This week from May 13th through the 16th the GCUA Annual Meeting and Convention for credit unions was held in Jekyll Island. “Delivering the Unexpected” was this year’s theme, and it embodied not only the change in location, format and timing of this event … but it highlighted and reinforced the manner in which credit unions deliver the unexpected to members and their communities. Participants heard from state and national leaders of credit unions and other industries who provided strategies, ideas and inspiration to take home and keep delivering that unexpected wow factor at their institutions.
In the lineup of speakers who illustrated how credit unions can engage strategies to help people afford life and navigate the world around them, credit union participants were treated to insight from a macro and micro level. Leaders inside and outside the credit union spectrum included strategic insight specialists, portfolio managers, digital disruptors, Emmy award-winning journalists, artists, musicians and CEOs to illustrate how they go outside the box to deliver the unexpected. To see the Annual Convention in a social media snapshot you can do so on Twitter utilizing the hashtag #CUinJekyll – but the best way to experience it is in person.
Honored at the Convention were credit union leaders who embody the “wow” factor:
Moses C. Davis Professionals of the Year:
- Stacie Branch, Interstate United FCU
- Doug Putnam, Kinetic CU
Moses C. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award:
- Lin Hodges, Associated CU
Eloise Woods Distinguished Service Award:
- Ron Ford, Associated CU (awarded posthumously)
Moses C. Davis Volunteers of the Year:
- District 1: Max Caylor, United Methodist Connectional FCU
- District 2: Harold Harbin, North Georgia CU
- District 3: Anthony Payton, Southeastern CU
All of the award winners illustrate just what the credit union spirit is about, exceeding what is necessary for the success of others, and delivering the unexpended consistently for the betterment of the industry. Congratulations again to the award winners, and our thanks to all the speakers, credit unions, and exhibitors for bringing the wow factor to the entire convention!