Meet Kirk Drake at the New Ideas Conference!
by CUAD Communications

CUAD is thrilled to announce that this year’s New Ideas Conference, October 1 – 3 in Bismarck, will feature a top industry keynote speaker, author and presenter Kirk Drake! Kirk has been helping credit unions climb mountains for nearly two decades. As the founder of Credit Union 2.0, he has provided credit unions with the tools, playbook, and strategies they need to excite their members and scale the summit to the top of the field. Most recently, he was a keynote speaker at the CU Leadership Convention in Las Vegas! But you don’t have to travel far to take advantage of his know-how, because this year, we are bringing Kirk to Bismarck!


What can you expect from Kirk Drake? Well, in recent decades, credit unions have seen unprecedented threats, due in large part to an eighty-year-old business model and an inability to adapt quickly to a digital economy. But, Kirk has devised a powerful plan to revitalize these noble institutions, making them more competitive, more creative, more connected with their membership, and more in tune with the times. It's time to be innovative and bold, to challenge long-standing inefficiencies and move away from the "old school" methods of doing business. CU 2.0 provides the skills, the savvy, and the fresh ideas necessary to finally transport the credit union out of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.


Be prepared to be wowed as Kirk combines digital strategies, marketing, communications, and technical know-how to help credit unions rise to their peak in the digital age. A lifelong entrepreneur, he has created and founded 8 successful businesses, starting with his first venture, founding a high school bank. It was through this process that he first learned about the “unfair” advantage credit unions have over banks! Since then, Kirk has been inventing ways to support credit unions. Now, he’s coming to our event to share that incredible knowledge and insight. Do not miss this opportunity to hear from an industry leader and game-changer!


Plus, we have even more top-notch speakers at the New Ideas Conference! This year’s event will be kicked-off by Mark Portz, with an amusing comparison and contrast between credit unions and craft beer. What can your organization learn from a brewery? You might just be surprised!


We’ll also hear from the “Credit Union GeekJoe Winn. Joe will address how a credit union can stay true to their mission while exciting existing and attracting potential new members.  

Finally, Erin Coleman, Filene Research Institute Senior Impact Director will speak on the “Future Member” as we dive into what the landscape will look like in 2025 and how credit unions can remain relevant for their members.


Registration is open! Last year, the event SOLD OUT weeks in advance, so do not wait!


Register early to guarantee your spot. We look forward to seeing you in Bismarck for our New Ideas Conference October 1 – 3. For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel, located at 605 East Broadway Avenue. To make hotel reservations please call 701.255.6000 and use promo code CUAD18. The hotel rate is $104 plus tax per night. Rooms have been blocked for September 30 to October 2. Hotel rooms will be released on August 30, 2018.




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