Joey VentreLGE Community Credit Union is pleased to announce that Joey Ventre has been selected to attend Crash the GAC 2019, representing the state of Georgia. Crash the GAC is a program for young professionals presented by The Cooperative Trust and the Credit Union National Association.

“As the lending center supervisor, I've been involved with legislative advocacy at the state level through GCUA's State Grassroots Academy, but am so excited for the opportunity to see firsthand the national state of our industry from a governmental affairs perspective. I'm honored to be selected to Crash the GAC this year, and can't wait to meet more young professionals who are as passionate about the credit union movement as I am,” said Ventre.

Ventre’s participation follows two additional LGE team members who were selected to represent the state in previous years: John Garrett (2016) and Becca Duvall (2018).

Susan Tillery, LGE’s SVP/Chief Lending Officer, said, “LGE is a very forward-thinking credit union. As a company, it is important for us to develop young professionals to be future leaders of our organization. We've had several members of our team Crash the GAC in the past, so we're thrilled Joey was selected for the unique experience of being a Crasher. It really gives young professionals a full, hands-on picture of our industry on a national scale, which they may not be able to experience otherwise.”

Crash the GAC is a nonstop, career-changing program for credit union young professionals that allows them to participate in the industry’s largest advocacy conference with complimentary registration, exclusive networking opportunities, leadership development tools, and mentoring sessions with industry leaders from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, CUNA, and National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).

“The Crashers program is a great opportunity for young credit union professionals, the conference, and the entire movement at large,” said CUNA CEO and President Jim Nussle. “Crashers at the GAC will have the opportunity to network and participate in the premier event of the credit union industry. We will all benefit greatly from their enthusiasm and fresh perspectives as the movement is invigorated by a new generation of advocates.”

CUNA provides Crashers with a complimentary registration fee to attend the conference, and many state leagues and associations provide scholarships or other financial assistance. This year 100 Crashers will attend Crash the GAC representing every state in the nation for the Cooperative Trust’s 10th Crash the GAC event ever.

Crash the GAC and other Crash events throughout the year are designed to spark new ways of thinking and build lasting relationships for young professionals within the credit union industry. Crashers will leave the nation’s capital with a new hunger to help strengthen their communities and organizations. This highly competitive opportunity is a launching pad for many young professionals’ careers and gives them the confidence and insight to make a profound and lasting impact in the industry.

Crash the GAC is brought to you by the Cooperative Trust and Filene Research Institute and is made possible by the generous support of CUNA, and with help from League partners.

About Filene

Filene Research Institute is an independent, consumer finance think tank ( dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting consumer financial wellness, the future of credit unions, and cooperative finance. Founded 30 years ago as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Filene moves credit unions forward with research and incubation support. For more information, visit and @fileneresearch.

About The Cooperative Trust

The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at

About CUNA

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by more than 15 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit