Fall 2022: Double Tree Suites by Hilton, Boston, MA



Double Tree Suites by Hilton – Boston, MA

The New England Financial Executives Council (NEFEC) and Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) New England Council held our first joint event. We presented 3 top shelf speakers over a day and half of meetings.


The New England Financial Executives Council (NEFEC) and Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) New England Council held their first joint event.   We presented 3 top shelf speakers over a day and half of meetings. 

Our opening speaker was Curt Long, Economist for NAFCU.  Curt provides an economic update.  After Curt’s presentation the CUES New England Council held its annual meeting that NEFEC members were welcome to attend. 

We concluded our afternoon with a well deserved networking social event with open bar generously sponsored by the CUES New England Council. 

 Friday morning we started the day with a presentation from Laurel Farrer on Adjusting to a Hybrid or Remote Work Environment.  

Our final speaker of the day was Patrick Sells from NYDIG.  Patrick spoke about Digital Currency.  

The Council Steering Committee is very excited about this partnership with the CUES New England Council. 

Thank you for continuing to support the Council.

Curt Long, Economist for NAFCU

Curt Long was named chief economist and vice president of research in July 2017 after having been director of research and chief economist since August 2014. In this role, he serves as the association’s chief economic analyst, conducting economic and financial policy research and providing ongoing economic analysis for NAFCU’s staff and its member credit unions. Long also helps produce a number of NAFCU’s publications – including the quarterly CU Performance Benchmark Report and the monthly Economic & CU Monitor – and its numerous economic forecasts and surveys. In addition, he presents on economic topics at NAFCU events and conferences.

Long holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Texas Christian University.

Prior to joining NAFCU, Long practiced his financial skills for a real estate development company in Irving, Texas.

Laurel Farrer, Founder and CEO of Distribute

As the Founder and CEO of Distribute, a virtual organizational development think tank and consulting firm, Laurel Farrer is an internationally-renowned thought leader on the topic of remote work. For the past 15 years, she has been unlocking the power of distributed workforces to create impact in corporate and socioeconomic infrastructures.

She and her team of fellow experts collaborate with the world’s leading businesses and governments on three primary topics: how to convert business operations from physical to virtual, how to build products and content for the remote work market, and how to leverage the workplace flexibility to solve global concerns. In addition to being a regular Forbes contributor, Laurel’s subject matter expertise has also been showcased by brands like Zoom, VMware, Gallup, Logitech, BBC, New York Times, Office Depot, and Fast Company, and Upwork.

Patrick Sells, Chief Innovation Officer, NYDIG

Patrick Sells is Chief Innovation Officer at NYDIG, responsible for elevating the company’s bitcoin offerings and executing their mission in expanding bitcoin access. He leads NYDIG’s work developing industry-leading technology solutions and partnering with banks, traditional financial institutions, and more to help them meet the growing client demand for bitcoin offerings. Formerly the firm’s Head of Bank Solutions, Patrick has helped raise NYDIG’s status as a partner of choice in navigating the technology, governmental, audit and regulatory components necessary to offer bitcoin products and services in highly regulated industries.

Prior to joining NYDIG, Patrick served as Chief Innovation Officer at Quontic Bank, where he evolved the firm into a leading adaptive digital bank in the U.S. through a focus on technology and innovation. In 2020, Patrick was recognized as American Banker’s “Digital Banker of the Year” and one of Independent Community Bankers of America’s “40 under 40 Emerging Community Bank Leaders.”

Patrick currently resides in New York City and graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Political Science.