More than 200 credit union representatives from Missouri and Oklahoma closed the Convention & Exposition with an inspiring message from speaker John O'Leary - "What more can I do?" O'Leary captured the audience by sharing his secrets to a meaningful and passionate life, personally and professionally. He challenged the group to embrace the struggles credit unions face with determination and hope.
“John is one of the few non-CU industry speakers who takes his message and fine tunes it to the CU audience," says Michelle Rosner, 1st Financial Federal vice president of Sales and Marketing. "His simple, yet effective advice regarding the power of love (being passionate about your mission), the power of one (everyone makes an impact on others), and the power of more (if we love what we do, we can do more), is pertinent to all credit union leaders. In an era of shrinking margins and increasing oversight, his advice doesn’t cost a dime; yet has the power to yield high returns. Best of all, we can all implement his ideas today.”
The Convention was packed with talented speakers and meaningful sessions on increasing lending, economic trends, innovative marketing and branding, state and federal elections and much more. Attendees took part in general sessions in the morning and then had the opportunity to customize their learning experience with six breakout sessions.
"I always find great value in the MCUA conference," says Barry Brakeville, CommunityAmerica director of communications. "There's no shortage of great ideas emanating from breakout sessions, as well as from the interactions and collaboration with colleagues. I always come away energized and quite frankly a bit overwhelmed because there are so many ideas and only so much time!"
When attendees weren't in session, Big Cedar Lodge offered beautiful scenery, outdoor activities and generous amenities. Taking advantage of the amazing weather, MCUA planned most of the meals and entertainment outdoors in a large canopy tent. Click the links below for more Convention Coverage.
Click here to view Convention & Expo photos.Photo caption: Speaker John O'Leary hugs a participant following his closing presentation.