SOURCE: National Cooperative Business Association

National Cooperative Business Association

October 15, 2012 12:40 ET

Michael V. Beall Named President & CEO of National Cooperative Business Association

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Oct 15, 2012) -  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.

Beall (pronounced Bell) comes to NCBA from his position as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). A seasoned association management professional, Beall 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 organization (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."

"I am honored by the NCBA Board to be chosen to lead the organization towards stronger domestic development initiatives that support the strong cooperative business model so necessary for the success of the US economy and working families," Beall said. "Our work over the next few years will be centered 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."

Beall brings to NCBA a broad understanding of the cooperative business model and a commitment to core cooperative principles. As a state association leader he knows from experience the power of member engagement and he has been a leader in credit union advocacy in the halls of government at both the state and federal levels. He also has been a driving force in the expansion of the credit union community's Development Educator program, a professional development program that instills the cooperative principles in senior cooperative and credit union executives in the United States as well as abroad.

Throughout his career 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. 

Beall will assume the position on November 16, 2012. Liz Bailey, who has served as Interim CEO & President during the search, 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).

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.

About National Cooperative Business Association (www.ncba.coop)
Founded in 1916, NCBA's mission is to develop, advance and protect cooperative businesses and to demonstrate the power of the cooperative business model to achieve economic and social impacts. As the apex organization representing the interests of the US cooperative community, NCBA's portfolio includes programs and services that meet the shared advocacy, education and communications needs of a cross-sector US cooperative community that includes agriculture, child and home care, energy and telecommunications, insurance and financial services, food distribution, healthcare, housing, and wholesale and retail purchasing and distribution. In addition to its work domestically, NCBA's CLUSA International program has been engaged in cooperative and sustainable business development in over 100 countries for close to 60 years. The current CLUSA portfolio includes over 20 development projects in 15 countries. 

About the International Year of Cooperatives (www.usa2012.coop)
In 2012, NCBA has led the US observance of International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), the worldwide observance that was initiated by the United Nations to acknowledge the critical role cooperatives play in global community and economic development. As part of that observance, NCBA has coordinated a nationwide grassroots public awareness campaign and, in May of 2012, brought 150 US cooperative leaders to the White House to engage in an historic open dialogue with senior Obama Administration and federal agency officials on a range of key issues. 

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