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Fifteen to crash Illinois league convention
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (3/19/12)--Fifteen credit union staff will crash the Illinois Credit Union League's (ICUL) 82nd Annual Convention next month.

The initiative is part of an effort to attract young credit union professionals under age 30 to the event, under the guise of The Cooperative Trust (formerly The Crash Network), a grassroots organization comprising hundreds of young credit union professionals.

The idea behind Crash Illinois, like other Crash events, is to create a low-cost event within and alongside major credit union conferences, such as ICUL's Convention.

This year's credit union "Crashers" are:

  • Kevin Quinn, NuMark CU, Joliet;
  • Jessica Hamling, Blackhawk Area CU, Savanna;
  • Elizabeth Schroeder, Kaskaskia Valley Community CU, Centralia;
  • Scott Muniz, Maroon Financial CU, Chicago;
  • Mallory Eckstein, Members Choice CU, Peoria;
  • Ashley Wilson, Staley CU, Decatur;
  • Alex Swigert, SJH EFCU, Springfield;
  • Jon Norman, Alton Bell Community CU, Alton;
  • Serina Wolber, Cornerstone CU, Freeport; and
  • Amber Wilson, Members First Community CU, Quincy.
Five crashers were from Baxter CU, Vernon Hills:

  • Jorge Hurtado;
  • Lidya Garcia;
  • Jordan Koczot;
  • Shawna Becker; and
  • Taylor Murray.
Sponsored by ICUL and CUNA Mutual Group, Crash Illinois will help young credit union professionals attend the full convention and additional mentor sessions with industry thought leaders each day and build relationships with other young credit union professionals.

To be held April 26-28, ICUL's 82nd Annual Convention will tout many changes and highlights. The theme is "Get in the Game!"

Brent Dixon, young adult adviser at the Filene Research Institute, is the founder of The Crash Network, which has evolved into The Cooperative Trust. This effort began informally as a revolutionary conference for young professionals under age 30 that met around other conferences since 2012.

At the ICUL Convention, Dixon will present two sessions for attendees: "Attracting and Retaining Younger Members" and "Design Thinking: A Human Centered Approach to Innovation."

Connie Payton, wife of the late football legend Walter Payton, will keynote with "Family Values, Teambuilding, Embracing Life."


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