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Akamine Patrick Adams never met a paradigm he wouldn't like to change. He helps audiences question the "because-we've-always-done-it-that-way" mentality and develops real-world solutions. He emphasizes the importance of service and quality through all delivery systems and challenges audiences to accept and adapt to change...no matter how painful. Adams has devoted over 25 years to the credit union movement and served as executive vice president of St. Louis Community Credit Union for more than 15 years. 
Arnold2 Jim Bullard is a senior consultant in the Risk & Compliance Solutions department for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role, he assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends appropriate controls to reduce loss exposures. He serves credit unions nationally and is the Team Lead for all lending related consultations. Jim is frequently asked to speak by various organizations on a variety of lending and fraud related topics.

Celeste Cook is founder and President/CEO of cuStrategies LLC. Celeste brings her credit union experience, expertise, proven strategies, positive energy, and passion for service! In addition to being a consultant and trainer, she is a keynote and motivational speaker with a dynamic and engaging style that have made her highly sought after within the credit union industry. Along with being CEO of cuStrategies LLC, she has been involved in the credit union industry for more than 20 years and a professional speaker and trainer for more than 15 years – also working for a $1.6 billion credit union in Atlanta, Georgia.


Roger Grannis has improved business performance at some of the biggest names in banking: Wells Fargo, Royal Bank of Scotland, GE Capitol, Synchrony.  He is considered one of the most energizing, knowledgeable and entertaining speakers on influence, sales, and communications. Grannis brings a rare combination of expertise and humor to every speaking engagement.  He continuously hones his craft as a member of the National Speakers Association.

Angela Prestil 2019 Angela Prestil brings a distinct specialty-set in the critical areas of employee engagement, leadership development, and member loyalty strategies. She has helped hundreds of business leaders and young professionals through her coaching, mentoring, and professional development efforts. Angela delivers a highly valued perspective on how to help business drive growth and optimize their future success, having spent 20 years as a leader at Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Rory Rowland is the president and founder of Rowland Consulting in Independence, MO dedicated primarily to helping organizations and leaders to reach their full potential. As a trend watcher he can help organizations analyze industry trends and use that information to make strategic decisions that will help the organization move forward. Rory is one of the most popular speakers at state and national conferences and he has spoken before thousands during his 15-year career.