Keesler's Hartley selected 2018 "GAC Crasher" for Mississippi

Posted February 8, 2018    

The Mississippi Credit Union Association (MSCUA) is pleased to announce that Christian Hartley, Keesler Federal Credit Union Gautier-Vancleave Branch Manager, has been selected to attend Crash the GAC 2018 by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association!

"I am personally thrilled for the opportunity to represent my Savior, my amazing state of Mississippi, and our credit unions at this year’s conference. We [credit unions] are stronger together, and it is heartening to see us unified in the message of the credit union movement," said Hartley.

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.”

"I am truly humbled to be selected to join such an elite group of Crashers at the 2018 GAC. I believe that our voices as the young leaders in the credit union community are so important to be heard in Washington.  I pray that I represent our great state and our credit unions well and am confident that I will come away from this experience a better servant of the CU community," said Hartley.

Credit Union National Association provides Crashers with a complimentary registration fee to attend the conference. This year 78 Crashers will attend Crash the GAC representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“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.

"A special thanks to my Leadership team at Keesler for selecting me to apply for this opportunity, and to MSCUA for their continued support," added Hartley.

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

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



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