Pelican State Credit Union Hosts University of Lending in Baton Rouge


Pelican State Credit Union Hosts University of Lending in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – Pelican State Credit Union hosted Rex Johnson’s University of Lending in Baton Rouge for over 60 attendees from 21 different credit unions across the state.

Ed Swanson, Vice President/Consultant at Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc., is the charismatic speaker who delivers the 3-day course that helps credit unions of all sizes learn how to increase loan volume and boost return on assets while fulfilling the credit union mission of serving individuals of modest means.

In the spirit of the credit union movement in Louisiana, Pelican covered over 50% of the costs to give smaller credit unions affordable access to this training opportunity. Credit unions who are under $30 million in assets received an additional discount.

“If we all adapt these lending practices together and make a larger impact in the lives of our members and communities, it will increase awareness of the credit union difference,” said Pelican CEO Jeffrey K. Conrad.

The lending philosophies taught through this course emphasize that bad things happen to good people and credit unions need to focus on the relationship with each member rather than their credit score.

“Ed is the Lending Authority and continues to bring value to our credit union year after year,” said Conrad. Attendees agreed with this sentiment as 100% of those who responded to the survey said that they would recommend the training to a colleague and would attend the training again next year.

“It was a privilege and an honor to present the University of Lending school to this very enthusiastic group of credit union lenders and leaders who were very eager to learn more ways to assist their existing members and potential members with their borrowing needs,” Swanson said.

“Many thanks to CEO Jeff Conrad and his amazing team at Pelican State CU for turning this great idea into a reality,” said Swanson. 

Pelican State CU and Ed Swanson have already made plans to repeat this training experience in Baton Rouge next summer.