Hawaii represented in 10th Crasher group at 2019 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference

on "January 24, 2019 9:02 am"

Three young Hawaii credit union professionals will be part of the 100 Crash the GAC group in Washington D.C. Congratulations to Jordan Mastin, Hawaii State FCU; Kaleo Perez, Gather FCU; and Nicklaus Tanaka, Maui County FCU. Nearly 200 applicants representing all 50 states were vying for a place in the Crash the GAC group.

Young professionals in the credit union industry, attending as “Crashers,” will join thousands of credit union advocates for the 2019 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (CUNA GAC). This year marks the 10th Crash the GAC with the Cooperative Trust, which won the Herb Wegner Award for Outstanding Program in 2017, led by Filene Research Institute.

In celebration of this milestone, the Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) will bring 100 Crashers to the conference, representing every state in the nation. Starting March 10, these next-generation leaders will participate in conversations on the future and sustainability of the credit union industry while broadening their horizons on the impact of credit unions.

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 Kaleo Perez  Jordan Mastin  Nicklaus Tanaka

Crash the GAC is a non-stop, career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to participate in the industry’s largest advocacy conference with complimentary registration, exclusive networking opportunities, leadership development tools, and mentoring sessions with industry leaders from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, CUNA, and National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). With the Crashers’ large presence at this high-profile event, industry leaders will also gain direct access to a new generation’s insights on what does or doesn’t attract them to credit unions as employees and members.   

“As the Cooperative Trust and Crash program grow and evolve, we continue to see a positive impact on the careers of young professionals in the credit union space,” says Lauren Culp, Manager of the Cooperative Trust. “As we know developing this next generation of credit union leaders is critical to our success as an industry, we’re thrilled to work with CUNA to offer the opportunity to even more young professionals this year than ever before.”

“The Crashers program is a great opportunity for young credit union professionals, the conference, and the entire movement at large,” said CUNA CEO and President Jim Nussle. “Crashers at the GAC will have the opportunity to network and participate in the premier event of the credit union industry. We will all benefit greatly from their enthusiasm and fresh perspectives as the movement is invigorated by a new generation of advocates.”

Crash the GAC and other Crash events throughout the year are designed to spark new ways of thinking and build lasting relationships for young professionals within the credit union industry. Crashers will leave the nation’s capital with a new hunger to help strengthen their communities and organizations. This highly competitive opportunity is a launching pad for many young professionals’ careers and gives them the confidence and insight to make a profound and lasting impact in the industry.

Crash the GAC is brought to you by the Cooperative Trust and Filene Research Institute and is made possible by the generous support of CUNA, and with help from League partners.

About Filene: Filene Research Institute is an independent, consumer finance think tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting consumer financial wellness, the future of credit unions, and cooperative finance. Founded 30 years ago as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Filene moves credit unions forward with research and incubation support. For more information, visit filene.org and @fileneresearch.

About The Cooperative Trust: The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at cooperativetrust.com.

About CUNA: Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by more than 15 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit cuna.org.