Most Applications Ever Received for Crash the CUNA GAC

Ryan Hawes

(From Filene Research Institute) – The 2023 GAC Crashers have been announced and tapped from the largest applicant pool of credit union rising leaders in the program’s 14-year history. Congratulations to Ryan Hawes, VP of Branch Operations at Midcoast FCU, for being selected to represent Maine at this special event. 

With 233 applications, the competition was tighter than ever before with only 58 Crashers chosen to attend. The group represents 48 states and includes three scholarship winners from Africa, Australia, and Ukraine.

“Congratulations to this year’s class of GAC Crashers! We’re excited to welcome this engaged group of young credit union professionals to our movement’s premier advocacy event,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA President/CEO. “They’ll have plenty to experience at the 2023 CUNA GAC, including amazing networking opportunities and the chance to advocate for the credit union difference to policymakers firsthand.”

Exclusive Crash content will be enhanced with new learning panels focused on leadership development, credit union history, community partnerships, engagement, and key advocacy topics. Programming has also been modified to include more time with the CUNA leadership and engagement teams and to allow learning to be actualized through Crash debriefs.

Crash the GAC is Filene’s and The Cooperative Trust’s keystone Crash event. It is a non-stop, career-changing program for young professionals that gives them opportunities to build industry knowledge and connections in ways they would not otherwise likely have. The premier activity hosted by Crashers during CUNA’s GAC, Thunderpunch, will be held in partnership with SavvyMoney on Monday, February 27.