MSCUA 2023 Annual Meeting & Convention

May 18 – 20 | Beau Rivage, Biloxi


Schedule of Events


11:00 AM Lunch/12:00 PM Shotgun Start
Elwyn Pope Memorial Golf Tournament, Preserve Golf Course
(Add-On Event)


Details TBA
Mississippi Executives Association (Formerly Mississippi Managers Association) Session, Lunch & Business Meeting
(MS Executives Association Members Only – Add-On Event)

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Pre-Conference Session
Thriving Small Credit Unions – David McBeth, CUNA Mutual Group
Limited seating – first-come, first served

5:00 – 6:30 PM
MSCUA 86th Annual Business Meeting

Immediately following Business Meeting
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall


7:30 – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30  – 11:30 AM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
General Session

  • Master of Ceremonies: April Ales – Engagement Consultant, Credit Union National Association
  • Mike Schenk – Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist, Credit Union National Association
  • Antonio Neves – Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Journalist and World-Renowned Speaker
  • Dan Meers – Mascot, Motivational Speaker, Author and Family Man

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Group Lunch
  • Advocacy Appreciation Awards Lunch (Invitation Only) with special guest John McKechnie, Senior Partner, Total Spectrum

After General Session Concludes
Afternoon & evening on your own – Enjoy the food and entertainment of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

– Friday general session break at approximately 10:00 AM –


8:30 – 10:30 AM
Breakfast & Closing General Session
Patrick Henry – Author, Songwriter, and Performance Keynote Speaker

Note:  Brooks & Dunn will perform a concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Friday, May 19.  Ticket information is available at–dunn.

Speakers, Sessions & Special Guests

Friday General Session Master of Ceremonies

April Ales, Engagement Consultant with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), is a passionate, thought process, and collaborative leader. As a reputable professional, with extensive experience in the credit union movement, she works alongside Leagues and system partners in the Southeast region and serves as an access point to all things related to CUNA.

Prior to joining CUNA, she served as Vice-President of Membership Relations at the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates, where she managed the Cooperative Initiatives Department and the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation. As a former Member Relations Consultant, she served as a liaison to credit unions in Florida and Alabama focusing on member relations, chapter development, financial education, business development, training, and the small asset-size credit union programs. She has also held the position of Vice President of Administration at a $22 million asset credit union.

April received a bachelor’s in Sociology and Criminology from Florida State University. She is also a 2014 Credit Union Development Educator (DE) graduate. April finds happiness from helping others be successful and volunteers her time assisting those who are less privileged.

Friday General Session

Mike Schenk has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 1992 he joined the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) – the largest and most influential national trade association advocating for America’s credit unions. There are over 5,000 credit unions nationwide, with a total of more than 130 million memberships and over $2 trillion in assets.

Mike is Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist for CUNA and conducts economic research and supports CUNA’s public relations and advocacy efforts. His analyses regularly appear in trade publications such as Credit Union Magazine. He also is a frequent contributor to the financial media.

Schenk serves on the board of the Filene Research Institute, an independent, non-profit consumer and cooperative finance think tank.

He also serves on the board of Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wisconsin – a $5 billion financial cooperative with over 220,000 members. In his nearly 20 years on the Summit board Mike has served as Board Chair and has Chaired the credit union’s Asset-Liability Management and Risk Management/Internal Audit Committees.

Friday General Session

Find The Edge Again: From Burned Out to Fired Up!
Whether you’re a leader at the helm of an organization or a professional at a crossroads in your career, you know a simple truth: in these complicated times, it’s more challenging than ever to feel motivated.

But that feeling of burnout, disengagement, and low morale is pernicious—once it sets in, it rarely just blows over. And if left unchecked, it can lead to a negative long-term effect on a company’s success.

So how do you hit the reset button to rekindle excitement, increase focus, and get folks fired up again? In his signature keynote, top live event and virtual keynote speaker, Antonio Neves helps audiences find that edge and beat burnout with three critical steps to boost workplace engagement, establish a culture of allies, and create systems for personal accountability and measurable results.

Audiences will learn how to:

  • Reignite the energy and drive that they brought to the table on day one
  • Create a culture of allies that encourages contributing rather than settling
  • Find purpose in their work and take action to spark positive change
  • Reframe challenges as opportunities they can leverage to their advantage
  • Recommit to a long-term mission that helps them power through tough times

About Antonio Neves
Antonio Neves is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, award-winning journalist and world-renowned speaker known for helping people get unstuck and make their next move with confidence.

The author of four books including Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You  (Penguin Random House), Antonio is also the host of The Antonio Neves Show podcast where he reminds people that no matter where they stand today, their story is far from over.

Inspired by his own transformation, Antonio helps people face critical decisions so they can reboot, reset and refuel their lives. He’s shared his message on hundreds of stages worldwide, including Google, Amazon, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Visa,, NCAA, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Stanford University. He has been featured on the NBC TODAY Show, Forbes, PBS, The Art of Manliness podcast,, Thrive Global, and more.

Friday General Session


On November 23, 2013, Dan Meers came within inches of losing his life while practicing a bungee jump and zip line stunt at Arrowhead Stadium… home of the Kansas City Chiefs. What Dan anticipated being the thrill of a lifetime ended up being the spill of a lifetime. The stunt went terribly wrong and Dan plummeted 75 feet before crashing into the stadium seats. Miraculously Dan survived. He spent 9 days in the hospital and got some really big scars. Dan smiles when he says, “Scars are just Tattoos that come with a Cool Story”. Dan is the author of the book “Wolves Can’t Fly” and during his powerful presentation Dan shares his incredible story and the important lessons that he has learned about leadership and about life.

About Dan Meers, Mascot, Motivational Speaker, Author and Family Man
Dan Meers has been KC Wolf, the mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, for more than 30 years. In 2006 he was selected as the first NFL mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame. Dan travels throughout the United States and the world entertaining thousands of people both in and out of costume. He has performed in over 40 states and 12 different countries.

He is in high demand not only as a mascot but also as a humorous and motivational speaker to audiences of all ages. His enthusiasm, optimism and love for life are contagious and make Dan an inspiration to all those he meets.

Be it young or old, executive or blue collar, his audiences walk away with a smile and a renewed spirit to live life to the fullest.

Whether you’re a Kansas City Chiefs fan or not, you’ll enjoy Dan Meers as he shares his unique wit and wisdom about life.

Saturday Closing Breakfast Session


Customers stay loyal when the business they’re working with creates an emotional connection. That’s the message Patrick Henry, former Nashville songwriter and featured performer on the SiriusXM Radio Family Comedy Channels, wants his audience to take home with them.

Customer loyalty, Henry stresses, is fragile and customers will be loyal to those whom they are emotionally connected. “If you can make them feel, you can make them buy”.

Growing up in the football town of Auburn, Alabama, Patrick saw firsthand how fans are made. His background, in part, led to the realization that engagement is the foundation for loyalty, and loyalty is the foundation for emotional and financial buy-in.

Henry often says “we learn best when we are being entertained”, which is why Patrick’s audiences can look forward to humor, guitar playing, and original songs during his presentation “Becoming Remember-able”. Many of the concepts you will hear can be found in his book “The Pancake Principle: Seventeen Sticky Ways To Make Your Customers FLIP For You” which can be found on When not traveling, Patrick loves spending time with his wife Lesley and three children and trying to get his golf handicap under 20.

Special Thanks

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Food & Beverage Sponsors

Additional Details

Elwyn Pope Memorial Golf Tournament
(Add-On Event)

  • Register for the tournament using the MSCUA Conference Registration Form.
  • Wednesday, May 17, Preserve Golf Course, Vancleave
  • 11:00 AM Lunch; 12:00 PM Shotgun Start
  • $180 per golfer includes green fee, range balls, lunch, and three beverage cart drink tickets.
  • Transportation is on your own and directions are available at
  • May 3: Deadline to register for golf.  Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.

Tournament: CUNA Mutual Group
Prizes: Corporate One FCU | Shazam

Trade Show

Discover products and services that can help your credit union succeed in today’s fast-paced environment! The Trade Show at the MSCUA Annual Meeting & Convention is a don’t miss component of our event!  From the opening reception on Thursday night to breakfast and break Friday morning, be sure you stop by to say hello to the many companies that are looking forward to the opportunity to visit with you, and whose participation helps make our event possible!

Accolade Investment Advisory
Allied Solutions
Aurora Advantage Powered by CSPI
AssureGuard by Protective
Bank Tec South
Children’s of Mississippi
Confluent Strategies
Corporate America CU
Corporate One FCU
CUNA Mutual Group
Dolphin Debit Access
eDOC Innovations
Evans, Simpson and Associates, Inc.
FEDCorp, Inc.
Financial Standards Group
Headrick Companies
Keeley Companies
Member First Mortgage
MRS Mail Express
Multi-Bank Securities, Inc.
National Cooperative Bank
National Credit Center (NCC)
QCash Financial
Quality Data Systems
Ross and Yerger
ServiceMaster OneCall
Servion Mortgage
Uniti Fiber
Volunteer Corporate Credit Union
Zest AI

Exhibitors are still registering – check back for updates!

Mississippi Executives Association Events (Formerly Mississippi Managers Association)
(Add-On Event)




Hotel Room Details

  • $162 per night Tuesday – Thursday; $203 per night Friday – Saturday. Rates are inclusive of a $13 Resort Fee. (Limited availability Tuesday & Saturday night.)
  • Rate and availability cannot be guaranteed after the April 17 hotel deadline.
  • Rates apply to “run-of-the-house” room type. Specific room types can be requested for an additional charge.
  • Rooms are assigned at the time of check-in based on availability. Room type cannot be guaranteed.
  • Hotel room cancellations are subject to the Beau’s 48-hour notice policy, or one night’s room/tax will be charged.
  • Check-in 3:00 PM; Check-out 11:00 AM
  • All rooms are non-smoking

FCU Tax Exemption
MSCUA will automatically file an NCUA Letter of Exemption with the Beau Rivage on behalf of any federal credit union that registers. However, the payment method at check-out MUST be in the credit union’s name to qualify for the tax exemption.

Hotel Registration
After registering for the conference, check your conference registration confirmation email for the link to make reservations in our exclusive Beau Rivage hotel room block (or contact us to request the link).



Conference Registration:

  • Up to two conference participants per credit union may attend FREE
  • $399 per participant for additional conference participants
  • $189 per guest (free registration not applicable to guests)
  • MSCUA will invoice credit unions for applicable registration fees.

What’s included:

  • Conference participant registration includes all events Thursday, Friday & Saturday as outlined on the agenda. (Add-on events not included.)
  • Guest registration includes Thursday Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall, Friday lunch & break, and Saturday breakfast & session.

Add-On Events:

Additional Details

  • If any attendee has special physical needs or dietary restrictions, please notify MSCUA before the conference using the registration form.
  • A name badge, provided at conference check-in to all registered participants and registered guests, should be worn for all events. Non-registered individuals may attend the Thursday Opening Reception ONLY. Staff/Volunteers from any MSCUA affiliated credit union may attend the Business Meeting only – registration/badge is not required.
  • The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 3. Registrations after that date and onsite registrations are subject to a $50 late registration fee.
  • Conference & Add-On Events Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by MSCUA on or before Wednesday, May 3, will be refunded. No refunds in whole or part will be made after this date. Cancellations must be received in writing to

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