In CUInsight piece, Berger talks Caucus, A.C.
NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger
Sept. 26, 2013 – In a CUInsightpiece published Wednesday, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger recounts highlights from Congressional Caucus and looks ahead to the association’s Annual Conference and Solutions Expo next July in Las Vegas, Nev.
“The Annual Conference is NAFCU’s best opportunity to get our members caught up on everything we’re doing and everything they need to know – and for us to hear in person about the full scope of important issues they’re facing as well,” Berger wrote. “It’s vitally important for CEOs and senior staff to know the latest about CFPB lending rules and compliance requirements – a big focus for the conference, particularly in an environment of constant regulatory change. It’s also great for board members: Along with the education you’ll get on all things credit union-related going on in the regulatory and legislative worlds, Annual Conference is a great opportunity for networking and building relationships.”
Berger recounted the advice given to credit union industry representatives by Caucus speakers, especially focusing on preserving the credit union federal income tax exemption, housing finance reform, and overregulation. Speakers agreed that although the tax exemption is not under direct threat, credit unions must remain vigilant. Several speakers also touched on the importance, for credit unions, of housing reform ensuring a government guarantee, fair pricing based on loan quality, and guaranteed access to the secondary mortgage market. All speakers encouraged the attendees to stay apprised of the major issues – one of the top goals for NAFCU as it plans the Annual Conference.
Berger also talked about the lighter side of the conference: “At all of our conferences, we try to mix business with a little fun – but it looks like Vegas will be the one to beat.” He highlighted some of the attractions available to attendees, including a gondola ride at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, where the conference will be held. He urged credit union leaders to sign up for the conference now, as they’re making plans for the rest of the year.