TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (11/14/13)--A Leadership Development Conference presented by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and its affiliates last week in Point Clear, Ala., wrapped up the league's major conferences for 2013.
Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, keynote speaker at the League of Southeastern Credit Unions' governmental affairs luncheon, speaks with Kenneth Livingston, Supervisory Committee chairman at Family Security CU, Decatur, Ala. (Photo provided by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions)
LSCU & Affiliates President/CEO Patrick La Pine welcomed 400 attendees and provided updates on comprehensive tax reform as well as talked about the primary results from the Congressional District One race. Republican Bradley Byrne won the primary and will face Democrat Burton LeFlore on Dec. 17, with the winner assuming U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner's seat. Building a relationship with Byrne is key in a district that has been credit union friendly in the past, La Pine told the group.
CO-OP Financial Services CEO Stan Hollen spoke about the future of card services and the next generation ATMs that include shared branching. The CO-Op credit union ATM network is the largest in the country and includes all financial institutions, Hollen said, noting this is a unique selling point for credit unions. The shared branching network is the fourth largest branch network among financial institutions, with only three large banks having bigger networks, he said.
NCUA Region III Director Herb Yolles presented an overview of the credit union industry. The first look at third-quarter data shows that Alabama credit unions have $18 billion in assets, while Florida credit unions have $47.1 billion, Yolles said. Loans were up nationally, as well as in the two states. Auto loans were showing major signs of improving, he added. Yolles provided a look at the agency's top regulatory concerns, which included Prompt Corrective Action risk on net worth and stress testing.
Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, speaking at the league's governmental affairs luncheon, said the current state administration stressed three keys: streamline government without raising taxes, create jobs, and maintain essential services. The state has done all three, and Alabama is in a much better state today than four years ago and on greater financial footing, she said.
Body language expert Jan Hargrave provided the keynote address. She invited Corporate One FCU CEO Lee Butke on stage to demonstrate body language in handshakes. Palms up is a sign of respect, while a finger pointing means the person is looking for control, she said. Hargrave also told how to spot a liar: the person wipes his face or ears with the left hand. A right hand on the heart is a sign of respect. Hargrave left attendees with tangible ways to look at their staff, members, and friends.
For photos from the LDC, check out the LSCU Facebook page by using the link.