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BRETT CHRISTENSEN, OWNER - CU LENDING ADVICE, LLC.

Brett is the owner of CU Lending Advice, LLC. As such, he works directly with credit unions in the U.S and Canada teaching and consulting on various lending topics to professionals that work in the credit union industry.

His personal and entertaining speaking style have also made him a popular and sought out speaker in the credit union industry. Prior to forming his own company, Brett worked for four years as a lending consultant and trainer for Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc. of Elgin, IL. Prior to his job at Lending Solutions, Brett was the Chief Sales Officer of APPRO Systems, Inc. which purchased the Loan Link Lending Center which Brett managed as the President for three years.

Prior to his work at Loan Link, Brett worked for five years at the $680 million Clark County Credit Union in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also worked as a civil engineering officer in the United States Air Force.

He has earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987, and a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in 1991.

 

DON ARKELL, SENIOR CONSULTANT - CU LENDING ADVICE, LLC.

Don Arkell was one of Brett’s original hires and member of his first Sales Team. Don first worked with Brett Christensen at Clark County Credit Union in 1993. While at CCCU, Don quickly moved through the ranks at the credit union, working in all areas of Sales and Lending. He eventually founded a CUSO owned by CCCU– Members Auto Brokerage Service, Inc.

Taking a break from the industry, Don established himself in the Pharmaceutical and BioTech Sales arena working for both Fortune 50 and startup companies. He was recognized for his sales abilities winning several national awards.

After years in the world of Biotech, he couldn’t resist the call of the Credit Union once again. Don joined up with Red Rocks Credit Union in Highlands Ranch, CO in 2007 and helped RRCU to establish a vibrant Sales culture while transforming the Credit Union from full retail delivery to offering 100% of consumer loans and member service through remote delivery channels. This effort drove down operational expenses,reduced the FTE count,increased loans, total assets and net income.

During the difficult economic times of the last decade, Don Arkell navigated the organization through the muddy waters of the mortgage business by overhauling the entire Real Estate Lending program. Focusing on the core values of the organization, Don completely rebuilt this vital area of the organization by implementing a successful Consultative Lending strategy. Don’s efforts are credited with turning this failing area around and growing into the most profitable area of the credit union.

Don’s unique leadership style and passion for Sales and Leadership have made him a sought after speaker, trainer and strategist. Don Arkell joined the team at CULendingAdvice in September 2015. His extensive Sales and Lending experience married well with the established consultant practice at CULA.