By Dan Mica Welcome to this year’s GAC. We gather in Washington with monumental opportunities before us. As the nation strives to recover from a sustained recession, Washington has put a premium on policies that lead to new jobs for unemployed Americans. The environment is prompting Washington to look anew... READ MORE
On behalf of the CUNA Board, I offer a warm welcome to CUNA's 2010 GAC. An oft-stated reason for coming to the GAC is for credit unions to tell our story. And with nearly 5,000 of us in attendance, no other conference enables us to state our... READ MORE
A trusted advisor for 30 years to four U.S. presidents, David Gergen offers his bipartisan analysis and perspective of national politics during today's opening General Session. Gergen's perception of the national scene offers an exceptional glimpse few others can provide. He’ll give his take on President Obama's first year in... READ MORE
Mica : Credit unions are poised for a massive growth spurt that could bring additional credibility and leverage on the political front. Late last summer, CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica announced his plans to step down from CUNA’s top position at the end of 2010. That will bring to a close... READ MORE
Ten years ago, the biggest challenge facing small CUs was the need to offer a wider range of services. Today, that concern isn’t on the radar for most small CUs, which make up 70% of the nation’s 8,000 credit unions. READ MORE
Address immigrants’ basic educational needs and the loans will follow. The federal government has asked
the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to help with a study about financial literacy programs that result in non-English
speaking immigrants opening accounts rather than relying on “fringe” banking. That request dovetailed with...
Urge lawmakers to keep CUs free from needless regulation. Later this month, the Credit Union National Association’s
(CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) promises to be a pivotal event. More than 4,000 credit union faithful will arrive
in town ready to voice several key messages to Congress, including:...
A ‘green’ builder who walks the talk. Who: Joni Walker What: Senior VP, Marketing, Missoula FCU Where: Missoula, Mont. How I got involved in my CU’s “green” branch project: I’ve been the “owner representative” of remodel/new construction projects for seven years. When it came time to design this particular branch,... READ MORE
Augustine Kang —known as the father of the Asian credit union movement—died in August. Those who knew him describe Kang as a “man of the world,” “humble giant,” “dear, compassionate man” and “a role model for our lives." By Chris Baker Augustine Kang was a credit union giant but a... READ MORE
William Brown Is your board actively seeking a variety of viewpoints? Focus Develop a board culture that promotes diversity. Encourage structures that reinforce diversity. Board focus: Boards that fail to recruit outside their social circles put themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Wherever crowds of people gather, you’ll find proof of... READ MORE