The Point: Oct. 8, 2013


Economic Forum kicks off today

The Credit Union Association of New York's Economic Forum kicks off today at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Credit unionists from across the state will hear from an impressive lineup of speakers, including: acclaimed keynote speaker and bestselling author Steve Gilliland; Dr. Barry Asmus, a senior economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis; and John Lass, SVP of Strategy & Business Development with CUNA Mutual Group.

Lass, one of the industry's most popular speakers and strategy advisors, will address the group today. His presentation, "The Battle for the American Consumer," will offer strategies for adopting new tools and techniques to reach potential members.

Gilliland, who will take the stage at 10:30 tomorrow morning, is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, a successful entrepreneur and a best-selling author. His presentation, "Enjoy the Ride," will inspire attendees to rediscover their passion, cure "destination disease," and refocus their attention on what's most important.

Asmus, an award-winning Economics professor and one of USA Today's top five most requested speakers in the U.S., will also speak tomorrow. His presentation, "America's Economic Future," will explore the six critical factors that drive a growing economy and a successful nation.

The event will also include valuable networking opportunities and breakout sessions led by industry leaders.

Lead sponsors include CUNA Mutual Group, CO-OP Financial Services and CU Direct.


Association hosts Chapter Leadership Summit

Credit unionists from all New York chapters are concluding a two-day meeting at the Desmond Hotel in Albany today.

Representatives were invited to the Chapter Leadership Summit, hosted by the Credit Union Association of New York, to discuss industry trends, statewide goals and opportunities to foster cooperation among the chapters. Association representatives were in attendance as well, including President/CEO William J. Mellin.

A restructuring of the Buffalo and Niagara chapters was also discussed. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the two will merge and be renamed the Erie-Niagara Chapter.


Credit union CEOs gather for Large CU Roundtable

CEOs from New York credit unions with assets of more than $50 million gathered in Canandaigua, N.Y., last week for the annual NYS Large Credit Union CEO Roundtable. The event, hosted by Riverside FCU, CrossRoads Community FCU and Western Division FCU, included several presentations and open forum discussions.

Among the speakers was Credit Union Association of New York President/CEO William J. Mellin, who discussed statewide trends and priorities, offered updates on legislative priorities in Albany and Washington, and shared highlights from the Association's recent membership survey.

"The Roundtable was a great opportunity for credit union leaders to connect and build upon the supportive, cooperative relationships we have here in New York," said Mellin. "We were able to discuss several key issues, such as payment trends, fraud threats, advocacy initiatives and the impact of health care reform on credit unions."

The group also recognized GPO FCU President/CEO John Prumo, who will be retiring later this year after more than 30 years of leadership in the credit union movement.

The Roundtable was held Oct. 1-3 and sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group.


Ginger Haley named manager of CCSE FCU

Ginger Haley was recently named manager of Cattaraugus County School Employees (CCSE) FCU. An employee with the credit union since 1990, Haley previously served as assistant manager and succeeded Laurie Urbanski, who passed away earlier this year following a long illness.

The credit union is based in Salamanca, N.Y., and will be opening a second branch in Ellicottville later this year. Founded in 1977, CCSE FCU currently serves more than 4,300 members in the Salamanca community.


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