MEMPHIS, Tenn. (11/19/10)--In what may be an indication that the virtual conference is gaining some traction in the credit union industry, uMonitor’s recent second annual user conference saw a 72% increase in attendance from its inaugural year. More than 180 people and 25 credit unions took part in uShare, a two-day virtual event for users of uMonitor’s member acquisition and retention solutions. The event featured an interactive presentation from industry leaders and time for collaboration among conference participants. Keynote speakers included Louis Hernandez Jr., chairman and CEO of enterprise solution provider Open Solutions and author of “Too Small to Fail,” and Butch Leonardson, senior vice president and chief information officer of BECU of Seattle. Other presenters at the conference included Star One CU of Sunnyvale, Calif., Sandia Laboratory FCU of Albuquerque, Calif., and uMonitor partners T8 Webware, Next IT, William Mills Agency, Experian and TransUnion. Session topics included streamlined online account opening, person-to-person payments, account-to-account money transfers, multichannel integration, social media and marketing. uMonitor also provided an update on 2010 successes and a technology roadmap for 2011. The Memphis, Tenn.-based provider of account opening and funding solutions offered existing users of its uTransfer technology free implementation and no transaction fees for its person-to-person payments service for the remainder of 2010.