TAMPA, Fla. – Ed Gallagly (right), president/CEO, Florida Central Credit Union, Tampa, Fla. and a noted expert of the perils and threats of predatory lending, participated in the fourth Predatory Lending Consumer Forum held May 12 by Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher (left) that was held in Seminole, Fla., just west of St. Petersburg. The forum was open to the public. Gallagly told attendees how his credit union has spent years educating its members about predatory lending and is in the process of setting up a special check cashing facility that will serve members and non-members alike to combat the payday lenders and check cashers in the Tampa area. Larry Kirkman, president/CEO, Government Employees CU of Florida in Jacksonville spoke at a previous forum held there; and Bill Cox, vp of operations, Pen Air FCU in Pensacola, represented CUs at that city's forum. A third forum was held in Fort Myers, but there were no CUs represented at that event. A fifth and final forum will be held in Fort Lauderdale on May 23. At press time, FCUL's Mark Ivestor, vp, communications and public relations said FCUL had not yet determined which credit union official would represent the league at that event.

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