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Michigan Credit Union League Home » Information Services » Publications » Contact » 2009 » 1st Quarter » AC&E Heads North  

MCUL AC&E Heads north for 75th Anniversary

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will be the backdrop for the 2009 MCUL Annual Convention and Exposition (AC&E). With the convention moving to a new, northern Michigan location for its 75th anniversary, many more credit union professionals are taking advantage of the opportunity to attend this event near Traverse City, July 9-11.

Global strategist Michael Williams will be the main presenter at Friday’s General Session. As a nationally recognized expert on the global economy, capital flow and market dynamics, Williams will be ready to share insight on what’s next in the world of finance. Also for the Friday General Session, NCUA Chairman Michael Fryzel will discuss national regulatory issues facing credit unions and NCUA’s own corporate stabilization plan.

Expert demographer and generational marketer Ken Gronbach will be the featured keynote speaker on Saturday. Gronbach has authored several books and is recognized internationally for his use of demographic information to generate forward-thinking marketing concepts.
With the convention moving  from spring to summer, many attendees are planning their vacations around the event to enjoy the amenities, recreation and activities at the National Cherry Festival taking place in the area. Complimentary shuttles will be available to take people into downtown Traverse City, to the Cherry Festival and to Turtle Creek Casino.

The Michigan Credit Union System Annual Golf Outing will once again take place on Wednesday, this year at Spruce Run and The Wolverine golf courses as a benefit for Children’s Miracle Network: Credit Unions for Kids. A silent auction taking place Thursday and Friday will also raise funds for the worthwhile charity.

An orientation for first time attendees will take place on Thursday. Introduced last year, the popular session served as an opportunity to welcome new participants to the AC&E. Thursday will also feature the Economic Issues Luncheon, which is expected to draw high attendance due to current global, national and state economic conditions.

Friday evening will feature a ticketed dinner and entertainment program themed “Come Aboard the S.S. MCUL” that will take place poolside, and Saturday evening attendees can choose to attend the closing event “An Evening on the Bay” which includes dinner and fireworks at the Hagerty Center in downtown Traverse City.

For interested credit union professionals or volunteers who have not yet registered for the 2009 MCUL AC&E, visit and enter keyword: 2009ACE.

Last year’s Silent Auction raised more than $21,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.

Over 100 vendors displayed their products and services at the 2008 Expo, and about the same number is expected for 2009.


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