Meet The Summer Conference Speakers

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Andrew Keeney

E. Andrew Keeney (Andy) previously presented to NCUMA and received rave reviews.  We are thrilled to have him return to present to NCUMA in Wild Dunes.  Andy is a nationally recognized credit union attorney who has been assisting, consulting and representing credit unions for over 45 years.  He is extremely knowledgeable in issues confronting credit unions and the credit union industry.  For over the past 20 years he served as the Co-Chairman of the Kaufman & Canoles Credit Union industry team, a law firm based in Virginia.  He briefly retired but regretted not serving credit  unions and returned to the practice of law.  He was recently interviewed by the White House as one of the finalists for a position on the NCUA Board.  To better serve credit unions and gain additional expertise he recently accepted an appointment to the ABNB FCU Board of Directors.  Earlier in his career Andy served as the in-house Legal Counsel to State Department FCU and thereafter served as the in-house General Counsel to PenFed.  He has assisted many credit unions, leagues, associations and even NCUA in a variety of  credit union matters.  He is a frequent lecturer on a wide variety of credit union topics and a frequent contributor to many credit union publications, including Credit Union Times, CUES, CU Broadcast and Cu Management.  Andy and his wife Marcia have been married for 47 years, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren and reside in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  


Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making the arcana and minutia of economics fun, relevant and educational. He holds a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Eisenberg, formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C., is a frequent speaker on topics including: economic forecasts, economic impact of homebuilding, consequences of government regulation, cost-benefit analysis, prudential use of financial derivatives, strategic business development and other current economic issues. He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than seventy articles and serves on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Housing. He has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, frequently as keynote speaker, and is a frequent guest lecturer on college campuses. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg, Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is regularly featured guest on several talk radio shows, is often seen on television and authors a daily 70-word commentary on the economy.

His interests include keeping the rate of restoration of his 60 year old house ahead of the rate of deterioration and doting on his daughter. He loves ice hockey and talking economics with crowds large and small!


Tim Neiman

Tim Neiman is the CEO/Visionary of Dynamic Edge, Inc.  For 22 years, he has led the company’s strategy and operations, evolving from a traditional, local “break/fix shop” into a leading Managed Services Provider with clients nationwide.  Tim earned an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Organizational Management from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In his free time, Tim is an experienced Ironman triathlete, “Favorite Uncle” to his nine nieces and nephews, and avid traveler with his husband, Casey.

John McKechnie serves as Senior Partner for Total Spectrum, having been with the firm since 2011. In this role, McKechnie represents a wide variety of credit union and financial services providers on Capitol Hill. This follows five years in government as a Presidential appointee at the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where he served three Chairmen in the capacity of Director of Public and Congressional Affairs.

McKechnie’s career in the credit union industry began in 1987 as the Director of Political Action with the Credit Union National Association. It culminated in a four-year stint as CUNA’s chief federal lobbyist, heading up its federal legislative and political advocacy.

Among the highlights of his tenure at CUNA was his role in creating the nationwide grassroots campaign that created the momentum for passage of the landmark 1998 credit union membership legislation. McKechnie is also recognized for his work in passing bankruptcy abuse prevention legislation in 2005, and for propelling CUNA into the front ranks of Washington’s advocacy groups. He was named by The Hill newspaper as one of the Top 30 trade association lobbyists, and represented CUNA on a C-Span broadcast on the behind-the-scenes story of federal lobbying.

He left the private sector in 2006 when he became a Presidential appointee to the National Credit Union Administration. As Director of Public and Congressional Affairs for NCUA, McKechnie was responsible for media and congressional relations for this federal financial regulator during the recent economic dislocation. He was instrumental in the formulation and passage of the Corporate Stabilization Fund, the key legislation that enabled the credit union industry’s federal insurance fund to remain solvent and stable. McKechnie also was the day-to-day manager of a multi-media campaign that helped elevate the profile of NCUA during a time of heightened anxiety regarding the financial services industry.

During the Congressional action formulating the landmark Dodd-Frank legislation, McKechnie acted as the Agency’s principal liaison and was tasked with emphasizing the importance of carving out a separate regulatory regime for credit unions in recognition of their unique structure and role in the marketplace. 

Prior to joining the Credit Union National Association, McKechnie served as a congressional aide to Representative Stan Parris (R-VA), and as campaign manager and press secretary for a number of gubernatorial and legislative campaigns throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

McKechnie is a frequent speaker at conferences and financial institution planning sessions, and is a contributor to national publications such as Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Credit Union Journal and Credit Union Times. More recently, the Credit Union Times recognized McKechnie as one of the “CUTimes25,” a ranking of credit union movement leaders who have been most influential over the past quarter century.


He is a 1983 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, and resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Eric is the SVP, Sales & Marketing for River Valley Credit Union, Dayton, Ohio.


After several years in traditional, Mad-Men-style, ad agencies, Eric joined the credit union movement in 2001. He spent 14-years as the EVP for MarketMatch, a nationally known credit union marketing firm, where he led the growth and branding for credit unions of all sizes from all over the country. 


Eric has written two credit union marketing books, “Aha Moments: Diary of an AdMan,” and “More Aha Moments: Rantings of an AdMan.” He is also an often-requested speaker for credit union conferences in the US and Canada.

John McKechnie

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Eric Gagliano