September 16, 2011
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
I am writing to let you know that the NCBA Board has accepted my resignation as NCBA President and CEO. After 25 years with NCBA, and 12 as its chief executive, it is time for new leadership of the organization.
I have enjoyed working for NCBA and the cooperative movement, but the greatest benefit has been getting to know the people and their stories. I have learned that cooperators all over the world – whether in the US, Brazil, or in Zambia – are all united because of the same cooperative principles and values. That is our greatest strength.
NCBA is a vibrant and growing organization with a strong experienced staff. As the cooperative movement celebrates the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, the timing is right for me to move on to the next chapter in my career. I will remain at NCBA until a successor is selected in early 2012.
I want to thank the NCBA staff, Board of Directors, and membership for all the support they have provided to me. It has been a privilege to be a leader of NCBA. I hope to remain active in the cooperative movement and continue my contributions to cooperation.
I’ll close with a favorite quote:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain