MnCUN welcomes prominent speakers, elects board at Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) held its Annual Meeting & Convention on April 10-11 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. Nearly 400 credit union professionals and volunteers attended, representing 75 Minnesota credit unions and credit union service organizations from across the country.
The conference featured a number of prominent guests, including Joan Steffend, former KARE-11 reporter/anchor and HGTV network host of Decorating Cents, who served as master of ceremonies for Friday’s general session. Delivering the general session’s keynote address was Dr. Narayana Kocherlakota, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who spoke about employment trends and expectations about interest rates.
Other conference speakers included:
- Larry Fazio, Director of the Office of Examination and Insurance for the National Credit Union Administration
- Marketing and media expert Anthony Huey
- Andy Janning, president and founder of NO NET Solutions
- Lutheran Social Services Program Director Darryl Dahlheimer
- Coopera CEO Miriam De Dios
- Credit union industry consultant Jim Aho of Aho Consulting
- Robert D. Branstine, Field Manager in the Midwest Region for the Consumer Financial Protection bureau (CFPB)
The conference also included a variety of education sessions, an exhibit hall and fundraising opportunities. The Family Involvement Council Silent Auction and Credit Unions for Kids blackjack tournament provided entertainment, and an Awards Breakfast hosted by former Paul Allen, the “Voice of the Minnesota Vikings,” on Saturday recognized the state’s top professional and volunteer credit union advocates. Allen also served as the keynote speaker for Saturday’s luncheon, and along with MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins, was officially knighted by Dan Stoltz, President/CEO of SPIRE Credit Union and this year’s King Boreas LXXIX of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Stoltz also received MnCUN’s 2015 Professional of the Year award during the meeting.
Along with networking and education opportunities, conference attendees participated in the annual Business Meeting, which featured an overview of credit union accomplishments over the past year, as well as committee reports and Board elections.
This year three incumbents were re-elected – and one new member elected – to three-year terms on the MnCUN Board of Directors:
- Chuck Albrecht, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Baxter, was reelected to a seat for credit unions outside the Twin Cities metro area.
- Mary Hansen, Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union in Rochester, was reelected to a seat for credit unions with more than 10,000 members.
- Julia Havens, Riverview Credit Union in South St. Paul, was reelected to a seat for credit unions with less than 2,000 members.
- Randy Willert, Two Harbors Federal Credit Union in Two Harbors, was newly elected to a seat for credit unions with 2,001-10,000 members.
The MnCUN Board also elected the following table officers:
- Chairman Chuck Albrecht of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Baxter
- Vice Chairman Kelly McDonough of First Alliance Credit Union, Rochester
- Secretary/Treasurer Dan Stoltz of SPIRE Credit Union, Falcon Heights
“The Annual Meeting gives Minnesota credit unions the opportunity to celebrate our successes and plan for the coming year,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “Getting together this way allows us to share best practices that benefit all Minnesota consumers.”
The Minnesota Credit Union Network is the statewide trade association that works to ensure the success, growth and vitality of Minnesota credit unions. With nearly $20 billion in assets, Minnesota credit unions are local, trusted financial cooperatives that serve more than 1.6 million members at 400+ branch locations around the state. As not-for-profit institutions, credit unions give back to the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.mncun.org.