Episode 1 - October 2019

October’s edition of Credit Union Roundtable focuses on credit unions, marking their month-long observance of cooperatives highlighted by International Credit Union Day on the 17th. To help the show get off to a strong start, Walt Laskos called on Stephanie Smith, curator at America’s Credit Union Museum, to explain the origins of credit unions in the US and their cooperative structure. Brian Branch, CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions, also joined Laskos from Madison, Wisconsin, where he described the advocacy efforts of credit unions on the global stage through the efforts of the World Council, including its work in helping people in developing countries to form credit unions.

Turning attention to America's credit unions, Laskos invited John Bissell, President/CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union (MA); Gary Furtado, President/CEO of Navigant Credit Union (RI); Brian Hughes, President/CEO of Holy Rosary Credit Union (NH); and Jerry King, President/CEO of DEXSTA Federal Credit Union (DE) to discuss the many ways their credit unions embrace and demonstrate their business values during an interview segment conducted by Isaiah Moskowitz.

And as an extra bonus to the inaugural episode of Credit Union Roundtable, Laskos included a discussion of financial exploitation and its growing impact on seniors across America. Norfolk County (MA) District Attorney Michael Morrissey served as Laskos’ guest for the interview. Their discussion also covered the Equifax Data Breach settlement and what consumers need to know in order to avail themselves to the benefits stemming from the settlement.