Aug. 20, 2014 – NAFCU announced that it has promoted Curt Long from senior economist to chief economist and director of research and Doug Christman from research assistant to staff economist. “Curt has demonstrated keen economic insight and an innovative approach that has benefited NAFCU and its members greatly,” said Carrie Hunt, NAFCU’s senior vice president of government affairs and general counsel. “I expect that under his leadership, the Research Division will bolster NAFCU’s support for our members. Likewise, Doug will also continue to conduct the meticulous economic and financial policy research that is critical to the credit union industry so our members have the data they need to make informed economic decisions.”
NAFCU’s research division produces a number of publications – including CU Industry Trends, Economic & CU Monitor, Macro Data Flash reports, CU Performance Benchmark reports and the association’s annual report on credit unions.Prior to joining NAFCU in January of 2010, Long worked for a real estate development company in Irving, Texas. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas Christian University.Christman joined NAFCU in October of 2012. Prior, he worked as a research analyst for Veris Consulting and as an economic research assistant for the SAG Corporation. Christman has a master’s degree in economics and bachelor’s degree in sociology from George Mason University.