MSCUA 2024 Annual Meeting & Convention

May 15 – 17 | 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)


9:00 AM – 1:30 PM (Azalea)
Mississippi CU Executives Association Session, Lunch & Business Meeting
(MS CU Executives Association Members Only – Add-On Event)

2:00 – 3:00 PM (Azalea AB)
Pre-Conference Session
How Embedded Finance is Shaping Financial Services – Sam Das, VP, Corporate Development & TruStage Ventures and Dennis Cail, Founder & CEO of Zirtue
Sponsored by Trustage | Limited seating – first-come, first served

5:00 – 6:30 PM (Camellia)
MSCUA 87th Annual Business Meeting

Immediately following Business Meeting
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall (Magnolia)


7:30 – 8:30 AM (Magnolia)
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30  – 10:00 AM
General Session (Camellia)

  • General Session Master of Ceremonies – Sedric Brinson, Engagement Consultant, America’s Credit Unions
  • Turning Obstacles into Opportunities – Hoan Do, award-winning inspirational speaker, author of Succeeding in the Real World, and city finalist in NBC’s hit show, American Ninja Warrior
    Sponsored by TruStage

10:00  – 10:30 AM
Break at approximately 10:00 AM in the exhibit hall/Magnolia

10:30 – 11:30 AM
General Session Resumes (Camellia)

  • Moving Metal: The Future of Car Buying – Alain Nana-Sinkam is an auto industry veteran of over 25 years, currently serving as Principal at Triple Double Auto Consulting and Co-Founder of Remarkit Automotive
    Sponsored by Corporate One FCU

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Group Lunch (Downstairs, Casino-level)
  • Advocacy Appreciation Awards Lunch (Invitation Only) (Azalea)

1:00  – 2:00 PM
General Session Resumes (Camellia)

Risk Management and Governance Topics for CEOs, Directors, and Committee Members – Ancin Cooley, CIA, CISA, Founder and Principal of Synergy Credit Union Consulting, Inc.
Sponsored by Trellance

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


8:30 – 10:30 AM
Breakfast & Closing General Session (Magnolia)
24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9/11/01 The White House – Robert J. Darling Lt. Col USMC (Retired)
Sponsored by Trustage & SRM

Speakers, Sessions & Special Guests

Thursday General Session Master of Ceremonies
Sedric Brinson, Engagement Consultant with America’s Credit Unions

Sedric Brinson lives his life by the simple standard of the Golden Rule of treating others how he would like to be treated. He’s a born leader who wants nothing more than to see others succeed and to see their goals accomplished. His passion for people is what fuels his desire of seeing communities thrive financially. Sedric’s purpose in life is simply to bring awareness to the Credit Union mantle of people helping people. He is a huge advocate for financial literacy and helping to meet the needs of members in the community.

Sedric has served in the finance industry for over 18 years. As a converted (Banker), he used those experiences as a driving force to make a difference in the Credit Union Space. Sedric received his Credit Union Development Educator (C.U.D.E) designation in the Best Class Ever of November 2017. Sedric is also a graduate of the Southwest Credit Union Management School at TCU in 2019. He currently serves as the past chairman and Co- founder of L.E.A.D MS (Leaders Engaged in Action and Development), which is a young professionals group geared specifically toward the development of young, eager professionals looking to be mentored and developed in their careers. This initiative is the first ever organized Credit Union YP program ever in the state of Mississippi and it has already received national attention from other CU pioneers all over the country. He believes that young people are the driving force of this country moving forward and he wants nothing more than to be a mentor toward the excellence that they already possess.

Outside of family and work, Sedric has a strong passion for music. Sedric is one of the Lead singers for the 601 Live Band. An energetic cover band that loves to bring people together in unity to have a great time. Singing all the hits from Old School Stevie Wonder to today’s top hits. Sedric believes that God, Family, and Friends are the pleasures and joys of life. Without them, there is no success.

Thursday General Session


Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
Encountering challenges is inevitable. The key to overcoming adversities is developing resilience and mental strength to increase one’s ability to bounce back during difficult moments. Hoan empowers people to overcome their adversities by sharing practical strategies to develop resilience and mental strength.

In this program, attendees will:

  • Discover a technique on how to change their attitude in the midst of adversity
  • Learn how three step framework to gaining clarity and stacking the odds in their favor to achieve their personal and professional goals
  • Understand how to create meaningful connections that will support them during difficult times

About Hoan Do
Hoan Do is an award-winning inspirational speaker, author of Succeeding in the Real World, and city finalist in NBC’s hit show, American Ninja Warrior. He has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, Yahoo Finance, The Chicago Tribune, and Lay’s chip bags nationwide. The Seattle Magazine recognized Hoan as one of the top 25 influential people in Seattle. His engaging style and ability to share important life lessons in a way that people resonate with has earned him the Verizon Wireless Motivator Award.

Thursday General Session


Moving Metal: The Future of Car Buying
Alain Nana-Sinkam, Principal of Triple Double Auto Consulting, shares his insights on what’s currently taking place in the car industry and what the auto buying experience will look like in the near future, including:

  • Will the touchless car-buying experience stick?
  • How are consumer experiences with other online commerce options affecting the auto business?
  • What’s the future of the car — especially with delivery services like Amazon, DoorDash, Instacart thriving?
  • How will all this affect credit unions?

About Alain Nana-Sinkham
Alain Nana-Sinkam is an auto industry veteran of over 25 years, currently serving as Principal at Triple Double Auto Consulting and Co-Founder of Remarkit Automotive, focused on providing insights and forecasting for the automotive ecosystem. Previously, he led strategic partnerships and corporate development for TrueCar, a publicly traded digital automotive marketplace, developing programs and alliances designed to power credit and insurance discovery in TrueCar’s branded and affinity partner auto-buying channels.

Alain previously served in various leadership roles at ALG, the industry benchmark for residual values, worked at Wells Fargo and HSBC Auto Finance and started his career at an auto dealership.

Thursday General Session


Risk Management and Governance Topics for CEOs, Directors, and Committee Members

What do the issues at SVB, FTX, and Well Fargo all have in common? They all suffered from significant lapses in governance and risk management. When Boards don’t effectively apply governance to strategic decisions and risk-taking, unexpected events will always catch institutions off guard. In this timely session, Ancin Cooley, with Synergy Credit Union Consulting, will draw from his experiences as an examiner, board consultant, and strategic planner to provide insight on how to grow income and assets while maintaining a reasonable risk profile.

About Ancin Cooley
Mr. Ancin Cooley, CIA, CISA, is the Founder and Principal of Synergy Credit Union Consulting, Inc. Synergy provides a suite of risk management services to financial institutions, which include loan reviews, information technology audits, internal audits, directors’ exams, and regulatory compliance reviews. As principal, Ancin manages a growing portfolio of clients with assets ranging from $100 million to over $800 million dollars.

Ancin brings more than 10 years of experience to the industry. He gained deep, first-hand knowledge while serving as an examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). During his tenure at the OCC, he performed safety and soundness examinations at community and mid-size banks that ranged from $100 million to $8 billion dollars in total assets. After leaving the OCC, Ancin worked for a regional accounting firm where he led internal audits, as well as loan and pre-regulatory examiner reviews.

Saturday Closing Breakfast Session


24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9/11/01 The White House
On September 11th, 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Darling was working in the White House Military Office and was initially tasked to coordinate airlift assets for the President’s evacuation to an undisclosed site. However, he was quickly recruited to provide his military expertise and became a liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor and the Pentagon. During the next 24 hours he received real time information from numerous government agencies and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks. Lieutenant Colonel Darling witnessed firsthand the enormity of the crisis leadership decisions that were made that day on behalf of all Americans. This presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the necessary steps within their power to protect and safeguard their employees, their organizations, and their communities.

About Lieutenant Colonel Darling
Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active duty service in October 2007. He flew Cobra attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was selected to work for The White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that, then Major Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001.

Bob graduated from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY with a BA in Economics in 1987. Upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant aboard the USS Intrepid. In 2002 Bob attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA where he earned his MBA in Financial Management.

At the urging of family, friends, and colleagues to share his witness to American history, Bob wrote his memoir, “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House.” He continues to share his personal experience and knowledge of crisis leadership with many military, corporate, and university audiences nationwide. He is the President of Quantitative Analytics, LLC, an aviation operations and logistics consulting company located in Stafford, Virginia.

Wednesday Afternoon Pre-Conference Session


How Embedded Finance is Shaping Financial Services

Presented by Sam Das, VP, Corporate Development & TruStage Ventures and Dennis Cail, Founder & CEO of Zirtue

Session Overview
Embedded finance is changing when, where, and how people interact with financial services. The market is growing rapidly, generating over $20 billion of revenues across payments, lending, banking, and cards and projected to expand to $51 billion by 2026. While credit unions face the threat of disintermediation with the new embedded finance value chain, it also poses a tremendous growth opportunity. Learn firsthand the ways embedded finance meets the needs of members today and how credit unions can identify the verticals that allow them entry into this new value chain to expand their reach.

Session Speakers
Sam Das is Managing Director of TruStage Ventures, the venture capital arm of TruStage. Since joining, Das has focused on sourcing, investing and advising early-stage fintech and insurtech startups. Das is also the Vice President of Corporate Development at TruStage, evaluating and executing a broad range of strategic transactions for the organization. Das joined TruStage in 2017.

Prior to joining TruStage, Das was the founder and CEO of a fintech startup and served as an investment banker at firms including Houlihan Lokey and Fox-Pitt, Kelton. He has completed mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital raising transactions valued in excess of $10 billion involving companies like Principal Financial, AIG, MasterCard, Security Benefit and Lehman Brothers.

Das graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics.

Dennis Cail, Founder & CEO of Zirtue is an award-winning entrepreneur, technology executive, board member, Navy Veteran, Forbes Next 1000 Honoree, D CEO 500 and EY Entrepreneur of the Year-Southwest Winner. As a Navy Veteran and SMU graduate with a passion for financial inclusion and closing the wealth gaps by giving people a hand-up in lieu of a hand-out, Dennis is committed to servant leadership.

Founded with a mission to drive financial inclusion, Zirtue is the world’s first relationship-based lending application that simplifies loans between friends and family. The platform is designed to make it easier to request and approve loans, make and track loan + bill payments while managing and maintaining trusted relationships.

Under Dennis’s leader Zirtue has experienced rapid growth that has also garnered national attention of major media outlets, including Forbes, Fortune, Inc Magazine, Business Insider, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, WFAA and Fox
Business News.

As a Navy Veteran and SMU graduate with a passion for closing the wealth gaps for veterans and underserved communities alike, Dennis is an active bank and community board member, including Dallas Regional Chamber Board, Texas Security Bank Board, American National Bank of Texas, Goodwill Board, YMCA Foundation Board, and SMU Alumni Board of Directors (Emeritus).

Special Thanks

Premier Sponsor
Speaker Sponsor
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Bag Sponsor
Food & Beverage Sponsors
Closing General Session & Breakfast Sponsors

Additional Details

Elwyn Pope Memorial Golf Tournament
(Add-On Event)

  • Register for the tournament using the MSCUA Conference Registration Form.
  • Tuesday, May 14, Preserve Golf Course, Vancleave
  • 11:00 AM Lunch; 12:00 PM Shotgun Start
  • $195 per golfer includes green fee, range balls, lunch, and three beverage cart drink tickets.
  • Transportation is on your own and directions are available at
  • April 30: Deadline to register for golf.  Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.

Tournament: Trustage

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 Wednesday night to breakfast and break Thursday 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!

Who will you see in the exhibit hall?  View our Trade Show Directory!

Mississippi Credit Union Executive Association Event
(Add-On Event)

  • 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS
  • Register using the MSCUA conference registration form.
  • $89 per MCUEA member. (Non-members may be billed $109 per person.  Please contact if you have questions about how many MCUEA memberships your credit union has.)

Recruit, Retain, Mentor, Motivate
How do you recruit and retain top talent when your compensation budget is smaller than your competitors? Learn techniques for building an environment that is drama free, where employees feel valued and empowered. Often small shifts in the way we treat our employees can have long and lasting impact on their job satisfaction. We will discuss ways of handling staff during difficult times, particularly organizational changes.

About Shari Storm
Shari spent 16 years as an executive at a Seattle credit union, where she oversaw marketing and IT.

Her proudest accomplishments at Verity Credit Union included being named an Innovator of the Decade by Net. Banker, heading up the successful Verity Mom campaign, and participating in Filene's prestigious i3 program.

Her first book, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss was published by St. Martin's Press. With almost 20,000 copies sold, it has been translated into Mandarin and purchased for publications in four countries. The book has received tremendous press, including Time and Redbook magazines, Martha Stewart's radio, BusinessWeek online, the Costco Connection and the cover of the Metro News New York, to name a few.

Shari has been named a Woman of Influence by CU Times. She has been featured in American Banker, Credit Union Management, and The CEO Report.

Shari received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington and her MBA from Seattle University.





Hotel Room Details

  • $149 ($134 + $15 daily resort fee) per night Tuesday – Thursday and $190 ($175 + $15 daily resort fee) per night Friday, plus applicable taxes.
  • Rates apply to “run-of-the-house” room type only, which are assigned at the time of check-in based on availability. Room type cannot be guaranteed.
  • Upgrades for a specific bed type or room view can be requested for an additional charge. These upgrade offers are only visible/accessible when the room type is available, first come, first served.  The following per night additional charges apply: King Bed $10; Queen Beds $20; Ocean View King $20; Ocean View Queens $40.
  • Rate and availability cannot be guaranteed after the April 16 hotel deadline.
  • Hotel room cancellations are subject to the Beau’s 24-hour notice policy, or one night’s room/tax will be charged.
  • Check-in 3:00 PM; Check-out 11:00 AM.

FCU Tax Exemption
To qualify, the hotel needs your credit union's NCUA Letter of Exemption and the method of payment used must be issued to the credit union (not a personal credit card).  MSCUA will file an NCUA Letter of Exemption with the Beau Rivage on behalf of any federal credit union that registers. However, you may wish to use one of the following methods to ensure your reservations & payment are setup as you wish:

  • After making your online reservations, call the hotel's reservation department at 888-567-6667 and tell them you'd like to put your NCUA Letter of Exemption on file for your reservations & provide all confirmation numbers and names. You may also pre-pay for the rooms if you wish.
  • Bring the form with you to the Beau and provide it at check-in. It is recommended that the holder of the company credit card arrive to the Beau first so that they can get the Letter of Exemption on file and payment established for all rooms before others check in.

Hotel Registration
The URL to make hotel reservations at our group rate was emailed to all CEOs and is also provided in your conference registration confirmation email. Please submit your conference registration, or email to request the hotel URL.



Conference Registration:

  • Up to two conference participants per credit union may attend FREE
  • $425 per participant for additional conference participants
  • $225 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 Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday as outlined on the agenda. (Add-on events not included.)
  • Guest registration includes Wednesday Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall, Thursday continental breakfast, break, & lunch, and Saturday breakfast & session.

Add-On Events:

  • Elwyn Pope Memorial Golf Tournament - $195 per golfer.  Register using the MSCUA conference registration form.
  • Mississippi CU Executive Association Event - $89 per MCUEA member. (Non-members may be billed $109 per person.  Please contact if you have questions about how many MCUEA memberships your credit union has.) Register using the MSCUA conference registration form.

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 Wednesday 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 Tuesday, April 30.  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 Tuesday, April 30, 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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