2019 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back, Businessman and Entrepreneur

NACUSO is fortunate to have Mastercard bring NFL Legend, Emmitt Smith as our Keynote Speaker for our 2019 Network Conference.  Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game. In his 15 seasons in the National Football League, Smith amassed many records that still stand today, including the most career rushing yards and the most career rushing touchdowns. Smith’s impressive resume includes three Super Bowl championship rings and his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.  After his playing days, Smith served as a football analyst and then took his television career a step further when he won the third season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, during which he was dubbed “the king of effortless cool.” He also added author to his list of accomplishments, publishing Game On, which outlines the principles that helped him succeed both on and off the field.

Emmitt Smith appears courtesy of our Exclusive Premier Card Partner: 

Douglas Rushkoff, Author

TOPIC: Team Human


Douglas Rushkoff is the host of the Team Human podcast and author of Team Human as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity.  He is a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics.  He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, the future and economics around the world.

B. Dan Berger, President & CEO, NAFCU

TOPIC: How Credit Unions Are Meeting Today's Challenges

B. Dan Berger became NAFCU president and CEO on Aug. 1, 2013. He was promoted to executive vice president of government affairs in July 2009 after joining NAFCU in January 2006 as senior vice president of government affairs overseeing five divisions including legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, research/economics, regulatory compliance and political affairs/PAC. Berger is NAFCU's chief advocate before Congress, the White House and the federal regulatory agencies.  Berger brings more than 25 years of government relations and political affairs experience to his post and has held key association and business management positions. In addition, he served as chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Guy Messick, NACUSO General Counsel, CUSO Guru

TOPIC: 2019 Regulatory Insiders Panel with Dennis Dollar

Guy is a partner with the law firm Messick Lauer & Smith P.C.  Guy has provided legal and strategic planning services to credit unions and credit union service organizations nationwide for over 30 years. Since 1987, he has served as General Counsel to the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations where he serves as the liaison with the National Credit Union Administration.  

Jack Antonini, CEO of NACUSO

TOPIC: How Credit Unions are Meeting Today's Challenges with Dan Berger and Guy Messick

Jack Antonini was appointed president/CEO of NACUSO in 2010. Jack was the former President & CEO of USAA Federal Savings Bank and member of USAA’s Executive Council (the top ten leaders of this diversified financial services company), when USAA FSB was recognized as “Best Bank in America” by Money magazine.  

Jim Stickley, Founder SoS (Stickley on Security) and Author

TOPIC: "I wasn't hacked....Was I?" 

Jim Stickley has stolen credit cards, hacked Social Security numbers, robbed banks, and created fake ATMs. He has broken into armed government facilities and has stolen from teenagers. He is an identity thief, but he is no criminal. Fortunately for all victims involved, he is a cybersecurity expert with over 20 years in the industry.  He is a published author and a frequent guest on NBC's Today Show. Stickley can be seen throughout the United States and other countries where he speaks at corporate events and security related conferences, covering topics that range from basic identity theft to national cyber terrorism. Jim is an expert that will help us understand the cyber security challenges of the upcoming 5G wireless communications, as well as evolving threats to protecting our members' information.

Dennis Dollar, Principal Partner, Dollar Associates, LLC

TOPIC: A Divided Washington and the Cost/Benefit Ratio of Gridlock and Stalemate for Credit Unions and CUSOs

Voted by the readers of Credit Union Times as the most influential credit union leader of the past 25 years, Dennis Dollar is the principal partner in Dollar Associates, LLC, a full-service consulting group focusing on credit unions and the organizations that serve them.  Mr. Dollar's background is extensive in the credit union and public policy arenas. 

About the General Sessions...

I wasn't hacked... Was I? – Jim Stickley

Jim Stickley has been robbing banks, hacking government computers, and stealing confidential information from businesses for over 30 years. In this unique session, Stickley will demonstrate how criminals are exploiting poorly designed features in web browsers, new tricks in social engineering, and how old security functionality is now being used against you. Most importantly, Stickley will show how seemingly insignificant actions can lead to complete and total compromise. From credit card exploitation to online account takeovers, this session covers a large range of attacks that put both home users and corporate employees at risk. As always, Stickley will provide useful tips and tricks to help you detect these and prevent you from falling victim to these types of attacks.

How Credit Unions Are Meeting Today's Challenges ​

Dan Berger, Jack Antonin​i & ​Guy Messick

Learn what is keeping credit union CEOs up at night, from growing various business lines to regulation to growing membership to the economy.  We will also cover the challenges of FinTech, the ongoing industry consolidation, as well as effective advocacy, and how we work together to help credit unions and their CUSO partners.  


A Divided Washington and the Cost/Benefit Ratio of Gridlock and Stalemate for

Credit Unions and CUSOs  ​- Dennis Dollar
With the Democrats controlling the House and the Republicans still in a Senate majority, will anything happen in Washington legislatively or is gridlock the operative expectation?  And, if so, how does stalemate on legislation both benefit and hurt credit unions in general – and CUSOs in particular?  Will the NCUA Board appointments be affected by the lay of the congressional landscape?  Former NCUA Chairman and leading credit union consultant Dennis Dollar will share his insider insights into these questions and more in one of NACUSO’s annual sessions with the highest positive feedback. 


2019 Regulatory Insiders Panel ​- Dennis Dollar & Guy Messick
While legislation may be less likely in a Congress with each party controlling a house, the likelihood of regulatory action is always present for credit unions and CUSOs.  A new makeup of the NCUA Board is a real possibility in 2019.  The Kathy Kraninger-led CFPB will also face its first year under a new Senate confirmed Director.  The bankers are taking their anti-credit union agenda to some states with regulatory implications.  2019 will not be a boring year on the regulatory front.  Leading CUSO attorney Guy Messick and former NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar will provide their analysis of what is taking place in Washington and nationwide on the always important regulatory front.


Team Human​ - Douglas Rushkoff

There is an anti-human agenda embedded in our markets and technologies, which has turned them from means of human connection into ones of isolation and repression. Our corporations and the culture they create glorify individualism at the expense of cooperation, threatening the sustainability not just of our economy but our species. In this talk, Douglas Rushkoff will reveal this agenda at work and invites us to remake society toward human ends rather than the end of humans. Rushkoff will uncover how the intentional repression of humanity impacts diverse sectors of society, explaining how money went from being a means of transaction to a means of extraction and how education transformed from the ideal of learning into an extension of occupational training. Digital age technologies have only amplified these trends, making our systems more brittle and presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media influencing our votes. Rushkoff will also show the role the CUSOs, in particular, can play in restoring a human economy's emphasis on prosperity and flow, rather than the extractive economy's obsession with extraction and growth. ​ There’s still time to think before we hit the switch and automate ourselves out of existence. Rushkoff will explain the role that we can play in reconnecting our members with their essentially social nature, asserting a place for humans in the emerging landscape, and forging solidarity with the others who understand that being human is team sport. 

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Douglas Rushkoff

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Jim Stickley

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Berger, Antonini & Messick Presentation 

sponsored by:

Emmitt Smith, Opening Keynote Speaker and Special Guest at the Advocacy Breakfast Fundraiser

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