CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney kicks off Credit Union Association of the Dakotas Annual Summit.

Shawn M. Brummer
Communications Specialist
Credit Union Association of the Dakotas
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Bill Cheney, President and CEO of CUNA, was scheduled as the Key Note Speaker for the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) Annual Summit Opening Ceremonies that kicked off in Fargo, ND on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. 

However, this week’s important developments in Washington with the impending vote on the amendment to delay the implementation of Interchange, Mr. Cheney was needed in Washington, where he was meeting with Senators whose votes are critical to credit union interests.

Mr. Cheney did appear at the Summit, however, in a 40 minute personalized address that was played on two movie-size screens at the Opening Ceremonies, and was also Simulcast to an estimated 80 viewers who were unable to attend the Summit in person this year.

In his address, Mr. Cheney addressed the financial, regulatory and legislative environments of credit unions.  Thanking Dakotans for their impressive support during the “Stop – Study – Start Over” Grass Roots movement on interchange, he urged attendees to continue to contact our elected officials, particularly Senator Conrad, whose vote is critical. “Obviously” said Cheney, “Our voice is being heard in Washington”.  “And, It’s not too late to continue to contact them this morning”, he added.

CUAD had three computers available to the Summit attendees to use the “Capwiz” link to send messages regarding the interchange issue directly to the Senators and Representatives in Washington. 

In his message, Bill Cheney recognized Robbie Thompson, President/CEO of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, and Roger Heacock, President and CEO of Rapid City Federal Credit Union, who also serves on the CUNA Board of Directors.

Headquartered in Bismarck, ND, the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) is the professional trade association serving 78 credit unions in North and South Dakota with assets in excess of $4.2 billion and nearly 450,000 credit union members. For more information about CUAD visit our website at

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