New CEO for the National Cooperative Business Association

The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), the US national association for cooperative business enterprise, has announced the appointment of Michael V. Beall, Esq. as President and Chief Executive...

The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), the US national association for cooperative business enterprise, has announced the appointment of Michael V. Beall, Esq. as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Beall is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). He has held leadership positions in three state credit union associations (Missouri, Maryland/District of Columbia, and North Carolina), as well as with an international credit union development organisation (World Council of Credit Unions).

According to NCBA Chairman Wilson H. Beebe, “Mike Beall’s selection was based on several key factors—his extensive experience in providing advocacy and development services to credit unions through their state, national and international associations, his familiarity with international development administration, as well as his transactional and business process experience.

“Combined with Mike’s demonstrated commitment to the cooperative principles of economic self determination, his career background made him the outstanding and unanimous choice of the board of directors to lead NCBA’s revitalization of its domestic mission and the diversification of its work abroad.”

Mr Baell said he was “honoured to be chosen to lead the organization towards stronger domestic development initiatives that support the strong cooperative business model” and that the co-operative enterprise model will play an essential role in boosting the US economy.

He said: “Our work over the next few years will be centred on strengthening the cross-pollinating of business opportunities between cooperative sectors, raising awareness of the cooperative business model on Capitol Hill and throughout the federal government, showcasing the role cooperatives play in the domestic and worldwide economies, and tying international cooperative development initiatives to the membership of NCBA. I look forward to enhancing the value of NCBA membership with all sectors of cooperatives."

Having gained extensive experience in the credit-union sector, Mr Beall, an advocate of co-operation, is looking to boost member engagement. He has been a driving force in the expansion of the credit union community’s Development Educator program, a professional development program that injects the cooperative principles in senior cooperative and credit union executives in the United States as well as abroad.

Throughout his career, Michael Beall also has focused on the power of collaboration and partnerships to enhance organizational effectiveness. At MCUA he has established partnerships between cooperatives and credit unions related to CDFI certifications, and his tenure as President/CEO of the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association included presiding over the first merger between state credit union associations.

Mr Beall will assume the position on November 16, 2012. Liz Bailey, who has served as Interim CEO & President during the search, and has recently received an award from the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) for her accomplishments, will continue to serve as NCBA’s Vice President for Public Policy & Domestic Development, as well as Executive Director of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF).

Michael Beall holds a bachelors degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, VA. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) is the national association for co-operative businesses providing cross-sector education, support and advocacy to help start and grow co-ops across a variety of sectors, including agriculture, childcare, energy, financial service and credit unions, food distribution, healthcare, housing, retail and telecommunications.

For nearly 100 years, their mission has been to develop, advance and protect co-operative businesses demonstrating that co-operatives are a better business model for advancing economic and social impact.


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