Coastal’s Sara Portis Selected to Crash the GAC

Joe Mecca

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Published on 01-31-2018

Categories: Coastal News

Sara Portis

Coastal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Sara Portis, Outbound Call Team Operations Manager, has been selected to attend Crash the GAC 2018 by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association to represent the Carolinas Credit Union League. 

“I’m thrilled to have been selected to this year’s Crash program,” said Portis.  “This is a great opportunity for me to learn and grow alongside my industry peers, and I can’t wait to use what I gain from the experience to make a positive impact at my credit union.”

Crash the GAC is a career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to experience CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in a dynamic way with exclusive networking opportunities and mentoring sessions with industry leaders, previously from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, and CUNA Mutual Group.

“The Crashers program is great for young credit union professionals, for GAC, and for the entire movement,” said CUNA CEO and President Jim Nussle. “The Crashers get to network and participate in the premier event of the credit union industry, the GAC benefits from their enthusiasm and fresh perspectives, and the movement is invigorated by a new generation of fired-up advocates who have learned how to reach out to legislators to effect change.”

Coastal opted to pay for Portis’ registration and donated an additional $1,095 to provide an additional registration for another credit union. Typically, Credit Union National Association provides Crashers with a complimentary registration fee to attend the conference, and many state leagues and associations provide scholarships or other financial assistance. This year 78 Crashers will attend Crash the GAC representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“This is going to be an awesome experience for Sara, and for Coastal” said Coastal’s Chief Retail Officer, TJ Wyman. “Over the past several years, we’ve watched how the Crash program has grown, the opportunities it’s creating for young professionals and, most important, the value it’s putting back into credit unions. I’m excited that we’re able to send one of our own to participate.”

“As we continue to grow The Cooperative Trust and Crash opportunities, we’re always challenging ourselves to elevate and advance the program to provide the most impact for young professionals and the credit union system,” says Lauren Culp, Manager of The Cooperative Trust. “We know that it’s more important than ever that young people have a voice and are included in the conversation as we look to the future of our industry. This year, thanks to the generous donations of several forward-thinking credit unions, we’re thrilled to provide the Crash the GAC opportunity to an additional 26 young professionals.”

The Crash the GAC is brought to you by The Cooperative Trust and CUNA, in association with Credit Union Leagues/Associations.

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About The Cooperative Trust: The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at http://trust.coop.

About Filene: Filene Research Institute is an independent, consumer finance think and do tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of credit unions, retail banking and cooperative finance. Filene is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Nearly 1,000 members make the Institute’s research, innovation and impact programs possible.

About CUNA: Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by more than 100 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit cuna.org.

About Coastal: Coastal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned, financial cooperative, offering a full range of financial products and services. Coastal was chartered on August 31, 1967 with the mission of fostering the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.”  Today, with $2.9 billion in assets, Coastal serves 240,000 members from 1,700 business partners and is among the leading financial institutions in North Carolina.  Coastal operates 22 branches in central North Carolina and serves members in all 50 states through a network of 5,000 shared branches, 80,000 surcharge-free ATMs, mobile banking featuring mobile check deposit, and a robust offering of online services at www.COASTAL24.com.


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