NCUMA Speakers

Sunday Session I "How Do You Do? Meet Tomorrow’s Credit Union Executives"

Sunday Session II "Round Table Discussion 2020: What we have learned and where do we go from here?"

Speaker: Tansley Stearns

Title: Chief Impact Director
Organization: Canvas Credit Union


Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined Canvas in April 2018 and has spent every moment since amplifying the credit union’s ability to transform lives with her innovative marketing, brand, communications, and strategy efforts. Tansley leads the people of Canvas with a bright fire and desire for greatness that is passed down with every interaction with our team. 

Tansley brings with her more than 20 years of credit union leadership experience, including roles in research, sales, service, and government relations to Canvas. Just prior to coming on board, Tansley served as Chief Impact Officer at Filene Research Institute where she played a pivotal role in building bridges between credit unions, academia, and Silicon Valley. Her work has ensured that even more institutions engage with Filene’s credit union-focused, action-ready research. Tansley has been a pivotal addition in every community she serves, activating the credit union movement with grace, and as always, a smile. 

Prior to her tenure at Filene, Tansley served as AVP of Corporate Strategy & Government Relations at Bethpage Federal Credit Union in NY, helping to shape and execute strategy in an ever-changing legislative landscape. She was VP of Sales & Service at both Connex Credit Union and BestSource Credit Union for a combined 13 years where she honed her ability to lead marketing, sales, and business development initiatives along all frontline, member-facing channels.​


Monday Session I: “Economic Update Part I”

Monday Session II: Economic Update Part II

Speaker: Elliot Eisenberg

Title: President and Chief Economist
Organization: GraphsandLaughs, LLC


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!


Tuesday Session I: “Top 10 Credit Union Mistakes” 

Tuesday Session II: "The Future Direction of Credit Unions" 

Speaker: Andy Keeney

Title: Principal
Organization: Credit Union Attorney & Consultant



E. Andrew Keeney (Andy) is a nationally recognized retired credit union attorney who has been assisting, consulting and representing credit unions for over 45 years. He is extremely knowledgeable in many issues confronting  credit unions and the credit union industry.  He was a finalist in the considerations for appointment to the NCUA Board.   He is a retired Member of Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. and was until he retired, the Co-Chairman of the firms Credit Union Industry Team.  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 featured contributor to many credit union publications, including Credit Union Times, CUES, and CU Management and received rave reviews when previously presenting for NCUMA.



Wednesday Session I: “Financial Crime Detection & Prevention”

Wednesday Session II: "Financial Crime Response"

Speaker: Kevin Eack

Title: Principal
Organization: The Brannon Group, LLC



Principal of The Brannan Group, LLC a security consulting company. Experienced as a senior corporate security director leading security/fraud prevention/detection/investigations for a national online bank tied to a Fortune 50 nationwide insurance company. Extensive experience as a senior law enforcement executive with strong operational background trained in leading safety & security; internal investigations; counter terrorism; intelligence; risk & emergency management; critical infrastructure protection; critical incident planning & response; threat & vulnerability assessments; and fraud/financial crime & special investigations. Numerous federal and state commendations / awards for excellence. Fully trained in incident command system (ICS/NIMS). LEOSA Certified; Campus Safety Instructor; Crisis Negotiator; Trained in Behavioral Threat Assessments; Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets Protection with experience in conducting vulnerability assessments in compliance with NRC, DOT, and DHS-MTSA & CFATS regulations; Trained and experienced in executive protection and event security. Experienced in emergency & critical incident planning & management; NIMS / ICS Trained 100, 100HE, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800A; Hazmat; First Responder; Board Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Board Certified Anti-

Money Laundering / Fraud Professional and founding board vice-chair (CAFP); Board Certified Enterprise Risk Professional (CERP); Frequent speaker and instructor to financial institutions, higher education institutions, administrators for public and private schools, law enforcement, private business, and emergency management on a variety of topics; Lead consultant and instructor for American Bankers Association on financial crime.




P.O. Box 333
Cumming, GA 30028

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