One of the credit union industry's most significant retirement announcements in 2024 has been that of Diana Dykstra, who, after four decades in leadership roles including 14 years as president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, will hang up her hat on July 1. And her successor, Utah Credit Union Association CEO Scott Simpson, won't just be taking over her previous duties – he'll be leading the charge to unite the three state leagues, creating a joint support services organization while keeping state advocacy operations separate.

In this episode of "Shared Accounts With CU Times" – our first-ever featuring two guests – Dykstra and Simpson discuss how the leadership transition is going, plans for the newly-combined organization, the ongoing trend of credit union league mergers and advocacy priorities for the three states.

Plus, Dykstra shares the one thing she can't wait to do on her first day as a retiree (hint: after traveling the world throughout her career, it won't involve getting on an airplane), while Simpson reveals a mouth-watering secret about Utah. Don't miss this rare glimpse into the world of these two high-profile yet approachable credit union champions.


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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.