AC&E Boasts High-Energy Speakers, Entertainment and Fun

Credit union professionals from across the state will be feeling "Positively Connected!" at the MCUL & Affiliates 2013 Annual Convention and Exposition, approaching fast May 16-18 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Online registration is available until April 30 and already more than 400 attendees, plus guests, are signed up to attend. The excitement continues to build as additional event details are shared, such as plans for the Thursday night Welcome Reception with a Motown theme. The popular band "Fifty Amp Fuse" will be featured, adding energy to the evening's festivities as they have recently been selected as the Detroit Music Award's top winner for an outstanding tribute band.

More than three dozen speakers from across the country pack the three-day agenda, including Michigan native Josh Linkner, founder of ePrize and CEO/managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners, who will speak on "Executing Imagination: Turning Creative Fire Into Real Results" based on his bestselling book Disciplined Dreaming.

Other notable presenters include author Steve Gilliland presenting "You Make the Difference" based on his book Enjoy the Ride, John Kolhoff from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, economist Charles Ballard from Michigan State University, Dr. Cynthia Shelby-Lane delivering "Laugh More, Live Longer!" and Sean McDonald speaking at the CUES luncheon about "Strategic Planning Considerations."

This year's AC&E features a new conference app, ideal for connecting attendees to event details and agenda items such as the "Credit Union Leader Roundtable Sessions" for small- and large-asset-size credit unions and the new "Smart Perspectives Forums and Dialog" breakout sessions.

As attendees learn, engage and exchange ideas, they will also have access to exciting activities like the live and charity auctions to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the expo hall, the Ovation Yacht cruise on the Detroit River and the closing event to Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Detroit. Plenty is planned for guest attendees, too, like informative enrichment sessions, a tour and luncheon at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, a jewelry making workshop and a complimentary hands on activity to make a scented fragrance jar.

One-, two- and three-day registration options make it convenient and affordable for those near and far to benefit from the great training and networking opportunities at the AC&E. To view the full conference agenda, learn more and register, click here.

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