2018 Convention recap


The New York Credit Union Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Convention came to a close yesterday. The event, which was held June 7-10 in Saratoga Springs, featured dynamic presenters, informative educational sessions, live entertainment, ample networking opportunities and more.


Convention kicked off Thursday with the opening round of the CUNA Mutual Group Golf Tournament to benefit the New York Credit Union Foundation. The event, played over the course of two days, raised $32,000 for the charitable arm of the New York credit union movement.

Attendees then had a chance to network with their peers and leading industry providers during the EXPO and Welcome Reception sponsored by Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union, as well as during the Young Professionals Commission Convention Kickoff.

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Convention continued Friday with the opening ceremonies and the first day of the general session, which included opening remarks from Association President/CEO William J. Mellin and Saratoga Mayor Meg Kelly. Additionally, attendees heard from featured speakers Pablos Holman and J.B. Bernstein.

Holman is a futurist and hacker who has worked with some of the largest companies and attempted to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems through technology. He encouraged the credit union movement to be leaders in the world of innovation.

“I don’t think you think of yourselves as the frontline of innovation,” he told attendees. “Consumers need you to be. Your members need you to be.”

Bernstein, a sports agent and the creator of the “Million Dollar Arm,” recounted his efforts to bring Indian-born teenagers to the U.S. and develop them into professional baseball players. He was emphatic that he was not the first person to have the idea, but noted he was the first person to actually pursue it.

“The only way you can live with failure is when you prepare as much as you can and execute to the best of your ability,” he explained. “I encourage everybody in here to take the hard way.”

The general session concluded with a luncheon awards ceremony, where attendees honored chapters, credit unions and individuals for their outstanding service to their members and the credit union movement.

For highlights from Friday at Convention, view the video below:


Saturday began with an a cappella performance from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select Chorus, followed by a featured presentation from Matt Davis. Davis, a perpetual entrepreneur with a long history in the credit union movement, spoke about the technologies shaping consumer expectations and how those expectations are changing what consumers want from their financial institutions.

Even non-finance-related tech, he noted, is going to force credit unions to change and adapt to meet member needs.

Renowned speaker, author and analyst Mel Robbins then took the stage to share with attendees her “Five Second Rule” philosophy. The closing featured speaker encouraged attendees to step outside of their comfort zone and to use a mental trick—a simple five-second countdown—to achieve big results.

Saturday concluded with the Convention Gala. The dinner included live music from the Joey Thomas Big Band and a performance by the comedy troupe Hypnotwist.


Convention concluded Sunday with the 2018 Annual Meeting. The meeting included updates on the Association from board officers and President/CEO William J. Mellin. At the meeting, attendees learned of the results from the Association’s board elections.

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