Mark your calendar for this year’s conference: July 15 – 18, 2018
Sunday – Wednesday
The Breakers in Palm Beach
Palm Beach, FL



Save the date and make plans to join your peers from credit union boards across the Southeast for the 2018 Southeast Directors Conference, set for July 15 – 18, 2018. This conference features a full range of informative sessions on critical, timely issues, with first-rate speakers to address the economy, lending environment, and much more.

The Southeast Regional Directors Conference is designed for credit union directors and committee members. The conference location rotates among the ten Southeastern states, giving each state an opportunity to host their fellow credit union volunteers and showcase the best of what their state has to offer. This conference features a full range of informative educational sessions that provide a conduit for learning about critical issues important to today’s ever-changing financial industry.

The 2018 program will be hosted by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and held at The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida. One of America’s legendary resort destinations, The Breakers is a modern-classic resort situated on 140 acres on the island of Palm Beach, Florida; conveniently located six miles from Palm Beach International Airport, 42 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and 72 miles from Miami International Airport.  Both Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike provide easy access to South County Road), which leads to the entrance of The Breakers.

Contact Simi Daniels for information on our 2018 event.

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, July 15th:

Monday, July 16th:

Tuesday, July 17th:

Wednesday, July 18th:

Registration Prices

The registration fees are:

$879 attendee

$359 for a guest

Sponsorship Opportunities

Overall Event $10,000 Activity Sponsor $7,500
Includes: Recognition on all conference materials, link on
conference website, full page ad in conference notebook,
and complimentary conference registration.
Includes: Activity TBD, recognition on all conference material, link on conference website, 1 complimentary activity ticket.
Welcome Reception & Dinner $7,500 Meals(Breakfast - 3 available) $2,500
Includes: Recognition on all conference materials, link on
conference website, attendance at the reception & dinner.
Includes: Recognition on conference materials, onsite signage recognition and reserved seating.
Grand Finale Reception $7,500 Meals(Lunch - 1 available) $3,500
Includes: Recognition on all conference materials, link on conference website, attendance at the dinner. Includes: Recognition on conference materials, onsite signage recognition and reserved seating.
Overall Golf Sponsor $7,500 Meals(Break - 3 available) $2,000
Includes: Recognition on all conference materials, link on
conference website, and 1 complimentary golf registration.
Includes: Recognition on all conference materials, link on
conference website, attendance at the reception & dinner.
Ball Sponsor $1,000 Additional Opportunities Overall Event
Includes: Logo recognition on balls Specialty Gift to each attendee: $10,000
Conference Padfolio: $5,000
Tote Bag: $5,000
Water Bottle: $3,000
Pen Sponsor: $1,500
Ad in conference notebook: $250
Tee Sponsor $500
Includes: Logo recognition on tees
Hole Sponsor $500
Includes: Logo on hole signage

Contact Deirdre Rhodes at for information on sponsorships.

Hotel Information

The Breakers
Address: 1 S County Rd.
Palm Beach, FL. 33480
Phone: 877.724.3188

Room rate of $200/night for a standard king room



Rebekah Gregory

Rebekah Gregory is a wife and mother whose life was forever changed due to the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. This act of terrorism may have claimed her leg, but it could not claim her spirit. Since then, Rebekah has used her platform in a huge way by traveling all over the country speaking out against evil and encouraging people to turn their obstacles into opportunities.

In 2017, Rebekah had her first book “Taking My Life Back” published. Shortly after, she launched Rebekah’s Angels Foundation, which she and her husband created to aid in the treatment of childhood PTSD.

Rebekah and her college sweetheart-turned-husband Chris, live in Houston TX with their two beautiful children, Ryleigh and Noah, their dog Bear, and their talking parrot, Captain Jack Sparrow.


Robert Burton

Rob is a Principal at PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 20 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting PreparedEx clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. During his career, Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.


Ancin Cooley

Ancin Cooley, CIA, CISA, is the founder and principal of Synergy Credit Union Consulting, Inc. Synergy provides a range of risk management services to financial institutions, which include outsourcing credit analysis, IT audits, internal audits, and loan reviews.  He brings more than 10 years of experience in the industry.

Ancin honed his skills while working as an examiner, performing safety and soundness examinations for institutions ranging from $100 million to $8 billion in total assets. He holds both the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designations. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Appraisal Institute, and Risk Management Association.


Ari Schonbrun

Ari Schonbrun was the Chief Administrative Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald and Co., one of the world’s leading financial services firms. He was responsible for overseeing and directing the day-to-day operations and administrative processes across Cantor Fitzgerald’s Capital Markets group. In addition, he is an author, speaker, and 9/11 survivor.

Mr. Schonbrun was on the 78th floor of Tower One when the first plane hit on September 11, 2001. He helped a colleague suffering third-degree burns to safety and was thrown into the national spotlight thereafter. His miraculous first-hand account of survival has been retold in newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets, and books.

Mr. Schonbrun is a renowned inspirational speaker and the author of Miracles & Fate on 78. He draws from the personal heartbreak he endured during the devastation of 9/11, deftly weaving in his capital markets expertise after more than three decades of working on Wall Street. He speaks with energy, fluency, and wisdom, utilizing his humorous and engaging personality to stir and inspire audiences worldwide.

Mr. Schonbrun began his career in 1981 at UMB Bank and Trust Co. and was steadily promoted to head trader within the company’s Fixed Income group. He then went on to work at Cantor Fitzgerald where he spent the next 23+ years rising to the position of

Chief Administrative Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald and Co. He has since moved on to pursue other endeavors.

Mr. Schonbrun is a native New Yorker. He is passionate about philanthropy and serves as a board member of Strength to Strength, a global non-profit organization that works with victims of terror across the world. Mr. Schonbrun and his wife, Joyce, live in New York. They have five children and several grandchildren.


Jim Kasch

Jim has spent twenty years working with credit unions, including a dozen years with Disney’s credit union and five years as the CEO of Darden Employees Federal Credit Union.  He and his team built a remote delivery credit union that grew more than 600% in three years.  Jim founded Canidae Consulting to help credit unions thrive in the 21st century.  His areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational excellence, millennial service strategies, marketing, and sales.  Since founding Canidae, Jim has helped credit unions from $10 million to more than a billion in assets.

He also founded Member Intelligence Group, which helps credit union leaders collect, interpret and leverage consumer insights that improve strategy and results.  Member Intelligence Group provides member surveys of various types, as well as employee engagement surveys.


John Waupsh

John Waupsh is the Chief Innovation Officer at Kasasa®, an innovative leader in branded, community-powered banking products proven to drive profit and growth for community financial institutions. Under John’s leadership, Kasasa earned three Finovate “Best of Show” titles, recognition in Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Companies in Finance” and standing in the Fintech Top 100. His new book, Bankruption: How Community Banking Can Survive Fintech, is a survival guide for community banks and credit unions facing immense global competition and fintech startups.


Denise Wymore

Denise began working with cooperatives as a teller at a small government employee credit union in Portland, Oregon.  The cooperative values of not for profit, not for charity but for service resonated with Denise. Knowing that whether you are processing a loan, advising members on investments, or helping people live within their means, what she did mattered. Five years at the Credit Union Association of Oregon during a critical legislative period honed her PR and communication skills.

Eventually Denise decided to create her own consulting business based on the premise that corporations don’t have values, people do – and the values that are at the heart of the cooperative movement are good for business and the economy. As a Culture Consultant Denise helped cooperatives identify their true values and created metrics and accountability around those filters.


Kevin Brown

Kevin’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan where his blue collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. His resume includes an eclectic mix of career stops that ultimately led him to the purchase of a franchise at the age of seventeen.With a street-wise aptitude and a never quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. For nearly two decades Kevin was a sales and marketing executive that helped grow a little known family business into an industry giant with annual revenues reaching two billion dollars.

After a career in franchising that spanned 30 years, Kevin decided to retire from corporate America and pursue his passion for bringing
The HERO Effect™ message to as many people and organizations as possible.

Kevin is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world class organizations and high performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And, as the father of an autistic child he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life.

Guest Event

Style Your Sole:

Express yourself creatively and help children in need at the same time! Customize canvas TOMS using paint, glitter, sequins and more. TOMS shoes will be ordered to size and provided for each guest.

For every pair purchased TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child who would otherwise go barefoot.

Group Activities

Palm Beach Tour:

Only 6 miles long, the famed town of Palm Beach packs a powerful combination of exotic natural attributes, intriguing denizens, extraordinary wealth and exquisite architecture. While traversing the island, the group will stop at historic landmarks, see luxurious mansions and visit local boutiques on Worth Avenue.



Enjoy a round a golf at one of the first golf courses in Florida! The Breakers offers on-site golf; enjoy 18 holes at one of the most beautiful courses in the US!