Getting your remarks beamed to a potential 9 million New Yorkers and “then broadcast around the world” can be a little nerve-wracking for an Illinois credit union CEO.
“I certainly didn’t want to make any mistakes,” confessed Frank Padak, chairman of the Defense Credit Union Council and the main speaker at a DCUC-arranged Times Square advocacy promo before the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony last Wednesday.
Thankfully, he said, the NASDAQ staff guiding Padak in an exchange studio “were very supportive and very helpful” as the president/CEO of the $760 million Scott CU of Collinsville, Ill., delivered a brief message in the 10-minute broadcast.
It was carried on cable stations, in worldwide trading offices and to pedestrians on Times Square jumbo screens.
Padak said his twin daughters saw the broadcast later in the day at a school screening back in Collinsville.
In his NASDAQ remarks Padak said military CUs across the U.S. are committed to supporting soldiers and their families and “are proud to be an integral part of the Department of Defense family in supporting the morale, welfare and financial readiness of our armed forces.”
Padak along with other leaders of the DCUC were in New York for the annual three-day conference of the DCUC. Staff made arrangements months in advance for the DCUC group to make a nationally televised NASDAQ opening bell appearance.
“We could have been easily bumped in favor of one of the corporate members but we were lucky,” said Padak, who said he “felt like a rock star” doing the broadcast standup.