MADISON, Wis. (9/1/09)--The 2009 Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Community Credit Union and Growth Conference is not just for community credit unions--it’s for every credit union looking to reach out and grow their membership, including the young, ethnic and underserved, according to CUNA. The conference will be Oct. 21-24 in Las Vegas. “Ever since the 1970s, which were boom years for credit unions, membership growth has been a concern,” said Todd Spiczenski, CUNA vice president, Center for Professional Development. “Annual membership growth averaged 3.9% in the 1980s, 2.5% in the 1990s, and just 1.8% since the beginning of 2000. “Today, the time is right for a new emphasis on credit union growth,” he added. “Financial publications are touting the benefits of credit unions, trust in credit unions is at an all time high, and there is a renewed consumer focus on savings and thrift. Significant growth opportunities exist within current membership fields, since only 15% of eligible members have joined.” The conference will feature two nationally known speakers. Kirk Weisler will present “Positively Contagious Leadership” and success coach Steve Chandler will focus on “Fearless Leadership.” Fourteen breakout sessions will focus on growth opportunities and challenges, including:
* Reaching Out to the Largest, Fastest-Growing, Youngest, and Most Underserved Population; * Gen Y Return on Investment: Credit Union Strategies that Work; * Growth Opportunities in Member Financial Rehabilitation; * Handling Problem Loans in this Economy; * Financial Literacy as a Growth Initiative; * A Seat at the Table: Young Adult Directors and Board Advisers; and * Should You Be Getting Into or Running From Small-Business Services?
Attendees also can attend a pre-conference workshop, “Building a Balanced Scorecard for Organizational Performance,” led by George Towle of The Rochdale Group. For more information, use the link.