2021GAsymposium

SPEAKERS

Harper1

Todd Harper was nominated to serve on the NCUA Board on February 6, 2019. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on March 14, 2019, and he was sworn in as a member of the NCUA Board on April 8, 2019. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., designated him as the NCUA’s twelfth Chairman on January 20, 2021. As NCUA Board Chairman, he serves as a voting member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and represents the NCUA on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council and the Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee. Prior to joining the NCUA Board, he served as director of the agency’s Office of Public and Congressional Affairs and chief policy advisor to former Chairmen Debbie Matz and Rick Metsger.

Bacino

Geoff Bacino is a partner at Bacino & Associates, a national government relations, strategic planning and business solutions firm. Previously, Geoff served on the Board of the National Credit Union Administration as a appointee of President Bill Clinton. He was also nominated to serve on the Federal Housing Finance Board by President George W. Bush at the recommendation of Senator Harry Reid. The Finance Board was responsible for the oversight and regulation of the nation’s 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. Geoff was the founder of the National Association of State Chartered Credit Unions. He has served as a lobbyist for CUNA and was the Executive Director of the National Association of Share Insurance Corporations.

Blanchard

Larry Blanchard has a distinguished history of service to credit unions and cooperatives, beginning as a teenager when, as part of a high school project, he was recruited to work at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Credit Union. He worked his way to a senior management position at Douglas Aircraft Federal Credit Union in Santa Monica, CA and was later named President and CEO of Cameron Station Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, VA. It was his background in credit union operations, principles, and philosophy that prompted him to launch a personal lobbying campaign with Congress on legislation affecting credit unions. His efforts caught the attention of NAFCU, CUNA, and the National Credit Union Administration, each of which recruited him to senior positions. Larry joined CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, WI in February 1994 to lead the company's public relations and communications department. 

Filson2

Chip Filson is a nationally recognized leader in the credit union industry, an astute author, frequent speaker, and consultant for the credit union movement. He has more than 40 years of experience in government, financial institutions, and business. His experience makes him an authority on a range of topics, including analysis of credit union trends, credit union public and market-facing opportunities, and strategies for enhancing member value. His belief in the cooperative movement has made him an advocate for corporate credit unions, dual chartering, CUSO’s and regulatory reform of NCUA.  Currently, he posts blogs to share his passion and observations about cooperatives' roles for consumers in the American economy.

Schenk2 Mike Schenk is Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist for CUNA and conducts economic research and supports CUNA's public relations and advocacy efforts.  He has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 1992 he joined the Credit Union National Association. Mike's analyses regularly appear in trade publications such as Credit Union Magazine. He also is a frequent contributor to the financial media. Mike serves on the board of Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wisconsin - a $3 billion financial cooperative with over 160,000 members. He serves as Board Chair and also has Chaired the credit union's Asset-Liability Management and Risk Management/Internal Audit Committees. 

Diekmann Frank Diekmann is Cooperator-in-Chief and co-founder of CUToday.info, a digital news and collaboration platform that is now the #1 provider of organic reporting, opinion, analysis, video and other resources to credit unions than any other provider. He has an extensive background in credit union industry reporting and editing. Prior to founding CUToday.info, Frank founded Credit Union Journal, and prior to that co-founded Credit Union Times. Before covering credit unions, he covered the nation’s banking industry. He began his editorial career working as a sports reporter, before making the natural segue into credit unions. He is a frequent speaker, having addressed credit union meetings from Sydney to Prague and all of the U.S., and also regularly serves as a judge in various organizations’ marketing and awards competitions.