New Speakers Bureau to improve credit union presentations, events

MADISON, WI (January 7, 2014) —  Creating compelling presentations and events just got easier for credit unions and other cooperatives. Today, 6th Story launches, an ensemble of the most accomplished presenters and consultants in the cooperative sector. The new speakers bureau seeks to improve events from three angles: identifying relevant content and talent; speaker training, and event consulting.

“Cooperatives have always done a great job of coming together for professional development,” says 6th Story co-founder, Matt Davis. “Our experts have the experience and vision necessary to help event planners optimize attendee outcomes — making sure sessions are relevant, speakers are engaging, and information disseminated prepares executives to meaningfully improve business results.”

Sara Dyer, architect of several high profile cooperative sector meetings and conferences, has been tapped to manage event consulting and speaker logistics. Denise Wymore and Matt Davis, top-rated speakers who have graced hundreds of event stages, will provide speaker training.

Featured Speakers and Expertise Include:

  • Mark Arnold – Marketing Strategy, Strategic Planning, and Sales
  • William Azaroff – Values-Based Banking, Community Investment, and Cooperative Philosophy
  • Matt Davis – Innovation, Gamification, and Making Ideas Happen
  • Brent Dixon – Design Thinking, Social Media, and Young Adults
  • Julie Ferguson – Business Development, Sales Culture, and Growth
  • Mike Higgins, Jr. – Financial Strategy, Performance Compensation, and Budgeting
  • Andy Janning – Leadership Development, Organizational Development, and Training
  • Kelley Parks and Lisa Moore – Branding, Marketing Strategy, and Creativity
  • Jimmy Marks – Storytelling, Digital Marketing, and Creative Marketing
  • Tim McAlpine – Challenge Marketing, Integrated Marketing Campaigns, and Technology
  • Carol Schillios – Credit Union Values and Service, Master Coaching Skills, and International Development
  • Ron Shevlin – Marketing Research, Customer Analytics, and Technology Strategy
  • Shari Storm – Market Segmentation, Leadership, and Innovation
  • Charlie Trotter – Creativity, Graphic Design, and Comedy
  • Brett Wooden – Technology, Mobile/Tablet Apps, and Business Development
  • Denise Wymore – Branding, Loyalty, and Marketing


CU Speakers, a subsidiary of 6th Story, LLC., is a collection of the top speakers in credit unions and cooperatives. Represented speakers are available for keynotes, all-staff meetings, breakout sessions, webinars, consulting, and strategic planning. CU Speakers also offers speaker training for novice to expert presenters, and event consulting for event planners.


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