International Keynote Speaker & Brand Storyteller
Working as a brand strategist with businesses of all sizes – from big brands like Five Guys to new entrepreneurs for the past two decades, Melanie Spring will demonstrate how HUMANS are at the center of every successful venture.
As an international keynote speaker, brand storyteller, and public speaking trainer, Melanie takes her corporate and personal branding experience and has been teaching people to SPEAK WITH CONFIDENCE by writing their “talks.” Melanie and her team travel the world creating branded experiences for humans (and organizations like credit unions) so we can find our stories and amplify our voices.
Creditor's Rights and Credit Union Law Expert
Franklin Drake has practiced law in the Raleigh, North Carolina firm of Smith, Debnam, Narron, Drake Saintsing, & Myers for 25 years, following a 16-year practice specializing in creditor's rights, bankruptcy, and repossession law. He has practiced in North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and the federal courts of southern Indiana, and for the last 38 years, has lectured regularly at practical training courses, bankruptcy and regulatory compliance programs and webinars in 40 states.
Yes, we could say that Frank Drake is an expert who has advised and represented most of the major secured and unsecured financers on secured lending, bankruptcy, and regulatory compliance matters. He especially enjoys guiding his clients around compliance pitfalls and how NOT to get sued. His sponsors include NASCUS, CUNA, NAFCU, ACUIA, AACUL, NCUMA, state regulators and more than two dozen state credit union leagues across the U.S.
Consulting and Competitive Market Expert
Jim Kasch has spent more than twenty years in the credit union industry, including time as CEO of Darden Employees Federal Credit Union (Darden Restaurants) and a senior leader at Partners Federal Credit Union (Disney). In 2015 he founded Canidae Consulting and Member Intelligence Group to help credit unions adapt and thrive in the new competitive market. Jim is a passionate advocate for credit unions and has been a featured speaker at industry events all across the country.
HR Consultant, Trainer and Owner of Alternative HRD, LLC
With over 30 years of experience in business management, human resources, and employee development, Dan Oakland has a thorough understanding of the challenges that arise in today's workplace. Oakland provides training in the areas of supervision and leadership, team building, customer service, workplace communications, behavioral styles, individual development, and critical human resource issues.
Alternative HRD was started in 1992 as a means of providing assistance to small businesses that were not of a size to justify a full-time human resource manager. While that is still a major focus, companies of all sizes utilize the firm's human resource and training expertise.
CUNA Mutual Group Chief Economist
Let’s just say when Steve Rick speaks, credit unions listen! As the chief economist for CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wisconsin, his primary responsibilities include conducting strategic research, analysis, and forecasting of the financial services industry with special emphasis on the consumer and credit union markets.
Steve has been a featured speaker at many DakCU events, as his expertise is always in high demand by our credit union CEOs, CFOs, and Operations Managers. His forecasts serve as a starting point for the strategic planning process and help to create a clear understanding of the underlying trends and links between the general economy, the financial services industry, and CUNA Mutual Group’s policy owners.
The Annual Summit has something for EVERYONE interested in expanding their industry skills and knowledge. Plan now to join us May 3 – 4 at the Delta Marriot Hotel and Convention center in Fargo. Our staff is looking forward to reconnecting with you, and we can’t wait to host our first in-person event of 2021.