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CUNA GAC Crashers Selected for 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:55 AM

In March of this year, young professionals from all over the United States will descend on Washington, DC, to take part in one of the system’s premier conferences.

For the second consecutive year, the Cornerstone Credit Union League, in conjunction with The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association, received record applicants for the annual Crash the GAC event. This year, 220 applications were received. For the first time ever, however, Crash the GAC received applications from all fifty states and Washington, DC.

"Without the dedication from the League and system support partners, we would not have achieved this impressive feat," said Cornerstone Credit Union League Senior Vice President Mike Delker. "The success of and interest in this event only underscore the importance of engaging young credit union professionals and articulate the movement’s intention to do so." 

The Crashers from the Cornerstone League include the following:

  • Tia Shibley, United FCU  (Arkansas)
  • JR Webster, Tinker FCU  (Oklahoma)
  • Austin McCafferty, United Community CU  (Texas)

As Crash the GAC enters its sixth year, Crashers now attend conferences and meet-ups all over the credit union and cooperative systems. Crash events provide young, motivated credit union employees with opportunities to take part in top industry events they might not otherwise be able to attend. 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. Speakers at Crash the GAC include guests from CUNA, National Credit Union Foundation, CUNA Mutual Group, Filene Research Institute, and more.

"We have a terrific opportunity to engage young professionals within credit unions," said Jim Nussle, president and CEO of CUNA. "These new leaders will be key in helping to position credit unions as Americans' best financial partner and, therefore, the future success of the movement."

Expect big things from the newest Crashers. Follow and take part all things Crash the GAC 2015 by using hashtag #crashthegac15.

Crash the GAC is put on by the Cornerstone League, CUNA, and The Cooperative Trust.