Finally reaching Q4 has many perks. One of those perks is being able to close out the year with tools to help us successfully navigate 2024 and beyond. 

That toolbox is being provided by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU). 

Credit union leaders and employees across the country have marked their calendars for the NAFCU’s highly anticipated annual conference taking place November 7-9 at The Westin New Orleans in Louisiana. 

Titled the NAFCU Lending Conference (and already sold out), this year’s theme promises to equip attendees with expert insight and valuable resources prepared by industry leaders and top-tier vendors. 

Overall, the goal of this esteemed conference is to help strengthen credit unions’ lending positioning for the years ahead. 

The three-day conference is finely curated to create an engaging, compelling and inspiring experience. The agenda features timely topics, expert advice, networking opportunities and a keynote speech by economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. 

Here are some highlights of this must-attend event. 

Embracing the Future of Lending

AVANA CUSO’s team of lending experts is honored to attend the NAFCU Lending Conference. As the nation’s most seasoned credit union service organization (CUSO), we understand how essential it is to stay abreast of the future of lending. 

“We attend inspiring events like this because we love hearing directly from credit union leaders,” says Shivan Perera, AVANA CUSO Senior Vice President. “Attending this conference allows us to tap into credit unions on a different level. In turn, we leave armed with firsthand knowledge about the lending solutions credit unions need right now. Then, we get to work crafting those solutions to better support them and their communities.” 

From cybersecurity to underwriting to commercial loans (and everything in between), the NAFCU Lending Conference will arm all who attend with strategy-enhancing tactics for a rewarding future. 

Powerful Panel Discussions

The NAFCU Lending Conference will feature topics on the latest trends in lending and business development to help propel CUs forward in today’s competitive landscape. Included in that are a number of panels that will stimulate essential discussions on some of the most pressing lending topics for 2023/24, including:  

  • Fueling Growth: Insights into Optimizing Your Lending Portfolio
  • Adapting for Success: Lending Culture and Connectivity
  • Navigating Challenges in the Current Mortgage Market

Sessions Addressing Timely Topics

The past year has been marked by many economic and technological shifts that directly impact credit unions. The NAFCU Lending Conference will address it all. More importantly, the event will leverage these hot-button issues in a way that can positively impact credit unions, their members and their broader community. 

Some of those scheduled sessions include: 

  • The lending regulatory landscape
  • Leveraging AI in lending
  • Emerging trends in lending fraud and cybersecurity risks
  • Understanding collections and delinquencies in today’s economy

Forging Lasting Connections

Last but certainly not least, the conference’s agenda features various opportunities to meet fellow credit union leaders and team members. This includes networking breakfasts and luncheons, a welcome reception, an icebreaker “speed” networking event and a happy hour. 

The networking possibilities are invaluable, whether you are making small talk or tapping into each other’s expertise. 

While you’re mingling, please be on the lookout for AVANA CUSO. We want to hear from you and discuss all the ways we can help your credit union meet its goals for Q4, 2024 and beyond. 



Established in 1998 and headquartered in Simi Valley, CA, AVANA CUSO is America’s premier credit union service organization (CUSO) focused on commercial real estate lending, including SBA 504 loans. For decades, we have partnered with credit unions across the country to offer competitive and collaborative lending solutions. AVANA CUSO is a proud member of the AVANA Family of Companies.