DUBUQUE, Iowa (9/17/08)--The annual Iowa Credit Union Convention, themed “Advancing Growth,” will take place in Dubuque today through Friday with more than 500 credit union CEOs, directors, executive staff, guests and vendors in attendance. This year’s theme was chosen to emphasize the role credit unions play for more than 850,000 Iowa residents. “To continue to improve the life of Iowans, credit union growth is critical for the future of our movement,” said Patrick S. Jury, president/CEO of the Iowa Credit Union League. “That’s why we have made it our sole focus for the 2008 convention.” The event starts today. On Thursday, keynote speaker Peter Duffy will discuss ways credit unions can explore the impact of consumer behavior, the evolving economy and regulation on credit union growth and earnings. On Friday, speaker Vince Lombardi Jr. will close the conference with a message about the qualities and commitment found in high-performing people, such as his father, the late football coach Vince Lombardi. Fifteen education sessions will focus on improving the identity of credit unions, the economy, and compliance updates.