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AFT and CUNA Strategic Services Align to Improve Access, Education on Financial Technology Issues and Opportunities for Credit Unions

Scott Mills
William Mills Agency

ATLANTA, Nov. 29, 2017– The Association for Financial Technology (AFT), which promotes networking and professional development for companies serving credit unions and other financial services companies, announced today a relationship with CUNA Strategic Services. Both organizations support the mission of the credit union industry and have a shared vision of keeping credit unions competitive through technology and support services.

Julie Esser, vice president of CUNA Strategic Services and former AFT board member said, “I’m passionate about AFT, which includes a broad spectrum of technology and services providers in the financial industry. Through this relationship, CUNA Strategic Services will be able to better reach and collaborate on technology issues facing credit unions and those companies providing technology to them.”

“CUNA is the only national association that advocates for all credit unions and their members,” said Zach Duke, president of AFT and executive vice president of business development of Safe Systems. “By working with CUNA Strategic Services, AFT member companies have a direct connection to CUNA and will benefit from their network as well.”

Under the relationship, CUNA Strategic Services is a voting member of AFT; will attend and contribute to summits; and help identify potential members for AFT. Likewise, AFT will participate in CUNA events and promote CUNA and CUNA Strategic Services benefits to AFT member companies.

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 110 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

About CUNA Strategic Services

CUNA Strategic Services Inc., owned jointly by Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the state leagues, saved credit unions more than $20 million in 2016 through its alliance program. CUNA Strategic Services, with our alliance providers, offers products and services that contribute to credit unions’ bottom lines, add to their peace of mind and enhance their relationships.  To learn more about CUNA Strategic Services, visit

About AFT

Association for Financial Technology (AFT) is the industry’s premier resource for networking and professional development for those companies and executives serving U.S. financial institutions (FI’s), including banks, credit unions, lenders and payment companies. Founded in 1972, the members represent virtually every area of technology, data or services needed to help FI’s succeed in today’s dynamic marketplace.

Working within a highly regulated industry and complex vendor landscape, AFT helps members by 1) creating valuable relationships; 2) provides business and industry intelligence; and 3) delivering programs that inform members on issues, trends and forces shaping the industry. To learn more about AFT, visit


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