COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) has officially concluded its 60th Annual Conference. Throughout this year’s conference, attendees and guests were a part of valuable discussions and heard from several influential speakers including military and industry leaders.
“This year’s conference was really special in not only honoring our 60th anniversary representing and supporting the needs of our member credit unions but also continuing to provide our members with the DCUC Difference,” said Tony Hernandez, DCUC’s President/CEO. “We had so many great speakers and presentations, as well as insightful discussions with our trade partners and industry associations. I’m really happy with this year’s conference and am looking forward to seeing where the conversations we started this week lead us going forward.”
DCUC’s final session featured three-time U.S. Olympic gymnast, Dominique Dawes, who shared her personal journey to becoming a part of the 1996 gold medalist U.S. Olympic gymnastics team and how she views competitions and the win-at-any-cost mentality now. Dawes brought her gold medal and allowed the audience to pass it around.
In addition to this year’s incredible speakers and discussions, DCUC’s conference also featured its fifth class of Crashers. This year’s enthusiastic group of young professionals shared their takeaways from the DCUC Annual Conference experience and DCUC Difference.
“This experience for me has meant access, professional development, training, and reconfirming my commitment to the credit union industry,” said Ashlee Blankenship with Andrews FCU. “I loved connecting back to my roots with my mentor who is the CEO of the CU where I got my start. It’s incredible to share this experience with other professionals that will be lifelong partners and mentors going forward.”
“As a ‘crasher’ participant, it has been an exhilarating experience thus far. From meeting my fellow crashers and developing a unique camaraderie early in the process, all the way to being paired with a mentor; the opportunities that DCUC has presented are truly remarkable,” said Mel Tenorio from AltaOne FCU. “The networking prospects are well beyond my expectations!”
Next year, DCUC will host its 2024 Annual Conference at the Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida from August 12 to August 16. DCUC will continue emphasizing technology, the future of financial services, and why the work that defense credit unions do serving our nation’s military is so important.