Every year, the New York Credit Union Association brings in a diverse group of speakers who tell powerful stories and share insightful knowledge. At EXCEL 22, the Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention, the speakers are sure to leave attendees feeling inspired, excited and motivated!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Paul DionneErin Coleman Headshot

Research Director, Filene Research Institute

Paul Dionne brings a wealth of strategic-level thinking, research design, execution, and translation skills to Filene’s research team as the Research Director with his training in cultural anthropology and business.

Paul is thrilled to be working with an organization supporting cooperative finance and financial inclusion, and he enjoys guiding new academic research tailored for credit unions.





Friday, June 17, 2022

Dan MicaDaniel Mica

retired President of Daniel A. Mica, LLC and former President and CEO of CUNA

Dan Mica is the retired President of Daniel A. Mica, LLC, a firm providing government affairs, advocacy, strategic planning, and management consulting services to a variety of industries. A five-term member of Congress, Mica represented his home state Florida from 1979 to 1989 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mica became President and CEO of CUNA in 1996 and was the longest serving president in CUNA’s history. Under Mica's leadership, CUNA became one of most highly respected and influential associations in Washington. In 2010, Mica was named as one of the top advocates in the nation's capital. He is often quoted by major national publications and broadcasts for his views on financial services and political issues.




Kenyon SaloKenyon Salo

Thunderstorm Team skydiver for all Denver Broncos home game pre-game shows

Kenyon Salo is one of the top trainers, facilitators and keynote speakers in the fields of adventure, leadership, team building, sales, customer service and inspiration/motivation.

One of only five members on the Denver Broncos Thunderstorm Skydive Team, he is seen each week flying into the Denver Broncos Stadium at 60+mph, ending with a soft tip-toe landing on the ten yard line. He brings to the stage over 20+ years of successful audience engagement through humor, awe-inspiring moments, prolific storytelling and ‘edge-of-the seat’ content.




Saturday, June 18, 2022

Shannon Huffman PolsonShannon Huffman Polson

U.S. Army Apache Helicopter Captain, author and business consultant

Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of “The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Organization in the World,” and the founder of “The Grit Institute,” a leadership institute committed to whole leader development and a focus on grit and resilience.

As one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, leading line units on three continents, Polson combines her passion and firsthand experience in and study of leadership and grit to deliver world-class keynotes and training to companies and organizations on leadership and grit.

After serving for a decade in the armed services, Polson earned her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth. She went on to lead outstanding teams in the corporate world at Guidant Corporation (later Boston Scientific) and Microsoft Corporation.


Tiki BarberTiki Barber

Former New York Giants Running Back, author, TV correspondent & entrepreneur

Tiki Barber is the co-host of Tiki and Tierney on WFAN, alongside Brandon Tierney.

Barber graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce (Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society). At UVA, Barber excelled both academically and athletically on the football field. In 1996 he was named the ACC Player of the Year. After college, he launched a 10-year NFL career with the New York Giants, retiring in 2007 as the Giants all-time leading rusher and all-purpose yardage leader. Later that year, he released a memoir of his playing days called, “Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond.”

Barber is a board member of KultureCity — a non-profit focused on creating acceptance and inclusion for individuals, and their families, with autism and other sensory processing disorders. He is also is an entrepreneur, co-founding Julius, Inc. & Thuzio, Inc. Julius is a SaaS marketing tool for influencer search and procurement. Thuzio, an event and content creation company, produces Live Sports Storytelling. In addition, he is a founding member of Grove Group Management, a lifestyle branding and investment company focusing in the emerging cannabis marketplace.

Barber and his twin brother Ronde are co-authors of three successful children’s books and eight young-adult novels.

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