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MnCUN Annual Meeting & Convention

April 25-26, 2014
Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington


You are invited to join your credit union colleagues at the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Meeting & Convention. This conference will feature a weekend of education and networking at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington.

Education sessions for credit union professionals and volunteers begin Friday morning and continue on Saturday, and feature several well-known speakers from within the industry and within the state of Minnesota. Volunteers also have an opportunity to attend a Volunteer Achievement Program (VAP) session that will provide timely and relevant training on understanding audit reports. Those involved in MnCUN's young professionals group, The Crew, have several exclusive activities planned as well. 

Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall map.


Friday-Saturday, April 25-26


Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 881-5258
(800) 333-3333


 Cost & Deadlines:

  • Credit Union Participants $259 

  • Small Credit Union & Crew Participants $219 
  • (Small Credit Union = <$25 million in assets ... Crew Member = CU professional 35 and under)

  • Guests/Spouses $159 
*Registration for this event closed on Thursday, April 17. If you have questions about registration contact Director of Education Sue Groskreutz by email or at (651) 288-5521.


Thank you to the 2014 Annual Meeting & Convention Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:  CUNA Mutual Group 
Gold Sponsors:AmeriCU Mortgage
CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
CO-OP Financial Services
Minnesota Item Processing Corporation (MnIPC)

 Exhibit Hall Registration & Sponsorship opportunities 




Friday, April 25

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Open: Breakfast with the Exhibitors
New this year, attendees can attend the Exhibit Hall grand opening for coffee and pastries in the Lakes Ballroom. Attendees and registered guests are invited to attend this event to meet with exhibiting organizations that serve credit unions.

FIC Silent Auction
Be sure to check out the Minnesota Family Involvement Council Silent Auction throughout the weekend (Friday and Saturday) to place your bids on a host of fabulous items. All proceeds benefit the FIC's annual scholarship program.

9:30 a.m.-noon

General Session
In continuous general session format, this portion of the conference will involve several of the weekend's keynote speakers, MnCUN highlights, and special guests.
-  MnCUN President & CEO Mark D. Cummins
-  NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz
-  Kare 11 Anchor Kim Insley
-  Credit Union Insider Dan Mica
-  CUNA Mutual Group SVP John Lass
-  Credit Union Lending Expert Brett Christensen
-  Marketing & Media Expert Anthony Huey

noon-1:15 p.m.

Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Conference attendees will have lunch in the Exhibit Hall, allowing for valuable time with exhibitors and chances to win great prizes.

FIC Silent Auction
Stop by to place your bids in the hopes of winning a fantastic item or two. All proceeds benefit the FIC's annual scholarship program.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Business Meeting
This meeting will reflect on a successful 2013, announce the results of the MnCUN Board election, and feature reports from committees and partner organizations. While there is no charge to attend the MnCUN Business Meeting only, pre-registration is required.

3 p.m.-4 p.m.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.


Minimizing the Gaps between Strategy, Leadership & Culture
John Lass, Senior Vice President – CUNA Mutual Group
In recent years credit unions have focused on the need for strategic change within the industry. However, two additional factors are just as important -- leadership and culture. Session participants will understand the parallels between strategy, leadership and culture. Discuss seven key questions credit union leaders must address to ensure their strategies are the right fit with their leadership and organizational culture. Learn ways to identify gaps between these three critical variables and how to manage change processes to narrow the gaps.

Making Your Message Memorable: Conversations and Q & A
Anthony L. Huey, President – Reputation Management Associates, LLC

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Whether you realize it or not, your communication skills are constantly being judged by others. How you communicate in everything from casual conversations to formal presentations can be the difference between success and failure. This highly interactive, hands-on session will teach effective ways to communicate your credit union’s message to a wide variety of audiences you deal with every day, including staff, boards, management, community partners, the news media, elected officials, members, potential members, and many others.

Progressive Loan Growth Trends in Today's Environment
Brett Christensen, Owner – CU Lending Advice, LLC
Credit unions around the country have had tremendous loan growth by abandoning the old-school branch delivery channel. This thought-provoking session will discuss
how to significantly increase loan volume while simultaneously lowering the cost of loan production. Learn about the organizational structure of lending and operations, the role of motivated sales people, and hear credit union success stories of direct consumer loan growth.

(speakers and topics will repeat at the 4:15 session)

5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Reception in Exhibit Hall
MnCUN will host a Friday evening reception in the Exhibit Hall to provide attendees the opportunity to meet exhibitors and participate in several prize drawings.

FIC Silent Auction
Be sure to check out the Minnesota Family Involvement Council Silent Auction throughout the weekend (Friday and Saturday) to place your bids on a host of fabulous items. All proceeds benefit the FIC's annual scholarship program.

7:30 p.m.

Credit Unions for Kids "Minnesota Blackjack" tournament
The Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids committee will host this fun event to benefit Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Conference attendees may indicate their attendance for this event on the Annual Meeting registration form.


Saturday, April 26

7:15 a.m.-8 a.m.

FIC Silent Auction
Day 2 of the FIC Silent Auction! Bidding is open until 11:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the FIC's annual scholarship program.

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

NEW! Awards Breakfast
MnCUN's annual awards presentations have shifted to Saturday morning to allow for all Annual Meeting attendees to participate in this celebration of the accomplishments of credit unions across the state. The event will be emceed by former WCCO TV anchorman Don Shelby. The cost of the Awards Breakfast is included in the standard Annual Meeting registration for credit union staff and volunteers, along with registered guests.

 9:30 a.m.-11:30 am.

FIC Silent Auction
Day 2 of the FIC Silent Auction! Bidding is open until 11:30 a.m. Items may be picked up between 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the FIC's annual scholarship program.

9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Shattering the "Best Kept Secret" – The Transformative Power of Credit Union Activism & Awareness
Tony Budet, President & CEO – University Federal Credit Union
Mara Humphrey, MnCUN Vice President – Governmental Affairs
Join MnCUN's Governmental Affairs team for an update on issues, state and federal legislation, and insight into credit unions' advocacy activities. Guest speaker Tony Budet will share with attendees his experiences in activism and community engagement as President of a $1.7 billion credit union in Texas.

11:30 a.m-12:45 p.m.

Luncheon – Keynote Speaker: Don Shelby
WCCO TV anchor, reporter, and well-known media personality Don Shelby will keynote the Saturday luncheon, sharing his perspective on the media and Minnesota. The cost of the luncheon is included in the standard Annual Meeting registration for credit union staff and volunteers, along with registered guests.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Concurrent roundtable sessions
Join your colleagues for one of three "open forum" roundtable sessions focused timely topics pertinent to credit union professionals and volunteers.

- Regulatory Hot Topics
- Legislative Issues
- Financial Literacy Efforts

1 p.m.-3 p.m.

VAP Session 
Credit union volunteers can participate in this Volunteer Achievement Program (VAP). The cost is $69 early bird by April 3, $89 between April 4-17. Pre-registration is required.

Understanding the Audit Report (V428)
Marcia Armstrong Lewis, MnCUN Compliance & Audit Consultant & Vickie Ganrude, MnCUN Director of Business Development
The audit report is not just another level of oversight – it is an invitation for improvement. This module briefly reviews the four main NCUA mandates that the Supervisory Committee must enforce, the specifics of the annual audit report requirement are the main focus. By the end of this course, participants will be able to identify the reports necessary for each audit option, and understand the information contained within them. 

2 p.m.-3 p.m.


How to Increase Your Credit Union's Bottom Line

Bob Jones, Economic Development Specialist – National Credit Union Administration
Credit unions operating in today's compressed interest rate environment face continual pressure to generate revenue. This session will focus on ways credit unions can increase the bottom line by reviewing the income and expense accounts. Even small changes can move the credit union toward greater profitability.

20 Ways to Motivate, Inspire & Energize Your Team
Sean McDonald, President – Your Full Potential, LLC
We’ve all heard about how important it is for employees to stay enthusiastic and motivated. This workshop will reiterate this and will offer 20 steps that you can take right now to create the level of inspiration and enthusiasm that is needed to sustain success.

Credit Unions & Social Media – Maximizing the Connections
John Riordan, Director of Sales – DAYTA Marketing
Everyone – from individuals to corporations, small businesses to financial institutions – is abuzz about social media today. Are you making the most of your credit union’s social media presence? This session will show you how to grow your social media audience by highlighting community involvement, how to effectively sharing valuable content, and how to run social media campaigns. There will also be time to ask questions about social media strategy and implementation after the presentation.


The Next Debt Bubble Affecting Your Credit Union Membership
Darryl Dahlheimer, Program Director – Lutheran Social Services
The “next big thing” affecting credit union members is the student loan debt bubble. Since 2012, total student loan debt now surpasses total credit card debt among American consumers. Credit unions are facing a potential wall of member inability to take new car, home, and consumer loans. This impact will be felt regardless of whether your credit union offers student loans, and it ripples through the whole family’s financial picture. But there are solutions that can assist borrowers with an action plan which makes the student loan debt load both understandable and put into payment.

Evolve or Die: Credit Unions in The Digital Age
Sean McDonald, President – Your Full Potential, LLC
In hindsight, it seems absurd that so many people thought that "fads" like social media, digital marketing, and mobile banking wouldn't catch on. The facts are, the marketplace has already gone digital, it will continue to evolve in this direction, and consumers will continue to get more savvy and demanding when it comes to digital services. This session will discuss some best practices that credit unions can take to ensure that they aren't left behind in the evolution. Attendees will hear specific case studies from credit unions of varying asset sizes that highlight outstanding strategies and effective tactics that drive results. 

10 Important Financial Concepts You Didn’t Learn in School
Jessica Winkelaar, Center for Social Studies Education Minnesota Historical Society & Bridget Moeller, FIC Chair
This session is based on the recurring themes identified within the FIC’s 2013 scholarship essays, which asked members to share stories of the best financial advice or hardest financial lesson learned.  These themes were pared down to 10 basic financial concepts. Within the past year, significant changes in the Minnesota high school graduation standards will allow many of these concepts to be taught in the classroom. During this session you will learn about the new graduation standards that focus on personal finance; hear what their members’ hardest financial lessons have been; and generate ideas on how credit union staff can help local teachers to provide this valuable education.



The Crew at Annual Meeting 

Credit union professionals age 35 and younger are invited to be part of the Annual Meeting's Crew* events. The Crew is a networking group for young credit union professionals who have a desire to grow in their careers. At Annual Meeting, members will have the opportunity to experience that state's largest credit union meeting and exhibit hall.

Specific Crew programming includes a Friday evening and Saturday morning event.

*Crew participants receive a $40 discount off of the regular Annual Meeting registration price.



Information about lodging, including rates and reservation details, can be found on the Lodging Information page. 


For additional information or with specific questions about MnCUN's 2014 Annual Meeting, please contact Director of Education Sue Groskreutz by email or at (651) 288-5521.