlight of the conference was the cybersecurity panel,” said Brooks. “With panelists from the FBI to a credit union VP of IT, it was informative and provided immediate action items for my credit union.”

For many executives, the most powerful part of the conference was the opportunity to connect with other credit union leaders.

“The networking opportunities at this type of conference, especially the ability to network with credit union executives from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, were invaluable,” said Brooks. “I highly recommend CEOs attend and take their executive team.”

Interested in attending next year? Mark your calendar for Aug. 7-9, 2018! Open to all C-Suite credit union executives, the event will take place at the Skamania Lodge in the stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Click here to sign up to be notified when registration opens for Executives@Skamania2018, or remember to check our events calendar as the date approaches.

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