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Exhibit Hall Boasts Record Number of Booths

March 12, 2012
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This year’s GAC Exhibit Hall makes history: More than 300 booths will be available for attendees to visit at the Washington Convention Center.

These booths feature more than 200 company displays and more than 900 vendor representatives, all ready to chat about how to best serve your credit union and its members.

New this year, CUNA Strategic Services (CSS) sets the stage for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a fresh design for the CSS Pavilion.

The open layout, which flanks both sides of the main aisle, has the largest footprint of any vendor in the Exhibit Hall. To tie in with the cherry blossom theme, CSS alliance providers will be giving away packets of cherry blossom seeds.

Attendees should be sure to take advantage of the surcharge-free ATM provided by Diebold, a CSS strategic alliance provider.

Also, attendees can tap into the vendor directory, which is part of the new GAC mobile app.

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