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ACUC: Cheney, Mellin Help Kick Off 2013 ACUC

NEW YORK (7/1/13)--Bill Cheney, president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association, and Bill Mellin, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New York, helped more than 1,200 attendees kick off the Opening General Session of the 2013 America's Credit Union Conference (ACUC) Sunday evening.

CUNA's ACUC runs through Wednesday in New York City.

Mellin opened the conference by welcoming attendees to New York--the Empire State--and noting New York City has more than eight million residents, welcomes more than 50 million visitors annually, and said that more than one-third of the city's residents were born abroad.

He mentioned the city's ethnic diversity manifested in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Little Italy, and noted the city has 14,000 taxi cabs and the largest transportation system in the world. "Credit unions finance many taxi medallions [certificates to operate], which have an average value of $750,000," he said.  

There are 98 credit unions in New York City, serving more than one million members, and 412 credit unions in New York State, serving five million people, Mellin noted.

Click for slide showChristina Fernandez-Morrow and her daughter, Ariana, accept Credit Union Magazine's 2013 CU Hero of the Year Award on behalf of their late husband and father, Coopera Founder Warren Morrow. Warren died last year at the age of 34. Joining them are CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney (left) and Iowa CU League President/CEO Pat Jury.

Cheney presented the Credit Union Magazine CU Hero Award to Christina Fernandez-Morrow, wife of the late Warren Morrow, and daughter, Ariana. Morrow was founder and former CEO of Coopera, the only emerging-markets company in the credit union industry with an exclusive focus on the Hispanic member. (See related News Now story: ACUC:  Morrow Honored As 2013 CU Hero Of The Year.)

The opening session also featured keynoter Lt. Col. Robert Darling, a key adviser to the George W. Bush Administration during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. (See related News Now story: ACUC: Darling Shares Front-row View Of History).

Today, Cheney will bring credit unions up to date on the Don't Tax My Credit Union campaign and other critical credit union issues, as well as discuss the movement to Unite for Good, with goals of removing barriers, creating awareness and fostering service to support the vision, "Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner."

Keynote speaker for today will be Malcolm Gladwell, author of four New York Times bestsellers and New Yorker staffer, who will discuss his new book, "David vs. Goliath." The author has compared credit unions to David and banks to Goliath.

Be sure to visit News Now and Credit Union Magazine frequently this week to keep up with all the ACUC action in New York City. You can also follow ACUC on Twitter and LinkedIn by using the links below.

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