My GAC 2010 Acceptance Speech

First off, I’d like to thank God, for without Him, nothing is possible. I’d like to thank my family, my wife, and my new son Mason, for being supportive of all of the long hours I had to put in over the week. I’d like to extend a very large thank you to CUNA for putting the GAC on in the first place. It is an incredible, must attend event for all credit union professionals. Also, without CUNA, Crash the GAC would never have been able to attend the entire conference and become involved with the great sessions and events. Thanks to their generous sponsorship, the GAC was tweeted about nearly 1000 times which translates to a ton of free press for CUNA and the ability to extend their conference to people around the US and the world who were not able to attend.

I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Palmetto Cooperative Services and Mark Curran for putting up the crashers in our two star lodging for the week and picking up the tab for dinner and drinks on a few occasions. Another big thanks goes out to CU Swag (and PTP New Media) and James Robert Lay for the killer Crash the GAC t-shirts. I’d also like to thank all of the crashers and their sponsoring credit unions for come up to DC and livin’ it up at the GAC.

And finally, I’d like to thank the master behind the curtain, Brent Dixon and his design shop, The Haberdashery, for his amazing work at putting this together. Also, Filene, who supported Brent in his quest to bring under 30 professionals to the GAC. Without Brent, none of this would have been possible!

I’d also like to thank my personal trainer, my dog… (cue music)

Starting small with collaboration

In a perfect world CUNA, NAFCU, NACUSO, CUES, WOCCU, and the rest of the credit union alphabet soup would be lovey dovey, get along great, find ways to work together, etc, etc.  Maybe we’d even get a national campaign out of it.  Milk can do it.  Pork can do it.  Even pistachios have joined the club recently.  Regardlesss, I digress.

Most talk I hear about and around CU collaboration these days seems to be these organizations getting together with committees or advisory boards.  And that’s about where it ends.  Death by committee.  The same reason a national campaign will most likely never take off.  Too many minds and opinions.  So rather than be destined to languishing in committees, why can’t credit unions start small with some type of functional collaboration?

If you had to pick a small, functional area for half-a-dozen credit unions to partner with, what would it be?  Something simple like website hosting, but full featured?  Phone system stuff?  ACH origination?  What is something small that credit unions could experiment with together?

A kid in a candy store

Life is crazy. I’ve got a lot of cool projects coming down the pipe that I can’t wait to share with everyone. I’ve got a super-sweet secret project going with the great Brent Dixon, some kick butt online banking stuff that nobody is doing, and a few other little tricks up my sleeve.

I was in DC for the GAC a few weeks back now, and as usual, it was a tremendous conference. I would highly recommend attending it anytime you can if you can swallow the pill and fork out the dough to say in DC.  

Times are good and I love credit unions.

Crazy week at the GAC!

I’m finally pulling my head up out of the ground after the GAC!  I didn’t have any time to post anything on the blog, but I did get a few things up on Twitter.  Being part of the Oregon Credit Union League, we met up with our state senators, had receptions, visited the Senate building and quite a few other things.  It was a crazy busy week.  Had dinner with Brent, Morris and Adam from everythingcu.com, some of the fine folks with Old West FCU, Kirk Drake from Ongoing Operations, and quite a few others.  It was a crazy week.  I was also fighting a gnarly cold the whole week and I thought I’d kick it when I got home but it only got worse.  I got home late Friday night, gave up, and went to the doctor on Tuesday only to find out I have bronchitis.  Oh yeah, I’ve got grand jury this week and next, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Anyways, GAC was awesome and I’d encourage anyone who can go to find a way to make it happen.  It was awesome seeing 4700 CU people all in the same place.