Annual Meeting Speakers

MnCUN Annual Meeting & Convention

April 25-26, 2014

Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington



Marcia Armstrong Lewis

As the Network’s Compliance & Audit Consultant, Marcia Lewis works with credit unions around the state to provide them compliance and audit services. She works with credit unions to help them meet their ongoing compliance needs and provides compliance and auditing services on a project basis. She also works as part of a credit union’s team to identify compliance issues and assist in implementing solutions. Lewis has been a certified compliance officer since 1997, and has been designated as a Certified Financial Services Auditor since 1998. She is also certified by CUNA as a Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist and adjunct instructor at Globe University/Minnesota School of Business.


Tony Budet 

Tony C. Budet has served for 13 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Federal Credit Union (UFCU), Austin, Texas, a $1.7 billion, not-for-profit, financial cooperative serving 165,000 members. He is a seasoned executive, strategist, and innovator who, during his 29-year tenure with UFCU has held several executive-level roles, including Chief Financial Officer, and has successfully guided the organization through a variety of regulatory, economic, and competitive conditions. In partnership with his board, Tony has positioned himself and UFCU’s 500 employees to focus externally, utilizing the cooperative’s financial resources and facilities as conduits through which to reach into and transform communities served.


Brett Christensen

Brett Christensen is the owner of CU Lending Advice, LLC. He works directly with credit unions in the U.S and Canada, teaching and consulting on various lending topics. His personable and entertaining speaking style has made him a popular and sought-out speaker in the credit union industry.  Prior to forming his own company, Christensen worked for four years as a lending consultant and trainer for Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc. He also served as the Vice President of Lending & Sales at the $640 million Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) in Las Vegas, Nev., and worked for five years as a civil engineering officer in the United States Air Force.


Darryl Dahlheimer

Based in Minneapolis, Darryl Dahlheimer is the Program Director for LSS Financial Counseling. He is a respected industry expert in personal finance who offers timely, trusted and practical information on financial topics of community interest. He has written three financial education curricula, the Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy, Building Wealth in America, and Four Directions of Financial Security, and has been a financial counselor for over 3000 families. Here in Minnesota, he is also the father of the Scrooge-O-Meter, a tool designed to help consumers determine how long it will take to pay off their consumer debts and to discourage excess debting!


Vickie Ganrude

As the Network’s Director of Business Development, Vickie Ganrude provides one-on-one guidance and support to credit unions in all corners of the state. She works with credit unions to analyze new service benefits, review operational and management policies, coordinate mergers and field of membership expansions, and assess current financial and operational situations. Ganrude also facilitates planning sessions, helping credit union leaders find a balance between today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. She joined the Network in 2007 and brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to MnCUN. Previously she worked as a president of a small credit union in Wisconsin and as a branch manager at a large Twin Cities credit union. 


Anthony Huey

Anthony owns Reputation Management Associates, one of the nation’s leading communications training and crisis consulting companies. With over 20 years of experience in editorial management, media relations, marketing communications and business strategy it is no surprise that he has organizations such as Nike, Victoria’s Secret, Eli Lilly, Nationwide Insurance, The Kroger Company, Ashland Inc., and hundreds of companies and organizations across North America as former clients.


Kim Insley

Kim Insley has been anchoring KARE 11 Sunrise since April of 1993. Kim appreciates the privilege of bringing viewers the first news of the day every Monday through Friday. Like all staffers on the award-winning news program, Kim wears many hats for KARE 11 Sunrise. Kim created, produces and reports for the Emmy-award winning "What's Cool in Our School" segment every Thursday during the school year. Kim is honored to be the 2009 recipient of the Upper Midwest Chapter Regional Emmy award for best On-Camera Talent, news anchor. 


Robert Jones

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, Bob began his government career with the IRS.  In 1987, He transferred to NCUA. During his 23 years as an Examiner, he examined credit unions ranging in size from $25,000 to $4 Billion in assets.  In 2010, Bob took a position as Economic Development Specialist with the NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives (OSCUI).

John Lass

John Lass is the Senior Vice President of Product Strategy & Development for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role John directs CUNA Mutual’s new Product Incubator which is designed to accelerate the development of high-potential products and services. Previously, he was President of Ravenna Partners, Inc., a management consulting firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. John has worked extensively within the U.S. and global Credit Union systems in the areas of organizational culture assessment and strategy development. Prior to forming Ravenna Partners, John was the head of the strategy practice at Hagberg Consulting Group (now a part of Accenture). Early in his career John was a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. 


Debbie Matz

As NCUA Chairman, Mrs. Matz heads the independent agency overseeing the regulation and supervision of federal credit unions and the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), which protects accounts at more than 6,600 federally insured credit unions serving more than 96 million members and managing more than $1 trillion in assets.  Chairman Matz also instituted NCUA’s Regulatory Modernization Initiative, updating and streamlining dozens of rules, legal opinions, and policies to remove unnecessary burdens while protecting safety and soundness. Mrs. Matz also serves on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), which she chaired from 2011 to 2013. Previously, she was the Executive Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer of an $800 million federal credit union.


Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald is the President of Your Full Potential, LLC. and the Founder of The Credit Union Business Development Academy. He is an energetic speaker& amp; trainer specializing in personal and professional development topics including strategic planning, effective networking skills, the importance of goal setting, business relationship-building, sales skills, delivering outstanding customer service, and maximizing profitability. He is the Immediate Past Chair of CUNA's Marketing & Business Development Council Executive Committee and still sits on the Executive Committee. In March 2008, he was the recipient of the Business Development Professional of the Year award from CUNA’s Marketing & Business Development Council. In August 2013, Sean was named a Trailblazer Below 40 by CU Times.


Dan Mica

Daniel A. Mica is a former U.S. congressman and is the founder and president of The DMA Group, a firm providing government affairs, advocacy, strategic planning and management consulting services to a variety of industries.  At the end of 2010, Dan completed a fourteen year tenure as President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the leading trade association representing the nation’s 9,000 credit unions and credit union leagues in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mica assumed his duties at CUNA in July 1996, a time of major internal and external challenge for the association. Mica restored sound financial management to the association’s business operations, unified credit unions in support of legislation — now law — and significantly strengthened CUNA’s advocacy programs.


John Riordan

John Riordan is an entrepreneur. During his 30-year business career, John has led the sales and marketing eorts of five companies that he either founded individually or with partners.

When his Nephew, Luke Riordan, approached him about the DAYTA Marketing business model, John knew immediately that the model was a winner. The right service at the right time. Team Riordan became a reality. The DAYTA Marketing sales and marketing eorts resulted in the acquisition of 35+ clients in the first year of operation. DAYTA Marketing is now growing at a 250% annual rate.


Don Shelby

Don Shelby has been a reporter and television anchor for 45 years. Before retiring from daily journalism in November of 2010, he worked for 32 years as anchor, investigative reporter and environmental correspondent for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. He is considered the most honored and decorated local television journalist in the country. He has won three national Emmys, twice won the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting, been inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2008, and television’s Silver Circle.He has reported from locations spanning the globe, having been embedded with the 34th"Red Bull” Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard which was in operational command of the southern half of that country. Upon completion of the assignment, the Minnesota Adjutant General, Major General Richard Nash, called Shelby, "Our Ernie Pyle,” referring to the famous World War II reporter.  Don was recently inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He wears the coveted Mr. Basketball ring, an honor seldom given to an adult.



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.


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