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When I began my career NAFCU and CUNA were embattled in a legislative fight with the banking industry over the passage of the Credit Union Membership Access Act — a legislative fight that the credit unions won due in part to an excellent array of Washington insiders as well as an unprecedented grassroots effort. I was honored to work countless hours with such credit union legends as Bill Donovan and Chuck Zuver on this battle.

I assure you that the two trade associations did not always get along nor agree. I can remember arguments between the two trades so intense that it caused individuals to scream and shout and eventually walk out of meetings. But, through it all, the dedication and commitment to the over 87 million credit union members across America allowed the two organizations to be better for their differences and achieve an unparalleled legislative victory for their members.

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