CO-OP Announces First THINK 19 Conference Speakers: Seth Godin And Chef Jose Andres

CO-OP Announces First THINK 19 Conference Speakers: Seth Godin And Chef Jose Andres

Early Bird Pricing, $1,000 Off Full-Price, Good Through October 31 at

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California CO-OP Financial Services is announcing two powerhouse keynote speakers to headline the THINK 19 conference. Seth Godin, best-selling author, entrepreneur and thought leader, will join acclaimed Chef Jose Andres, whose New York Times best-seller, “We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time,” is receiving high praise from the public and critics.


Seth Godin is the author of 18 worldwide best-sellers, including “What to Do When it’s Your Turn” (and it’s Always Your Turn)” (2014) and “Linchpin” (2011). Godin is founder of the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, online workshops that have transformed the work of thousands. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and, most of all, changing everything. In addition to writing and speaking, Godin has founded several companies, including Internet-based direct marketer Yoyodyne and content publishing platform Squidoo. His blog (which can be found by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. In 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. 


Jose Andres is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. He has twice been named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and has been awarded “Outstanding Chef” and "Humanitarian of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for ground-breaking, avant-garde cuisine and an award-winning group of restaurants in the U.S., Mexico City and the Bahamas. Andres is an advocate of food and hunger issues and champions the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. His book, “We Fed an Island,” chronicles his work advocating for and feeding the people of Puerto Rico after last year’s devastating hurricanes.


Godin and Andres will deliver on THINK 19’s content goals, which are to explore the way in which credit unions can seek out, identify and leverage every opportunity to meet members’ needs and meet higher expectations.


“The THINK conference is the foremost thought leadership and innovation event for the credit union industry,” said Samantha Paxson, Chief Experience Officer for CO-OP. “During THINK 19, we will be providing an opportunity for credit union employees to learn how to digitally transform their institutions at every level, as well as implement continuous change in even the smallest actions to ensure future success.”


Now through October 31, credit unions can take advantage of early-bird pricing, with registration available at $999. This figure is 50 percent – exactly $1,000 – off the full registration fee of $1,999. THINK 19 will be held May 6-9, 2019, at the Lowes Miami Beach Hotel. Online registration is available at  


Now in its 12th year, THINK is a year-round platform for credit union collaboration, innovation and evolution. Visit to access the wide variety of learning opportunities, including THINK Review magazine, THINK blog, videos from THINK conferences and a library of leading business and innovation book reviews.


For more information on THINK, visit at


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