Empowering unity & knowledge, fusing tradition and innovation in the credit union and financial services industry for a collaborative, elevated future.
Championing a new era in the credit union and financial services industry, we are dedicated to empowering unity and fostering knowledge. By seamlessly blending time-honored traditions with cutting-edge innovations, we aim to cultivate a collaborative environment that elevates our collective future. Our mission is rooted in bringing together diverse perspectives to create a stronger, more innovative credit union and financial services sector for all.
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Charles Liddell, known as “The Iceman”, is a retired American MMA fighter and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He competed from 1998 to 2018, credited with popularizing MMA with a 16–7 UFC record. On July 10, 2009, Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Chris Benson, a credit union industry leader, brings over 20 yrs of experience in collections & delinquency management to his role as UCC’s President. He is committed to developing a stronger and more innovative credit union and financial services network by offering insights with industry peers. Off-duty, Chris is a family man, coaching his daughter’s club softball team and an avid hockey enthusiast.
Karel Rocha, Esq.
Karel Rocha, Esq., a seasoned attorney with 20+ years in creditor collections, is a legal champion for credit unions. He’ll update on consumer laws affecting finance at our conference. With trials across California and numerous legal seminars, his expertise is invaluable to financial institutions.
Michael T. Abraham
President & CEO
Michael, with 20 years in finance and a rise from loan manager to CEO of FFCU, grew the credit union by 300%. He pioneered a collaborative network for credit unions. Serving as a board treasurer and chair, he also teaches Finance at North Park University. BA & MBA from DePaul; CCUE certified.
Trainer and Coach
Milton Hunt, Lumbee tribe member and dynamic ‘edu-tainer,’ offers impactful Employee Training and Motivational Speaking with a blend of cultural wisdom and professional expertise. Adept at bridging cultural divides, his sessions energize and unify. Recognized leader with numerous civic awards.
INOVA FCU CEO
Dallas Bergl, CEO of INOVA FCU since ’99, has led 25+ years of credit union growth, mergers, and service evolution. A decorated veteran and influential board member across several credit unions and community projects, he’s recognized for his service with multiple awards, including the Key to the City of Elkhart.
K. (Gandhi) Eswaramoorthy
Debt Program Lead
Gandhi Eswaramoorthy, with 25+ years in credit card risk management, is the Program Manager for Debt Collections at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2017. PhD in Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University.
Michael Pupil, VP of Sales, brings 20+ years of expertise in Financial Services, IT, and Software consulting and management. At Lexop, he leads in streamlining workflows for managing past-due accounts with innovative digital solutions, emphasizing humane and flexible approaches. Michael champions customer-centric strategies for loyalty and retention.
Senior Tech Exec & Cyber Security Expert
Surprise Guest: Senior Tech Executive with 20+ years in the industry, an expert in digital transformation and IT solutions. Renowned for leading innovative strategies, a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a mentor in executive business strategy. With a history in significant tech advancements and a commitment to philanthropy, his insights are invaluable.
SVP @ SWBC & ex-SVP @ The Fed
Blake, with over 35 years in economics, excels as SWBC’s SVP, guiding corporate strategy and economic analysis. A former SVP at the Federal Reserve, his expertise spans M&A, risk management & leadership development. Blake holds a BA and MBA from George Washington University, is multilingual, and is recognized for driving innovation and strategic growth.
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Scholarship Application Deadline: February 9, 2024
Seize the opportunity to attend United Creditors Connect 2024 with our scholarship program! Designed for dedicated professionals in the credit union and financial sector, this scholarship covers full conference access, offering a platform for unparalleled learning and networking.
Scholarship Opportunities Include:
– UCC Registration
Limited scholarships available – don’t miss out!