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Welcome to CUNA's GAC

February 18, 2010
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

Gergen Puts Country Before Politics

February 18, 2010
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 Reflects on 14 Years as CUNA CEO

February 18, 2010
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

Small CUs: Top Challenges Yesterday & Today

February 03, 2010
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

'Somebody Up There Likes Me'

January 27, 2010
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... READ MORE

Let Your Voice Be Heard

January 27, 2010
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:... READ MORE

LEEDing the Way

January 27, 2010
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: Humble CU Giant

December 15, 2009
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

Board Dynamics

November 23, 2009
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

Rising Above 6%

November 23, 2009
CUs have held 6% of industry assets for nearly  two decades. Why not more? Dick Radtke Focus CUs’ share of assets among federally insured financial institutions has stalled at 6% since 1992. Alternative capital, some say, could help CUs gain additional market share. Board focus: Is share of assets a... READ MORE

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