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CUNA GAC Named Finalist For Two BizBash Top Event Awards
MADISON, Wis. (9/17/13)--The Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference--the credit union movement's premier national conference--has been named a finalist for honors in two events by the National BizBash Event Style Awards for Best Association Event and Best Trade Show.
CUNA's GAC was nominated for both categories by Hargrove Inc.
"No event reflects the spirit and drive of the credit union system more than CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. It is the one conference each year where credit union leaders coalesce not only around a premier education opportunity, but a premier advocacy opportunity," said CUNA CEO Bill Cheney.
CUNA's GAC culminates in Hike the Hill visits by attendees to visit their congressional leaders to advocate for credit union issues such as preserving the tax status of credit unions and lifting their member business lending cap. The 2013 theme was "Powerful Cause, Positive Effect." More than 4,200 people attended. Speakers included Tom Brokaw NBC News; Jean Chatzky, The Today Show; Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic Committee chairman; Haley Barbour, former Republican National Committee chairman; and Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director.
Congressional speakers included U.S. Reps. Spencer Bacchus, Jeb Hensarling, Steny Hoyer and Ed Royce, and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. 
Founded in 2000, BizBash is the trade media for the event industry. BizBash publishes magazine and e-newsletters, hosts websites, and produces trade shows and award shows for corporate events and meeting professionals, event marketers, and sales, public relations, fund-raising and human resource executives.
CUNA's competition in the Best Association Event are:
  • Entrepreneurs' Organization University 2012;
  • ISES Minnesota Star Awards 2013;
  • ISES NYC Sustainability Summit 2012; and
  • Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala.
Other Best Trade Show Nominees besides CUNA include:
  • Bklyn Designs;
  • Data Center Summit 2013;
  • The Makeup Show NYC; and
  • PepsiCo's 2013 National Fleet/Other Goods & Services Trading Summit &Trade Show.
Among other notable companies nominated in other categories were Nike, Lego, Nokia, AOL and Bing.   
Expanding what once honored the best in the event and meeting industry by region, BizBash is bringing back the Event Style Awards as a national program. After receiving nearly 1,000 entries from across North America, the judges have narrowed each category down to the finalists. The winners will be announced at the BizBash IdeaFest New York on Oct. 30.
Watch News Now for an upcoming announcement launching the 2014 GAC, Feb. 23-27, in Washington, D.C.

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