BIRMINGHAM, Ala., and TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (10/25/13)--This week, for the third year in a row, Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney visited Alabama and the Florida panhandle to meet with lawmakers and tour local credit unions.
| For the third year in a row, Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney toured Alabama and Florida credit unions. Here, from left, Cheney is joined by Patrick La Pine, president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Heath Harrell, president/CEO of Guardian CU, Montgomery, Ala. (Photo provided by League of Southeastern Credit Unions)|
Joined by Patrick La Pine, president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, Cheney met with State Sen. Slade Blackwell (R) and State Rep. Paul DeMarco (R) at a reception in Birmingham. Blackwell's and Demarco's presence were critical at a time when comprehensive tax reform is under discussion, the league said.
Also, state legislation on public deposits and an update to the State Credit Union Act will be introduced in 2014. Cheney and La Pine provided a broad view of issues concerning credit unions in Alabama and throughout the country.
Cheney and La Pine were also able to meet with individual credit unions and attended chapter meetings in Huntsville, Ala., Montgomery, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla.
In total during their visit they met with 43 credit unions, 37 CEOs and more than 180 credit union staff.
In Huntsville, Cheney presented an overview of tax reform and the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" initiative to Muscle Shoals and Northeast Chapters at Redstone FCU.
"Getting a chance to interact with state lawmakers was very positive," said the league's La Pine. "It's not often that they get to hear from the national movement. I think it helps to give them a better perspective of their local credit unions."
The chapter meetings gave credit unions a chance meet with Cheney, express concerns and offer feedback. Cheney presented a national overview of the movement, including tax reform efforts on Capitol Hill and CUNA and the state credit union leagues' "Don't Tax My Credit Union" advocacy initiative.
Credit unions also inquired about the Affordable Healthcare Act, National Credit Union Administration's exam issues and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cheney said the CUNA national examination survey will open again soon. He also stressed the importance of building relationship with examiners.