The fall season is upon us, which means excitement for the upcoming holiday season, pumpkin spice everything, and colder weather. It is also a time when many people may be looking to escape to some place warmer. Credit union employees throughout the country are no exception to this, especially those who were able to attend this year’s NCUMA Annual Hawaii Conference in Kauai, Hawaii. We wish we could have joined them J. The 5-day event was centered around credit union management, and covered topics relevant to today’s credit union landscape. Attendees got to participate in roundtable discussions, receive valuable industry insight, and take part in leisurely networking activities. There was a lot that went on, but Oak Tree is here to give you a brief rundown. We heard it was a great time.
Attendees arrived in Kauai on Friday the 2nd, and were provided the opportunity to get things started with a roundtable session to get acquainted with one another and discuss ideas. Saturday and Sunday started bright and early with breakfast receptions and two separate sessions covering the future of credit unions, and an update from Mike McKenna of the NCUA. Here, guests could learn about trends and strategies from other industries, as well as get a briefing on the current landscape of credit unions. After each day of sessions concluded, attendees had opportunities to network, and could attend a sunset dinner cruise on Sunday afternoon.
Monday and Tuesday were business as usual with the former kicking things off with a two-part economic update focusing on broad topics that were not necessarily credit union-specific. These touched on different economic markets, taxes, housing, and a look into the future. Like the previous two days, fun networking activities concluded things with a luau and golf tournament for those willing to participate.
Wednesday was the final day of the conference but still included two final sessions for attendees, led by speaker Frank Drake. The first of the two hit on a popular topic among credit unions, which was “serving underserved members and how to navigate that landscape.” The final session was informative, and provided instruction for credit unions to safeguard elderly members’ finances.
Aloha! As everything concluded in Kauai, attendees from the conference were left with new connections, an outlook into the future of credit unions, new trends and strategies, and insight into the economic landscape. Also, with the location being in Hawaii, it was a major plus to be in attendance for this one.