This year’s 10th anniversary SCUCE kicked off with the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation benefit golf tournament at Ritz-Carlton’s golf course as a double rainbow arced across the sky. The tournament was played in memory of Joan Lyons.

Many attendees opted to join a welcome session to learn what was expected during the conference. The Table of Ten luncheon with faciliator Alisha Stair. Enjoy the company of attendees, speakers, and exhibitors you might not otherwise have even met in the relaxed setting of a shared meal. Discuss industry trends, network, and get to know each other.

At the end of the day, the Expo opened with an invitation-only CEO Preview 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., sponsored by Corporate One FCU, featuring “Wine Around the World” with wine and champagne from four countries.

The Exhibit Hall Grand Opening was held  4:30 – 5:30 p.m where attendees networked and met our exhibitors.

Today, Vinh Giang, entrepreneur and magician, will kick off the opening keynote with a fun twist on perspective.

Vinh Giang’s real magic journey began when he finally understood what Robert Houdin (an amazing magician) meant when he said: “A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician.” Once Vinh understood the meaning behind this quote, he focused all his energy on studying the art of performance and not the art of presentation. He has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills.

Vinh is also the CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

There’s still time to register for the Advocacy Luncheon with special guest Josh Holmes, a leading voice in Washington politics, will be the keynote speaker.

Josh is a political strategist and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Holmes has been a guest on Fox News Sunday as a “Power Player of the Week” and was named by the Washington Post as one of the “10 Staffers to Watch” in the 112th Congress.

Thursday’s Exhibit Hall includes a chance for dessert and more networking between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the hall, Keynote Giang will demonstrate close-up magic tricks and will be available for a Meet & Greet from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Be sure to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win $5,000 and support the SECUF, courtesy of CUNA Mutual Group. The drawing will be held in the CMG booth at 6 p.m. today. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets may be purchased in the rotunda.

Timothy Alexander is our closing keynote on Friday who will talk about how his life changed after a life altering car accident in 2006. To close us out, Jim Nussle, president/CEO of CUNA, will sit down with LSCU head Patrick La Pine and take questions from our audience.