Preston Ford, Indirect Lending Manager at Topeka’s Educational Credit Union, has been selected as Kansas’ young professional representative to "Crash" and attend the 2014 CUNA Government Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington D.C., February 23-27.
CUNA and the Cooperative Trust - a young professionals group through the Filene Research Institute - partnered with state leagues to choose up to 51 young credit union professionals from each state and the District of Columbia to take part in the Crash event. In addition to the core schedule of GAC events, Crashers will attend exclusive speaker sessions and explore opportunities for young adults to help promote credit unions locally and nationally.
Preston applied for the opportunity because of the opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and the credit industry as a whole. He’s also looking forward to Hiking the Hill and networking with other young professionals.
"I would like to learn more about various ideas that have been successful for credit unions across the United States,” he said. "I would like to bring back ideas that will help Educational Credit Union grow the loan portfolio, increase membership, and make the credit union more appealing to the younger generations.” This is his first trip to Washington D.C.
Each crasher will receive a full GAC conference registration from CUNA and a Cooperative Trust membership. The Kansas Credit Union Association is providing a scholarship of up to $1500 to cover airfare and hotel expenses for Ford.
Crash events have been successful over the past several years in providing young, motivated credit union employees with opportunities to take part in top industry events like CUNA GAC that they might not otherwise be able to attend. With 51 Crashers and a record number of applications received, the 2014 Crash the CUNA GAC will be the largest Crash event to date.