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CHICAGO — Credit union executives ­attending CO-OP ­Financial Services recent THINK 2013 Conference heard two teams of executives and a panel of experts debate whether the credit union industry needs to make measured changes to face future challenges or massive changes.

The team of executives arguing for massive change was made up by Patrick Basler, president of First Financial Credit Union; Michael Bell, attorney at Howard and Howard; and Sarah Snell Cook, publisher and editor-in-chief of Credit Union Times. The team of executives arguing for measured change teamed Frank Diekmann, publisher of Credit Union Journal; Jill Nowacki, vice president for development at MAPS Credit Union; and Sandra Scott, vice president of card services and product management for Patelco Credit Union.

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