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Crashers meet in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. (8/23/10)--Fifteen young credit union professionals gathered in Albany for its first-ever Crash meet-up at the state level. It was coordinated by the Credit Union Association of New York’s Young Professionals Commission (YPC).
Click to view larger image Fifteen young credit union professionals gathered in Albany, N.Y., for the state’s first Crash meet-up. The event was coordinated by the Credit Union Association of New York’s Young Professionals Commission. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of New York)
Crash is the brainchild of Brent Dixon, young adult adviser at the Filene Research Institute. Crash started as a subversive conference for credit union professionals under 30 that met around conferences such as the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference and The 1 Credit Union Conference, which was jointly sponsored by CUNA and the World Council of Credit Unions in July. After conversations with a group of “crashers,” Dixon realized that for Crash to work as a place where young professionals could get together to learn, network and converse with little financial commitment, there had to be movement on local levels. At the meet-up, Dixon offered an overview of Crash and information about WOCCU and Filene. Allison Barna, the association’s community development coordinator, led a conversation about the credit union community. She pointed out that credit unions are not just local; they also are national and global, and the movement presents numerous opportunities for involvement. Participants expressed a desire to see what is going on outside of their credit unions, and to use similar networking and sharing opportunities to help find their niche in the movement and potential career opportunities. The association plans more Crash meet-ups statewide, including a second one in Albany. The gatherings are free to participants with support from state association chapters. The YPC was formed earlier this year to develop strategies and practices to assist the association and credit unions in recruiting young adults as employees and volunteers. It also aims to develop and promote them for leadership positions within the New York credit union community. The commission includes about 30 credit union employees under the age of 35 from across the state.
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