The Lodge at Deadwood

Join your Credit Union Association of the Dakotas at the 2017 Annual Summit April 10-12, 2017 at The Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Meet new faces and network with your peers. Attend sessions led by national leaders and presenters. Celebrate the accomplishments of your credit union and the difference we all make to our members and communities.

We hope to see you at the 2017 Summit where we will strive in everything we do to better serve our members and our communities as well as make a difference for credit unions everywhere!

Attire for the Summit is business casual. Attire for the awards banquet is semi-formal or formal. 

For more information on Scholarship and Awards  

Crasher Information

Crashing the 2017 CUAD Summit means there is no cost to you for registration! The only cost your credit union will endure is hotel rooms, and travel expenses. Also, you must be 35 and under to Crash the Summit. To apply for Crash the Summit, click here.


Payment Instructions

Your Educational Investment to the CUAD Summit is $329 per attendee before Friday, March 10, 2017. On Friday, March 10, 2017, the fee is $369 per attendee so sign up today!

You may pay by credit card or make all checks payable to:

Credit Union Association of the Dakotas
2005 North Kavaney Drive
Bismarck, ND 58501

Hotel Information

The Lodge at Deadwood
100 Pine Crest Lane
Deadwood, SD

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. MT
Check out time is 11:00 a.m. MT

Call 605.584.4800 for hotel reservations: 
  • Double Queen or King Standard is $89 per room per night plus tax
  • Double Queen Deluxe is $99 per room per night plus tax
  • Double Queen Suite is $119 per room per night plus tax
  • King Suite is $139 per room per night plus tax
Be sure to mention the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas to get the group room rate. All rooms in the block will be released on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Overflow Hotel Information
Deadwood Mountain Grand
1906 Deadwood Mountain Dr
Deadwood SD 57732
Call 1.605.559.0386 to receive the rate $89.00 per room plus tax. Be sure to mention the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas to get the group room rate. All rooms in the block will be released on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Holiday Inn Express Gold Dust Casino
22 Lee Street
Deadwood SD 57732

Call 1.605.578.3330 to receive the rate $89.00 per room plus tax. Be sure to mention the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas to get the group room rate. All rooms in the block will be released on Friday, March 17, 2017. 

Refund Policy
If registered participants contact the CUAD office at 701.250.3924 or 800.279.6328 ext. 924 to cancel their registration at least seven days prior to the session, they will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Cancellations occurring six days or less and/or with the advisement of no travel by the ND DOT or SD DOT before the session will receive a 70 percent refund of the registration fee. The Association reserves the right to bill the credit union for any meal charges passed on by the hotel due to a late cancellation occurring three days prior to the session. Substitute registrations are welcome.

All times are Mountain Time. 
Agenda subject to change

Map of hotel

Monday, April 10, 2017
8:00 a.m. - Vendor Set-up

9:30 a.m. - Golf registration and brunch (sale of Mulligans and Extend-a-Putt)

11:15 a.m. - Leave for Elkhorn Ridge Golf Course

4:30 p.m. - YCUP Crasher meeting

4:45 p.m. - Leave Golf Course

6:00 p.m. - Vendor Social and Golf Awards

7:30 p.m. - Entertainment by C. Willie Myles, Comedian

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast Buffet

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Opening Keynote
Life Is Change, Judson Laipply
Socrates once said, “Perfection is constant change.” Life is change. Day in and day out the thing that remains constant is change. Judson combines laughter inducing stories with thought provoking ideas to drive home the point that we are in the constant presence of change.

His stories, personal experiences, crowd participation, high energy, and laughter, help people recognize how to let go of the things out of their control, and focus their energies on things they can change. Judson’s finale, The Evolution of Dance™ will leave your audience with an unforgettable message. One which will remind each participant that “Life is Change,” and that they have the ultimate control over the outcome. 

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Networking Break

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
The Changing Face of Face-to-Face David Foster

As we find ourselves heads-down in our mobile devices and constantly checking in with our virtual worlds, are we doing so at the risk of
real-world relationships? Has the rise in virtual communications lessened the value of face to face service models? Moreover, with a service
as personalized as holistic financial management, how do we adapt to the shift in how consumers want to be communicated with and connected to?

Studies have found that the highest users of email, web, mobile phones and social media tend to have more diverse and a larger
number of close relationships. What has changed isn’t the desire for face to face relationships. Communication technologies have
simply made many of our relationships more persistent and pervasive.

This session explores the difference between connecting and communicating, and uncovers how the right blend of virtual and direct
can drive success for your wealth management program.

Payday Lending – The Credit Union Way Mark Lynch

With payday lenders moving out of South Dakota due to a 36% interest cap, what are the implications for credit unions?  Can credit unions fill the
void and provide short term, small loans in a way that meets member needs and does not place the credit union at risk?

In this presentation, Mark uses his experience working with the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions program to:

  • Examine why the demand for payday loans continues to remain relatively high
  • Illustrate how credit unions can develop alternative loan products that help members and potential members who need a short term, small loan
  • Outline how credit unions can provide affordable loans for members in a way that is also good for business

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Teamwork: The Myth About There's No "I in Team," C. Willie Myles
The myth about there’s no “I in Team” Well, there is. It takes an extremely selfless individual to be able to work with others to achieve a
team goal.

 Knowing your role and how it may affect the outcome is how you build a winning team.
  • Your strength maybe the team’s weakness
  • The best leaders were great followers
  • Being the smartest person in the room is not a requirement
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Networking Break

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Open Forums (Volunteers Forum, Manager's Forum, Staff Forum)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Awards Banquet
6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Social
6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. - Dinner
7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Awards
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Irish Auction
Abbey Road Beatles Tribute Band to follow the Awards Banquet

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Business Meeting Registration

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - CUAD Annual Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Networking Break

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Closing Keynote
Serve To Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery and a Board Room, Matt Tenney

In this inspiring yet content-rich program, Matt Tenney introduces the power of servant leadership through his story of spending 5.5 years
confined to military prison for arranging an unauthorized delivery of government funds, learning to be happy with nothing, living like a monk
for over 3 years, discovering the power of a life devoted to serving others, and co-founding and leading two non-profits.

Matt will show you how to improve your capacity for servant leadership, and how that shift results in greater success as a leader as well as
greater  happiness. Drawing on insights from his experiences as a prisoner, monk, and social entrepreneur, as well as from some of the
best workplace cultures in the world, you’ll walk away with powerful ideas and tools for developing the leadership skills that result in highly
engaged, highly innovative, highly successful teams.

After attending this program, participants will have proven tools to help them:

  • Attract and retain highly talented people

  • Increase the engagement levels of team members

  • Create a team culture that delivers world-class customer service

  • Create a team culture that is highly conducive to innovation

Charity Golf Scramble - Monday, April 10, 2017
We have made arrangements to golf at the Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club. The Charity Golf Scramble will be for Children's Miracle Network. 

Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club
6845 Saint Onge Road
Spearfish, SD 

The cost to golf is $150 per person, this includes: brunch, golf fees, carts. Shuttle service fee is $15.00 per person. 

CUAD GAC Scholarship Fundraiser Auction

Credit Union Association of the Dakotas is inviting you to participate in our Annual CUAD GAC Scholarship Fundraiser Auction by donating an item/items for the auction. Items can be dropped off at the designated area during these registrations hours:
Monday, April 10 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 - 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Items will be on display on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 during the evening social and dinner. Attendees may submit tickets for the items they would like to win, be sure to write your name on the back of the ticket. Winners will be announced during and after the awards banquet on Tuesday, April 11. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the CUAD CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference Scholarship. 

Local Charity Drive
Boys and Girls Club Lead-Deadwood

When the school bell rings at the end of every day, hundreds of kids across the Black Hills pour out of classrooms and into their after school routines. For some, this means heading home where they are met by a parent who helps them with homework before driving them to basketball practice and piano lessons. For others in our community, after school options are far less certain, stable and safe.

At Boys & Girls Clubs, we know the hours between 3:00-6:00 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and the time when kids are most likely to experiment with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and other risky behaviors. We also know that today in our Black Hills community, children are facing obstacles more challenging than ever before. Kids from low-income families are six times more likely to drop out of school, and 41 percent of kids across the Black Hills are overweight or obese – a number that continues to steadily increase year after year.

Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their lives, and foster the skills they need to become leaders in their communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs are there for kids when they need us most: after school, all day in the summer, and even Fridays. Our membership is open to all youth ages preschool – age 18, and for $25 annually, our Club members have access to a wealth of programming that has the power to positively shape and change their lives.

Wish List

Looking for other ways to give? Give In-Kind.
It takes a lot of supplies to run three Clubs serving 400 kids each day. Boys & Girls Club of the Black Hills needs the support of our community and welcomes in-kind gifts that help us provide activities and learning opportunities to our members. Our Clubs always have items on our “Wish List” of things that we need but might not be able to afford at any given time. We are always in need of supplies, sports equipment and other materials that are new or in good condition for our Clubhouses.
Here is a list of items we currently need and are in want of: 

List of Donations

Any kind of dry food

Youth socks

Youth girl and boy clothing (variety of sizes)

Shoes - any size



Colored pencils



Lysol disinfectant spray



Colored Copy Paper

Peanut Butter


Fruit Snacks

Granola Bars

Macaroni and Cheese

Monetary gifts are always appreciated to purchase much larger items - we need a new TV, laptops & Tablets for homework help and Club Tech; bikes for our Trips for Kids mountain biking program etc. 

C Willi Myles
Comedian C Willi Myles, “America’s Everyday Comedian,” has been combining his quick wit and a great sense of humor to delivery one of this country’s most high energy, side-splitting shows for all ages. “Keep ‘em laughing” has been C Willi’s goal on the stage over the last 18 years and he isn’t about to stop.

With an audience-driving interactive performance that will ‘keep you laughing,’ C Willi Myles has shared the stage with legends like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and The Beach Boys and Toby Keith. Yet C Willi finds that he is at his best at any venue from theaters to colleges, corporate events to convention. C Willi has the amazing ability to captivate and “keep ‘em laughing” throughout the entire performance.

Combining everyday people with everyday humor, C Willi Myles’ humor has built dedicated audience around the country because of its non-offensive flavor. C Willi has even had the honor of performing on NPR’s “Tent Show Radio” to showcase his flair for storytelling for all people.

A former student athlete and assistant coach at St. Cloud State University (MN), C Willi Myles is well known throughout the country. C Willi has released six comedy DVDs & CDs in the past ten years including his latest DVD, “Yea, I Said It,” recorded live at the Paramount Theater (St. Cloud, MN) in front of a sold audience at his annual April Fool Special.

"The Line In The Sand,” C Willi Myles’ latest comedy hit tour, has been very well received throughout some of the Midwest’s most historic theaters. C Willi’s past experience as co-host on “The Freddie Bell Morning Show,” Solid Gold Soul (950 AM) and his performances at some of Minnesota’s largest foundation fundraising events has made him the ideal talent source for local and national TV, radio and print. One of the country’s most gifted entertainers, C Willi is ready for your next event and is prepared to ‘keep ‘em laughing’!

For more info on C Willi Myles, please visit or

Judson Laipply
He promises to do two things: make you laugh and make you think. And for the last seven years, Judson Laipply’s passion for both has entertained and educated audiences all over the world. Utilizing a phenomenon labeled “Inspirational Comedy,” Judson blends the realities of life with side-splitting humor. His highly energetic demeanor and unyielding charisma are used to enlighten and energize audiences. His easy going and playful stage presence helps engage even the toughest audience, while his finale has everyone howling in their seats. In the spring of 2006, his career took a gigantic leap taking him from the stages of college campuses and convention halls to the unknown depths of the cyber world. With an unforgettable ending that solidified his unique and unparalleled reputation, Judson reinforced his “life is change” mantra with the The Evolution of Dance™, his own six-minute rendition of the last 50 years of popular dance moves. His video of this one-of-a-kind dance routine exploded on the Internet, amassing over 100 million views in under a year. With the new exposure, even more audiences have been able to add to their event by having Judson speak and perform. Judson’s artistic and refreshing approach to viewing life and accepting the changes it brings never fails to surprise and inspire audiences from all over the country.

David Foster

David Foster is a vice president with CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he is responsible for Program and Advisor Strategy at CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc.

Foster joined CUNA Mutual Group in 2007 and has held key positions as the vice president responsible for sales at CUNA Brokerage Service and the vice president of Product Sales Distribution where he was responsible for investment and annuity product distribution for the Asset Management division of CUNA Mutual Group.

Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group, Foster held management positions at MassMutual Financial Group and Jackson National Life. He has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and holds FINRA Series 7, 66, 63 and 24 registrations.

Foster earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 1981 and completed the Kellogg Consumer Marketing Strategy Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Marketing at Northwestern University in 2003. 

Mark Lynch

Mark is the Senior Program Manager at the National Credit Union Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation staff in 2015, Mark worked as a Field Coach with the Foundation’s REAL Solutions Program for several years.

Mark has been a credit union member for over 40 years and a credit union board director for 22 years. Prior to moving to the US from Australia he was the Deputy Chairman of Australian National Credit Union, then Australia’s largest credit union and the Volunteer & Resources Manager with the Australian Credit Union Foundation. He also served on the boards of two other cooperatives and the academic council of a business college.

Mark moved to the US twelve years ago and established himself as a credit union consultant specializing in program and product development, project management, strategic planning, housing & financial counseling and board governance. He has delivered more than 500 presentations to credit union events in 48 states, predominantly on issues relating to serving the underserved, growth strategies, board governance, credit union philosophy, and taxation.

For the last six years he has led a REAL Solutions initiative to train certified credit union financial counselors. He has trained over 2,000 credit union staff in over 500 credit unions in 27 states. Mark has also recently developed an experiential learning program to help credit union members better plan for their retirement.

For much of the last 4 years, Mark has done extensive work helping credit unions learn how to make auto loans to members with low credit scores in a way that is good for the member and good for the credit union. He is currently working with 15 credit unions on a pilot program to test the effectiveness of data mining to identify members and potential members with low scores that could benefit from a credit union loan.

Mark has been facilitating strategic planning meetings for over 20 years and has a passion for assisting credit unions to develop a long-term vision and meaningful and measurable strategic plans and goals. Mark has also worked with several credit union boards assisting them to improve their governance standards. 

Mark is a US and Australian Credit Union Development Educator. He has over 20 years experience in managing not for profit organizations and he is an experienced consultant, trainer, facilitator and presenter.

Matt Tenney

Matt Tenney is a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom. He is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. Matt envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness.  When he’s not traveling for speaking engagements, he can often be found in Nashville, TN.