Gatlinburg Convention Center

234 Historic Nature Trail (Traffic Light #8), Gatlinburg, TN

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Join Us in Gatlinburg as We Celebrate Our Credit Union Community!

Join your credit union peers from across the state for the Tennessee League 2022 Annual Convention & Expo.

We’re looking forward to bringing you engaging content, inspiring presenters, and experienced experts all across our industry.

You will leave feeling prepared, equipped, and powerfully motivated to implement what you learn for your credit union.

With fantastic entertainment and networking opportunities, this will be a hugely rewarding and memorable event and we can’t wait to see you there. Register today and we’ll see you in May!

  • Network with credit union peers.
  • Discover the latest products and services from vendors at the Exhibit Hall.
  • Play golf at the picturesque Gatlinburg Golf Course.
    • 520 Dollywood Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
    • 7:30 am – 1 pm, Wed. 18 May 2022


color photo of Mark Mayfield


Mark Mayfield

It’s pretty simple what Mark Mayfield does: he talks about very serious stuff in a very funny way.

He has one of the most diverse backgrounds in the speaking industry having owned and operated several businesses ranging from livestock production to golf instruction, and spent ten years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and in thirteen state legislatures for a Fortune 500 company. He co-founded “FunnierU”, a national comedy training and joke writing service focusing on humor from the headlines. He is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing comedy shows or high-content speeches.

Mark has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities like Peter Frampton, Rachel Platten, Colin Powell, and Bob Newhart and has introduced the President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast.

He is the author of several business books and two jokebooks, and he makes nearly 100 presentations annually to all types of corporations, conventions, and trade associations. He was raised on a farm, received two degrees magna cum laude from Kansas State University, and taught school before he began his lobbying, comedy, and speaking career. He has received the CSP designation from the National Speakers Association and been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

He is happily married (although his wife is not) and is the proud father of two grown daughters. He is also the most annoying Grandpa on the planet.

From comedy shows to seminars, Mark’s philosophy is simple… say it with humor and people will take the message home.

A national convention planner recently called Mark “one of the very few, really funny, inspiring men in America today”. Mark’s mom also said that once after a small bribe.

This Would Be Funny... If It Wasn’t Happening To Me!

Navigate the Future with Enthusiasm & Vigor

Jody Urquhart

Sometimes life just gets in the way. Do you ever think, “Why can’t things just go the way I want for a change?” or “Why can’t people just leave me alone?” This hilarious and provocative presentation shows you how to buoyantly face stress and navigate the future. Embrace challenging situations and people with new ideas, innovation, and conviction.

Increase your comfort and confidence in the face of stress and change. Through stand-up comedy, audience interaction, and analogy, we will unfold ideas that navigating the future has replaced change management. The future is the present and evolution is not optional.

  • Derive strength from change
  • Embrace work with a sense of urgency, conviction, and vitality
  • Get your team on board with change
  • Move forward and feel good despite uncertainty

Predicting the Unpredictable: Litigation Trends

Carlos Molina

Carlos is a Senior Risk Management Consultant and team leader in Risk and Compliance Solutions for CUNA Mutual Group. He is responsible for assisting credit unions nationwide in identifying, and mitigating risks in areas related to their operations and security. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group, Carlos was a criminal investigator with the Public Defender’s Office in Essex County, New Jersey. He graduated from Pace University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a holds a Masters Degree in Administrative Science from Farleigh Dickinson University. He holds the following designations: Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), CUNA Certified Credit Union Compliance Expert (CCUE) and Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert (CU-ERME).

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Employment Law Update

Stacie Caraway

Stacie Caraway is a partner in Miller & Martin’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. She advises credit unions and other employers of all sizes on how to comply with applicable state and federal laws concerning employee leave and pregnancy, disability and religious accommodation as well as anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation laws while still effectively running their businesses. She is a frequent local, regional, and national speaker and trainer on these and other employment law topics.

Courageous Leadership-Living a Life of Influence

Dan Meers aka KC Wolf

On November 23, 2013, Dan Meers came within inches of losing his life while practicing a bungee jump and zip line stunt at Arrowhead Stadium… home of the Kansas City Chiefs. What Dan anticipated being the thrill of a lifetime ended up being the spill of a lifetime. The stunt went terribly wrong and Dan plummeted 75 feet before crashing into the stadium seats. Miraculously Dan survived. He spent 9 days in the hospital and got some really big scars. Dan smiles when he says, “Scars are just Tattoos that come with a Cool Story”. During this powerful presentation Dan shares his incredible story and the important lessons that he learned during his long road to recovery about leadership and about life.

Economic Update

Mike Schenk

Mike Schenk has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 1992 he joined the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) – the largest and most influential national trade association advocating for America’s credit unions. There are over 5,000 credit unions nationwide, with a total of more than 130 million memberships and over $2 trillion in assets.

Mike is Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist for CUNA and conducts economic research and supports CUNA’s public relations and advocacy efforts. His analyses regularly appear in trade publications such as Credit Union Magazine. He also is a frequent contributor to the financial media.

Schenk serves on the board of the Filene Research Institute, an independent, non-profit consumer and cooperative finance think tank.

He also serves on the board of Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wisconsin – a $4.8 billion financial cooperative with over 220,000 members. In his 18 years on the Summit board Mike has served as Board Chair and has Chaired the credit union’s Asset-Liability Management and Risk Management/Internal Audit Committees.

Awards Gala & Entertainment

Awards Banquet

Join us for our opening banquet and awards presentation followed by entertainment from Top Tier Band. We will celebrate and recognize the achievements of credit union professionals and volunteers and state-level award winners. Wear your favorite glitter outfit, glitter tie, or glitter shoes to this event, and have fun!

Enjoy the sounds of the TOP TIER Band! TOP TIER is live music at the highest level! They provide the best of both worlds—a fun, high-energy party band, and a smooth, light jazz band, all in one!


Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

7:30 to 8:30 am • Golf Tournament Registration

Gatlinburg Golf Course
520 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN
(Proceeds of this tournament to benefit Inheritance of Hope.)

8:30 am • Golf Tournament Shotgun Start & Lunch

Gatlinburg Golf Course
520 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN

1:00 to 5:00 pm • Attendee Registration

Gatlinburg Convention Center

5:00 to 6:30 pm • Welcome Reception

An opportunity for attendees, registered guests, and exhibitors to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and network before the Awards Banquet.

6:30 to 8:30 pm • Awards Banquet

8:30 to 10:00 pm • Entertainment by Top Tier Band


Thursday, May 19, 2022

7:30 am to 4:00 pm • Registration & Welcome Desk Open

Credit Union Welcome Desk

8:00 to 9:00 am • Networking Breakfast Buffet

Tennessee Ballroom

9:00 to 10:15 am • Follow Me I’m Right Behind You! How to Lead & Influence Others

—Jody Urqhart


10:15 to 10:30 am • Networking Break


10:30 to 11:15 am • Economic Update

—Mike Schenk, Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist for CUNA


11:15 am to 1:00 pm • Exhibit Hall Opens & Networking Lunch

Tennessee Ballroom

Attendees, registered guests, and exhibitors are invited to enjoy lunch and network with colleagues.


1:00 to 2:00 pm • Employment Law Update

—Stacie Caraway


2:00 to 2:15 pm • Networking Break

2:15 to 3:15 pm • Predicting the Unpredictable: Litigation Trends

—Carlos Molina


3:15 to 4:30 pm • Happy Hour & Exhibit Hall Prizes

Exhibit Hall, Tennessee Ballroom


4:30 pm • Evening on your own to explore Gatlinburg


Friday, May 20, 2022

8:00 to 9:00 am • Breakfast Buffet

8:30 to 9:00 am • Delegate Registration

9:00 to 10:00 am • Tennessee League Business Meeting

10:00 to 10:30 am • Hotel Checkout Break

10:30 to 11:30 am • Courageous Leadership-Living a Life of Influence

—Dan Meers

11:30 to 12:00 pm • Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

Don’t miss this opportunity for attendees and registered guests to win hundreds of dollars in door prizes. Must be present to win.

Golf Tournament Benefitting Inheritance of Hope

You’re invited to support our annual golf event to be held at the Gatlinburg Course.

All proceeds from this year’s tournament will directly benefit Inheritance of Hope. Credit unions in Tennessee are working together to raise funds to provide 30 young families who have a parent facing terminal illness the opportunity to make lasting memories together during a weekend-long retreat in Nashville to be held in July 2022.

Inheritance of Hope provides an opportunity for distressed families to learn about shaping their legacy and offers tools to help each member of the family successfully navigate this difficult period in their lives. Inheritance of Hope believes that “Every Family Deserves a Legacy.”®

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