Welcome!

Georgia's credit unions are showing the state how they can BE THE DIFFERENCE and we can't wait to tell you all about it!

The 2017 Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Annual Convention offers an unparalleled combination of individualized educational programming for executives, professionals and volunteers; beneficial networking opportunities; inspirational keynote sessions; and the chance to celebrate Georgia’s credit unions.

This is one conference you don’t want to miss! Click here to register today!


Location

The 2017 Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Annual Convention will take place at the beautiful and scenic Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa in historic Savannah, Georgia. The hotel sits on the Savannah River with the best view of the “Hostess City” and the historic Savannah River District. You’re sure to enjoy complimentary water ferry service to River Street, refreshing guest rooms and tranquil setting throughout your stay at this year’s event.

*The GCUA Annual Convention room block at the Westin hotel is now full! - GCUA will keep a waiting list for the Westin, should rooms become available. To be added to the waiting list, please e-mail us with these details at adminsupport@gcua.org --- arrival date, departure date, names on the room reservation, credit union or company name and any other special requests. We suggest, if you cannot get into our room block, please get a hotel reservation at an alternate hotel. Additional hotel contact information is listed below (scroll down).

If you have a hotel reservation that you need to update, you can call the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (800) 228-3000 and be sure to mention the GCUA convention or Georgia Credit Union Affiliates' room block.

The convention room rates are $205 single/double occupancy, plus the resort fee and any applicable taxes. If you desire specific upgrades, you will need to communicate them with the hotel when you book your reservation. If you make a request for a river view room, there will be an additional $30 per day added to your convention room rate for each requested room based on availability. If you request a balcony room, there will be an additional $60 per day added to your convention room rate for each requested room based on availability. The resort charge has been reduced to $17.85 plus taxes for our group. A deposit for one night room rate and taxes will be taken at the time of booking. Guest have until 3 days (72 hours) before the expected arrival date to cancel. After that, the deposit is non-refundable.

Click here to download and print the recently updated tax exemption form for Georgia credit unions.

Westin Hotel


Room Cancellation Policy

All hotel reservations are made on a first come/first serve basis. If you need to cancel your room, the Westin's room cancellation policy is 72 hours in advance without penalty. Any reservations cancelled with less than 72 hours' notice will incur the appropriate nights' penalty.

Additionally, the courtesy of advance notice of cancellations will be appreciated by others who are on a waiting list for rooms. Lastly, guests checking out prior to their check-out date will be assessed one night's room charge plus applicable taxes and fees.

Additional Hotels

Hyatt Regency Savannah*
2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912-238-1234

Marriott Riverfront Savannah*
100 General McIntosh Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31401
912-233-7722

Homewood Suites*
611 East River Stree
Savannah, GA 31401
912-355-0025

Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District*
321 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
855-271-3617 or 912-721-5000

Doubletree by Hilton Historic Savannah*
411 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912-790-7000

*Water Taxi Access to the Convention Center

Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

Exhibit Hall Activities

The exhibit hall, located in the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, is an interactive experience, which allows attendees opportunitites to engage with exhibitors. Learn about new or enhanced products that credit unions can offer their members.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday, May 18th
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Reception (Cocktails & Hors d'ouevres): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

General Information

CUPAC Annual Golf Tournament

Have you been working on your golf game? It’s time to showcase your skills at the Georgia CUPAC Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Wednesday, May 17th at the Clubhouse at Savannah Harbor. Enjoy a day outdoors on a beautiful course while networking with peers, exhibitors and fellow golfers.

The golf tournament is a shotgun format and awards will be presented to the top three teams as well as for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Mulligans will be available for purchase with proceeds benefitting Georgia’s CUPAC.

The registration fee for the golf tournament is $215 per player and includes lunch.

CUPAC Silent Auction

BE THE DIFFERENCE in support of Georgia’s CUPAC by bringing your auction items to Savannah!

All 2017 GCUA Annual convention credit union or individual participants are asked to bring several items with a retail value of at least $100 each for the annual CUPAC silent auction fundraiser. Items will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to Georgia's CUPAC. Auction donations will be accepted at registration with winning bids announced on Friday, May 19th following the evening festivities.

Georgia CUPAC/CULAC are the state and federal political action committees (PACs) for credit unions. Contributions to Georgia CUPAC/CULAC are not tax deductible for federal income purposes and are distributed in a 60/40 split between the two PACS. Contributions are strictly voluntary and you have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contributions from individuals outside of the solicitable class will be returned. Federal election law requires us to report the name, address, occupation and/or name of employer for individuals who contribute $200 or more in a calendar year.

Georgia Credit Union Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the Georgia Credit Union Foundation provides eligible credit unions with scholarships to attend the Annual Convention...and this year is no different. The Foundation will present scholarships to credit unions based on need. Click here for the GCUF scholarship form.

Moses C. Davis Awards Dinner

As we near the end of the convention, all registrants are invited to attend the 2017 Moses C. Davis Awards Dinner on the evening of Friday, May 19th. The awards dinner allows you the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy a delightful evening of dining, live entertainment and an awards presentation.

During the awards presentation each year, many deserving credit union professionals and volunteers are celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the credit union movement via the Moses C. Davis Awards. Awards are also presented to credit unions who have shown outstanding achievement in outreach, fundraising and demonstration of the credit union philosophy.

Following the awards presentation, the Georgia CUPAC silent auction will close and the prizes will be awarded to the highest bidder.

Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to have some fun with our band, Men of Distinction. They will be playing swing, big band, jazz and contemporary favorites.

Exhibit Hall Activities

The exhibit hall is located in the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center and promises an interactive experience with ample opportunity for professionals and leaders to engage with exhibitors. Make sure to visit the Exhibit Hall to see the latest and greatest tools available for credit unions to help enhance member growth and satisfaction.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Thursday, May 18th
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Reception (Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres): 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Companion Program

The cost for the companion program is $280.

Guests of convention attendees are welcome to attend portions of the convention. Registered companions are invited to participate in the following actives:

  • • Continental Breakfast on Thursday and Friday
  • • Lunch and afternoon reception in the Trade Center Exhibitor Hall on Thursday
  • • Reception and Moses C. Davis Awards Dinner with entertainment on Friday evening
  • • Closing breakfast on Saturday

**Please note that the Companion Excursion is not included in the convention registration fee

Companion Excursion

The cost for the companion excursion is $110.

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Companion Excursion & Lunch (Limited space available!)

Sweet Savannah Tour:

9:00 a.m. -          Meet in lobby at the Westin Savannah
9:45 a.m. -          Arrive at Telfair Museum of Art
10:00 a.m. -        Savannah Bee Company Tour
11:15 a.m. -        Chocolat by Adam Turoni Tour (named Top 10 Chocolatier of 2015)
12:00 p.m. -        Shopping
1:00 p.m. -          Arrive at Jepson Center for lunch, tour and painting
3:30 p.m. -          Drop-off at the Westin Savannah

We will whisk you away from the Westin Savannah Resort across the river for a day of sweet treats, touring, shopping, lunch and painting. Yes, all of this in one day! The group will tour the famous Savannah Bee Company and sample many of their products. Then on to Chocolat by Adam Turoni. Adam is a young, passionate chocolate prodigy who takes inspiration for his culinary creations from Savannah itself. Learn about chocolate making from Adam himself. Then there will be some free time for shopping nearby. You will be transported to the Jepson Center for lunch. There will be a tour of the contemporary art museum and you will paint your own masterpiece. You will arrive back at the Westin Savannah Resort around 3:30 p.m.

*Please note that the Companion Excursion is not included in the Companion Package.
*The Companion Excursion event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received after May 11, 2017.

Agenda

There’s something for everyone at this year’s Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Annual Convention. Register today and join your peers in Savannah for one of the most exciting events of the year!

Click here to view a PDF version of the agenda.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Welcome Center Open
    Westin Hotel | Harbor B

    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    CUPAC Golf Tournament Tee Off at 11:00 a.m.
    The Club at Savannah Harbor

    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Vendors & Professionals Happy Hour
    Westin Hotel | Harbor A

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Dinner on Your Own

    8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Catalyst Corporate Dessert & Cordials Member Appreciation Reception
    Westin Hotel | Harbor A

  • 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Welcome Center Open
    Westin Hotel | Harbor B

    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    Exhibit Hall Open - Continental Breakfast
    Trade Center | Exhibit Hall

    8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    General Session
    Trade Center | 2nd Floor
    Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speakers

    "Be the Difference...It Matters"
    Mike Mercer
    CEO, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates

    "To Be the Difference...You Have to Make a Difference"
    Lara O'Connor Hodgson
    President & CEO, NOWaccount

    "Making a Difference: My Story"
    Chad Pregracke
    President & Founder, Living Lands & Waters

    10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Break

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    General Session
    Trade Center | 2nd Floor

    "Leadership Redefined - Engagement, Ownership, Results!"
    Meridith Elliott Powell
    Author, Business Coach & Business Growth Expert

    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Exhibit Hall Open - Lunch Served
    Trade Center | Exhibit Hall

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Welcome Center Open
    Westin Hotel | Harbor B

    1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
    Education Sessions
    Trade Center | 1st Floor

    "Create Ownership at Every Level"
    R100/101
    Meridith Elliott Powell
    Author, Business Coach & Business Growth Expert

    "Importance of Cyber Incidence Response Planning"
    R102/103
    Rayleen Pirnie
    Owner, RP Payments Risk Consulting Services, LLC

    "Insights from Millennials"
    R105/106
    Kristin Simonis
    Senior Business Consultant, CUNA Mutual Group

    2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Break

    2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Education Sessions
    Trade Center | 1st Floor

    "Strategic Thinking: Moving from Mediocre to Amazing!"
    R100/101
    Stacie VanDenBurghe
    CEO, CU Innovate

    "Risks and Rewards in a Changing Interest Rate Environment"
    R102/103
    Mike Sims
    Senior Advisor, Catalyst Strategic Solutions

    "Creating Awareness: Positioning Credit Unions as the Best Financial Partner"
    R105/106
    Douglas Kiker
    Chief Strategic Communications Officer, CUNA

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Exhibit Hall Open - Reception
    Drinks & Hors d'oeuvres
    Trade Center | Exhibit Hall

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Welcome Center Open
    Westin Hotel | Harbor B

    EVENING ON YOUR OWN

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    Breakfast
    Trade Center | Rotunda

    7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Welcome Center Open
    Westin Hotel | Harbor B

    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Companion Excursion & Lunch (Limited space available)

    Sweet Savannah Tour:
    9:00 a.m. - Meet in lobby at the Westin Savannah
    9:45 a.m. - Arrive at Telfair Museum of Art
    10:00 a.m. - Savannah Bee Company Tour
    11:15 a.m. - Chocolat by Adam Turoni Tour (name Top 10 Chocolate of 2015)
    12:00 p.m. - Shopping
    1:00 p.m. - Arrive at Jepson Center for Lunch, Tour and Painting
    3:30 p.m. - Drop-off at the Westin Savannah

    *Please note that the Companion Excursion is not included in the Companion Package.
    *The Companion Excursion event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received after May 11, 2017.

    8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    General Session
    Trade Center | 2nd Floor

    "Finding Balance Between Competitive Flexibility and Safety & Soundness"
    Kevin Hagler
    Commissioner, State of Georgia Department of Banking & Finance

    "Strategic Perspective at NCUA"
    The Honorable Rick Metsger
    Board Member, NCUA

    9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    Break

    10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
    General Session
    Trade Center | 2nd Floor

    "Helping People Afford Life...Outside the Credit Union World"
    Andrea Levere
    President, Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)

    11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch on Your Own

    11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    GCUF Sponsored Small Credit Union Luncheon
    ($50 million and under)
    Westin Hotel | Grand Ballroom A

    "Top 10 Things Your Credit Union Can Do to Compete in Today's Market"
    Stacie VanDenBurghe
    CEO, CU Innovate

    "Engagement Drives Lending and Loyalty"
    Wayne Watters
    CEO, Travis County CU

    1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Delegate Registration
    Trade Center | Rotunda

    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Business Meetings
    Trade Center | Oglethorpe
    CSI
    GCUL
    GCUF

    3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Board Organization Meetings
    R204/205

    6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception
    Westin Hotel | Grand Ballroom Foyer

    6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Moses C. Davis Awards Dinner & CUPAC Silent Auction
    Westin Hotel | Grand Ballroom

    Entertainment: Musical Performance by Men of Distinction Band

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    General Session and Closing Breakfast
    Westin Hotel | Grand Ballroom

    "Own the Moments That Matter"
    Kevin Brown
    Culture and Branding Expert, International Speaker & Creator of the HERO Effect

    HEAD HOME...HAVE A SAFE TRIP!

Speakers

Listed below are the keynote and breakout speakers. Click on the picture of each presenter to learn more about them.

Keynote Speakers

Mike Mercer
Mike Mercer
CEO, GCUA

Mike Mercer

CEO, GCUA

"Be the Difference...It Matters"

Mr. Mercer is currently the President/CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates. In this capacity, he is responsible for the state trade association and several other state-level credit union support organizations. Mr. Mercer has represented the interests of Georgia credit unions in numerous ways for more than two decades.

Mr. Mercer came to Georgia in 1980 as President of Georgia Central Credit Union. He was named to his present position in 1985. In 1979, Mr. Mercer served as assistant to the manager at U.S. Central Credit Union in Kansas City. Mr. Mercer studied economics at the University of Rhode Island and earned his Master’s degree in Banking and Finance at the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Mercer was named the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), in recognition of his ground-breaking leadership, innovative contributions, personal commitment and unfaltering dedication to the advancement of the credit union system. He has been the recipient of several industry achievements, including the Knights Cross medal, provided by the former president of Poland for his work in helping the establishment of credit unions in Poland.

He is married with three children and four grandchildren and makes his home near Atlanta, Georgia.

Lara O'Connor Hodgson
Lara O'Connor Hodgson
President & CEO,
NOWaccount

Lara O'Connor Hodgson

President & CEO, NOWaccount

"To Be the Difference...You Have to Make a Difference"

Lara serves as President & CEO of NOW Corp, a company she co-founded to free small businesses from the burden of funding trade credit and to enable small business growth.

Lara co-founded and served as CEO of Insomnia, LLC, a firm specializing in investment, development and management of complex and innovative "world-changing" projects. She spent five years at Dewberry Capital Corporation, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate development and investment firm, where she served as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She was Executive Vice President of Dunk, a performance footwear and apparel manufacturing/retail.

Lara is an internationally recognized speaker, leading seminars on creativity, innovation and access to capital. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chad Pregracke
Chad Pregracke
President & Founder, Living Lands & Waters

Chad Pregracke

President & Founder, Living Lands & Waters

"Making a Difference: My Story"

Chad Pregracke is founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, a nonprofit river cleanup organization, and is an author and professional public speaker. Growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River, Pregracke worked as a commercial shell diver during his early years, experiencing the river from the bottom up. At the age of 17, he decided to clean it up. Twenty-two years later, Chad and his Living Lands & Waters crew have organized and led more than 1,000 community cleanups on 23 rivers in 20 states and removed 9.3 million pounds of garbage.

Chad currently lives and works with his wife Tammy dividing their time between life on the Teamwork barge and their home in East Moline, IL.

Meridith Elliott Powell
Meridith Elliott Powell
Author, Business Coach & Business Growth Expert

Meridith Elliott Powell

Author, Business Coach & Business Growth Expert

"Leadership Redefined - Engagement, Ownership, Results!"

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. She is Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.

She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose about how to build cultures the inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. Meridith writes, speaks and is passionate about helping her clients understand everything they need to know about how to make this economy start working for them.

High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s keynote will help leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today. Including how today’s economy has changed, how that has changed today’s customers and employees, and specifically how that impacts your business.

In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning.

Kevin Hagler
Kevin Hagler
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Banking and Finance

Kevin Hagler

Commissioner, Georgia Department of Banking and Finance

"Finding Balance Between Competitive Flexibility and Safety & Soundness"

Kevin Hagler is commissioner of the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he served as the department’s Deputy Commissioner for Supervision. Prior to joining the Department, he worked at Altus Bank in Mobile, Ala., and at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. Hagler earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Auburn University and also holds the Certified Examination Manager designation from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. He and his wife, Anne, have one child. They reside in Duluth.

The Honorable Rick Metsger
The Honorable
Rick Metsger

Board Member
NCUA

The Honorable Rick Metsger

Board Member, NCUA

"Strategic Perspective at NCUA"

Rick Metsger is a member of the Board of the National Credit Union Administration. He was nominated to the Board by then-President Barack Obama in May 2013 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate later that year. He served as the ninth NCUA Board Chairman from May 1, 2016, through January 22, 2017.

Metsger has extensive public policy and private-sector experience in the areas of financial services, consumer protection, taxation, transportation and strategic communications. He previously served as NCUA’s representative on the NeighborWorks America Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the NCUA Board, Metsger owned a strategic communications consulting firm focused on financial services, capital construction, energy and transportation issues. In addition to consulting and public service, he has worked as a teacher and a radio and television journalist. From 1993 to 2001, he served on the board of directors of the Portland Teachers Credit Union.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown
Culture and
Branding Expert,
Int. Speaker/Creator
of the HERO Effect

Kevin Brown

Culture and Branding Expert, International Speaker & Creator of the HERO Effect

"Own the Moments That Matter"

Kevin previously served as the Assistant Vice President of Marketing for SERVPRO, an international franchise system with nearly 1,700 franchise locations specializing in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Kevin is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. He has had the privilege of speaking to a wide variety of organizations including Siemens, State Farm, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Delta Air Lines and The Boy Scouts of America to name just a few.

Andrea Levere
Andrea Levere
President
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)

Andrea Levere

President, Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)

"Helping People Afford Life...Outside the Credit Union World"

Andrea Levere since 2004 has been president of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a nonprofit organization with the mission of building assets and expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and disadvantaged communities. Before joining CFED in 1992, Andrea was a director with the National Development Council. She is a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Community Advisory Council and is chair of ROC USA (Resident Owned Communities USA), which converts manufactured-home parks into resident-owned cooperatives. She is also a member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion, Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board, and Capital One’s Community Advisory Council, and in 2013 was appointed to the board of directors of the National Cooperative Bank.

Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University. In 2001, she received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Yale School of Management.


Breakout Session Speakers

Meridith Elliott Powell
Meridith Elliott Powell
Author, Business Coach & Business Growth Expert

Meridith Elliott Powell

Author, Business Coach & Business Growth Expert

"Create Ownership at Every Level"

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. She is Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.

She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose about how to build cultures the inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. Meridith writes, speaks and is passionate about helping her clients understand everything they need to know about how to make this economy start working for them.

High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s keynote will help leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today. Including how today’s economy has changed, how that has changed today’s customers and employees, and specifically how that impacts your business.

In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning.

Rayleen Pirnie
Rayleen Pirnie
Owner, RP Payments Risk Consulting Services, LLC

Rayleen Pirnie

Owner, RP Payments Risk Consulting Services, LLC

"Importance of Cyber Incidence Response Planning"

Rayleen M. Pirnie is the founder and owner of RP Payments Risk Consulting Services, LLC. based in Missouri. She is a nationally recognized payments risk and fraud expert who offers specialized consulting services, procedural and risk management reviews, and payments education. She is an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) who has worked with all payment systems for nearly 20 years. Rayleen also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration.

Rayleen’s educational programs provide real-world, actionable information for financial institutions and businesses on topics ranging from payments risk management to information security. She authors payments risk and fraud blogs geared toward helping organizations recognize threats and protect themselves from loss.

Kristin Simonis
Kristin Simonis
Senior Business Consultant, CUNA Mutual Group

Kristin Simonis

Senior Business Consultant, CUNA Mutual Group

"Insights from Millennials"

Kristin Simonis is a TruStage Sales Specialist at CUNA Mutual Group. In her role, she is responsible for improving credit union performance of the TruStage Insurance Program. Kristin works with credit unions to identify performance opportunities with their program and offer solutions to increase awareness, generate deeper member relationships and increase non-interest income.

Kristin joined CUNA Mutual Group in 2006, working with CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. and the Members Financial Services program. In 2011, she began working with the TruStage Program.

Kristin lives in the Madison, WI area and works primarily with credit unions in the Midwest, South and Northeast. She also holds Life, Health and Property & Casualty licenses.

Stacie VanDenBurghe
Stacie VanDenBurghe
CEO, CU Innovate

Stacie VanDenBurghe

CEO, CU Innovate

"Strategic Thinking: Moving from Mediocre to Amazing!"
&
GCUF Sponsored Small Credit Union Luncheon ($50 million and under) -
“Top 10 Things Your Credit Union Can Do to Compete in Today’s Market”

Stacie VanDenBerghe is CEO CU Innovate. She has spent the last 18 years working in credit unions throughout Michigan to help develop, enhance and maximize credit union growth. She spends the majority of her time speaking at credit unions through CUNA events, credit union leagues or consulting throughout the country on her own. She travels the country putting on workshops as well as working on-site at credit union locations and providing webinars to maintain leadership skills and abilities.

Stacie holds a master's degree in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in Communications from Michigan State University.

Mike Sims
Mike Sims
Senior Advisor, Catalyst Strategic Solutions

Mike Sims

Senior Advisor, Catalyst Strategic Solutions

"Risks and Rewards in a Changing Interest Rate Environment"

Mike is a Senior Advisor with Catalyst Strategic Solutions. Mike joined the organization in 2014 and works with client credit unions on a variety of strategic initiatives including financial planning, asset/liability management, and investments management.

Previously Mike worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas for 25 years in a variety of capacities, including chief financial officer. Mike’s responsibilities at the FHLB included asset/liability management strategies and derivatives, funding, liquidity management, and investments.

Mike graduated from TCU with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and has a master's of business administration degree from SMU.

Douglas Kiker
Douglas Kiker
Chief Strategic Communications Officer,
CUNA

Douglas Kiker

Chief Strategic Communications Officer, CUNA

"Creating Awareness: Positioning Credit Unions as the Best Financial Partner"

Douglas Kiker is the chief strategic communications officer for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). He leads all of the association’s external and internal communications functions and is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies that increase awareness of and support for credit unions and CUNA’s advocacy objectives.

Kiker has extensive experience in strategic communications with nearly two decades in journalism and corporate communications. He previously served as managing director at Kekst and Company, a leading New York-based strategic corporate communications firm. Prior to Kekst, Kiker worked for a decade as a journalist for CBS News’ 60 Minutes, The Associated Press and Fox News Channel.

Douglas graduated from The University of Virginia in 1997, and The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2001. His hometown is Washington, D.C.

Wayne Watterss
Wayne Watters
CEO
Travis County CU

Wayne Watters

CEO, Travis County CU

"Engagement Drives Lending and Loyalty"
GCUF Sponsored Small Credit Union Luncheon ($50 million and under)

Wayne Watters is President/CEO of Travis County Credit Union in Austin, Texas. Watters began his financial services career in 1996 working for a community bank in El Paso, Texas while also finishing up his degree in Psychology with a minor study in Chemistry. Watters was hired by Travis County CU in 2004 as their Vice President and took the President’s chair in 2011. At that time, Watters initiated some strategic and operational changes to bring about new growth and lending opportunities for the credit union. Since that time the credit union has seen a 74 percent increase in their loan portfolio - or an average increase of 10.41 percent annually since 2012.

Exhibitors

Please be sure to read all information thoroughly to insure an enjoyable exhibit experience.

Are you looking to network with the top credit union leaders and professionals in Georgia? Make your plans to join us May 17th-20th in historic Savannah, Georgia for the 2017 Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Annual Convention at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center! This event offers ample opportunity for your company to market your services and display your product suite to over 200 credit union professionals from around the state.

Exhibit Hall

Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
One International Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31402
(912) 447-4000

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Thursday, May 18th
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. (open at 7:15 a.m. for exhibitors to eat)
Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (open at 11:15 a.m. for exhibitors to eat)
Reception (Drinks & Hors d’oeuvres): 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Click here to view the Exhibit hall layout.

Registration/Fees

All exhibitor registrations will be processed online. The exhibitor registration fee is $2,000 until March 15th and beginning March 16th will increase to $2,100 and includes the following:

  • Two representative registrations are included with each booth
  • One Draped 10’ x 10’ booth (carpet not included)
  • One Round 36” x 42” high top Soho table
  • Two Black diamond stools
  • One Wastebasket
  • One Single line 7” x 44” identification sign

Additional representatives are $200 per person with a maximum of 4 representatives per booth. Each representative must be employed by the registered company. Additional representative fees are non-refundable.

As part of the registration package, exhibitors are invited to attend all convention activities, excluding the annual business meetings on Friday and golf fees.  We encourage you to take advantage of all activities to network with credit union professionals and volunteers.

Booths are assigned at the sole discretion of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates.  Booth assignments and a current list of credit unions attending the convention will be emailed once to all registrants 4 weeks prior to May 17th and an updated list of attendees will be available at the convention.

Once we receive your online registration, Application and Agreement form, Exhibitor Guide form, and GCUS approval, we will send you a confirmation to your company's listed contact via email. We must receive all materials no later than March 15th for your company to be included in all printed materials.

The point of contact for exhibitor registration is Marie Bedgood, marieb@gcua.org.

Click here to register.

Hotel Reservations

The 2017 Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Annual Convention will take place at the beautiful and scenic Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa in historic Savannah, Georgia. The hotel sits on the Savannah River with the best view of the “Hostess City” and the historic Savannah River District. You’re sure to enjoy complimentary water ferry service to River Street, refreshing guest rooms and tranquil setting throughout your stay at this year’s event.

*The GCUA Annual Convention room block at the Westin hotel is now full! - GCUA will keep a waiting list for the Westin, should rooms become available. To be added to the waiting list, please e-mail us with these details at adminsupport@gcua.org --- arrival date, departure date, names on the room reservation, credit union or company name and any other special requests. We suggest, if you cannot get into our room block, please get a hotel reservation at an alternate hotel. Additional hotel contact information is listed below (scroll down).

If you have a hotel reservation that you need to update, you can call the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (800) 228-3000 and be sure to mention the GCUA convention or Georgia Credit Union Affiliates' room block.

The convention room rates are $205 single/double occupancy, plus the resort fee and any applicable taxes. If you desire specific upgrades, you will need to communicate them with the hotel when you book your reservation. If you make a request for a river view room, there will be an additional $30 per day added to your convention room rate for each requested room based on availability. If you request a balcony room, there will be an additional $60 per day added to your convention room rate for each requested room based on availability. The resort charge has been reduced to $17.85 plus taxes for our group. A deposit for one night room rate and taxes will be taken at the time of booking. Guest have until 3 days (72 hours) before the expected arrival date to cancel. After that, the deposit is non-refundable.

Room Cancellation Policy

All hotel reservations are made on a first come/first serve basis. If you need to cancel your room, the Westin's room cancellation policy is 72 hours in advance without penalty. Any reservations cancelled with less than 72 hours' notice will incur the appropriate nights' penalty.

Additionally, the courtesy of advance notice of cancellations will be appreciated by others who are on a waiting list for rooms. Lastly, guests checking out prior to their check-out date will be assessed one night's room charge plus applicable taxes and fees.

Additional Hotels

Hyatt Regency Savannah*
2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912-238-1234

Marriott Riverfront Savannah*
100 General McIntosh Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31401
912-233-7722

Homewood Suites*
611 East River Stree
Savannah, GA 31401
912-355-0025

Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District*
321 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
855-271-3617 or 912-721-5000

Doubletree by Hilton Historic Savannah*
411 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
912-790-7000

*Water Taxi Access to the Convention Center

Official Drayage Company

Freeman Decorating Company is the official drayage company for this year’s convention. Once you have registered, click here for a booth equipment/service kit, available to all confirmed exhibitors. Please direct questions to: 

Freeman Decorating Company
841 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Attention Exhibitor Services Department
Phone: (404) 253-6494
Email: freemanatlantaes@fremanco.com

Installation/Dismantling

INSTALLATION HOURS:
Wednesday, May 17th
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Booth setup is not allowed on Thursday morning

DISMANTLE HOURS:
Thursday, May 18th
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(No dismantling or packing may begin prior to 6:00 p.m.) Shipments by Freeman Decorating Company must be ready by 6:30 p.m. All exhibitors, including those with plans after the show, must have all belongings removed from your booth and convention center by 7:00 p.m.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to get more exposure among the many credit union leaders and professionals attending this event?  The 2017 GCUA Annual Convention is packed with sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors.  By agreeing to be a sponsor, your company will be highlighted in our exhibit hall during networking hours and at other events throughout the convention.

Fees for sponsorship packages are in addition to the regular exhibitor booth registration fee, however the additional exposure is well worth the added expense!

If interested, please click here to review a complete list of sponsorship packages.  You may choose a package when you register online or contact Marie Bedgood at marieb@gcua.orgAll sponsorships must be received by March 15th for your company to be included in all print materials.

Payment

Full payment must be received no later than Friday, April 21st. Please make your check/money order payable to Georgia Credit Union Services, Inc. and send to:

Payment by credit card is not available

GCUA
Attention: Marie Bedgood
6705 Sugarloaf Parkway
Suite 200
Duluth, Georgia 30097

CUPAC Annual Golf Tournament

Exhibitors are encouraged to participate in the Georgia CUPAC Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 17th.

The tournament will be held at the Clubhouse at Savannah Harbor beginning at 10:00 a.m. with tee-off at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a day outdoors on a beautiful course while networking with credit union leaders, professionals and fellow exhibitors.

The tournament is a shotgun format and awards will be presented to the top three teams as well as for the longest drive and closest to the pin.  Mulligans and red tees will be available for purchase with the proceeds benefitting Georgia's CUPAC. Awards will be announced during Happy Hour.

The registration fee for the tournament is $215 per player and includes lunch.

Vendors & Professionals Happy Hour

Following the golf tournament, all exhibitors, credit union CEOs and management professionals are invited to attend Happy Hour at the Westin from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues and credit union professionals. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tournament awards will be announced at this time.

CUPAC Silent Auction

We will once again hold a silent auction to benefit Georgia's Credit Union Political Action Committee. All exhibitors are asked to bring several auction items, each with a retail value of at least $100. The items will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting Georgia's CUPAC. Items will be accepted at the Welcome Center in the Westin and the winning bids will be announced at the Friday evening Moses C. Davis Awards Dinner on May 19th.

Auction items can take any form. Some of the more popular items include golf clubs, sports memorabilia, electronics, gift baskets, designer handbags, jewelry, home decor, and more.

Disclosures

Georgia Credit Union Services, Inc. (GCUS) reserves the right to accept, reject or cancel any exhibitor registration or sponsorship not deemed to be in the best interest of GCUS, GCUA and its subsidiaries or its members. GCUS also reserves the right to require references from any exhibitor or sponsor and require full payment at the time of acceptance of the exhibitor registration or sponsorship application.

Georgia's CUPAC and CULAC are the state and federal action committees (PACs) for credit unions. Contributions to Georgia CUPAC and CULAC are not tax deductible for federal income purposes and are distributed in a 60/40 split between the two PACs. Contributions are strictly voluntary and you have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contributions from individuals outside of the solicitable class will be returned. Federal election law requires us to report the name, address, occupation and/or name of employer for individuals who contribute $200 or more in a calendar year.

See you in Savannah!

Sponsors

Listed below are our sponsors for the 2017 GCUA Annual Convention. We thank you all for your continued support throughout our endeavors.

If you would like to become a sponsor at our convention, please click here for a list of available sponsorships or contact Marie Bedgood at marieb@gcua.org.

Premier Level


CUNA Mutual Group is a leading provider of financial services to cooperatives, credit unions, their members, and valued customers worldwide. With more than 70 years of market commitment, CUNA Mutual's vision is unwavering: to be a trusted business partner who delivers service excellence with customer-focused, best-in-class products and market-driven innovation.

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Gold Level


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Member First Mortgage (MFM) is a full service CUSO with expertise in every area of mortgage lending; from Origination to Servicing/Sub-Servicing. Partner with MFM and enjoy mortgage revenue without the operating expenses, investment burden and ongoing management tasks! More options for your members, more opportunities for your Credit Union.

Silver Level


Share One, a CUSO headquartered in Memphis, TN., offers the advanced core processing software NewSolutions. The robust core system delivers exceptional value with the flexible and comprehensive solution that features a unique member-centric imaging system and efficient operational workflows. Call for a free demo at 800-888-0766 or visit us online at www.shareone.com.

Bronze Level

 

Friday Morning Breakfast

Friday Night Entertainment

 

Convention Program

 

Golf Tournament Beverage Cart

Golf Tee/Hole Sponsor

AmeriCU Mortgage

Golf & Auction

CUPAC Annual Golf Tournament

Have you been working on your golf game? It’s time to show your skills at the Georgia CUPAC Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Wednesday, May 18th at The Clubhouse at Savannah Harbor. Enjoy a day outdoors on a beautiful course while networking with peers, exhibitors and fellow golfers. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. with tee-off at 11:00 a.m.

The golf tournament is a shotgun format and awards will be presented to the top three teams as well as for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Please be sure to bring cash to buy Mulligans and Red Tees in support of Georgia CUPAC (and to improve your team's chances in the tournament)!

The registration fee for the golf tournament is $215 per player and includes lunch.

Heavenly Spa

As an alternative for those folks on Wednesday that may not be golfers, the Westin Savannah offers many relaxing services in their Heavenly Spa. If you mention you are with the GCUA group, you will receive a 10% discount on their popular spa services. For reservations at the spa, contact them at 912-201-2250.

Georgia CUPAC Silent Auction

We will once again hold a silent auction to benefit Georgia’s political action committees. All participating credit unions and vendors are asked to bring an auction item with a retail value of at least $100. Items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with the proceeds benefitting Georgia’s CUPAC. Items will be accepted upon registration and the winning bids will be announced at the Friday evening banquet on May 19th.

Auction items can take any form. Some of the more popular options include sports memorabilia, gift baskets, handbags, jewelry, home décor and more.

Georgia’s CUPAC and CULAC are the state and federal political action committees (PACs) for credit unions. Contributions to Georgia CUPAC and CULAC are not tax deductible for federal income purposes and are distributed in a 60/40 split between the two PACs. Contributions are strictly voluntary and you have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contributions from individuals outside of the solicitable class will be returned. Federal election law requires us to report the name, address, occupation and/or name of employer for individuals who contribute $200 or more in a calendar year.

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