African-American Credit Union Coalition annual conference slated for Seattle August 4-6

SNELLVILLE, GA (June 22, 2016) — With a vision of reaching new heights in 2016, the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) will host its annual conference in Seattle, August 4-6 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

The theme for the conference is, Credit Unions Rising High to Success in the Pacific Northwest, reflecting the innovation and creativity on which the technology-driven Seattle-area has built its reputation.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of our last annual conference in Seattle, which was a rousing success. We look to providing attendees with an even more memorable experience this year,” said Timothy L. Anderson, Chairman of the AACUC and President/CEO of the Government Printing Office FCU, Washington, D.C. “We will deliver a slate of speakers from both within and outside the credit union movement that will provide cutting edge insights, answer questions and inspire attendees to success in the Pacific Northwest.”

Conference speakers and topics include:

  • Karim Habib, Director, Sales and Marketing Development Program, CUNA Mutual Group, Beyond Disruption;
  • Gabe Krajicek, President/CEO, KASASA, Creating Profitable Relationships That Last;
  • Andrea Stritzke, Director, Product Management, CUNA Mutual Group, CFPB Update;
  • Chris Gill, Risk Management Consultant, CUNA Mutual Group, Mobile Security;
  • Hannibal Brumskine II, Chief Financial and Operations officer, National Credit Union Foundation, Doing Good is Good Business;
  • Mike Beall, Senior Consultant, CU Strategic Planning, CDFI Credit Unions: Philosophy and Good Business Through Increased Lending;
  • Chris Burns-Fazzi, BFB/Gallagher, Executive Benefits: Strategies to Retain Key Executives;
  • Maketa Wilborn, Principal, Maketa Wilborn Consulting, Organizational Leadership Foundations: The Intersection of Team Development, Strategic Planning and Equity; and
  • Keynote Speaker, Nathaniel “Nate” Miles, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Eli Lilly and Company

Among the highlights of the conference will be the presentation of the 2016 Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award, presented annually to recognize a credit union professional or volunteer whose career best embodies the AACUC’s mission to increase the strength of the global credit union community. This year’s honoree is Harold M. Holmes of PFP Services.

Pre-conference activities include a historical tour and regional chapter meetings on Aug. 3, and a golf outing and financial reality fair on Aug. 4.

Seattle Metropolitan CU will serve as the host credit union for the conference.


AACUC is considered a leader in the credit union industry adopting the 8th Cooperative Principle and providing knowledge of how credit unions can become more diverse and inclusive. 


Laila Lauson
Media Director

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