Maintaining he is leaving the industry in solid hands but “with a hole in my heart,” the outgoing chairman of CUNA, Kris Mecham of Utah, said Wednesday he departs next month for Mongolia with knowledge that CUs seem well prepared to handle various legislative crises whether it be the corporate bailout, member business lending, secondary capital or interchange.

The CUNA head and retiring president/CEO of the $454 million Deseret First FCU of Salt Lake City said also that while the industry needs to speak with one voice too much talk and energy is being devoted to the discussion of potential CUNA/NAFCU consolidation.

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