Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union’s Rutar chosen to crash the GAC

DENVER, CO (February 17, 2017) — Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union and the Mountain West Credit Union Association are pleased to announce that Trevor Rutar, Senior Vice President Chief Lending Officer, for Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union in Cheyenne, Wyoming has been selected to Crash and attend 2017 Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Government Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington D.C., February 26-March 2. Rutar was selected by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association and will represent the Mountain West Credit Union Association.

The GAC unites thousands of credit union leaders in our nation’s capital to demonstrate the strength of our system and advocate for our more than 100 million members. CUNA GAC is recognized as the premier event for political impact with more than 4,000 people attending. GAC Hill Hikes leverage the unequaled power of the CUNA/League system to bring the largest group of credit union advocates face-to-face with their legislative representatives. GAC also features keynote presentations from high-profile leaders, political figures and media influencers.

“I am tremendously honored to be chosen to represent both Meridian Trust and the state of Wyoming as a Crasher at the GAC,” said Rutar. “The credit union movement is one that I am passionate about, and to have the chance to go to Washington, D.C., learn more about how we can help members and convey the importance of our movement to our nation’s lawmakers is a wonderful opportunity.”

Crash the GAC will bring young credit union professionals together, running a tailored program alongside the main event and allowing for mentor sessions with key individuals; previously from the likes of National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, Filene Research Institute and CUNA Mutual Group.

“The Crasher program and its enthusiastic participants have truly become a staple of the GAC experience. I’m always in awe of this group’s excitement and passion for credit unions,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. “I very much look forward to working with them throughout the week to build up their confidence as future credit union leaders, and also to gain their critical, fresh perspectives on the direction of our industry, and what it means to them to advocate for credit unions on Capitol Hill.”

All Crashers receive a complimentary registration to attend GAC, from Credit Union National Association.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to invest in the future of our industry,” said Scott Earl, President and CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. “This program perfectly aligns with our mission to help identify and develop future credit union industry leaders, while providing them the chance to experience our movement’s biggest event.”

“We are so excited to bring fifty young professionals to Washington D.C. this year” says James Marshall, Manager of The Cooperative Trust, “with a new administration in place, it is more important than ever for our young credit union professionals to be at the CUNA GAC and we’re privileged to be able to provide the opportunity.”

The Crash the GAC is brought to you by The Cooperative Trust and CUNA, in association with Credit Union Leagues/Associations

About Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional trade association representing member credit unions, 4.2 million credit union members and $65 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services, and strategic partnerships. Follow us on twitter at, Facebook at and Instagram at To learn more visit

About Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union

Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union provides financial services to more than 25,000 members, with Wyoming branches in Cheyenne, Lander, Rawlins, and Jackson, along with a branch in Scottsbluff, NE; and PowerTrust branches located in Casper and Rock Springs, WY.  For more information, visit

About The Cooperative Trust

The Cooperative Trust is a grassroots community of young people who work in credit unions and cooperatives. Founded by the Filene Research Institute and made possible by CUNA Mutual Group, the Trust connects and enables several hundred young people fighting for the future of socially responsible finance through meet-ups, mentorships and collective action.

About Filene

Filene Research Institute is an independent, consumer finance think and do tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of credit unions, retail banking and cooperative finance. Filene is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Nearly 1,000 members make the Institute’s research, innovation and impact programs possible.

About Credit Union National Association

Credit Union National Association (CUNA), based in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, is the premier national trade association serving America’s credit unions.


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