NAPERVILLE, Ill. (8/2/11)--More than 80 attendees are expected for the Illinois Credit Union League’s (ICUL) annual Small Asset Size (SAS) Conference for credit unions under $20 million in assets. The two-day event begins today at ICUL’s offices in Naperville, Ill. Many session topics will center on helping small credit unions compete in today’s marketplace. Time also will be built into the schedule for attendees to network and share best practices. Among the highlights from the first day of sessions will be a presentation on “The Economy and the Small credit union” by Mike Schenk, vice president of economics and statistics at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Richard Klecun, National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) economic development specialist; Gerald Schultz, NCUA supervisory examiner; David Anderson, Illinois Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) senior financial institutions examiner, and Brad Losch, DFI acting assistant supervisor, will also speak on the first day. Session topics and speakers on the second day include “Collections” by Shelia O’Leary, manager of Collectors Resource Services (CRS), a division of the ICUL Service Corp., and “Exam Directives vs. Recommendations” by Patrick Smith, ICUL’s vice president of communications and regulatory affairs, and Mike Daugherty, president of Community Plus FCU, Rantoul, Ill. The conference will conclude with an open forum and networking lunch, facilitated by Joni Senkpeil, ICUL director of small credit union development. This year’s event is sponsored by ICUL, the Illinois Credit Union Foundation and CUNA Mutual Group.