Distinguished Speakers Highlight Western Cuna Management School Celebration

Distinguished Speakers Highlight Western CUNA Management School Celebration


Sponsored by CO-OP Financial Services, the two-day event will be held at the Pomona College campus in Claremont, Calif.  The celebration and conference, “Half a Century of Leaders,” also will include an opening session from WCMS President James Likens as well as receptions, breakout sessions and the graduation ceremony for the school’s 50th class.

Bock in his keynote address, “Don’t Be Evil: The Head and Heart of Google’s Culture,” will discuss ways credit unions may learn from the experiences of the world’s most valuable brand. Bock joined Google in 2006, and has since spoken throughout the country on how Google uses and maintains its unique corporate culture that includes more than 7,000 employees. The company currently ranks fourth on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” and 102nd on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. corporations.

Cheney became president and CEO of CUNA in July 2010, having previously served as president and CEO of the Ontario, Calif.-based California/Nevada Credit Union Leagues. Prior to that, Cheney worked in the same capacity at Xceed FCU in El Segundo, Calif., where he guided the credit union’s growth to more than $800 million in assets (from $350 million). He has served on the WCMS Board of Trustees since 2006.

Royce represents California’s 40th District based in Orange County, and has been one of the strongest advocates for credit unions in the House of Representatives. A member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Royce serves on two other subcommittees that directly affect credit unions: the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. In addition to recognizing WCMS’s special role in the credit union movement, Royce will discuss legislation under consideration that will directly affect credit unions, including member business lending caps.

Founded in 1960, WCMS serves credit unions from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The school is dedicated to training credit union leaders in both the business skills and people-helping-people philosophy of the credit union movement. More than 3,500 students have graduated from WCMS, and are currently serving in positions of leadership and responsibility at some of the nation's leading credit unions.

Limited spaces are still available for the WCMS 50th Graduating Class Celebration and Conference.  For more information and to register, visit