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Auto lending symposium provides keys to fast lane
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (7/9/08)--More than 400 attendees representing 150 credit unions attended CUDL’s Auto Lending Symposium to learn how to transition into the “fast lane.”
Tony Boutelle, president/CEO of CUDL, opens the 2008 Auto Lending Symposium in Las Vegas. More than 400 individuals from 150 credit unions attended the event. (Photo provided by CUDL)
The event provided credit unions with information on marketing, dealer relations, risk management and collections. “Collaboration is the key to our success--by working together we can affect real change and move credit unions to top of mind for auto loan financing,” said Diana Dykstra, president/CEO, San Francisco Fire CU. Tony Boutelle, CUDL president/CEO, opened the conference. His remarks were followed by presentations from other industry experts, including:
* Jay Johnson, executive vice president, Callahan and Associates; * Larry Biernaki, president/CEO, Arkansas FCU, Jacksonville, Ark.; * Rick Poulton, president, Better Branches; * Bob Boucher, senior vice president of lending, Sikorsky Financial CU, Stratford, Conn.; * Susie Huss, associate vice president of consumer lending, American First CU, La Habra, Calif.; * Melinda Zabritski, director, Experian; and * John Sidman, automotive credit and automotive consultant, Experian.
CUDL also announced a new partnership agreement with Citadel FCU, Thorndale, Pa., and the new CUDL/Prime Alliance Lending Symposium. The symposium is a result of a merger between the Auto Lending Symposium and the Prime Alliance Symposium, which is a mortgage event for credit unions. Ten credit unions were honored for their exemplary automotive lending practices in one of five categories: Marketing to Members, Business Development and Dealer Relations, Portfolio Growth and Management, Remarketing and Collections and Marketing AutoSMART to members. CUDL presented CUDL Diamond Awards to two credit unions for their successful auto lending programs. Next year’s symposium will take place May 13-15 in Las Vegas.
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