Posted March 18th, 2016 No Comments
Crashing the GAC

What does it mean to be a “Crasher” at the Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.? Initially, for me, it meant anxiety and fear of the unknown. Am I really qualified to attend? Do I have what it takes to represent the young professionals of Nebraska? What it actually was, was so much more than that. I was chosen along with 51 other young professionals from around the country to represent my state.

We were given the opportunity to connect with 5,000 other credit union advocates and to attend breakout and keynote sessions. “Crashers” are given a front row seat to see credit union advocates at their finest and attend mentor sessions with industry leaders each day. All the preparation during the week led up to hill visits with our Nebraska legislative leaders.

My hill visits included Senator Fischer and Congressman Fortenberry. We were able to share our member stories with them, demonstrating the credit union difference on a variety of topics including the credit union tax exempt status, field of membership rules, regulatory relief, and data security. It was a whirlwind of a week that ended too soon. At the end of it all, I thought again about what it means to be a “Crasher”? It means meeting 51 other young credit union professionals that quickly become close friends and part of your professional network. It means networking with thousands of other credit union representatives from around the country and advocating for the same issues we all face. It also means having the experience of a lifetime and letting your voice be heard on Capitol Hill. “Crashers” are the future of credit unions and exemplify the credit union difference.


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