Thu, Feb 8, 2018
CU Accelerate, one of the most innovative conferences of the credit union industry, heads to Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center this year, still bringing hard-hitting content and an engaging and dynamic environment for credit union executives from around the country. The conference is slated for April 13-15, 2018.
CU Accelerate prides itself on featuring experts and subject-matter authorities from beyond the credit union community eager to challenge an audience with new and innovative ideas and this year is no different.
This year’s critical topics include a focus on FinTech, how it is changing consumers’ attitudes towards financial services and what opportunities are available for credit unions. Attendees will hear directly from the former head of the Office of Comptroller of Currency who has unique insight on the status of the FinTech charter at the OCC. How will this charter impact credit unions? In another emerging area, marijuana legalization in varying forms impacts more and more states, the economic impact is huge—projections indicate $35 billion in 2018 and $70 billion in 2021. The banking of marijuana businesses presents challenges, but learn how one Colorado credit union CEO has managed to do it successfully. Payments have always been a popular topic, but Pay-by-Car? Learn how the same technology used to pay tolls can be used quickly and securely without cash, card swipes or keypads to pay for fuel, coffee and more. Plus, sessions on crypto currency and trying to demystify bitcoin. Big data will also be on centerstage at CU Accelerate with a session that takes a deeper dive into how CUNA Mutual’s Advantage Analytics is working to get credit unions more wallet share.
The 2018 line-up includes: Tom Curry, partner in Nutter’s Corporate and Transactions Department and a co-leader of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services group and former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency until May 2017; Blesson Abraham, director of AdvantEdge Analytics, a data analytics technology and services business; Sundie Seefried, president/CEO of Partner Colorado Credit Union and author of Navigating Safe Harbor—Cannabis Banking in Uncertain Times; Kevin Condon, founder and CEO of PayByCar and Verdeva; and Max Wolff, chief economist at the Phoenix Group and well-known guest on CNBC, CNN, CBS Evening News and many other news outlets. Other speakers will be announced soon.
CU Accelerate is presented in 2018 through a partnership between the Cooperative Credit Union Association and the Maryland & D.C. Credit Union Association, along with a variety of sponsors including Alloya, MacPage LLC, and PSCU.
“Once again we plan on delivering content that pushes our credit union leaders to think about the future and where their credit union fits in,” said Cooperative Credit Union Association President/CEO Paul Gentile. “The room set up and the use of electronic voting spurs dialogue among participants. Networking is also one of the key hallmarks of CU Accelerate. This is the conference where it’s OK to talk about how credit unions may not be ready for the future and talk about how to change that,” said Gentile.
This is the fourth year that CCUA has presented the CU Accelerate experience and is pleased for the 2018 edition to partner with the Maryland & DC Credit Union Association. “We always look for ways to bring more value to our members. This year’s CU Accelerate will do just that and the National Harbor location gives our credit unions a great opportunity to get engaged with fellow credit union leaders on the dynamic future issues that will shape our industry,” said John Bratsakis, president/CEO of MD|DC CUA.
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is a destination in itself. Located on the Potomac River, just steps from the shopping and entertainment National Harbor is known for, there is plenty to see and do apart from the excitement of CU Accelerate.
Join fellow credit union leaders this April 13-15 and let CU Accelerate inspire you. Register today!