The Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors was founded and built on credit unions' No. 1 mantra: People helping people.

The ACUIA was informally established in 1990 when a group of about 17 credit union internal auditors gathered in Rochester, Minn., to network and discuss common challenges and opportunities, according to John Gallagher, the ACUIA's board chair and director of internal audit for the $3.1 billion SEFCU in Albany, N.Y.

In the interests of keeping those salient discussions and networking going, that small group of internal auditors formally organized the ACUIA and its first annual conference in Bloomington, Minn., in 1991, which drew about 75 professionals.

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