MADISON, Wis. (6/19/09)--America's Credit Union Conference and Expo will kick off Sunday afternoon in Boston with a special general session highlighting a special year--the 100th anniversary of credit unions--and honoring the revolutionaries who created the U.S. credit union movement.
About 1,500 attendees are expected this year, said Todd Spiczenski, vice president of the center for professional development at Credit Union National Association (CUNA). CUNA is presenting the conference, which will end at noon on Wednesday. "Given the economy, the attendance is better than we hoped. Last year we had 1,600 attending in New York." Spiczenski noted that 52% of attendees already registered are executives and credit union staff, with CEOs having a slight edge in numbers. Forty-eight percent of attendees are volunteer/directors. They represent credit unions averaging $803 million in assets, with the median amount at $263 million in assets. On Sunday, attendees can register for tours of America's Credit Union Museum, housed in the first credit union building in the U.S. Credit Union Magazine's Hero of the Year Award will be presented, and a reception and session honoring the first 100 years of credit unions will follow. The events will include five keynoters.
* Bert Jacobs, co-founder of Life is good, who will tell how he and his brother John turned those three words into a major T-shirt brand with more than $100 million in sales. He will address making a difference while making a profit; * Bill Hampel, CUNA's senior vice president of research and chief economist, and Mike Schenk, CUNA's vice president of economics and statistics, will discuss the best ways to respond to current economic challenges and provide an outlook for the economy; * Dan Roam, author of "The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures"; and * Guy Kawasaki, best-selling author of "Rules for Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services."
The Exhibit Hall grand opening will be Sunday night. More than 325 vendors will be manning 148 booths during the conference. For more information, use the link.