Berger Leadership Blog

Aug 18, 2023

Teamwork, feedback pave the way for transformation

It’s been two weeks since the announcement of the proposed CUNA-NAFCU merger, and we have been met with positive reactions, genuine questions, and an excitement that reinforces the sense that this step forward is what’s best for our industry.

Yesterday, CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle announced that CUNA COO Jill Tomalin and NAFCU COO Anthony Demangone will lead the Transformation Steering Group for America’s Credit Unions. I am thrilled that these two strong leaders will be expertly guiding the process. I believe wholeheartedly that they will bring the vision to create the “best of both” and effectively meet credit unions’ needs to fruition.

Just as teamwork and cooperation is the backbone of the credit union industry, Anthony and Jill will work together to ensure the transformation to America’s Credit Unions, should you vote in favor, is as seamless as possible.

We understand that you still have questions and desire clarity on many of the “ins and outs” of how this will work. There are still a lot of unknowns, and that uncertainty can be challenging. Please know that we value your input, and we encourage you to provide feedback. You can share your thoughts directly with the team by visiting

The outcome of the proposed merger rests fully in the hands of both NAFCU and CUNA member credit unions. As we move forward, I encourage you to participate in this historic voting process.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the industry we fight to protect every day, and for your trust in our endeavor to do what is right for credit unions and the 137 million members you serve every day.

About the Author

B. Dan Berger, President and CEO, NAFCU

Dan BergerB. Dan Berger first joined NAFCU in 2006 and helped turn the association into the premiere advocate for the credit union industry.

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