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CUMA Autumn Conference 2017 A look back on this years Autumn Conference which took place in Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th of September

Firstly, we would like to thank all of our delegates, exhibitors and guest speakers for contributing to another successful CUMA Autumn Conference 2017. We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the event in Hodson Bay, Athlone.

Tuesday 12th of September, 170 delegates, 34 exhibiting companies and 11 national and inter-national guest speakers arrived to the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone for an action packed two days. The atmosphere and excitement around the hotel was contagious, as everyone started to arrive. Colleagues, peers and friends chatted and caught up over tea and coffee before the conference commenced.

Day one of the conference started at 10am with Tim Molan, CUMA Chairperson, delivering the opening address.

International guest Keynote speaker, Stephanie Zuleger, from Knoxville, Tennessee, opened the conference. Her first presentation "International Perspectives - Reaching the Next Generation", brought huge energy to the room as her upbeat and positive attitude towards the credit union sector was felt by all.

Dr. Stephanie Zuleger, Vice President & Chief Lending Officer Y-12, Federal Credit Union, Knoxville, Tennessee, "International Perspectives - Reaching the Next Generation".

The following is a summary of all topics covered on Day One:

International Perspectives - Reaching the Next Generation, Stephanie Zuleger, Vice President & Chief Lending Officer Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Knoxville, Tennesse

Social Media – The Additional Sales Person Who Works 24/7, Ciamh McCrory, Head of Digital Communications, Insight Consultants

Branch Transformation: Keeping Human Interaction Relevant, Martin Shires, Business Development & Marketing Managers, EMEA Distribution, Glory

Marketing Permissions from a Compliance Perspective & GDPR – what it means for your Credit Union, Anne-Marie Bohan, Head of Technology & Innovation, Matheson

New to CU – Innovation & Creativity “Opportunities for Credit Unions in Emerging Technologies” Cathal Tyther, Manager, Solutions Centre.

“PSD2 – Innovation Opportunity for Credit Unions” Sean Staunton, CEO, Progressive Credit Union.

“Update on Payac Current Account Project” Michael Byrne, CEO, Core Credit Union

Generating Ideas for Action - What’s Next? - Interactive Session, Stephanie Zuleger, Vice President & Chief Lending Officer Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Knoxville, Tennesse

Change Management - Dare to Change - How to Embrace and Drive Change, Alan O’Neill, The Change Agent

Delegates and exhibitors reconvened for a pre-drinks reception and gala dinner. Exhibiting companies kindly put forward various prizes for raffle amongst the delegates. There were a lot of happy people won various prizes such as hampers, drones, weekends away, tablets etc.

Delegates, exhibitors and invited guests then made their way to the Clonmacnoise Suite for the Gala Dinner. After dinner entertainment was provided by the Celtic Dancers who performed a high energy routine to the delight of attendees. We had our Instaglam Photo Booth present at the Gala Dinner, where great fun was had with various props and our branded #cumaconnects sign. Printed photos were given to anyone who participated. We hope they are hanging up in your offices as a memory of a great night!

Day two was a busy and informative day for all attendees.

Our full line up of speakers and presentations on day two were as follows:

Credit Union Security - An Update on VCOP Compliance in Credit Unions, Sgt Eugene O’Leary, An Garda Siochána

Experiences from Sierra Leone - Work of the ILCU Foundation, Barry Treacy, CEO, Youghal Credit Union

AML-CFT Utopia – The Road Less Travelled, Michael O’Grady, Managing Partner, Michael O’Grady & Co.

Cyber Crime – The New Battleground, Brian Honan, Special Advisor, Europol Cybercrime Centre (EC3)

And that's a wrap for another CUMA annual Autumn Conference! Again we would like to thank everyone who attended and we look forward to welcoming you all back for our annual Spring Conference and AGM in March 2018.

Spring Conference 2018 - 6th, 7th March 2018

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