Mountain West Young Professionals Group Hikes the Hill

Future leaders learn process and procedure on trip to Washington, DC

The MWYCUP group at the offices of CUNA in Washington, DC














Denver, Co. (October 31, 2019) – The Mountain West Credit Union Association’s  (MWCUA) Young Professionals Group (MWYCUP) spent the week of October 21 in Washington, DC to learn processes and gain understanding of the importance of representing credit union interests to our elected officials. Called the Legislative Learning Experience and Hike the Hill, the group spent time learning about advocacy efforts, regulatory process and legislative priorities.

Led by the MWCUA government affairs team, this was the second young professionals-focused trip for the team. “Our first venture last year was tremendously successful based on the feedback from both the participants and their credit unions,” said Timothy Dore, SVP Government Affairs for MWCUA. “This year’s group was enthusiastic and engaged from the minute they were selected.”

Young professionals are encouraged to submit an application letter to the Association. Two were chosen from each of the three states in the Mountain West region: Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. The Young Professionals Hike is a partnership between the Association and the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. The Foundation issues a scholarship to each participant that covers their trip expenses.

The group met with the National Credit Union Association (NCUA), the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) advocacy team; as well as meetings with the staffs of Senator Cory Gardner (CO), Representative Ruben Gallego (AZ), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Representative Joe Neguse (CO), and Senator John Barrasso (WY) and his staff.

The Young Professionals group, led by Tyler Valentine, CEO of Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union included: Austin Cain from TruWest Credit Union, Stephanie Yasar from OneAZ Credit Union, Matt McKerley from Arapahoe Credit Union, Sarae Kurth from Denver Community Credit Union, Kianna Smith from Reliant Federal Credit Union, and Dani Blakeman from Trona Valley Federal Credit Union.

The group documented the trip using their Instagram account, which can be seen here.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 123 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $38 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Advocating every day on behalf of our member credit unions, the Association, Strategic Partners, the Foundation and local area Chapters, all support the credit union movement through government relations, communications, innovative products and services, networking, community outreach, education & training, leadership development, scholarships and grants, public affairs, and operational/regulatory compliance assistance.