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Small CU roundtable featured at CUNAs GAC
WASHINGTON (3/7/12)--Small credit unions will have the opportunity to discuss critical issues during the second annual, free, half-day Roundtable meeting at the beginning of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA's) 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

The Roundtable will be held at the Washington Convention Center on the first day of this year's GAC, Sunday, March 18, from 3-5 p.m. (ET).

The small credit union session is scheduled to include several presentations, as well as group discussion on a variety of issues of concern to the nation's smaller credit unions. Wide-ranging discussion topics will include: small credit union collaboration initiatives; the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA); regulations and regulatory burden; and the transitioning of corporate credit union services, among other topics.

The collaboration discussion will feature Drew Egan and Jon Hernandez. Egan, of the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates and CU Corp, will speak about the Michigan league's shared branding initiative --a project that aims to create a strong brand for credit unions of all sizes.  Hernandez, CEO of three credit unions in Southern California (Mattel FCU, CalCom FCU and City of Downey FCU), will discuss the Southern California Credit Union Alliance--a forum for collaboration and cooperation focused on helping small credit unions thrive by reducing operating costs and sharing best practices.

Bill Myers, director of the NCUA's Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives (OSCUI), also will speak to attendees.  Myers is on the agenda to outline the agency's efforts to assist small credit unions through one-on-one help, loans and grants, partnerships and training provided by OSCUI.

CUNA senior staff Kathy Thompson and Ryan Donovan will be on hand during the session to weigh in on compliance issues and to brief attendees on the credit union legislative front.

Also on Sunday at the GAC, the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception will take place from 7-9 p.m. (ET) and the opening concert, featuring Taylor Hicks, is scheduled for 9-10:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.

Small credit unions that register for the GAC can register for the Roundtable at the same time.  Credit unions that do not plan to attend the GAC must register for the Roundtable separately.  These credit unions can register by calling CUNA 800-356-9655 x5700 or by using the resource link below.
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