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Jim Holt and Dawn Brummet debated whether indirect auto lending is good for credit unions.

NEW YORK — Indirect auto lending and the growth it brings isn’t a new topic, but a July 1 breakout session at CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference utilized relatively new technology that allowed audience members to voice their opinions. The debate, which was moderated by CUNA Mutual’s David Polet, included distribution of audio response keypads that revealed the audience changed its attitudes toward indirect lending following the debate.

Jim Holt, president/CEO of the $209 million MidAmerican Credit Union of Wichita, Kan., faced off against Dawn Brummet, vice president of consumer lending at the $1.5 billion ORNL FCU of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Holt took the traditional position that most indirect lending programs are not good for members or credit unions, while Brummet argued in their favor.

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