NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang and CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle speak on stage at the Amplify conference Oct. 6. (All photos courtesy of the NWCUA.)

Filene Research Institute President/CEO Mark Meyer spoke on innovation at the NWCUA’s Amplify conference Oct. 6. Approximately 700 credit union professionals from across the Northwest attended the NWCUA’s Amplify.  Attendees at the NWCUA’s Amplify dressed up in 1920s attire for the Roaring 20s Credit Unions for Kids Auction & Dinner Oct. 7.  The NWCUA raised $250,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at its annual auction. Pictured is Tim Haarmann, who was treated for cancer at a regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospital two years ago and finished the Portland Marathon last week. NWCUA Amplify attendees participated in the Roaring 20s Credit Unions for Kids Auction & Dinner Oct. 7.  Patricia E. Smith, president/CEO for the $960 million, Portland, Ore.-based Unitus Community Credit Union (pictured here with her granddaughter) received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Amplify Awards Dinner & Gala Oct. 8.

Rachel Pross of the $947 million Oregon State Credit Union in Corvallis took home the Young Credit Union Professional of the Year Award at the Amplify Awards Dinner & Gala. NWCUA COO Denise Gabel and President/CEO Troy Stang toasted the crowd at the Amplify Awards Dinner & Gala Oct. 8. NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang addressed the crowd Oct. 8 at the Amplify conference. 

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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