Oh, Pioneers!
by CUAD Communications

The Dakotas have always been known for their “pioneer spirit” and it looks like our 2020 Summit is no exception, as we are the first and only league to offer an in-person event since the pandemic invaded our lives. Our annual meeting is less than three weeks away – but there is still time to sign up and take advantage of this great opportunity to reconnect with your friends and peers.


Eventually, we simply must get back to normal, as our CEO Jeff Olson pointed out in his President’s Perspective earlier this week: “Our decision to move forward with our annual meeting doesn’t mean that we are downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic; it means that we trust our members to make a personal decision that is best for them and their situation.”


Let’s face it, this year has been full of challenges, risks, and fear – but there is something to look forward to with our signature event and annual meeting! Here’s another bonus: Some of you may qualify for the Alloya Reconnect Summit Scholarship! If your credit union assets are $35M or under, the scholarship will cover your entire Summit registration fee. There are just a few of these remaining – and you can find details here.


Don’t forget about our world-class presenters!


Joe Schmit – Award-winning broadcaster, author and popular keynote speaker (and just an all-around, good guy) will help us kick off the event on day one. Joe will be speaking about leadership skills drawn from his two acclaimed books as he presents “Impact Leadership.” Here’s a brief Dakota Summit welcome message from Joe himself! You can certainly tell that he is a professional speaker.


Shawna Suckow – Could there be a better time for the “Financial First Responders” to increase their market share? We all need some help creating memorable marketing. Our closing keynote speaker has shared her industry experience and expertise in 17 different countries on 5 continents and has been recognized as a “Global Top 100 Women Business & Tech Speakers.” Check out this exclusive message for Dakota CUs from Shawna as she shares what’s in store for attendees.


We will also be “taking care of business” with our Annual Business Meeting, and of course, our Vendor Showcase will be open so you can learn more about many of our business partners who are excited to engage and get back to business once again.


And the award goes to... 


Well, you simply must be there to see who will take home the top credit union and individual awards. Plus, we’re going to recognize two (top secret) well-known and deserving longtime credit union professionals as we induct them into the Association’s Credit Union Hall of Fame.


Things are slowly getting back to “normal” around the Dakotas, and we know you don’t want to miss our biggest educational and networking conference of the year! Come by car, plane, bus, or covered wagon – we can’t wait to see you October 5 – 6 at the Denny Sanford Premier Convention Center and Sheraton Sioux Falls for the #CUADSummit.


CLICK HERE to register and make your hotel reservations now.


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