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To be a premier credit union industry organization providing information
on up to date credit union related issues. We will be sharing best practices, facilitating communication and networking nationwide.

Pre-Conference Golf Tournament

April 15, 2019

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NCUCA Concept

Learn from credit union experts regarding topics such as:

  • Management
  • Risk Management
  • Collections
  • Recovery
  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • CFPB Matters
  • Skip-Tracing
  • Industry Best Practices
  • Networking

NCUCA Board Members

  • Art Sookazian, NCUCA President
    Los Angeles Federal Credit Union
  • Vantage West Credit Union
  • Alta Vista Credit Union
  • County Schools Federal Credit Union
  • Rio Grande Credit Union
  • FirstCity Credit Union
  • Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union
  • Credit Union of Southern California

Expand your credit union collections network
to include nationwide peer credit unions

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Agenda

Registration

ROOMS 2201 – 2302 ROOMS 2404
ROOMS 2203 – 2306 ROOMS 2405
8:00am   Golf Tournament
5:00pm   Registration
5:00pm   Welcome Reception

Day One

ROOMS 2201 – 2302 ROOMS 2404
ROOMS 2203 – 2306 ROOMS 2405
8:00am – 9:30am   Hot Breakfast
9:15am – 10:15am   Keynote Speaker: TBD
10:15am – 10:30am   Lead Sponsor Address
10:30am – 10:45am   Networking Break
10:45am – 12:00pm   Bruce Pearson
Regulatory Issues/NCUA
12:00pm – 1:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm   Karel Rocha and Thomas Prenevost
Breakout Session: TBD
1:00pm – 2:00pm   Breakout Session #2: TBD
1:00pm – 2:00pm   Breakout Session #3: TBD
2:00pm – 3:00pm   Credit Union Collections Panel
TBD
3:00pm – 3:15pm   Networking Break
3:15pm – 4:30pm   Brett Christensen
Lending
4:30pm – 6:30pm   Exhibitors’ Display Event

Day Two

ROOMS 2201 – 2302 ROOMS 2404
ROOMS 2203 – 2306 ROOMS 2405
8:00am – 9:30am   Hot Breakfast & Raffle Price Announcements
9:00am – 11:00am   Keynote Speaker: Eric North
Bankruptcy
11:00am – 12:30pm   Roundtables
12:30pm – 1:30pm   Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm   Breakout Session #1: TBD
1:30pm – 2:30pm   Breakout Session #2: TBD
2:30pm – 2:35pm   Closing/Dismiss

NCUCA Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Eric North / Attorney, Moore, Brewer, Wolfe, Jones, Tyler, & North

Eric North is an attorney who has represented the interests of credit unions for more than thirty years. His areas of expertise include compliance, privacy, corporate, collections and bankruptcy matters. Eric is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts in Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, but has also appeared in other federal courts by special permission of those courts. Prior to becoming an attorney, Eric worked within the consumer finance industry in management, and in lending, collections, and operations departments.

In addition to practicing law, Eric spends a significant portion of his time providing training for credit unions and their attorneys with respect to legal issues. Through his separate business “NorthLegal Training and Publications,” Eric has worked closely with CUNA and other state and local credit union associations, to present local programs like this one, frequent “NorthLegal Webinars” conducted online, and annual conferences such as the NorthLegal Collections Conference and the NorthLegal Bankruptcy Conferences.

Art Sookazian / President of National Credit Union Collections Alliance (NCUCA)

Art Sookazian serves as the Vice President of Special Services and Risk Management for Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU). In addition, he is the President of the National Credit Union Collections Alliance (NCUCA). The NCUCA is a nationwide collections organization for credit unions providing networking, best practices, and educational services. He oversees collections, recoveries, litigation, repossessions, and remarketing at LAFCU. He has twenty years of experience in collections at both captive finance and credit union industries. Art has worked at some of the leading captive finance companies including Toyota Financial Services, Lexus Financial Services, and Isuzu Motors Acceptance Corp. Prior to his time at Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, Art served as the Vice President of Collections at Xceed Financial Credit Union. Art has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Virginia. In 2016, Art was awarded the CU Times Trailblazer 40 Below award for his success overseeing collections programs at credit unions while forming the NCUCA.

Bruce A. Pearson / Senior Partner, SW&M

Bruce Pearson is a senior partner at the law offices of Styskal, Wiese & Melchione, LLP (“SW&M”). SW&M has been involved in the financial institution movement since 1936 when its founding partners began practicing law. Bruce has over twenty-four years of experience representing the industry. He provides clients with results oriented, practical and strategic legal and business advice focusing upon corporate governance, insurance coverage, operations and regulatory matters. Bruce’s past credit union work experience provides the firm’s clients with a valuable “in the trenches” perspective.

Bruce received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois where he majored in Russian, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Cum Laude in 1985. While working for a credit union, he attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1992. He is licensed to practice in the state of Arizona, California, New York, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Bruce is a frequently requested speaker and teacher at credit union industry meetings and events; he is on the faculty of Western CUNA Management School and regularly trains senior management and volunteers on fiduciary duties and responsibilities, vendor contract negotiations and is a main speaker at SW&M’s annual legal update seminars.

Alana Anaya, Esq. / Anaya Law Group

Alana B. Anaya, Esq. is the principal/owner of Anaya Law Group located in Westlake Village, California. Ms. Anaya has proudly been representing Credit Unions throughout California since 1998 for all of their collection, real estate and contractual needs. The firm’s focus areas are collection, real estate and bankruptcy matters on behalf of creditors. The firm also provides business and legal guidance to its Credit Union clients.

Alana Anaya, Esq. and her associates at the firm have extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of collection and post judgment remedies. They also have ample experience in business, real estate and bankruptcy litigation.

Ms. Anaya has given numerous presentations at educational seminars focusing in on collections and bankruptcy. She has prepared written educational materials on the topic of collection, bankruptcy, lending and real estate that have been utilized by educational seminar groups.

Her firm has also established important legal precedents in our legal system benefitting Credit Unions and creditor’s rights. Aside from the legal practice, Anaya Law Firm believes in giving back to the community and is a founding member and participant of a growing non-profit organization that provides ongoing educational training and mentoring to at-risk children in low socio-economic areas of Los Angeles.

Thomas J. Prenovost, Jr. / Managing Principal Attorney

Education:

  • Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), Juris Doctor Degree, 1977
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate Studies in Architecture and Urban Planning, 1973-1974
  • California State University, Long Beach, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Public Administration, “Cum Laude”, 1972

Practice Areas:

  • Automobile Law & Dealership
  • Banking Law/ Commercial Litigation
  • Creditor’s Bankruptcy Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Credit Unions
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate Law

Admitted To Practice In:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • All California Courts of Appeal
  • All Federal, State and Bankruptcy Courts in California

Professional Profile:

  • Managing Principal of Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh, & Dawe (1984-Present)
  • Director – California Credit Union Collectors Council – Orange County Chapter (2012-2017)
  • Director – California Domestic Water Company (2015 – present)
  • Top 100 Irish Attorney in U.S.A. (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Planning Commissioner for the City of Brea (1998-2013)
  • Parks & Recreation Commissioner, City of Brea (1996-1998)
  • Served on the Board of Governors for Loyola Law School (1995)
  • Served on the Board of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (1996)
  • Associate Professor at Chapman University (1977-1983)
  • Founder (2000) and President (2010-2012) of the Celtic Bar Association of Orange County
  • Speaker on various topics, including “Current Legal Issues” and “Update on Legal Lending Issues” at California Bankers and Lenders Conference
  • Brea-Olinda High School Football Booster President (1994-1999)
  • Member of American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Debt Collection, Bankruptcy and Real Estate Sections, Community Bankers of California, California Bankers Association, American Financial Services Association, Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and Trial Lawyers Association of America
  • Member of the California Association of REALTORS® (“C.A.R.”) Attorney Referral Panel (2006 to present)
  • Expert Witness
  • California Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Judge Pro-Tem, Orange County Superior Court (1983-1988)

Karel Rocha

Education:

  • University of San Diego, California, Juris Doctor, 2000
  • University of California, San Diego, CA., Bachelor of Arts Degree, Sociology with a minor in Spanish Literature, 1997

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Banking Law/ Commercial Litigation
  • Collection
  • Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate Law
  • Title Insurance Defense
  • Mortgage Banking Law
  • Escrow Defense

Admitted To Practice In:

  • All United States District and State Courts in California

Professional Profile:

  • Mr. Rocha is a Member of State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County.
  • Mr. Rocha became a Principal at Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh & Dawe in January 2015 and represents credit unions, escrow companies, banks and financial institutions in all manner of civil litigation, including consumer finance and real estate matters, and compliance.
  • Over the last sixteen years, Mr. Rocha has successfully handled court and jury trials throughout the State of California in the fields of real estate, consumer finance contract enforcement, auto dealer and auto finance defense, contractual disputes and personal injury on behalf of individuals and corporate clients.
  • He has also been a panelist speaker at various seminars throughout the State relating to consumer finance litigation and compliance (FDCPA, TCPA, Rosenthal Act, Rees-Levering Act, CFPB), bankruptcy law, escrow law, and real estate matters.
Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith / Senior Counsel at Buchalter

Jennifer Smith focuses her practice primarily on representing financial institutions and corporate clients, specializing in pre- and post-judgment remedies, workouts, and general business-related matters. Ms. Smith is also experienced in unlawful detainer prosecution and defense, and in defending worker’s compensation/ Labor code 132a claims. She is counsel to more than 70 credit unions throughout California.

Ms. Smith is on the Executive Board of the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai. Ms. Smith also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Credit Union Collector’s Council, North Los Angeles Chapter. She speaks regularly at various credit union chapter meetings and conferences on issues of Rees-Levering, vehicle lien laws, garageman’s liens, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (Federal and State), indirect and direct loans, and California’s anti-deficiency laws. Ms. Smith also speaks on the enforcement of judgments. Additionally, she presents educational seminars for attorneys on Judgment Debtor Examinations, Writs of Possession, and Writs of Attachment. Ms. Smith co-authored, “When Should You File a Form 1099-C?” Points & Authorities, 2000.

Valerie Bantner Peo

Valerie Bantner Peo / Attorney at Buchalter

Valerie Bantner Peo has a broad commercial practice with significant experience at the trial and appellate levels in bankruptcy, federal, and state court, as well as mediation. She has represented financial institutions, manufacturers, airports, landlords, and trustees in state and federal court, and in all aspects of bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation, including lease assumptions and rejections, plan confirmation, claim disputes, fraudulent transfers, and preference liability.

Ms. Bantner Peo served as a clerk for the Honorable Edward D. Jellen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

In 2016, Ms. Bantner Peo was one of The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation’s (IWIRC) 2016 “Rising Star” award finalists and was featured in their IWIRC Connection’s Member Spotlight.

Don Arkell / Senior Consultant, CU Lending Advice

Don first worked with Brett Christensen at Clark County Credit Union as one of his original hires and a member of his first sales team.  While at CCCU, Don quickly moved through the ranks at the credit union, working in all areas of Sales and Lending. He eventually founded a CUSO owned by CCCU– Members Auto Brokerage Service, Inc.

Don joined up with Red Rocks Credit Union in Highlands Ranch, CO in 2007 and helped RRCU to establish a vibrant sales culture while transforming the Credit Union from full retail delivery to offering 100% of consumer loans and member service through remote delivery channels. This effort drove down operational expenses, reduced the FTE count, increased loans, total assets and net income.

During the difficult economic times of the last decade, Don navigated the organization through the muddy waters of the mortgage business by overhauling the entire Real Estate Lending program. Focusing on the core values of the organization, Don completely rebuilt this vital area of the organization by implementing a successful Consultative Lending strategy. Don’s efforts are credited with turning this failing area around and growing into the most profitable area of the credit union.

Don’s unique leadership style and passion for Sales and Leadership have made him a sought-after speaker, trainer and strategist.  He works with credit unions around the country helping them grow their loan programs, organizational design, lending technology and strategic planning.

Michael Cochrum / President& CEO of CUBI.Pro

Michael is President/CEO of CUBI.PRO, a credit union focused, Outsourced Business Intelligence company. He has made a career in consumer finance that spans almost three decades, having worked for several national banks and coming to credit unions in 1999. He has an extensive and broad lending background in underwriting, collections asset recovery and program management. Michael holds a bachelor’s of science in data analytics, an MBA from Texas A & M University and is a graduate of the Southwest CUNA Management School.

Ann Davidson / Vice President of Risk Consulting, Allied Solutions

 

Ann has over 40 years assisting credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends appropriate loss controls to reduce loss exposure.

In her past experience she has worked in claims, underwriting and risk management in helping credit unions manage their risks. Ann is frequently asked to speak by various organizations on a variety of topics related to fraud risk. She also provides training for credit union employees and is considered an expert on payments. Ann often conducts training seminars on electronic payments, cards, ACH and wires.

Ann attended the University of Wisconsin and is associated with many industry experts as it relates to managing risk. In her spare time, she spends time with her family, enjoys snow skiing and volunteering with various groups.

Michele Stuart / Owner, JAG Investigations, Inc.

 

Michele Stuart is the owner and operator of JAG Investigations, Inc. since its creation in 1997. Previous to this she was employed by Assets Intelligence starting a financial investigative career in 1990. Michele has over 25 years of experience in OSINT, counter intelligence, insurance fraud investigations, financial investigations, threat assessments, due diligence, organized retail crime, corporate & competitive intelligence. Over the past 15 years, she has taught hundreds of classes in open source intelligence and social media investigations for the law enforcement and military intelligence communities as well as the financial industry and insurance industry on a global level. She has been an Instructor at Quantico (FBI Academy) for International training programs and an Adjunct Professor with University of Virginia.

Jeff Davis / Consultant, Mainsail Trim

Jeff was a Risk Management Consultant for CUNA Mutual Group providing risk management services to credit unions in Southern California and Arizona for over 20 years. He was a member of their Employment Practice, E-Commerce, Data & Network Security, and Business Continuity product teams. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual he worked as a fraud investigator for Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles.

He is currently going on his fourth year with Mainsail Trim consulting credit unions in Southern California on areas of Risk and Compliance.

Keynote Speaker

Bill Cheney / President & CEO, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

As President and CEO of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana, Calif., Bill works closely with the credit union’s Board of Directors and teammembers to lead one of the largest, most progressive credit unions in the nation, while strongly adhering to the timeless credit union value of maximizing service to the credit union’s Members on a not-for-profit basis.

SchoolsFirst FCU is the largest credit union in California and the fifth largest in the United States by asset size, with more than 750,000 Members, and over $13 billion in assets.

Before joining SchoolsFirst, Cheney was president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the nation’s largest advocacy group for credit unions. As leader of the national trade group, Bill worked in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country to represent America’s credit unions and their more than 99 million members before the White House, Congress, federal government agencies, the press and the public.

Bill has played an active role in the credit union movement for more than 30 years, beginning in community-based and employee-based credit unions, then as a leader in the state league system, the national trade group, and now as the CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU.

Bill earned his BBA at The University of Texas at Austin. He completed the Advanced Leadership Institute at Harvard Business School and the CUES Director’s Leadership Institute at the London Business School.

Bill and his wife Crissy live in Santa Ana, California. They have two grown children – Catherine, a journalist living in Northern California and Will, a teacher living in New Hampshire.

Keynote Speaker

Richard L. Ensweiler / CEO/President, Cornerstone Credit Union League

Richard L. (Dick) Ensweiler is the President and CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League and its affiliates.   A dedicated credit union enthusiast, he has spent his entire professional career in the credit union movement.  He managed Harley Davidson Credit Union, was a senior officer at CUNA Mutual, and has been President and CEO of the Minnesota, Illinois, and Texas Leagues. He currently serves as Chairman of CU Partner Link and Credit Union House and is on the Boards of League InfoSight, the Credit Union Museum, CO-OP Shared Service Centers, the Harmon Killebrew Foundation and his alma mater, Lakeland College.

Dick served on the Board of Directors of CUNA – the Credit Union National Association – and was its Chairman from 2003-2005. He received the Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement in 2010. He received the World Council of Credit Unions’ Ambassador Award in 2008, and their Distinguished Service Award in 2015.  He was inducted into the Illinois Credit Union League’s Hall of Fame in 2007 and presented with the Leadership & Vision Award by the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals.   He holds designations as a Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE), a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and he is an ICUDE (International Credit Union Development Educator).  Dick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Dick has been married to Judy, a small business owner for 42 years.  They have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.

Joseph M. Welch Esq. / BuchalterNemer

Joseph M. Welch is an attorney who focuses primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, litigation and real estate.  In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Welch was selected as one of the Top 40 Bankruptcy Lawyers Under 40 in the State of California by the American Society of Legal Advocates and as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star.  Mr. Welch is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist from The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Before practicing law, Mr. Welch was the principal of a real estate and mortgage brokerage.  He has been a licensed real estate broker in California for over 10 years.

Mr. Welch regularly conducts training seminars and presentations for bank and credit union clients throughout California.

Ken Evancic / Vice President, Resource Management Services

Ken Evancic is a collections veteran with over 20 years experience, managing more than 1200 collectors, and multiple portfolio types. He has managed all phases of collection, including all levels of delinquency, automated dialer units, early out agency management, recovery, and skip tracing. In addition to collections operations management, he has lead initiatives in the areas of performance management, collections strategy development, collector and manager training, collector desktop design, collections reporting systems, and risk and compliance.

Prior to joining Resource Management Services, Inc. in 2011, Ken was a Sr. Vice President and Collections Director at Citi Cards. His responsibilities included the consumer and partnership credit card portfolios. In addition to this responsibility, Ken played the lead role in developing Citi’s current collections performance management system. Prior to Citi, Ken worked at AT&T Universal Card where his career started as a collector and moved throughout collections with roles as a dialer operator, Front Line manager, and a Vice President Collections Operations manager.

Diana Dykstra / President/CEO, California/Nevada Credit Union Leagues

Diana Dykstra is a dynamic chief executive with over 35 years of experience in leading top organizations in the financial services industry. She is currently the President/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

Previously, Diana served as President/CEO of San Francisco Fire Credit Union and CoastHills Federal Credit Union as well as an SVP of Patelco Credit Union. During her tenure as SVP at The Golden 1 Credit Union, Diana led her team to develop the prototype of the now successful Credit Union Direct Lending (CUDL) program.

Diana is a 1992 graduate and current instructor of Western CUNA Management School. She was awarded the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award in 2001, the California League’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the Phil Greer Lifetime Achievement Award from the CUNA Lending Council in 2012 and the American Association of Credit Union Leagues’ highest honor—the Eagle Award—in 2014.

Diana served as chairman and board member of the California Credit Union League. She is currently serving on the board of directors of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues, CUNA Strategic Services, the Global Women’s Leadership Network Fundraising Committee for the World Council of Credit Unions, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service/BALANCE and Plexcity—a cooperative business for member credit union leagues.

About the 2019 NCUCA Venue

Bellagio Las Vegas

Location
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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