MADISON, Wis. (10/18/13)--More than 380 lending professionals from 170 credit unions nationwide will gather Nov. 3-6 in Phoenix for networking and professional development opportunities at the CUNA Lending Council Conference.
"Council conferences are an excellent venue for industry leaders and those who serve the credit union movement to connect on innovative ways to advance the movement, and our growing numbers show the value of these connections," said David Rohn, vice president of CUNA Councils.
Beyond the conference's 35 sessions, which cover topics ranging from reaching new markets and boosting the credit union's loan portfolio, participants and more than 40 vendors will have opportunities for one-on-one interaction and sharing best practices. CUNA Strategic Services alliance providers LendKey, which offers custom private student lending programs, and Twenty Twenty Analytics, which provides tools to measure collateral, grade loans, and stress test portfolios, will be among the companies onsite to share insights about how credit unions can expand their lending programs.
To honor credit union lenders who shape the direction of the movement, the Excellence in Lending awards, co-sponsored by CUNA Lending Council and CUNA Mutual Group, will be presented during the conference. The awards recognize credit unions generating outstanding lending results through stable and sustainable operations.
This year's young credit union professionals will have a chance to "crash" the conference and gain first-hand insight into professional development opportunities, as well as a volunteer opportunity to support the ICM Food & Clothing Bank.