The NACUSO Network Event took place April 15-18. Check back soon for highlights.
The 2025 NACUSO Network will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, April 14-17.

Join us in Orlando and find out why attendees look forward to the NACUSO Network Conference as the collaborative connection point for credit unions, CUSOs and industry innovators and entrepreneurs. Face-to-face connections facilitate innovative collaboration and solutions. The NACUSO Network Conference is one of the best conferences designed to inspire collaboration, where you can find new innovative solutions and exciting new ways to help your members. You’ll notice that NACUSO Network has a new look and feel this year. We’re excited to introduce some new elements to our event that really focus on engaging credit unions, CUSOs and fintechs together to foster innovation and collaboration to advance the future of credit unions. Hear from NACUSO’s new CEO, Ronaldo Hardy, about next year’s event:

Pay it Forward…Support Small Credit Unions

Be a Catalyst for Change!

NACUSO believes in the power of unity and support within our credit union network which is why we’re introducing the NACUSO ‘Pay it Forward’ initiative. Through the registration process, you now have the opportunity to make a difference.

Your generosity can open doors, spark innovation, and strengthen the cooperative spirit that defines our community. Your contribution will ensure that everyone, regardless of the size of their credit union, can attend this year’s NACUSO Network to have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Join us in building a brighter future for credit unions across the nation and help create a lasting impact.

When you register online, you’ll have the option to make a donation of any amount to help empower another attendee from a small credit union to join us at this year’s conference. Funds collected in the “Pay it Forward” initiative will specifically be used for registration fee assistance for small credit union attendees.

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NACUSO MEMBERS Partners, Sponsors & Exhibitors 

The NACUSO Members registration fee is $1450. This is a savings of $100 off the non-member registration fee. Members can also take advantage of our Group discount, buy 3 and get the 4th registration free.

Partners/Sponsors: As a benefit of purchasing an exhibit package or being a year-round partner, NACUSO Mastercard, Platinum & Gold Partners, Sponsors & Exhibitors can register to attend for $1350. Click here for Exhibit packages and sign-up information.

$1450 per person 

Credit Union & CUSO Attendees

For non-Members credit union or non-Member CUSO Attendees, the registration fee is $1550.  Not a member? You can join NACUSO for 50% off your first year’s membership! That’s only $497.50 for Credit Union & CUSO organizations. 

Click here for more info about joining NACUSO and then you can register for the conference at the NACUSO Member rate of $1450.  

$1550 per person

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Vendors & Non-Credit Union/CUSO Attendees

If your company is not a member of NACUSO and you’re not a credit union or a CUSO attendee, the registration fee is $1850 per person. If your organization joins NACUSO, you can register at the NACUSO Member registration fee of $1450 per person.  For membership info click here.

If your organization purchases an exhibit/sponsor package, you can register at the special rate of $1350. Exhibit packages also include complimentary registrations. Click here for Exhibit packages and sign-up information.

$1850 per person

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What does Conference Registration Include?

Conference Guide and additional conference materials
Access to event app which includes list of attendees for networking
All General Sessions & Break-out Sessions 
Access to Networking Exhibits Lounge
Monday 4/15/2024: Refreshments and Opening Welcome Reception
Tuesday 4/16/2024: Breakfast, Lunch and Hospitality Reception
Wednesday 4/17/2024: Breakfast, Lunch and Hospitality Reception
Thursday 4/18/2024: Breakfast, Lunch, Transformation Thursday with Underground Collision & Curql
Note: Hotel room reservations are not included with conference registration fees and must be booked separately.

  • NACUSO Members Rate: $1450 per person
  • NACUSO Partners, Exhibitors & Sponsors: $1350 per person
  • NACUSO Member Group Special:   Pay for 3 and 4th Attendee is free
  • NACUSO Platinum Partner Group Special: Pay for 2 and 3rd Attendee is free
  • NACUSO Gold Partner Group Special:  Pay for 3 and 4th Attendee is free
  • Platinum Partners receive complimentary exhibit space and registrations, plus additional registration discounts as a benefit of their year-round membership.  
  • Gold Partners receive 50% off selected exhibit packages and additional registration discounts as a benefit of their year-round membership.  
  • Sponsor/Exhibitors information view here.
  • Conference Registration Refund Policy: Conference registrations cancelled by March 21, 2024 will be refunded minus a $100 administrative fee. Refunds are not available for cancellation requests after March 21, 2024. ‘No Shows’ will be deemed a cancellation and cannot be refunded.
  • Golf Refund Policy: Golf cancellations received by March 15, 2024 will be refunded in full. Refunds are not available for cancellation requests after March 15, 2024.  ‘No Shows’ will be deemed a cancellation and cannot be refunded.
  • Substitution Policy: Substitutions for conference or golf registrations can be made at any time up to the event start date.
  • Requests for cancellations, changes or substitutions must be done through NACUSO’s registration site and/or by emailing You may also call the office at (888)462-2870.
  • Disney Resort Reservation Cancellations: In order to receive a refund of your deposit, including payment card deposit transactions, notification of cancellation must be received at least 5 days prior to your arrival date. To cancel or modify a reservation, call (407) 939-4686.
  • Non-Member Fee for CU or CUSO Attendees: $1550 per person
  • Non-Member Fee for Vendors or Non CU/CUSO Attendees: $1850 per person

Not a NACUSO Member? Join NACUSO and conference registration fees at the NACUSO member rate can be submitted on the same day as your paid membership application. Just visit the Join Now membership section at for information and to complete the membership form.

  • Spouse/Guest Dining Package: $625 pp – This option allows the spouse/guest of a registered attendee to attend all breakfasts, lunches and hospitality receptions. Please note this does not include access to any conference sessions, breakouts, refreshment breaks or exhibiting.
  • Monday’s Golf Outing: $250 pp – The NACUSO Network Golf Outing will be held at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course on Monday, April 15, 2024. Golfers will meet at 7:15 am (8:30 am start time). The fee is $250 per person and includes:  green fees, cart fees, continental breakfast, lunch, range balls and cart coolers with assorted beverages. Club rentals are $49. Golfers will receive additional details and pairing information in April.
  • Tuesday’s Advocacy Fundraiser Breakfast: $600 pp – Access to private breakfast and photo with Mastercard’s special guest speaker. This event helps support the advocacy efforts of NACUSO. Seats are limited. Guest speaker to be announced soon.
  • Tuesday’s Advocacy Fundraiser Breakfast w/Autographed Item: $1200 pp – Access to private breakfast, photo and an autographed item from Mastercard’s special guest speaker. This event helps support the advocacy efforts of NACUSO. Seats are limited. Guest speaker to be announced soon.

All NACUSO Network conference meetings and events will be held at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center. NACUSO has secured a block of rooms at both Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club

Disney Hotel Reservation Rate: NACUSO’s room block rate is $289 + taxes per night (single/double occupancy) for Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club run of house rooms for the nights of April 15-18, 2024. There is an additional $35 per night for each guest over double occupancy, ages 18 and older (no fee for children under 18 years sharing a room with an adult). For attendees wishing to extend their stay, subject to availability, the resort will offer NACUSO’s blocked rate Five days pre and post our group dates.

NACUSO Room Block Rate Deadline: The cutoff date for room reservations at the $289 blocked rate is March 21, 2024. Reservations should be made as soon as possible as rooms within the block are subject to availability and can sell out prior to the cutoff date. Any reservations made after the cut-off date will be confirmed subject to room availability and at market rates. Reservations require a one night’s deposit, per room, to guarantee accommodations.

Need assistance booking your room? Contact Disney’s Group Reservation Desk (407) 939-4686 or email

Hotel Reservation Cancellations: To cancel room reservations, refer to your hotel confirmation or contact the hotel directly at (407) 939-4686. Hotel cancellations will be accepted up to five (5) days prior to arrival without penalty. The deposit is non-refundable if canceled within the five (5) prior to arrival date. 

Airport Transportation Options: Taxi (approx. $60+ one-way), Uber/Lyft (rates vary), and MearsConnect (Disney’s preferred transportation company).

Resort To Disney Parks Transportation: Disney provides complimentary scheduled transportation to all theme parks, some resorts and Disney Springs. For more information click here.

Resort Parking: $25 per night.

Wifi: Complimentary Wifi is available in all meeting space, common resort areas and guest rooms.

Disney Park Tickets: For pricing options, visit our Disney/NACUSO Group Page to learn more and purchase tickets prior to arrival. Currently, park tickets and making reservations inadvance to attend the park you wish to visit are required.

Dining | Restaurants: For complete listing of Disney restaurants and to secure your reservations prior to arrival, click here.

NACUSO Events Team Contact Information: Office #(949) 645-5296 Shawna Luna, Shannon Spicer, Amanda Reed and Vivian Magnusson

Networking Golf Outing 

The 2024 NACUSO Golf Outing will be held at the reimagined Disney Magnolia Golf Course on Monday, April 15, 2024. Registered attendees and/or guests of registered attendees are welcome to participate. Spots are limited!

$250 Golf Registration Fee: Includes green fees, round trip golf transportation to/from golf course, two (2) bottled waters, continental breakfast and lunch.

$49 Golf Club Rental Fee: Includes clubs and two (2) sleeves of TaylorMade Tour Response golf balls.

Registered golfers will receive information in April with additional tournament logistics. Golf player substitutions are permitted at any time, sorry no refunds will be issued for golf cancellations requested after March 15, 2024.

General Schedule of Events

3/10/2024 – An updated agenda has been provided for travel planning purposes. Check back soon for additional details.

Who Should Attend?

Credit Union & CUSO CEOs

Credit Union & CUSO Executive & Senior Management

Credit Union Leagues & League Service Corporations

Entrepreneurs & Innovators
looking to work with Credit Unions and CUSOs

Vendors looking to Partner with Credit Unions and CUSOs

Sarah Bang, NCUA Senior Policy Advisor, shares her thoughts on the importance of CUSOs.

General Sessions

The 2024 NACUSO Network Conference will offer an exciting lineup of Keynote Speakers to challenge, inspire and encourage you to advance the future of credit unions with their insights. Check back soon for information on speakers & sessions.

Keynote Speakers

Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders

Barry’s Bio

Barry Sanders was born July 16,1968 in Wichita, Kansas. He is one of eleven children born to William and Shirley Sanders to whom he attributes his quiet, humble nature following the lead of his older brothers. Barry began playing football at a young age and often he could be found playing in the fields surrounding his Kansas home imitating his favorites Running Backs. Guys like Eric Metcalf, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, and Tony Dorsett inspired him. Although Barry dreamed of playing RB while he attended Wichita North High School, he only played defensive back most of his high school career. In 1985 Coach B took over and in the fourth game, of his senior season, he was moved over to the running back position that he is known for today. His 1,400+ yard season earned him All-State honors, however due to his size he received only four scholarship offers, including one from Oklahoma State University.

Oklahoma State University

In 1986, Barry enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He backed up Thurman Thomas for his first two years and although leading the nation in kick-off return yards was a sign of what was to come, no one could have expected what Barry did as a Junior.

His 1988 season is widely regarded as the greatest single offensive season in college football history. He set 36 NCAA records that season, including, 7.6 yards per carry, over 320 total yards per game, 2,628 yards rushing, 3,248 total yards, 234 points, and 39 touchdowns in only eleven games. These totals don’t include the five touch downs and 225 yards he had in the 1988 Holiday Bowl.

At the end of the season Barry was awarded the 1988 Heisman Trophy, which he accepted from Japan, becoming the first Heisman winner to rush for 225 yards and 5 TDs the day he won the trophy! His pro workout day was legendary. He came out to the field, leaped up and grabbed the crossbar to do a one armed pull up for the coaches that were assembled. He ran a 4.3 forty, and followed it up with a 4.29. He benched 225 lbs., twenty seven times and then asked the coaches if that was good enough. He had a 44” vertical leap that led Wayne Fontes to light a cigar, and tell the other coaches to go home. Wayne was taking Barry, and with that, he declared for the NFL Draft.

Detroit Lions

Barry was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 3rd overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. He played ten Pro Bowl seasons in the NFL, all for the Lions, averaging over 1,500 rushing yards per season. He won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award in 1993 and also in 1997, rushing for 2,053 yards and eleven touchdowns that year. Barry left the game just 1,457 yards short of passing legend Walter Payton to become first on the NFL All-Time list. He still holds over ten NFL records, including most consecutive seasons with 1,000+ rushing yards, most consecutive games with 100+ yards, most games with 150+ yards rushing. Barry retired after the 1998 season and has resided in Detroit since. He considers his relationships with Detroit Lions fans one of his great accomplishments in the game.

Barry was inducted to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2020, he was named to the NFL All-Time Team as one of its greatest “100 Hundred Players” and is listed at number nine on College Football’s “150 Greatest Players” list. Barry is enjoying his retirement and has become an All-Star in the world of business. His relationships span across dozens of companies including running his Barry Sanders Nissan dealerships and Lefty’s Cheesesteak stores. He holds a special assistant role to the Ford Family and the Detroit Lions’ President, plays as much golf as he can and supports several charities including the Scleroderma Research Foundation. He has been very lucky to get to spend a lot of his time with his four sons, Barry, Nigel, Nic and Noah too. Barry played football at Stanford and Oklahoma State. He now works at EA Sports on Madden products. Nigel is at Howard studying music production and design. Nic is a walk-on freshman for the Michigan State basketball team and Noah is a high school student athlete in Detroit, Michigan.

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle
Founder, iD8 & innov8

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Theory of Creativity

The ability to think creatively is the one core human truth that will remain relevant in the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence. Everyone has the power to be creative! But wait, do you believe that you are not the “creative type”? That we should leave the creativity to the “Creatives”? For most, this has happened so many times that we end up actually believing it. For adults, not being creative is an accepted fate.

With an education and corporate structure that encourages finding the single “right answer” to every question, we are trained to fall in line, and shut down that creative portion of our brain.

But weren’t we kids once? Turning boxes into spaceships and pillows and blankets into forts and castles? What happened to that creativity? Fortunately, that childhood creativity did not dissipate – it’s just lying dormant, waiting to be brought back to life!

During the Theory of Creativity™ Keynote, Duncan will share innovation tools developed from experience with thousands of global Fortune 500 companies and 30 years of experience with the Walt Disney Company, most recently as Head of Innovation & Creativity.

By the end, your audience will walk away with a series of unique Creative Behaviors and Innovation Tools to leverage their creative minds, deliver revolutionary thinking and drive substantial results in all areas of your business.

Keynote Takeaways:

  • How to innovate by challenging the rules of your industry
  • Learn real-life examples of how to embed a sustainable culture of innovation and creativity throughout your organization
  • Learn tools on how to encourage every employee to think creatively
Annie Andrew

Annie B. Andrews
Retired Rear Admiral, US Navy Andrews Consulting Enterprises

Authentic Leadership

Take a deeper look at the importance of effective leadership and the key traits that contributes to it. Leadership should be marked by commitments to collaboration, engagement, and the creation of a culture where teamwork leads to extraordinary achievements.  What Will Your Leadership Legacy Be?

Jim Nussle

Jim Nussle
President & CEO, America’s Credit Unions

Jim’s Bio

Jim Nussle was named president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association in September 2014. Nussle, is a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

CUNA is the largest and most influential national financial services trade association advocating for America’s credit unions. There are nearly 5,500 credit unions nationwide, with 130 million members and almost $1.5 trillion in assets.

Nussle has long admired the grass roots advocacy strength of the credit union movement. In Congress, he witnessed firsthand the enthusiastic advocacy of America’s credit unions.

Nussle served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-2007 as a Republican representative from the State of Iowa. From 2001-2006, he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, a key panel that oversees the federal budget process, including review of all bills and resolutions on the budget. In addition he was a member of the House leadership and served on the Banking and Ways and Means Committees.

In 2007, President Bush tapped him as the 36th director of OMB, the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. As OMB director, he was a member of the president’s cabinet.

Nussle also served on the founding board of Growth Energy, a trade association of renewable energy companies and industry partners. He was recruited by his fellow board members in 2010 to help lead the organization as its President and COO. During his tenure, Growth Energy nearly doubled its revenue, increased membership by 18% to become the largest renewable energy association, and successfully navigated several regulatory and legislative challenges.

In his early career, Nussle served his community for four years as a first responder and firefighter with the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department. He also spent four years as the Delaware County Attorney, the chief prosecutor and civil attorney for the jurisdiction and established his own law practice. Nussle also serves as a director on the boards of Thrivent Mutual FundsPRA Group Inc., and as a special advisor on the advisory board of AVISTA Capital Partners.

In addition, he volunteers his time with The National Down Syndrome Society and as President of Epiphany Lutheran Church Congregational Council, where you can often find him “sitting in” playing guitar in the praise band for Sunday services.

A native Iowan, Nussle received a degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his law degree from Drake University in Des Moines. Nussle and his wife, Karen live in Wisconsin, and have two adult children.

Gene Goldman

Gene Goldman
Chief Investment Officer & Director of Research

Gene’s Bio

Gene Goldman is responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the firm’s research offerings. Gene has more than 29 years of experience in the development of investment strategies, money manager research and overseeing investment analysts.

He is frequently cited in a range of national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Reuters and he is a regular guest on high-profile news networks including CNBC and Fox Business News.

Mr. Goldman earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Northeastern University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA).

Jill Nowacki

Jill’s Bio

Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she is using her experience and passion to lead Humanidei, a human capital strategies firm committed to making credit unions the workplaces and volunteer causes of choice for today’s workforce.

Nowacki has practical experience in politics and communication; human resources and strategic planning; community development and marketing. With each role, her purpose remained the same: Help credit unions realize their full potential to expand the economic capacity of members and communities.

Jill has deeply engaged with credit unions across the country, working with Boards of Directors and executive teams to foster growth. They need products, services, and technology to meet member needs, but the true differentiator is in credit unions that leverage the value of human capital to make their systems work best.

As the President/CEO of Humanidei, Jill helps credit unions increase relevance and win the war for talent at all levels, from front-line staffing through the Board of Directors. By strategically addressing the value of human capital, credit unions can create environments where people bring their best, authentic selves to work; resulting in diversity in thought, increased innovation, stronger succession planning, and ultimately: Relevant, growing credit unions that expand the economic capacity of the members and communities they serve.

Brian Knight

Brian’s Bio

Brian Knight was appointed President and CEO on January 1, 2022. He joined NASCUS in 1998 and had served as NASCUS’ general counsel since 2007. In 2014, Mr. Knight was also named executive vice president. In addition to managing NASCUS’ legal affairs, Mr. Knight oversaw NASCUS’ legislative and regulatory analysis, policy development, advocacy, and compliance guidance. He also oversaw NASCUS’ professional development department and Accreditation and State Programs department.

With an extensive background in both legislative and regulatory analyses and a comprehensive knowledge of the state and federal credit union regulatory system, Mr. Knight represents NASCUS speaking at seminars, trade association meetings, and conferences. Mr. Knight has testified before numerous state legislatures on behalf of state regulatory agencies and participated in industry strategic planning sessions.

In 2005, Mr. Knight developed a Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering compliance conference for examiners and credit unions. Held in partnership with CUNA, the conference today remains the largest credit union specific BSA training in the country.

Mr. Knight earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary school of law. Prior, he earned a B.A. in history and political science from Hope College. Mr. Knight is a member of the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.

Brian Lauer

Brian’s Bio

Brian is a partner with the law firm Messick Lauer & Smith P.C.  For more than ten years, credit unions have contacted Brian to help find effective ways to better serve their members.  To that end, Brian has helped credit unions and innovators form 100’s of CUSOs providing new and innovative products and services.  These projects have helped credit unions to generate more net income and to collaborate to reduce operating costs.

His advice also helps credit unions and CUSOs to navigate the sea of regulations affecting nearly every aspect of their day to day operations.  In addition, credit unions and CUSOs look to Brian for support when offering a number of different services, including: sale of investment services, insurance services, mortgage lending, title insurance, indirect lending, business lending and loan participation, credit card lending, student lending, operational services such as compliance and marketing, information technology support, stored value and debit cards, peer to peer payments, payroll processing, technology development and disaster recovery/business continuation.

This experience has lead to Brian speaking at many conferences and seminars as well as facilitating strategic planning sessions throughout the country.  Brian received his Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental Law.  He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Heather McKissick

Heather McKissick

Heather’s Bio

Heather McKissick is CEO of the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES), an organization dedicated to providing credit union professionals, directors and suppliers the resources they need to reach their greatest potential. CUES passion is being the trusted, single source for members’ professional development needs. Prior to joining CUES, Heather served as an Executive Vice President at University Federal Credit Union (UFCU), where she worked for nine years.

Prior to UFCU, Heather was already an experienced advocate and community leader after serving for seven years as a volunteer and then five years as Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Austin. For decades, as one of the top civic leadership programs in the nation, Leadership Austin has trained thousands in community issues and leadership through its programs, and Heather came to know just about everyone who went through the development programs during her years of service. The history of her not-for-profit career also encompasses healthcare, regional government and higher education. 

An honored community leader herself, Heather is a member of the board of the American Heart and Stroke Association of Central Texas; the Young Women’s Alliance community advisory board (and their 2013 “Inspiring Leader of the Year”); and chair of the advisory council for the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce. She served as chair of the Heart Association’s 2017 “Go Red for Women” campaign; as honorary co-chair with Austin Mayor Steve Adler of the 2016 “Austin Under 40” awards; was the inaugural “Austin Under 40 Mentor of the Year” honoree; a “Women of Distinction” honoree in 2014 by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and a recipient of a 2010 “Profiles in Power” award. She is also a proud International Credit Union Development Educator.

Dennis Dollar

Dennis Dollar

Dennis’s Bio

Voted by the readers of Credit Union Times as the most influential credit union leader of the past 25 years, Dennis Dollar is the principal partner in Dollar Associates, LLC, a full-service consulting group focusing on credit unions and the organizations that serve them. 

Mr. Dollar’s background is extensive in the credit union and public policy arenas.

Dennis Dollar was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board in 2001. Mr. Dollar had served on the three-member Board since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997, having been a member of the NCUA Board during the most far-reaching period of legislative and regulatory change in the history of the American credit union movement. As part of the NCUA Board, Mr. Dollar oversaw the making of all regulations for federal credit unions and the administration of the federal insurance fund covering approximately 9500 federal and state chartered credit unions in the United States.

In his capacity as NCUA Chairman, Mr. Dollar also served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council(FFIEC). The FFIEC is charged by the U.S. Congress with the responsibility for coordinating the examination and supervision programs of the five federal financial regulatory agencies.

A former two-term member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, Mr. Dollar was elected at age 22 to the House in 1975, at that time the youngest legislator in the state and one of the youngest in history. During his eight years in the House of Representatives, he won numerous awards for his leadership on issues ranging from open government to tax and education policy. Immediately prior to being appointed to the NCUA Board, Mr. Dollar served from 1991 to 1997 as President and CEO of what is now the Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union, at that time the Gulfport Veterans Administration Federal Credit Union which was a $32 million institution serving more than 12,000 members and 150 employer groups along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

During his credit union career, his credit union won the national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award from CUNA for its asset category and numerous local and state growth and service awards. Mr. Dollar was also a top five finalist for credit union CEO of the Year by Credit Union Times, a leading credit union industry publication, in 1994. His awards include a 2003 induction into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame and the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the prestigious 2004 Ambassador Award from the World Council of Credit Unions for his leadership in the international credit union movement and the 2005 Anchor Award from the National Credit Union Foundation for outstanding contributions to the credit union movement.  In 2015, he was voted by the readers of Credit Union Times – the largest circulation credit union industry trade publication – as the Most Influential Credit Union Leader since 1990.

Active in a number of civic organizations, Mr. Dollar has served, among others, on Boards of the March of Dimes, United Way, Boys and Girls Club and local Chamber of Commerce. He is a Baptist deacon, a Gideon and a Sunday School teacher at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, who chairs the Finance Committee.

Mr. Dollar received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in 1975 and is married to Janie, his wife of 39 years.  He has a son, Chris, who is an associate with the Dollar Associates firm, and a daughter, Lindsay.  Both of his children are married and the Dollars have five grandchildren. 

Tansley Stearns

Tansley Stearns

Tansley’s Bio

Tansley Stearns is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Financial Credit Union, where her boundless enthusiasm fuels a culture that places people at the core.

With over 25 years of transformative leadership in credit unions, Stearns’ journey epitomizes dedication to community impact. Her legacy of igniting growth and change echoes from Colorado’s Canvas Credit Union, where her innovative strategies catalyzed unparalleled expansion. As the Chief Impact Officer at Filene Research Institute, she forged connections between academia, credit unions, and Silicon Valley, amplifying research’s practical influence.

Stearns’ influence, traced from BestSource to Bethpage Federal Credit Union, exudes a legacy of service, empathy, and an ever-present smile that invigorates and uplifts every community she touches.

Chad Miller

Chad Miller

Chad’s Bio

Chad Miller began their work experience in 2014 at CSE Federal Credit Union, where they started as a Consumer Lender before being promoted to Consumer Lending Supervisor. Chad worked in this position until 2017 when they joined Southwest Louisiana Credit Union as the Chief Operations Officer. In 2019, Chad was promoted to the position of President/CEO at Southwest Louisiana Credit Union, where they currently work.

Chad Miller obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Louisiana State University Eunice from 2010 to 2012. Chad then pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at the University of Louisiana Monroe from 2012 to 2014. Later, Chad completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Louisiana Monroe from 2016 to 2018. Furthermore, they obtained additional certifications such as Certified Chief Executive (CCE) from CUES in 2023, Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) from CUNA Mutual Group in 2017, and Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) from CUNA Mutual Group in 2016.

Renee Sattiewhite

Renee Sattiewhite

Renee’s Bio

Renée Sattiewhite is the President and CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) and is responsible for the execution of the strategic vision of the Board of Directors. With over 30 years in the world of finance, she started her career as a teller trainee for City National Bank in Beverly Hills, California. She quickly moved up the ranks with various positions including bank officer. She has been associated with credit unions for over 25 years and was the first Internship Program Director for the AACUC.

Renée’s background is in training and marketing, specializing in customer service, effective communication, board development, team building and strategic planning. Renée is a former Instructor for Spelman College’s Continuing Education Department, a Facilitator for United Way of Greater Atlanta’s VIP Board Development Program and a graduate of Oglethorpe University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is credited for giving organizations a “new look” in the areas of customer satisfaction, employee relations and marketing materials.

Renée is a certified diversity professional, a credit union development educator, motivational speaker, an executive coach, mentoring trainer and assists organizations with marketing campaigns.

Brandi Stankovic

Dr. Brandi Stankovic

Brandi’s Bio

Dr. Brandi Stankovic is an organizational change expert, motivational speaker, artist and mommy who inspires firms globally with her models of leadership, engagement, and award-winning education. Dr. Stankovic is a trusted advisor and strategic planning facilitator who guides CEOs and Boards on risk appetite, organizational health, profitability and growth. Dr. Stankovic is the coauthor of The Strategic MVP, a book of 52 growth and leadership tools and the host of the energizing podcast, The Strategic Hotbox, designed to help executives reach their greatest potential. Dr. Stankovic is a director and cofounder of CU Pride, industry organization serving LGBTQ+ community and allies. She also serves on the CMN Hospitals Credit Unions for Kids advisory group, HRD Network Board, and is a Development Educator CUDE and I-CUDE. Dr. Stankovic volunteers for the World Young Credit Union Professionals Affiliates Council and the Global Women’s Leadership Network, World Council of Credit Unions, helping advance young executives and women in leadership across the globe. Dr. Stankovic received her Bachelors in Finance and Economics at University of Nevada, TESOL and Teaching Practice Certificate from the College of Teachers in the United Kingdom, Masters of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.

​Break-out Sessions

NACUSO Break-out Sessions focus on the most relevant topics with industry experts coming together to address important issues and opportunities for credit union & CUSO CEOs. Additional topics will cover regulatory issues, AI, cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, state of the industry and CUSO hot topics.

Big Data/Data Analytics
CUSO Challenge

Entrepreneur/CEO/Business Development
Insurance Services

Investment Services
Member Business Lending Services
Mortgage Services/Lending

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