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Join us on April 26 for the Virtual Alabama Advocacy Conference and
in-person on April 27 for the Legislative Reception!
Virtual Alabama Advocacy Conference
Monday, April 26
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CDT
$99 per attendee
$59 per YPG
*includes the in-person Legislative Reception on Tuesday, April 27
The 2021 Virtual Alabama Advocacy Conference is the premiere experience for credit union professionals who want to engage in Advocacy. We have an incredible agenda. It includes:
Who Should Attend?
This event is for CEOs, C-Suite, Management (all levels), Young Professionals Group, Board Members and credit unions of ALL sizes. The cost to attend both the Virtual Alabama Advocacy Conference and on Monday, April 26 and the Legislative Reception on Tuesday, April 27 is $99 or $59 for Young Professional Group (YPG) members. Not a member of the YPG? Find out how to join here.
Monday, April 26, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CDT
Tuesday, April 27
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDT
Who Should Attend?
This event is for CEOs, C-Suite, Management (all levels), Young Professionals Group, Board Members and credit unions of ALL sizes. The cost to attend the Legislative Reception only on Tuesday, April 27 is $59.
Tuesday, April 27 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDT
ASE Credit Union
800 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
For those driving in for this event, we have a hotel block at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center. The hotel block is open through April 16th.
|9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.||Opening Remarks|
Legislative Priorities Update
Jared Ross, LSCU President
Allison Allen, LSCU, Sr. Director of Governmental Affairs
|10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Update from the President Pro Tempore
Greg Reed (R-Jasper)
|10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.||Update from the Speaker of the House
Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia)
|11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.||Break|
|11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.||Update on Financial Services
Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City), House Committee Chairman
|11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.||Break
(Feel free to grab lunch to prepare for our featured speaker!)
|12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Update from the House Democrats
Jeremy Gray (D-Opelika, House Whip)
|12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Political Update from Todd Stacy, Alabama Daily News
Mr. Stacy will update us on how statewide races are shaping up in Alabama for the 2022 Election, as well as other hot topics at the legislature.
|1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.||Featured Speaker
NCUA Board Member Rodney Hood
|1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Regulator Follow-up Roundtable
Tim O'Quinn, Supervisory Examiner, Southern Region NCUA
Greg McClellan, Administrator, Alabama Credit Union Administration
|5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||
*Tuesday, April 27th*
Legislative Reception (In-Person)
And to top it all off, there will be an in-person Legislative Reception held at ASE CU from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
ASE Credit Union
800 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36104
Learn more about advocacy issues that impact your credit union and members by registering for the Virtual Alabama Advocacy Conference and In-Person for the Legislative Reception today!
Jared Ross joined the LSCU & Affiliates Advocacy Team in January 2011 as Florida’s Director of Legislative Affairs. Promoted to LSCU Vice President of Governmental Affairs in June 2012, Jared represents the interests of credit unions before state and federal lawmakers and regulators. He also serves as the main staff liaison to all legislative staff, helping to build relationships with credit unions and their elected officials. Prior to joining the League, Jared was the director of public policy for the American Cancer Society’s Florida Division, working on several successful legislative campaigns, as well as a successful ballot initiative.
Allison Allen is the Sr. Director of Governmental Affairs for LSCU & Affiliates. She previously served as Senior Government Affairs Associate for the Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Legislative Director under former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, and Vice President of Government Relations for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. Allison is an Alabama native and based out of Birmingham.
Blake Westbrook has been a member of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions’ advocacy team since 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Political Action & Grassroots. His responsibilities include raising PAC funds for ACULAC, Georgia CUPAC and LSCU FEDPAC as well developing grassroots programs that will allow credit unions to have a greater impact on financial service issues in Montgomery, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the League, Blake served as the campaign scheduler for the Sparks for Governor campaign, and later as the campaign finance director for Congressman Bobby Bright’s re-election campaign in 2010. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Political Science and History and a Master’s in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University.
Senator Reed was first elected to the Alabama Senate on November 2, 2010 and elected President Pro Tempore in January 2021. He was born June 5, 1965, at Jasper, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in business and marketing from the University of Alabama. He is Vice-President of Preferred Medical Systems. Senator Reed is a Baptist, and his interests include spending time with his three sons, sporting events, fishing, hunting and singing gospel music.
Greg McClellan is a native of Alexander City, AL. He holds a BS in General Business and a MBA from Auburn University. He is also a graduate from the School of Banking, Bank Administration Institute, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. Greg began his career working with a bank holding companies, serving as Chief Internal Auditor and as Vice President of Operations and Personnel. In 1984, Greg joined MAX Credit Union and served MAX and its members for over 34 years, retiring as CEO in June 2019. After his retirement of one week, Greg entered the position of Administrator of the Alabama Credit Union Administration. Greg currently serves on the Air University Foundation Board of Trustees, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Board, the Montgomery Committee of 100, and as Chair of the Baptist Medical Center East Advisory Board. Some of his past affiliations include Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Millbrook AL Chamber of Commerce, Prattville Chamber of Commerce Board, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Alabama Board, CUES Council of Alabama Chair, Elmore County Community Foundation Board, PaymentsFirst Board (ACH Association for AL, GA, SC, TN), Montgomery Chapter of Alabama Credit Union League President, and Credit Union Coalition of Alabama Chair. Greg and his wife Lori live in Millbrook, AL.
Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth, husband to Kendall and father to Hunter, Hays, and Addie, is a farmer and small business owner from Marshall County.
Prior to entering public service, he worked as a youth pastor at Albertville’s Grace Fellowship Church.
A co-founder of Dream Ranch and the Tennessee Valley Hunting and Fishing Expo, he currently owns Ainsworth Real Estate and Ainsworth Homes, which specialize in residential real estate construction and development. Ainsworth also owns a commercial Hereford and purebred Brahman cattle operation in Guntersville.
In 2014, Ainsworth felt the call to serve his community through elected office and won a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. While serving in the House, he was a champion for public education, passed election integrity legislation, supported pro-business measures, and was active on issues affecting agriculture and protecting family values.
Keeping a self-imposed legislative term limit promise, Ainsworth declared his candidacy for lieutenant governor in 2018 and received the most votes of any candidate for constitutional office on the general election ballot.
Through the work of the Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on a 21st Century Workforce, he has focused on improving workforce development so that Alabamians may fill and retain long-lasting, well-paying, 21st Century jobs. His efforts have helped Alabama become the ‘Workforce Engine of the Southeast.”
Ainsworth, who is committed to providing quality public education to Alabama’s schoolchildren, is a strong supporter of the state’s nationally recognized “First Class” Pre-K program.
As chairman of the Alabama Small Business Commission, and through work with national business leaders, Ainsworth promotes policies that allow both new and existing businesses – ranging from small, mom-and-pop operations to Alabama’s largest employers – to grow and expand.
Ainsworth also serves as chairman of the Alabama Military Stability Commission, which works to ensure Alabama remains the most military and veteran-friendly state in the country. As a result of his efforts, Ainsworth received the Pete Taylor Award from the U.S. Department of Defense for his work on behalf of military members and their families.
He was elected to serve as national chairman of the Aerospace States Association, which brings together aviation and aerospace interests from across the nation in order to provide networking opportunities, grow jobs, and expand economic development.
Todd founded Alabama Daily News in January 2018 with the stated purpose of pushing out stories that matter, connecting readers with quality content and contributing to the Alabama public policy conversation in a meaningful way. He spent 15 years working in Alabama politics, from the State House in Montgomery to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. His Daily News morning email is now a "must read" for Alabama politicians and policymakers in Montgomery and Washington. Todd hails from Prattville, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University.
Lloyd Moore is an accomplished credit union regulator and supervisor having served with the Credit Union Administration for over 26 years. He has served as assistant administrator for the Credit Union Administration for over 12 years and served as interim administrator during a transition period in 2014. Lloyd has served under five different administrators and has overseen or participated in examinations of over 102 credit unions. Prior to his time with the ACUA, Lloyd served as an internal auditor for First Alabama Bankshares and Colonial BancGroup, and an auditor with the National Credit Union Administration. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Finance.
President Donald J. Trump nominated Rodney E. Hood for the NCUA Board on January 19, 2019. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on March 14, 2019, and he was sworn in as the eleventh NCUA Chairman on April 8, 2019. Mr. Hood served as the NCUA’s Chairman until January 25, 2021.
As a Board Member, Mr. Hood serves as the NCUA’s representative on the Board of Directors of NeighborWorks America, one of the nation’s leading affordable housing and community development organizations. This is his second time serving as the agency’s representative on the board of NeighborWorks.
Mr. Hood was previously nominated to the NCUA Board by former President George W. Bush and served from November 2005 until August 2009. During his first term on the Board, he was appointed Vice Chairman.
Immediately prior to rejoining the NCUA Board in 2019, Mr. Hood served as a corporate responsibility manager for JPMorgan Chase, managing national partnerships with non-profit organizations, financial regulators, and community stakeholders to promote financial inclusion and shared prosperity in underserved communities throughout the United States.
His previous experience includes serving as associate administrator of the Rural Housing Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this role, he helped to address the housing needs in rural communities and administered the agency’s $43 billion mortgage portfolio.
Prior to his public service, Mr. Hood served as marketing director and group sales manager for the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in Durham, North Carolina. He also served as national director of the Emerging Markets Group for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and served on the board of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Earlier in his career, he worked for Bank of America as a Community Reinvestment Act officer and completed the management development program at G.E. Capital.
In addition to his public and private sector service, Mr. Hood served as a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Visitors and as member of the UNC School of Arts Board of Trustees. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Museum of Art and as a member of the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina College System.
Mr. Hood’s professional awards include being named one of the “40 Young Leaders Under the Age of 40” by the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the first recipient of the “Dream Award,” an award given by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to honor individuals who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to affordable housing.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Hood holds a bachelor’s degree in business, communications, and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Representative Mac McCutcheon was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2006 and serves the communities of Madison City, Huntsville, Capshaw, Monrovia and East Limestone. He is a native of Madison County and lives in Monrovia.
He has a A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Calhoun Community College and a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Trinity University. Representative McCutcheon has been a farmer and is a retired law enforcement officer from the City of Huntsville.
He is a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police, Alabama Peace Officers, North Alabama Emmaus Community, Tennessee Valley Smallmouth Bass Club and City of Madison Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his assignments to House Standing Committees, Representative McCutcheon serves as Chairman of the Joint Transportation Committee, the Department of Senior Services Advisory Board, and ATRIP.
He is a member of College Park Church of God.
Representative McCutcheon and his wife Debbie are the parents of two children. They have a granddaughter and a grandson.
He enjoys fishing, camping, golf, spending time with his family, and traveling with his wife.
Tim has been with NCUA since 1989. He began his career as an examiner in Shreveport Louisiana before moving to Jackson Mississippi as a Principal Examiner. Tim spent one year as a temporary remote Insurance Analyst in Region 3. He served as a Problem Case Officer from May 2007 to April 2010. In 2009, Tim participated on the National Examination Team (NET). In April 2010 he joined the Division of Risk Management in the Office of Examination and Insurance as a Loss Risk Analysis Officer. In March 2012, Tim moved to the Supervisory Examiner position in Jackson Mississippi.
Tim is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe Louisiana, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Tim resides in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Chris is a native of Phenix City, Alabama and currently serves as Senior Business Development Manager at TSYS, a payments processing company located in Columbus, Georgia.
Blackshear has represented District 80 since February 2, 2016 and serves as the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. He also serves on the County and Municipal Government, Urban and Rural Development and Internal Affairs Committees.
Blackshear has served in the community most of his life, as a past board member of the Phenix City Boys and Girls Club, past President of the Central High School Football Booster Club and past member of the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Foundation Board.
In 2014, Blackshear was named as one of the “Five under 40” by Columbus and the Valley Magazine, which recognizes the top up and coming leaders in the Chattahoochee Valley area. Blackshear has also been nominated as the Community Member of the Year five times, and Volunteer of the Year three times by the Phenix City Educational Foundation.
Blackshear reside in Phenix City and has one daughter, Katelyn who is a junior at Glenwood School in Phenix City.
Jeremy Gray is a native Opelika, AL, and a graduate of Opelika High School. He matriculated to North Carolina State University where he earned a degree in Sport Management as well as became a standout defensive back for the Wolfpack football team. He is African-American politician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a former professional athlete.
Rep. Gray is currently in the role of Alabama State Representative of the 83rd District, where he serves on the Commerce and Small Business, Health, Lee County, and Public Safety and Homeland Security committees. He was voted in by his peers as the Democratic Minority Whip in the House of Representatives. He was also appointed to the Alabama Statewide Health Coordinating Council and Innovation Commission by Governor Kay Ivey.
Witty and innovative at heart, Rep. Gray is also the founder of Elevate Your Grind, Inc., a motivational and clothing brand as well The Curtis House, a nonprofit organization which serves as a resource hub in one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in his hometown of Opelika, AL. Rep. Gray is also a current student at Auburn University with the Harbert College of Business pursuing his Executive MBA degree.
Rep. Gray has received numerous accolades for his community service and leadership. When asked what his ultimate goal is in life, he simply stated “to inspire”.