Day 2 of the Alabama Advocacy Conference began with a continental breakfast sponsored by Smith Shellnut Wilson followed by a lively address from Sen. Greg Reed, senate majority leader, who prepared attendees for an upcoming robust election cycle. Reed reminded credit unions that he’s firmly on the side of their objectives in community service.

John McKechnie, senior partner for Total Spectrum, provided a national legislative outlook, briefing credit union professionals on priorities for the 115th Congress, including pending legislation in Washington, D.C., and potential regulatory relief opportunities. McKechnie served five years in government as a Presidential appointee at the National Credit Union Administration and shared insight on the passing consideration of Mark McWatters, current NCUA chairman, to take over the CFPB.

The conference concluded with a presentation by Brent Buchanan, president and founder of Cygnal, a veteran of more than 300 political campaigns. He spoke about grassroots efforts and the 2018 elections in  November in the state and nationally and discussed his experiences and best practices of grassroots politics.

During the conference, awards were presented to recognize the strong advocacy efforts of LSCU affiliated credit unions. The following were recognized:

Chapter Award

Birmingham Chapter of Credit Unions

President’s Award

Five Star Credit Union – $28,848

Under 50 Million 

ACULAC – Blue Flame Credit Union – 514 percent

FEDPAC – Alabama River Credit Union -107 percent

50 Million to 100 Million

ACULAC – Naheola Credit Union – 635 percent

FEDPAC – Valley Credit Union – 100 percent

100 Million to 500 Million

ACULAC – Five Star Credit Union – 1,016 percent

FEDPAC – Five Star Credit Union – 976 percent

Over 500 Million

ACULAC – Alabama One Credit Union – 125 percent

FEDPAC – Family Security Credit Union – 306 percent