N.J. Joins Annual GAC Hike-the-Hill, Gets Face-Time with Several Members

Posted by Marissa Anema Friday, February 28, 2014 11:06:00 AM

WASHINGTON – Some 4,400 credit union representatives, with an advocacy strategy of visiting each of the 535 U.S. Senate and House offices, descended on Capitol Hill during CUNA’s annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) and Hike-the-Hill this week.

From left to right: Pinnacle FCU Board Treasurer Bruce Christiansen, Affinity FCU Chief Strategic Officer Joe Herbst, NJCUL Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Affinity FCU President/CEO John Fenton, NJCUL President/CEO Greg Michlig, and United Teletech Financial FCU President/CEO and NJCUL Vice Chair Leo Ardine. 

Thirty professionals and volunteers from 15 N.J. credit unions joined NJCUL President/CEO Greg Michlig and Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel in meetings with the offices of 11 of the state’s 13-member delegation. 

From left to right: Affinity FCU Senior VP and Chief Credit Officer Scott Witherspoon, Affinity FCU Chief Strategic Officer Joe Herbst, Affinity FCU Senior VP Member Experience Donna LoStocco, Congressman Leonard Lance, Affinity FCU President/CEO John Fenton, and NJCUL Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel. 

Discussions centered on preservation of the CU tax exemption, data security, housing finance reform, growing regulatory burden, potential relief options, and credit union charter enhancements, such as MBL reform and supplemental capital. 

From left to right; XCEL FCU President/CEO and NJCUL Chair Linda McFadden, Garden Savings FCU President/CEO Lou Vetere, XCEL FCU Board Member Stacy Walker, Senator Cory Booker, Aspire FCU Marketing Associate and N.J. GAC "Crasher" Melissa Nesi, Aspire FCU President/CEO Tom O'Shea, and NJCUL President/CEO Greg Michlig. 

Despite a busy voting session, several members took time to meet personally with New Jersey credit union advocates, including the newest member of the U.S. Senate, Cory Booker.

NJCUL Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel briefs and preps N.J. credit union advocates before the Hike.

Several New Jersey delegation members hold significant committee assignments when it comes to financial services issues and legislation.

CUNA GAC brings together credit union representatives from all over the country. Pictured from left to right: EVP of System Relations & AACUL Executive Director for CUNA Susan Newton, CU Association of the Dakotas President/CEO Robbie Thompson, NJCUL Manager of Special Events/Meeting Planner Yvette Segarra, and Cornerstone CU League Director of Training & Events Cookie Dorsey. 

Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) is a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee and Sen. Booker serves on the Senate Small Business Committee. On the House side, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) sits on the House Financial Services Committee and chairs the key sub-committee dealing with housing finance reform, and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) is a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee which has jurisdiction over all tax legislation.  

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