Leaders Foster Friendship, Networking & Collaboration Over Golf

Credit union leaders and industry partners get ready for a day of sun and fun “on the green” outside the JW Marriott Desert Springs and Resort in Palm Desert, CA.
Credit union leaders and industry partners get ready for a day of sun and fun “on the green” outside the JW Marriott Desert Springs and Resort in Palm Desert, CA.

The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ annual REACH Golf Tournament gave those who started their week’s adventure on Monday an early taste of the annual convention — a week full of networking, fostering collaboration, friendship, innovative thought leadership, strengthening ties, and a bit of fun.

(View or download any of this week’s photos from the REACH 2021 photo gallery)

Nearly 100 credit union leaders participated in what some say is one of their favorite golfing events of the year outside the JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort and Spa in sunny Palm Desert, CA.

The event brings together colleagues and friends who have known and worked with each other for several years to experience a one-of-a-kind bonding experience leading into the credit union industry’s premier annual event for California and Nevada.

Congratulations to the winners! Everyone who participated put their best foot forward for the credit union cause, with the following individuals claiming this year’s winning titles:

Closest to the Pin

  • Men #8 — Chuck Papenfus, CEO of Inland Valley FCU
  • Women #12 — Pat Neighbors, CEO of Vocality Community CU

Longest Drive

  • Women #10 — Teresa Freeborn, President of Kinecta FCU
  • Men #17 — Tim Strandquist, Executive Benefit Consultant for OM Financial Group

Golfers had the opportunity to unwind as they displayed their skills “on the green.” The exciting kick-off event is always an opportunity to regroup with fellow peers in the credit union industry, as well as business partners who support the credit union system, philosophy and values. New connections are made and old friendships are rekindled before attendees embark on their exciting week ahead!

Stay Engaged During REACH
Attendees and League staff will be sharing photos, comments and memories through Twitter (@CUatREACH), Instagram (cuatreach), and the REACH Photo Galleries.

REACH is one of the credit union industry’s premier annual events, attracting leaders and system partners from across California, Nevada and the United States. This year it’s held from Nov. 1 – 4 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA!

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