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NJCUL's Reality Check sets agenda
HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (1/30/13)--Credit Union Reality Check, a conference hosted by the New Jersey Credit Union League April 8-10 in Atlantic City, is designed take attendees out of their comfort zones--in pursuit of inspiration and insight, according Candice Nigro, the league's director of marketing and communications.

"We've always been a little different than other conferences," Nigro told News Now. "We touch on topics that make people think, that are even a little controversial. We also try to make attendees truly feel they are part of the conference."

For instance, the conference does not conduct breakout sessions. Instead, attendees remain gathered in one group throughout the conference to encourage more networking, Nigro said.

Each attendee will be equipped with an electronic polling device to respond to questions from speakers throughout the conference. Results will be displayed instantly.

"This year we are going to ask questions before the conference and ask the same questions at the end to see if anyone's responses changed based on the information provided by the speakers," Nigro said.

Paul Gentile, Credit Union National Association executive vice president of strategic communications and engagement and former president/CEO of the league, will provide the welcome address for the conference.

Other sessions and topics include:

  • Max Wolff, chief economist and senior analyst, GreenCrest Capital, "Disruptive Technology Change Can Mean Opportunity for Credit Unions";
  • Moisette I. "Tonya" Sweat, National Credit Union Administration, director of consumer compliance policy and outreach, office of consumer protection, "NCUA: Rules, Remittances, Regulatory Updates and More";
  • Tom Farin, president, Farin & Associates, "Lessons in Applying Loan and Deposit Pricing Techniques to Funding and Loan Origination";
  • Lisa Renner, co-founder and managing principal, Renner Group, "Sleeping With the Enemy: How to Collaborate With Your Competition for Exponential Growth";
  • Jonathan Bowman, CEO of Clear Picture Leadership; "Picture Perfect Solutions"
  • Ed Speed, retired CEO of Texas Dow Employees FCU, Lake Jackson, Texas, "Be Bold, Make Loans, and Don't Fear the Regulator";
  • Theran Colwell, director of strategy and business development, CUNA Mutual Group, "Sustainable Growth for Credit Unions: A Look Forward and a Look Back";

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