Expect the Extreme” is the appropriate theme for this year’s highlight event, slated for Thursday through Saturday, May 18-20, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids. This year’s annual gathering of the Michigan credit union family has more of what participants have been asking for — plus a keynote address by author, economist and pop personality Ben Stein.
C&E participants will have plenty of opportunity to network, attend timely education sessions and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at what is becoming one of the region’s more popular convention destinations.
Several big changes await AC&E veterans as many regular events have been shifted to more accommodating time slots. The Grand Banquet, which has traditionally been the closing event on Saturday night, will take place on Friday this year, allowing more participants the opportunity to don their Sunday best and enjoy the formal setting and entertainment provided by the Tony Award-winning revue Forbidden Broadway.
Taking the banquet’s place will be a brand new guest program intended for the entire family. A rodeo, barbeque, an old-fashioned hoedown and other western-themed activities at the Double J Ranch Excursion will close the AC&E Saturday night.
Registered guests of AC&E participants will find plenty to do during the convention. The guest program includes a Vasaio spa outing and an opportunity to learn about the intricacies of serving wine at the award-winning 1913 Room wine pairing.
By popular demand, the Small Asset Sized (SAS) Credit Union Conference will move from its customary Thursday morning time slot to Saturday at noon. Credit union consultant Mark Lynch will present this year’s conference topic, “Comprehensive Board Policies — The Essence of Good Governance.”
Thursday opens the educational portion of the conference. More than 30 breakout sessions for CEOs and managers, board members, marketing professionals and others highlight the educational agenda.
Michigan native Pete Thomas, one of the winners of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, will share his journey and the triumphs and trials of his new, healthier lifestyle, and take questions on how he accomplished his big results during one of the four Lunch and Learn sessions.