Nearly 800 credit union professionals and exhibitors are expected to attend the second annual convention and business meeting of the Northwest Credit Union Association this week in Vancouver, Wash.
“We’ve emerged from a year in which we’ve seen some of the fastest moving technology in recent times, taken steps to ensure our safety and soundness in the midst of continued economic turbulence, and welcomed growth as new members openly sought credit unions as the better alternative for their financial services needs,” said Troy Stang.
“I can’t think of a better theme for our convention than Innovation, Action and Growth.” Stang will accept the role as CEO/president of the Northwest Credit Union Association during its annual business meeting set for Tuesday through Thursday.
Stang will replace John Annaloro, who will retire after more than 15 years of service to Northwest credit unions.
“There is nothing better in the contemporary financial system than the American credit union movement,” Annaloro said. “To be part of that has been distinguishing.”
The convention will host three keynote speakers and more than 25 educational sessions that will focus on the convention’s theme of innovation, action and growth. The sessions will cover new and emerging trends as well as best practices in mobile and branch technologies, payments, fraud prevention, credit union advocacy, leadership, compliance and regulation, health care reform, supplemental capital, board governance, business lending, accounting and auditing and strategic growth opportunities.
The convention’s keynote speakers are Arnold Kuijpers, director of corporate affairs at Rabobank Nederland; Jeff Russell, senior advisor for The Members Group and president/CEO of TMG Financial Services; and Neil Goldman, senior partner at Goldman Consulting and Strategy Inc.
The Northwest Credit Union Association said it now serves 164 credit unions in Oregon and Washington. It was officially formed on Jan. 1, 2011, after a merger of the two states’ leagues.