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CUNA Volunteer Institute set for Punta Cana

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MADISON, Wis. (12/1/11)--Registration and school information is now available for the 2012 CUNA Volunteer Institute, May 6-9 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

From legislation and liabilities to board motivation, volunteers will explore a curriculum designed to increase their impact in the boardroom. The institute, presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), is designed for volunteers looking to increase their knowledge while connecting with peers.

Attendees will hear from credit union experts on these topics:

  • CEO oversight--What's the right formula?
  • Secrets of an effective board chair;
  • Motivating board volunteers and bringing fun to the boardroom;
  • Today's economy and the risks for your credit union; and
  • Directors who make a difference
"The wealth of information provided at this institute goes a long way in improving board member performance and strengthening the credit union movement as a whole," said Kevin Smith, CUNA director of volunteer education. "The efforts of these volunteers set high standards for their credit union staff and help demonstrate to their members their dedication to their credit unions."

CO-OP Fin. Services THINK Conference heads East

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (12/1/30)--The THINK 12 Conference, produced annually by CO-OP Financial Services, will take place April 29-May 2 in Boca Raton--the first THINK Conference to be held on the east coast.

"CO-OP seeks to help our clients maximize their profitability and enhance member relationships, and the THINK Conference will offer a wealth of ideas for attendees on how they can do both," said Stan Hollen, CO-OP Financial Services president/CEO.

Since 2008, the THINK Conferences have been led by thought leaders such as Steve Wozniak of Apple and Tony Hsieh of Zappos.com, who challenged attendees to look at credit union problem solving from a fresh angle.

The 2012 Conference will feature two returnees from the 2011 event: Financial journalist Valerie Coleman Morris will again be the master of ceremonies, while Brett King, author of the best-seller BANK 2.0, will be among the speakers. Additional speakers will be announced later.

Also returning to the THINK Conference is the CO-OP THINK Prize, a competition introduced this year to inspire creative solutions to industry issues. The competition is down to 25 semi-finalists, with three finalists to be announced in early 2012. The winner will be awarded $10,000.

CO-OP Financial Services provides network, payment processing, e-commerce, shared branching and call center services, including a network of 28,000 surcharge-free ATMs.