Hawaii well-represented at CUNA GAC in D.C.

Posted by Laurie Moore
on "March 07, 2018 3:05 pm"

One of the largest delegations of Hawaii credit union volunteers, professionals and guests attended the annual CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington D.C. From February 25 – March 1.

Hawaii credit unions were represented by 78 delegates and guests among the 5,200 GAC attendees from across the nation. 

Part of the League’s pre-GAC activities are meetings with leaders of National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which are held at the agencies’  headquarters.


Sarah Vega, NCUA Chief of Staff for Chairman J. Mark McWatters; Larry Fazio, Director, NCUA Office of Examinations and Insurance; and Mike Radway, NCUA Senior Policy Advisor to Board member Rick Metsger, talk with Hawaii credit union representatives at NCUA headquarters.

Hawaii credit union representatives meet with Mike Byrne, CFPB Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Operations Lead;  Gary Stein, CFPB Deputy Assistant Director; and Jennifer Stockett, CFPB Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Financial Institutions and Business Liaison.

Up early for a Sunday morning Political Grassroots meeting are CEOs Tess Shimabukuro (Kauai Community FCU), Gary Fukuroku (Maui County FCU) and Tricia Buskirk (Hawaii Community FCU).

Aloha Pacific FCU Teller Supervisor Shanelle Ramelb and CU Hawaii FCU Training Specialist Aaron Sugimoto represented the State of Hawaii during the GAC Opening Ceremonies.

The credit union voice is critical, and it needs to be heard, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle told a record-breaking number of attendees at CUNA GAC during his address.

CUNA’s Ryan Donovan and Pete Aguilar, spoke on the last year’s NCUA appropriations amendment with Congressman Mark Amodei.

CFPB Interim Director Mick Mulvaney spelled out several goals for the future of the CFPB that align with CUNA's goals, particularly those of CUNA's Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation. He said the bureau would focus on the bad actors, while striving to minimize impact of bureau rules on credit unions and others who do right by consumers.

Former President George W. Bush discusses the political, cultural, and financial climate with CUNA CEO Jim Nussle.

Hill Visits are an important part of GAC and gives Hawaii credit union officials the chance to meet face-to-face with Congressional leaders. This year Representative Colleen Hanabusa and Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Shatz welcomed the Hawaii group.

The Hawaii credit union delegation on Capitol Hill.

Hanging out with friends - also a part of GAC.