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Scott Butterfield, Your Credit Union Partner
Diversity, the Changing Complexion in Credit Union Board Rooms
Boards Behaving Badly

A well-respected veteran of the credit union movement, Scott Butterfield is a trusted advisor and understands the challenges and opportunities facing credit unions today. He delivers more than up-to-date industry best practices, his credit union experience is hands on working in mid-sized and large credit union shops developing and managing successful loan portfolios, growth strategies, business development and community development plans. In addition to receiving a formal business education, Scott has received insight through industry trainings like CUNA Compliance (CUCE), Marketing, Lending, CCUE, Business Development School, and Management School. He is also a 2010 graduate of the NCUF Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE) program, and serves as a volunteer credit union board member. 

Brett Christensen, CU Lending Advice, LLC
The Loan Department Design that Produces More Loans
How to be Successful with Higher-Risk Auto Lending

As owner of CU Lending Advice, LLC Brett Christensen works directly with credit unions in the U.S and Canada teaching and consulting on various lending topics.  His personal and entertaining speaking style have also made him a popular and sought out speaker in the credit union industry. Prior to forming his own company, Brett held posts at Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc., APPRO Systems, Inc. and Clark County Credit Union, a $680 million credit union in Las Vegas, NV. He also worked as a civil engineering officer in the United States Air Force. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Frank Diekmann
18 Things to Watch in 2018

Frank Diekmann, Cooperator-in-Chief and co-founder of, has an extensive background in credit union industry reporting and editing. Prior to, a digital news and collaboration platform, Frank founded Credit Union Journal, and prior to that cofounded Credit Union Times. Before covering credit unions, Frank covered the nation’s banking industry. A former sports reporter, he is frequent speaker and is the only journalist to graduate from the National Credit Union Foundation’s Development Education program. He is now a certified International Credit Union Development Educator. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and is the author of two books, Cathode Ray’s and The Bawl Game.

Brian Finucane
Information Security Breach – Prevention and Reaction
Threat Assessment

Brian Finucane is as a professor of Analytics and Strategy for the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University, an adjunct professor for IT Strategy for the UMKC Bloch School of Management and the Chief Information Officer for Täk Points and Chief Data Officer for B2GData. He advises leading financial services organizations on technology architecture. 

Honored as Ingram’s Magazine 2017 40 business leaders under age 40, Brian previously worked at UMB Financial Corporation, was Director in the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Technology Advisory Services Group and a technology architect for IBM. Brian was also an inaugural member of the selection committee for the Kansas City Digital Sandbox.  He has spoken to national organizations including the Kauffman Foundation and Forrester Research.  Brian holds an MBA and BS degree in Decision Information Technologies from Villanova University.

Kendall Gammon, former NFL Player and color analyst for Chiefs Radio Network
Opening Keynote

Veteran NFL long snapper Kendall Gammon faced a tremendous amount of adversity at an early age, including abuse and the loss of multiple loved ones. As a professional speaker, he now shares his experiences and insights on building emotional strength and how it made the difference in his life with others, working with individuals as well as teams. It’s his belief that success is directly proportional to the emotional strength you build, both in yourself and those you lead.

A devoted father of two boys, Kendall was a college All American at Pittsburg State University. He spent 15 years in the NFL, played in a Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, and is now a color analyst for the Chiefs Radio Network. He is also the Special Assistant to the President at Pittsburg State University. He is an accomplished juggler, entrepreneur and founder of a video platform for sharing personal stories of gratitude.

Gene Marks, The Marks Group
Millennials, Trump and – Trends and Issues that will Affect your Cash Flow and Profits in the Next Four Years

Gene Marks is a columnist, author, and small business owner.  Gene writes for the Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Fox Business, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur and the Huffington Post. He has written five books on business management, specifically geared towards small and medium sized companies. Gene appears on Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC discussing matters affecting the business community.  Through his keynotes and breakout sessions, Gene helps business owners, executives and managers understand the political, economic and technological trends that will affect their companies so they can make profitable decisions.  Gene owns and operates the Marks Group PC, a highly successful 10-person firm that provides technology and consulting services to small and medium sized businesses.

Patrick McElhenie, CUNA Mutual Group
How Real Time Engagement Drives Credit Unions

As the director, product management for CUNA Mutual Group’s Lender Development Program, Patrick McElhenie is responsible for product strategy development, strategy execution, and overall program management. Prior to his current role, Patrick served in several leadership roles in sales, business development and training. where his team was responsible for product and process knowledge training for the business-to-business solution groups within CUNA Mutual Group. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Kansas.

Colonel Jill Morgenthaler
From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Secrets to High Performance Leaderships
Powerful Presence -Show and Tell Your Power Through B.M.I.

Colonel Jill Morgenthaler is a woman of many firsts. She was one of the first women to enter an experimental class for women in the U.S. Army ROTC and train as an equal with men. Overcoming obstacles, she was the first woman Battalion Commander in the 88th Regional Support Command Division, the first Brigade Commander in the 84th Division and then rose to the rank of Colonel. She was also the first woman to run homeland security for the state of Illinois. During her military career, Colonel Jill led hundreds of men and women around the world in war and peace, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit for her lifelong leadership.

She is fiercely committed to guiding women and men to achieve success and her ability to inspire, educate and entertain audiences have made her an unforgettable leadership speaker. Her unique experiences, ranging from a showdown with Saddam Hussein to saving an American engineer from a Soviet kidnapping, translate into universal lessons. Colonel Jill is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Courage to Take Command:  Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer. Over 25,000 people have watched her TEDx Talk, “Fake It ‘Til You Make It.” She is a member of the National Speakers Association. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and has successfully launched two adult children.

David F. Patrick, High Performance Retail Marketing Group
Marketing to Millennials
The Power of Best First Dollar Spent

Through High Performance Retail Marketing Group, Dave F. Patrick partners with CEOs, CMOs, and leadership teams to build marketing and sales strategies that drive business growth. Dave has held Chief Marketing Officer positions for Beauty Brands and Westlake Ace Hardware, and Chief Operating Officer for Two West, a Kansas City ad agency. As an entrepreneur, Dave’s built four successful companies. He has an MBA from UMKC where he has also taught sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship. He also teaches advanced brand strategy at the University of Kansas.

Mark Sievewright, Sievewright & Associates
Financial Services Mega Trends -Welcome to Life in the Fast Lane!
Building a Mobile-First Credit Union - What’s at Stake and What will it take?

With more than 30 years of financial services experience, Mark Sievewright is a highly respected industry thought-leader and a renowned public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Sievewright & Associates, offering research, consulting and speaking services designed to help credit unions design and execute successful business growth strategies during his career, Mark has held senior leadership positions at HSBC and MasterCard International. He served as CEO of Payment Systems Inc. and TowerGroup. At Fiserv he served as Vice Chairman and president of the company’s Credit Union Solutions division. He has won numerous industry awards including the Ambassador Award by the World Council of Credit Unions. In 2015, he finished runner-up in Credit Union Times’ 25th anniversary contest to find the most influential leader in the credit union movement since 1990.  A native of Wales, U.K., Mark emigrated to the United States in 1997 and is a U.S. citizen.

Stacie VanDenBerghe, CU Innovate
Big Picture Thinking

Stacie VanDenBerghe is the CEO of CU Innovate and has spent the last 18 years working in credit unions in Michigan to develop, enhance and maximize growth. Stacie has a variety of experience including consultant, leadership, marketing, training and human resources. With significant business acumen and a unique ability to address a myriad of credit union issues in a captivating fashion, she spends most of her time speaking at CUNA or league events or consulting throughout the country. Stacie holds a master's degree in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in Communications from Michigan State University.