PALM DESERT, Calif. – Perhaps in a departure from years past andwith attention focused on hurricane relief, credit unions do notappear on the official agenda of the American Bankers Associationannual convention which was to convene here over the weekend. “Ireally don't know if credit unions will come up in his speech,”said an ABA spokesman in response to a Credit Union Times queryregarding a planned talk on Tuesday when CU nemesis Harris Simmons,chairman/CEO of Zions Bancorp. of Utah, formally moves up to ABAchairman. The conference here, said the spokesman, has a lineup ofboth paid and prominent speakers “and historically that is an issuethat has come before our community bankers conference” which willbe held in February 2006. Top speakers for the ABA annualconvention here include former Secretary of State Colin Powell andFederal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan along with top bankingregulators from the FDIC and the Comptroller of the Currency.

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