Vox Populi: How Valuable Are Credit Union Industry Conferences?
From our June 15 print edition, credit union staffers from around the land describe the value they find in industry gatherings. Plus, a video from the Maryland & D.C. Credit Union Association conference.
Troy Hall, South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Jason Peach, West Community Credit Union
We place a high value on continuing education. Industry conferences play a vital role in our efforts surrounding professional development. Sometimes it is tempting to make cuts in the travel and conference budget, but we understand that in many cases this would represent a penny-wise and pound-foolish action.
The information we know today will not help us in the world of tomorrow, so we make a commitment to get away from our desks and learn about new ideas and other ways of running our business. In most cases, industry conferences are the best way to do this. Industry conferences are so effective in the credit union industry due to our culture of collaboration.
Scott Hughes, FME Federal Credit Union
Industry conferences can be beneficial if you are able to put into practice what you have learned at the conference. Many times, the ideas and concepts are not easily implemented due to a lack of resources (such as qualified staff, time or money).
From my experience, everyone is on board and excited during the conference, but that tends to fizzle out after a couple of days once the realization sets in that the concept may be beyond your immediate ability to implement.
Linda White, United Health Credit Union
I think industry conferences are very important as they offer information that’s specific to our industry as well as to financial services as a whole. I hope to hear about the latest and greatest from either my peers or providers of services, as well as what’s worked and maybe what hasn’t worked.
While we have information available to us 24/7, face to face allows for more interaction and networking. Networking is critical, and it adds a lot of value to the conference experience. Conferences allow me to network with people I otherwise may not have met, and in many instances, form relationships on which I can call on in the future.