NAPERVILLE, Ill. (8/6/13)--Another capacity crowd is expected for the Illinois Credit Union League's annual Small Asset Size (SAS) Credit Union Conference. The two-day conference, which has been expanded this year to include credit unions up to $30 million in assets, will be held at ICUL's offices in Naperville starting today.
"We strive to be a focal point to help our small credit unions succeed and it seems this conference helps to address their concerns and needs year after year," said Dan Plauda, ICUL president/CEO. "That's what we're all about."
The conference will provide an educational event to address challenges and concerns of credit unions in this particular asset group. Many topics will center on helping small credit unions compete in today's marketplace. There also will be time built into the schedule for attendees to network and share best practices with one another.
A highlight from the first day of sessions will include keynote speaker Martha Ninichuk, deputy director, Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives for the National Credit Union Administration.
A panel of speakers from the NCUA and the Illinois Division of Financial Institutions (DFI) also will dialogue with the group. They will include Ron Jones, NCUA economic development specialist; Malia Peel, NCUA economic development specialist; and David Anderson, DFI senior problem case officer.
The first day will continue with presentations by Jim McParlan, attorney, on "HR Compliance for Small CUs"; and "Mobile Apps" by Patty Smith, LSC vice president of sales and business development.
The second day of the conference will include another round of presentations on pertinent topics, including, "Affordable Care Act/Healthcare Reform", "Marketing for Small CUs", "Small Dollar Loans", and an executive update from CUNA Mutual Group. The conference will finish with an open forum and networking lunch, facilitated by Joni Senkpeil, ICUL director of small credit union development.
Nearly 70% of ICUL's affiliates hold less than $30 million or less in assets. After being well received by participants initially in 2002, ICUL has offered this conference every year since then. The Illinois Credit Union Foundation and CUNA Mutual Group will sponsor this year's event.