NAFCU’s 2015 Strategic Growth Conference kicks off in the Peach State

SAVANNAH, GA (March 11, 2015) — Credit union professionals from across the country are gathering today at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Ga., to kick off the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU2015 Strategic Growth Conference, where attendees will learn about new innovative technologies to help boost their credit unions’ bottom lines. The conference runs through Friday, March 13, and is open to NAFCU members and nonmembers.“Competition is at an all-time high, so now is the perfect moment for credit unions to develop techniques to keep ahead of challengers and increase revenue,” said Dan Berger, NAFCU’s president and CEO. “With sessions ranging from how to implement the latest technologies to creative lending strategies, this conference will provide credit unions the knowledge they need as they strive to improve their bottom-line results.”

Emerging technologies guru Lee Wetherington will deliver the conference’s keynote presentation, “Future Shock: Technology, Innovation and A New Strategy.” Attendees will gain an in-depth look at new payments systems such as Apple Pay, EMV chip cards, prepaid mobile app providers and more.

Conference attendees will also hear Ron Shevlin, senior analyst of Aite Group, talk about the future of mobile financial marketing. They will receive a free, signed copy of Shevlin’s book “Smarter Bank: Why Money Management is More Important than Money Movement to the Bank of the Future.”

Other industry leaders presenting at the conference include Meghan Gound, AVP, eChannels of Navy Federal Credit Union (Vienna, Va.); Melissa Fox, manager of First Annapolis Consulting; Rich Jones, president and CEO of Leading2Leadership LLC; Mike Neill, president and founder of Michael Neill & Associates Inc.; Chris Otey, chief revenue officer of CU Wallet; Terence Roche, principal of Cornerstone Advisors Inc.; Tansley Stearns, chief impact officer of Filene Research Institute; and Mary Wamsley, president and CEO of Strategic Banking Partners.

In addition, NAFCU Executive Vice President and COO Anthony Demangone will discuss five ideas to help employees thrive in their workplace. NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alicia Nealon will deliver an update on the latest industry regulations.

The conference, which is sponsored by NAFCU Services and the Preferred Partners, will offer attendees:

  • strategies to rejuvenate your credit union’s lending portfolio with new and current members;
  • ways to create extreme growth through the latest credit union business development models;
  • case studies and panels to boost share-of-wallet from existing members; and
  • in-depth information on how mobile payments systems like Apple Pay and Google Wallet will disrupt the industry and how credit unions can take advantage.

A complete schedule of events can be viewed online at For up-to-the-minute information on the conference, follow the #CreditUnionGrowth hashtag on Twitter.

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions is the only national trade association that exclusively represents the interests of federally chartered credit unions before the federal government and the public.

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