The Point: Feb. 19, 2014


NY Congressman Maffei to speak at CUNA GAC

U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), a strong supporter of the credit union movement, has been added to the list of speakers at CUNA’s 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). The Syracuse congressman has co-sponsored key bills dealing with MBL reform and supplemental capital, and he was endorsed by the Credit Union Association of New York in the 2012 elections.

Maffei—who will speak during Tuesday’s general session—is the second congressman from New York added to this year’s GAC lineup. As previously reported in The Point, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) will speak at the event Wednesday. King, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced legislation that would allow credit unions to accept supplemental capital and allow federal regulators to develop risk-based capital standards for the purposes of prompt corrective action.

“New York credit unions have built powerful support in Congress over the years, and Congressmen King and Maffei are two strong examples of this,” said William J. Mellin, president/CEO of the Association. “Having them speak at our largest national advocacy event is something we can all take pride in.”

Scheduled for Feb. 23-27, GAC attracts thousands of credit unionists worldwide and is considered the key conference to attend for political impact, credit union networking and industry updates. The conference also offers an array of educational breakout sessions and the industry's largest exhibitor showcase.

Reminder: Lending School information, registration available

Credit union lenders can now register for the Credit Union Association of New York’s two-day Lending School. The popular event will be held April 2-3 at Association headquarters in Albany, and information is available on the Association website.

Instructor Celeste C. Cook, CEO and founder of cuStrategies LLC, will combine expert insights, real-world applications and hands-on training to help attendees take their lending programs to the next level. Cook has worked in the credit union industry for more than 20 years and has been a professional speaker and trainer for more than 15 years.

Registrations are due March 26, and online registration is available.

Young pros to host February meet-up in Liverpool

Members of the Credit Union Association of New York’s Young Professionals Commission are hosting a networking and educational meet-up next Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Liverpool, N.Y. The free event will be held at Sharkey’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, and all credit union employees and volunteers ages 35 and younger are welcome to attend.

Networking will be held from 5:30-6:00 p.m., followed by a presentation by Kimberly Payne, CEO/manager at Tompkins EFCU. Payne will discuss her experiences at credit unions, as well as her path to becoming a CEO.

To learn more or register, visit the event web page.

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