MADISON, Wisc. (1/22/14)--A historic financial "crash" has never felt this good.
A record number of young credit union professionals will be participating in this year's fifth annual Crash the GAC, the Credit Union National Association and the Cooperative Trust announced Tuesday.
Representatives of credit unions from 46 states and the District of Columbia will be participating in the event, designed to bring upstarts to CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference, which is in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23-27.
"I believe we need to develop next generation leaders to grow, promote and sustain the credit union movement," said Jill Tomalin, CUNA executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Cooperative Trust Leader James Marshall said that his organization has also been "working with state leagues to really embed their Crasher into their advocacy efforts throughout the week."
CUNA and the Cooperative Trust partnered with state leagues to select Crashers from a record pool of applicants, resulting in the largest Crash event to date. Nineteen young credit union professionals attended last year's event.
Crash the GAC gives young credit union professionals the chance to attend exclusive speaker sessions as well as experience GAC's core events.
Featured speakers at CUNA's signature conference this year include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and four sitting U.S. lawmakers--Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.).
For a full list of the 2014 Crashers, use the resource link.