Niche Trade Groups Brim With Special Services
When credit union trade associations are brought up in a conversation, CUNA and NAFCU are often the first ones that comes to mind. But there are plenty of smaller niche groups making people sit up and take notice.
There are groups that cater to marketing and CUSOs and technology and specific groups such as teachers, police officers, scientists and more. But what exactly is the purpose of these groups other than to take members’ dues and write press releases? Do they work on the credit union’s behalf in Washington? Do they go to bat for the smaller credit unions when things go south?
NCOFCU was officially incorporated in 2010, and offers an annual meeting and educational conference, scholarships towards attending NCOFCU conferences, networking opportunities with credit union colleagues, access to membership database, members share policies and procedures, discussion forums, exclusive CEO listserv network, exclusive volunteer listserv network, NCOFCU voting privileges, member discounts on purchases and webinars, and unlimited staff and volunteer participation.
“After attending many conferences, serving as a volunteer director and firefighter and later CEO of a firefighter credit union, I found myself sitting in rooms filled with people I really didn’t know, and not much in common with,” said Grant Sheehan CEO of NCOFCU. “It was then that I decided to look to putting the directors and staff of firefighter credit unions in the same room. From that point on, the attending firefighters and staff found that the brotherhood of firefighters and CEOs bonding and open round table sharing of ideas and solutions was a terrific benefit that they have not found at any other conferences they have attended.”