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Patrick Adams Headlines "Rock Stars" Edition of CU Magazine

The "Rock Stars" edition of Credit Union Magazine features some familiar faces. Honoring International Credit Union Day, the magazine highlights people who have taken, or are taking, extraordinary actions to exemplify credit union values. According to CU Magazine, these are the people who eat, sleep, and breathe credit union ideals and principles. They’re always coming up with innovative ways to advance the credit union cause.

Patrick Adams, St. Louis Community Credit Union CEO, headlines this special edition. His feature, "Crossing the Line to Fight the Good Fight," chronicles St. Louis Community's efforts to collaborate with a bank in order to serve African American populations in urban areas.

"The problems in St. Louis are bigger than any rivalry between banks and credit unions," says Adams. "We're one of the largest CDFIs in the city, and a bank could use us to satisfy its community reinvestment needs."

The arrangement with Carrollton Bank involves $800,000 to help with operations, including financial education, marketing and branch space. St. Louis Community hopes to battle payday lenders and help economically disadvantaged communities.

To read the full article, click here.

Other familiar faces in the Rock Stars edition include present and past Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) event speakers. Brent Dixon is a general speaker for the upcoming 2013 Convention & Exposition in Branson. He'll present Understanding Consumer Behavior on October 22. Matt Davis, director of innovation at Filene Research Institute and James Robert Lay, founder of CU Grow both spoke at past MCUA Convention & Expositions.

"I’ve had the opportunity to work with several of these credit union rock stars," says Amy McLard, MCUA SVP Advocacy. "Brandon McAdams, Patrick Livingston and Sarah Dale Harmon were all in my 2011 Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) class, which also included MCUA staff members Barb Stanek, Tim Loveless and Ryan Dold as attendees and Liz Adams as mentor. Chad Helminak was part of an advocacy presentation for the National Credit Union Foundation that I facilitated. Chad understands the importance of getting the credit union message out – whether it is in more traditional advocacy efforts with lawmakers or singing about it with the Disclosures. He helps make the credit union message fun and engaging."

McLard also met Amy Gravitte when both made presentations during the Credit Union Development Educator’s 30th anniversary meeting.

"Her efforts are amazing and she puts a tremendous amount of work in keeping the program going," says McLard. "After our presentations, we were able to discuss our respective efforts and share ideas on how to incorporate them back home."

Click here to access the Rock Stars edition of Credit Union Magazine.