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Still Time and More Reasons to Register for Forum!

by Catalyst Corporate | Sep 29, 2020

More than 650 credit union leaders have registered to attend next week’s virtual Economic & Payments Forum. It is not too late to be part of this event that will provide actionable insights from industry thought leaders and inspirational stories from credit union professionals who have met and overcome challenges. There will even be an opportunity to catch up with credit union peers during a virtual networking event! And this year, the Forum is being offered at no cost. 

Three credit union CEOs will share their individual stories of persevering through extraordinary challenges encountered at their credit unions. Hear their awe-inspiring stories at a panel discussion entitled “Overcoming Challenges,” scheduled for Monday, October 5, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. CT. 

Met with unexpected, life-changing events, these panelists share stories of quick thinking, determination, and leadership. Despite a bombing, flood, or pandemic, each panelist has helped keep their credit union on course – assisting their members and their communities along the way.

Panelists include:

Amy Downs, CEO of Oklahoma’s Allegiance CU. Amy was a credit card loan officer at Allegiance Credit Union 25 years ago, when the Oklahoma City bombing buried her for six hours under concrete slabs and rubble. She survived and helped rebuild Allegiance from ashes and became CEO of the $300 million credit union.

Adam Keer, CEO of Wisconsin’s Marine FCU. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the $903-million Marine FCU to immediately transition from brick and mortar branches to expanded digital services several years earlier than its original plan. Cutting 18 branches and staff was difficult, but the strategy is proving successful.

Monica Belz, CEO of Kauai Government Employees FCU. While many focus on the threats posed by Hawaii’s volcanos, historic flooding was a bigger disaster for members of this $124-million credit union in 2018. Monica and her team jumped (and sometimes swam) into action, setting up temporary operations to assist the community in any way they could, including jet ski rescue missions.

The panel moderator is Frank Diekmann, publisher of CUToday.

Also, on October 5, Forum attendees can participate in a unique virtual networking event where it will be possible to visit and catch up with credit union peers.

The networking event is powered by the Remo platform. Attendees can interact in real-time by logging into a networking room and joining a “table” to connect with others via webcams and microphones. They can conveniently move between tables to talk with different people. 

Check out additional details and register for Forum here.