AACUC 20th Annual Conference Recap
Credit unions, as you know, were created to serve the underserved and people of a common community. From the creation of the first one and up until now, that idea still holds true. Over the years, more and more people have come together through the efforts of the credit union industry including the African-American community. Together, professionals and volunteers formed the African-American Credit Union Coalition in 1999 with the idea of sharing information and supporting programs that benefit all things associated with African-Americans in the credit union industry. With over 400 members and 150 affiliated credit unions, the AACUC holds an annual conference each year where training opportunities are offered, networking events take place, and individuals are recognized for their achievements in the industry. This year, the AACUC’s 20th Annual Conference took place in Atlanta, Georgia, and although Oak Tree was unable to attend this year, we got the insight details of the conference.
The conference featured a number of professionals who spoke during sessions that took up the majority of each day. One noteworthy keynote speaker was NAFCU P/CEO Dan Berger who gave his take on some of the major regulatory issues that credit unions face. Another was Duane C. Day who spoke at the AACUC’s Young Professionals session, where he shared useful tips and told his story of becoming a professional leader. These were just two among many others from around the credit union industry and other related fields who shared their insight.
It wasn’t just all business that took place at the 20th anniversary of the AACUC conference. In fact, the first activity held was a golf outing where attendees could get to know each other and have a bit of fun before everything began. That same day, guests had the option of participating in a historical tour of the city of Atlanta, where they could take in the sights and sounds of the event’s host city. Everything concluded that night with the Eastern Region Chapter Reception and a bid whist tournament.
Just like any other industry event, networking opportunities were abundant. A cocktail reception, recreational activities, and other sessions all made for great occasions to meet with other industry peers. These events mostly occurred at the end of the day, and came before the two main award receptions; one that saw an induction into the AACUC Hall of Fame and another that presented Sheilah Montgomery with the Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award, named after a founder of the #AACUC.
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