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MCUL Reduces Price of One-day Registration for AC&E   (Monitor: April 19, 2010)

The MCUL Annual Convention and Exposition (AC&E) is approaching fast, May 20-22 in Detroit, and attendees are being encouraged to visit the event Web site to view the agenda of more than two-dozen educational breakout sessions and discussion groups, and to plan ahead for any potential schedule conflicts. The MCUL has reduced the price of one-day registration to $75 from $150 for any day of the conference; those who have already purchased one-day registration at the original $150 price will be credited the difference.

To help credit unions get the most from the training sessions, one-day and two-day registration options are available to make it affordable to bring more staff. Discounts are available for six or more full conference registrations for attendees from the same credit union, which is also a way to save by having multiple participants attend different training sessions.

Credit unions should consider registering accounting and lending staff to attend on Friday, May 21, to participate in the troubled debt restructuring and discussion group sessions taking place at 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. With a panel of experts including Dan Mahalak of Cindrich & Mahalak, John Kolhoff of OFIR, Andrew Healey and Dennis DeMilner from NCUA and Chuck Holzman of Holzman, Ritter & Corkery, the team will cover the legal considerations for making decisions to modify or restructure a member’s loan.

"This panel of experts will define the difference between a loan modification and troubled debt restructuring, discuss the various considerations that need to be examined when making decisions to modify or restructure a member’s loan, and explain how to properly account for loan modifications and troubled debt restructuring,” said MCUL Vice President of Information Services Michael DeFors. “They will also provide information on what examiners will be looking for regarding the underwriting and documentation requirements. This is important information for management, board members and operational staff.”

Also offered on Friday afternoon are two workshops with AC&E favorite Ken Gronbach, an expert demographer. John Moreno from CUNA Mutual Group will be discussing executive benefit plans and William Walby from CenCorp will be providing a corporate credit union update. There will be a legal and regulatory update, compliance topic sessions and presentations in the area of executive development.

Kim Irwin will present membership enhancement solutions from “Invest in America” on Friday afternoon and Carol Brito from MSHDA will talk about their Down Payment Assistance and Mortgage Credit Certificate program. Jim Fournier of Salus Group will explain how to “Let Your PC Help You Keep the 'Human' in Human Resources” and Todd Mason from will present “Marketing Your Brand in the Digital World.”

"There's a lot packed into this three-day event," DeFors said. "The best way to get the most out of all the great training is to plan ahead and bring the staff and volunteers who will benefit the most."

Now is also the time for individuals, credit unions and chapters to donate items to the Children’s Miracle Network: Credit Unions for Kids silent auction and new live auction taking place May 21. Creative auction items are being sought so don’t be afraid to explore unique possibilities such as a Mackinaw Trolley Tour, Equestrian Camp, a dog sledding trip, or more traditional items such as weekend getaways, TVs, golf items, gift baskets and sports tickets. Additional details about donating items may be found online or by contacting Stacy Dugan at MCUL ext. 458 or Jami Meyer at MCUL ext. 353.

The AC&E takes place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center; hotel rooms are being held until April 29. Complete details, the event agenda, session descriptions and online registration are available here.

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