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2018 Elected Leaders Conference

October 18 - October 20

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Chad Pregracke

From the Bottom Up

Chad Pregracke

Chad’s unique presentation takes his audience on an adventure where they learn the value of hard work, perseverance, and big ideas while engaging in an interactive talk with Chad.

From the darkness of underwater shell diving to the brightness of a community river clean up, Chad’s tale epitomizes the importance of setting ambitious goals, staying determined when the going gets tough, and creating a solid team dynamic even in the most difficult environments.

Chad’s sincere enthusiasm creates an uplifting wave for audiences of all ages as he portrays his personal convictions and struggles to clean up America’s rivers.


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Rory Rowland

Board of Directors: Duties and Responsibilities

Rory Rowland

In this session, you will:

  • Discover what NCUA says are your duties and responsibilities
  • How to manage the organizational structure and control
  • Examine the key factors boards should discuss  at a board meeting
  • Seven questions every board should ask at their planning session
  • Identify the board’s legal liabilities and responsibilities


This is Scott Knapp

Scott Knapp

2019 Economic Outlook: The Global Economy and Financial Market Inflection Point

Scott Knapp

In 2018, economies around the world experienced a burst of growth that seemed in give the all-clear sign to those still concerned about aftereffects of the global financial crisis. Now, after nine years of uninterrupted growth and rapidly rising financial markets, the economy is at an inflection point that could have a material impact on credit unions and their members. During this session, changes in the cyclical and structural state of the global economy will be discussed in simple, entertaining terms. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of those changes on savers and investors.


Bank Secrecy Act Annual Training

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Erin O’Hern


Erin O’Hern

Detecting and preventing money laundering and terrorist financing is one of the most important regulatory responsibilities of a credit union. Board of Directors are ultimately responsible for the BSA compliance program of the credit union so regular training is a must. This session will cover an overview of the BSA regulatory requirements with a specific focus on Board BSA responsibilities. This training will also cover recent changes to the BSA regulation and provide an update on FinCEN enforcement actions.




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Dan Meers

Take Off The Mask – Is Your Life Story Worth Telling?

Dan Meers

It’s been said that if you ask a man his occupation you will find out how he pays his bills, but if you ask a man his preoccupation then you will discover the passion of his life.  Dan Meers has a rather unique occupation.   For over 25 years he has paid his bills by working as “KC Wolf” the mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs.  However, Dan’s preoccupation, what he is truly passionate about is encouraging others to strive for the best in life and to enjoy it each and every step along the way.

Dan believes that your life is like a coin.  You can spend it any way you wish but you will only get to spend it one time, so spend it wisely.  During this presentation, Dan shares some of the valuable lessons he’s learned during his long career as a professional mascot.  Whether at home, work or in the community, Dan challenges his audience to live each day to the fullest by wisely investing their lives and not just spending them.




Deborah Allen

Deborah Allen photoDeborah Allen is one of those rare artists who forged their own path to success and ended up building a world-class career in the process. An extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter, producer and performer, Deborah’s unique abilities as an artist may be matched only by her enthusiasm and creativity as an individual. It is that formidable combination of spirit and talent that keeps the Grammy-nominated entertainer in demand.

Throughout her phenomenal journey of hits and accomplishments in every facet of her career, Deborah Allen remains true to her vision. From her discovery by Roy Orbison, to her friendship with Shel Silverstein, her work with Prince, and her current release, Hear Me Now, Deborah creates art entirely on her own terms. With a distinguished career built on success after success as a performer, songwriter and producer, the dynamic Delta singer from Memphis, Tennessee, has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. That’s simply not Deborah Allen’s style.



Educational Investment

Registration $699. Credit unions with assets less than $5 million, free (not including guests or golf).

Early Bird Pricing: $599 (if received by October 5, 2018)

Guest Package A – $169
Thursday night reception, dinner, and entertainment. Friday morning breakfast and afternoon lunch. Saturday morning breakfast.

Guest Package B – $100
Thursday night dinner and entertainment only.

Golf – $149 per player
(includes green fee, cart, practice range, lunch, beverages, prizes and goodie bags )

Registration is limited to league-affiliated credit union personnel and their directors. Guest registration excludes credit union personnel, credit union directors, vendors and exhibitors. Golf is limited to registered attendees and registered guests.

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Location and Lodging

Ramsey Hotel & Conference Center (formerly known as the Holiday Inn)
3230 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

October 17 and 18: $119.99
October 19 and 20: $165.99

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check out: 11:00 a.m.
Reservation Cut-Off Date: September 17, 2018


The Sevierville Golf Club
1444 Old Knoxville Hwy
Sevierville, TN  37876

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, October 18
9:00 a.m. – Golf Tournament  
Noonish – Golfers’ Lunch following the tournament 
5:30 p.m. – Registration  
6:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m.  – Dinner and Entertainment    

Friday, October 19 
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast   
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Take Off The Mask – Is Your Life Story Worth Telling?

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – 2019 Economic Outlook: The Global Economy and Financial Market Inflection Point  
Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch  
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. – Bank Secrecy Act Annual Training 
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Board of Directors: Duties and Responsibilities


Saturday, October 20
Breakfast 8:00 a.m. 
From the Bottom Up 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refunds will be issued until 10 days prior to the conference, less a $100 administration fee per person. Substitutions accepted anytime. Cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing.

Business casual. Be sure to bring a sweater, as personal comfort levels vary.


Questions or Special Needs
Contact Matt Coniglio at 423-648-4248 or 423-899-2425, extension 1201 or mconiglio@yourleague.org


October 18
October 20
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Holiday Inn Pigeon Forge
3230 Parkway
Pigeon Forge,TN37868United States
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Tennessee Credit Union League
P.O. Box 21550
Chattanooga, TN 37424-0550
Ph: 423-899-2425 or 800-572-7359
FAX: 423-899-8726