Ronaldo Hardy has been a fixture in the credit union industry for the past two decades. Yes, two decades! He's approaching his first full year leading NACUSO and putting on his first NACUSO Network Conference in April.

Hardy joined "Shared Accounts With CU Times" to talk about the nearly accidental way he found himself in the credit union space after a friend submitted his resume to a credit union without his knowledge. From there, his journey has led him through leading different credit unions to a space at NACUSO where he can help the organization and the people thrive.

During our conversation, we touched on several topics with Hardy, including DEI, CUSOs, credit union advocacy and his work as lead pastor at Love Alive Church in Baton Rouge, La. He even laid out his take on the next three years for NACUSO as he attempts to bring some "brand clarity" to the organization.

Did we tell Hardy it would just be a 30-minute conversation? Yes. Did the conversation go for an hour? Also, yes.

Take a listen!


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Michael Ogden

Editor-in-Chief at CU Times. To connect, email at [email protected]. As Editor-in-Chief of CU Times since 2016, Michael Ogden has led the editorial team in all aspects of content strategy and execution, including the creation of the publication’s exclusive and proprietary research database of the credit union industry’s economic landscape. Under Michael’s leadership, CU Times has successfully shifted to an all-digital editorial product with new focuses on the payments, fraud, lending and regulatory beats. Most recently, he introduced a data-focused editorial product for subscribers that breaks down credit union issues into hard data, allowing for a deeper and more factual narrative for readers. In 2024, he launched the "Shared Accounts With CU Times" podcast, which offers a fresh, inside-the-newsroom perspective through interviews with leaders from the credit union industry and the regulatory world. He dives into pressing credit union issues, while revealing the personalities working behind-the-scenes to push the credit union world forward. His background includes years as a radio and TV anchor/reporter and a public relations and digital/social media manager, where he covered the food and music industries, as well as cooperatives and credit unions. Over the years, he has launched numerous exclusive video and podcast series, including a successful series of interactive backstage interviews with musicians at music festivals, showcasing his social media and live streaming production skills.