2022 Florida Council Cruise Conference

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Cruise Dates: January 28, 2022 - February 2, 2022

Registration for the 2022 conference is now open. All deposits must be made to the cruise line by July 21, 2021, with final payment due on November 1, 2022. You may book your travel by contacting bkantor@expediacruises.com or 954-326-8785.  

Booking travel does not satisfy your registration for the conference. You must make $349 payment directly to CUES for the conference portion. You may pay your conference registration by January 27, 2022. 

Cruise Itinerary

Friday, January 28 - Miami (embark)
Saturday, January 29 - Day at sea
Sunday, January 30 - George Town, Grand Cayman
Monday, January 31 - Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Tuesday, February 1 - Day at sea
Wednesday, February 2 - Miami (disembark)

Information regarding the cruise is below. Please remember to use your Future Cruise Credits from the cancelled 2021 Conference when booking. 

  • Balcony Stateroom: $1,149.06*
  • Oceanview Picture Window Stateroom: $1,016.06*
  • Premium Beverage Package & Wi-Fi are included.

*Prices are per person based upon double occupancy & include port fees, taxes & gratuities. Third & fourth passengers and Suite rates are available upon request. Deposits are due on July 21, 2021, with final payment due November 1, 2021.

CUES Florida Council Contacts

Barbara Kantor – Expedia Cruises bkantor@expediacruises.com or 954-326-8785 for Cruise booking
Sunita Murthy sunita@cues.org Conference registration with CUES, no information about the cruise booking is managed by CUES.
Kenny Ray Mitchell – Council Primary Contact kenny.mitchell@communitysouth.net

Speaker Line Up

Patrick Henry, Keynote Speaker
Patrick Henry is an author, songwriter, and performance keynote speaker who partners with meeting planners to make meetings memorable. As a former Nashville songwriter and hummorist on the SiriusXM Radio Family Comedy Channels, Patrick brings a unique blend of humor, music and message to his audiencesto create an event that is full of energy and actionable ideas. His book, The Pancake Principle: seventeen sticky ways to make your customers flip for you, was released in 2013. One of Patrick''s audience members best described him as "what happens when, keynotes, comedy, and concerts...collide". When not on the road serving clients, Patrick can be found athome in North Carolina with his wife and three children. He is an avid Auburn football fan and is doing his best to get his golf handicap under 15. He is a firm believer that "if you do what you love to do for a living, you'll never work a day in your life".

Mike Blanchard, CEO, Blanchard Consulting Group 
Mike Blanchard is the CEO of Blanchard Consulting Group. He has extensive experience in the human resources field and has conducted or supported over 500 compensation planning and market research projects in the financial services industry over the past 20 years. Before founding Blanchard Consulting Group, Mike was a founder of Blanchard Chase, Managing Director with Amalfi Consulting, and a Vice President for Clark Consulting. With graduate studies in advanced industrial and organizational psychology, Mike’s areas of expertise encompass multiple disciplines within executive and staff level compensation plans. Mike will be speaking about performance based compensation strategies for credit unions.

John H. Deloach, Shareholder, Williams Gautier 
John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate, high honors, in 1994 from The Florida State University. John has focused his practice for more than 20 years on representing credit unions in compliance, contract, merger and corporate matters as well as assisting credit unions in their relationships with the NCUA and state regulatory agencies. John also regularly conducts local and national seminars and workshops on credit union law and operations and, in particular, the complex compliance issues which face credit union. John will provide Board and Supervisory Committee training on Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC as well as regulatory compliance.

Josh Strickland, Senior Manager, Saltmarsh CPA 
Josh is a senior manager in the Financial Institution Practice of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. He joined Saltmarsh in 2010 after graduating from the University of West Florida where he received a B.S.B.A. and Masters of Accounting. Josh works almost exclusively with the firm’s Financial Institution clients in providing accounting and auditing services, loan review, and other consulting services. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Josh will provide financial literacy training for the Board and Supervisory Committee attendees.

Sam Strickland, CEO, The Pod 
Samantha “Sam” Strickland knows credit union marketing. After spending nearly 13 years at First Commerce Credit Union (VP - Growth & Brand Management), Sam started The Pod, a full-service strategic creative services firm focused on credit unions. Serving as the “Remote CMO” for credit unions of all sizes, Sam and her team provide everything from day-to-day marketing support to Emmy-award-winning video production to website development to rebranding. In her presentation, Sam will discuss A Tale of Two Rebrandings:  Lessons and Successes. In one decade, the number of credit unions has dropped more than 30% from 7,339 to 5,098. In order to survive, many credit unions are expanding their fields of membership and considering a rebrand to appeal to a broader market. But how do you do that without disenfranchising existing members? This session will take you behind-the-scenes for the making of two brand new brands launched in October of 2021.