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Featured Speakers - Convention 2014

Featured Speakers

Jim Abbott
Famed One-Hand Major League Baseball Pitcher

For inspirational speaker Jim Abbott, no obstacle is too big to overcome. Despite being born with only one hand, he achieved his dream of making it to the major leagues and becoming a standout in his sport. Now he’s taking the stage at Convention to share his message of perseverance and success!

As the first baseball player to win the Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete in 1987, Abbott went on to represent Team USA and became the first American pitcher in 25 years to beat a Cuban team on Cuban soil. The team won a silver medal at the Pan-American Games, and Abbott won the US Baseball Federation's Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur player in the country.

In the 1988 Olympics, Abbott was the winning pitcher in a 5-3 victory over Japan that brought the U.S. its first gold medal in baseball. His career highlight? Throwing a no-hitter for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in 1993. Abbott played for 10 seasons on four different teams before ending his big league playing career in 1999.

As a professional motivational speaker, Abbott challenges audiences to be willing to adapt, change and mold themselves to meet life’s challenges. His story has been featured in Time and Sports Illustrated, and he has appeared on ESPN, “Good Morning America” and CNN.

Convention attendees: Get ready to be inspired, challenged and reminded that anything is possible!

Pamela Meyer
Certified Fraud Examiner and Best-Selling Author of Liespotting

Here’s something unbelievable: Studies show that we encounter an average of 10 to 200 lies per day! Pamela Meyer's mission is to help people detect deception and build trust in their personal and professional relationships.

In her best-selling book, “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception,” Meyer teaches readers how to go from lie-spotting to truth-seeking to trust-building. And in her non-stop presentations, she combines training and research with business insights to provide tools for better buying, protecting, interviewing and negotiating.

Get ready to learn which personality types lie; how deception is expressed in email, on the phone and in person; and how to detect deception through body language. Meyer will also share insider tips for gaining the upper hand and closing deals that last, while also emphasizing integrity, maturity and the importance of having difficult conversations during difficult times.

Recently, Meyer was named to Business Insider's list of People to Follow on Twitter, which was compiled as a guide for the most influential users on Twitter. At her private consulting firm, she trains corporate executives on facial micro-expression reading, advanced interrogation techniques, body language analysis and behavior elicitation techniques.

Trust us…this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!

Rick Metsger
NCUA Board Member

As a member of NCUA’s three-member board, Rick Metsger helps lead the agency’s efforts to regulate, charter and supervise federal credit unions. He will share industry updates and discuss NCUA’s key priorities during his remarks at Convention.

A former Oregon state senator, Metsger was nominated as an NCUA board candidate by President Barack Obama in May 2013. His nomination moved quickly through the confirmation process, and he took the oath of office Aug. 23, 2013.

Metsger has extensive public policy and private-sector experience in the areas of financial services, consumer protection, taxation, transportation and strategic communications. Prior to joining the NCUA board, he owned his own strategic communications consulting firm and served for 12 years in the Oregon State Senate. During his time as a senator, he chaired the Business and Transportation Committee and served on various other committees. He was a member of Oregon Senate leadership from 2009 to 2011 and was elected president pro tem in 2009. Notably, he was a chief sponsor of legislation to expand state-chartered credit unions’ field of membership and a co-sponsor of legislation to combat predatory payday lending.

From 1993 to 2001, he served on the board of directors at Portland Teachers Credit Union—20 years after the credit union gave him a $350 loan to purchase his first car in college.

Dr. John Worth
NCUA Chief Economist

As NCUA’s chief economist, John Worth is a respected expert on the conditions facing credit unions—from employment and real estate markets to fiscal and monetary policy. He leads the agency’s team of economists in monitoring economic and financial market developments and trends, providing regular updates via NCUA’s weekly economic roundup, videos and other industry outreach.

During Convention, Worth will provide the latest data and insights your credit union needs to navigate market challenges and maximize opportunities.

Prior to joining NCUA in 2010, Worth served as manager for Policy Research at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). He also spent nearly 10 years with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Economic Policy. He holds a Ph.D. and Masters Degree from the University of Southern California and resides in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and three children.

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