Thought Leader Bios
Ryan joined the Credit Union National Association as vice president of legislative affairs in September 2007, and was promoted to senior vice president in September 2011.
Combining his experiences as a Congressional staff member and credit union league employee, Ryan is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the activities of CUNA's lobbying team, which represents the interests of the credit union movement before both houses of Congress. He was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive lobbying strategy that resulted in significant improvements to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act, mitigating the adverse impact of the most burdensome provisions of the bill on credit unions.
Prior to joining CUNA, Ryan worked for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as director of federal government affairs. He also served as a member of the Congressional staffs of Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) and former House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO).
During his tenure in Representative Sherman's office, Ryan quickly rose through the ranks from legislative assistant to become chief of staff and legislative director. Ryan staffed Representative Sherman on the House Financial Services Committee and worked on the legislation that moved through the committee during his tenure and managed the day-to-day operation of the Washington Congressional office.
A Missouri native and an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Ryan first came to Washington to work for former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri in 1997.
For the past 20 years, Richard has worked as a political affairs and trade association professional. He has combined campaign politics, grassroots activation, an understanding of the legislative process and various forms of communication to advance the political operations for three major trade associations, including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the American Insurance Association (AIA) and, currently, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
At CUNA, Richard leverages the partnership with state leagues to develop a number of programs and services to help credit unions and their members improve their legislative and political standing by using their political muscle. Among the innovations Richard has pioneered is "Hike the Hill," a program which brings more than 1,000 credit union representatives to Washington each year to meet with members of Congress and keep their issues at the forefront of Congressional consideration.
Other credit union initiatives under Richard include Project Zip Code which has identified 64 million credit union members in state and federal legislative districts; Advocacy Training, an advocacy program that teaches credit union advocates how to communicate with the media as well as their lawmakers; improving the effectiveness of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) which serves as the $3 million Political Action Committee for credit unions; and other political involvement activities such as Get-Out-the-Vote, national party convention activities and campaign schools.
Before joining CUNA in 1998, Richard was political director for the American Insurance Association, where he established lobbying strategies, developed state and national coalitions, and designed comprehensive grassroots mobilization programs. At AIA, Richard worked on a number of national grassroots efforts, including workers' compensation reform, Superfund reform and financial modernization.
His career also includes seven years with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where he served as political field director, directing state and local ballot issue campaigns, and statewide grassroots efforts. During that time, he assisted more than 100 homebuilder-supported candidates' campaigns for state and local office.
During his tenure at NAHB Richard also served on the Builders for Bush fundraising effort and 1988 Bush Quayle Inaugural.
Bill is the senior vice president of research and policy analysis and chief economist for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). He is a senior member of CUNA's credit union advocacy team in Washington.
The research and policy analysis department maintains a comprehensive financial database on credit unions, conducts a variety of research on financial and economic issues of interest to the credit union movement for credit unions and state leagues, and supports advocacy mission of the association. He joined the department as an economist in 1978 and was promoted to vice president in 1985. He was appointed senior vice president in 1992.
Bill writes economic analysis columns that appear in several credit union publications. An expert on the economy and credit union issues, he is regularly interviewed by the media for stories appearing on major national television, radio and print outlets. Prior to joining CUNA, Bill was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Montana in Missoula. Before that he was an instructor of economics at Iowa State University in Ames.
Bill served as a staff member at Navy Federal Credit Union in Virginia during a one-year sabbatical in 1989, where he studied credit union operations and carried out a variety of consulting projects.
He was on the board of directors for Great Wisconsin Credit Union (formerly CUNA Credit Union) from 1991 to 2003, serving as board chair from 1999 to 2001. He served on the board of the National Cooperative Bank, which supports America's cooperatives and their members, especially in low-income communities, by providing innovative financial and related services.
Bill is a member of the American Economic Association and the National Association for Business Economists.
Dave is an author, business strategist and keynote speaker. Through his book, The Trust Edge, and programs he shares the secrets of using trust to impact the bottom line. Combining humor, illustrations and memorable stories with research and insight, Dave sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success.
Through his Master's research, experience as Director of K-Life Inc. and founding partner of Special Delivery Productions, Dave learned firsthand how the world's most successful people gain and keep the trust of their customers and colleagues. He's taken that knowledge and broken it down into tangible steps that audiences and readers can incorporate into their own lives right away.
As a Certified Speaking Professional, Dave has delivered life-changing presentations on four continents, with audiences ranging from Fortune 500 executives to the armed forces and professional sports teams. He's built his reputation on two things – being easy to work with and delivering engaging, high-energy speeches every time.
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John sees and feels the goodness many of us aspire to. As an author, community leader and inspiring speaker he has worked hard to talk about the essential elements of Leadership and the new frontier of that ever changing role. His interests are development as it pertains to the individual as well at the company, corporate culture and the pursuit of creating places that support the individual as well as the corporate vision, and personal well-being in the fight to balance work and life.
John has more than 19 years of experience working in a wide variety of corporate settings. His clients include nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations and mid-size companies. Over the last two decades, John has married his first career as a minister with his second career as a management and leadership consultant to help leaders create corporations and organizations where values and purpose are the foundations for success. John spent five years as a senior organizational development consultant for Kaiser Permanente and four years as vice president of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer service consultancy prior to establishing his own firm. Currently he focuses on helping leaders and organizations reach sustainable success through the integration of purposeful leadership and business practices.
John is senior vice president of strategy and business development for CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wisconsin. He directs corporate strategic planning and CUNA Mutual's Business Development Unit with a focus on identifying and pursuing strategic diversification opportunities. John has worked extensively in the credit union system throughout the United States and worldwide as a speaker and strategy advisor. Previously, he headed the strategy practice at Hagberg Consulting Group, now a part of Accenture. He also worked as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
Anna, creator of Generationally Savvy™ Communication Solutions, is an award-winning speaker, consultant and author who engages and energizes national audiences with her practical strategies for attracting, growing and retaining top talent and loyal clients from every generation.
Her unique inter-disciplinary approach integrates the crucial elements of communications, sociology, business psychology and demography. Her expertise and approach have helped such companies as Pike Place Fish, Intel, Wells Fargo, Office Max, United Way and Merrill Lynch.
She holds a Master's degree in Interpersonal Communication and has over 15 years of experience in the field of inter-generational communication and leadership.
Anna was honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the "Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40" and is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Washington's Executive MBA program; in addition she serves as the chair of the institutional advancement committee on the board of trustees at Antioch University.
Anna is also one of 19 children and grew up in a household of six generations, making her daily life an "insider's view" into realities generational communication.
Anna's highly-anticipated new book Unlocking the Generational CODES was just released.
Kelly is a recognized expert on diversity marketing and business trends. She was named #1 on the list of "26 Hot Speakers" by Successful Meetings magazine.
Kelly's speaking client roster includes Toyota, Sherwin-Williams, Harley-Davidson, State Farm Insurance, Mattel, AAA Travel, BlueCross BlueShield and dozens of financial organizations and associations.
As a professional speaker to businesses and organizations, Kelly shares marketing insights and teaches strategies and tactics for cultivating diverse consumers emotionally, rationally and with cultural relevance. Her topics are always customized to the specific industry and localized geographically as appropriate.
Mike is vice president of economics and statistics for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). As such, he conducts economic and financial research and provides support for CUNA's governmental affairs and public relations efforts. His analyses regularly appear in publications such as CUNA's Credit Union Magazine and E-Scan Newsletter.
An expert on the economy and credit union issues with more than 25 years' experience in the financial services industry, he is regularly interviewed by the media for stories appearing in national news outlets, including: The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, CNBC, Reuters, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Dow Jones News Service and USA Today, among others.
Mike is also staff liaison to CUNA's Small Credit Union Committee and to the Membership Growth Task Force.
Before joining CUNA in 1992, he was director of research for Financial Research Corporation, where he conducted economic analyses, competitor evaluations and product-line planning for mutual fund companies.
His background also includes six years as director of interest rate risk management at the Chicago-based U.S. League of Savings Institutions. His responsibilities there ranged from helping savings institution executives understand asset-liability and capital management issues, to providing support for the association's lobbying efforts in these areas.
Mike volunteers as a board member of Summit Credit Union, a $1.5 billion asset credit union, and serves on the credit union's asset-liability management committee.