Berger will take the corner office on July 31, the day after Becker's retirement becomes effective, the trade group announced Monday.
“Over the past 13 years, Fred has completely transformed NAFCU into the aggressive high-powered advocacy group it is today, tirelessly advancing credit union issues with federal regulatory agencies, the White House and Congress,” said Mike Parsons, NAFCU chair and president/CEO of the $343 million First Source Federal Credit Union in New Hartford, N.Y.
“As our national leader, his skillful hands-on governance drove the association’s many successes as indicated by NAFCU’s increased membership and significantly enhanced financial footing. Under Fred’s guidance, NAFCU has clearly become an exceptional full-fledged trade association in every sense of the word,” Parsons said.
The NAFCU chairman credited Becker for leading the trade association through the corporate crisis, and complimented his “high-degree of energy, immediate accessibility and direct communication.”
Berger’s leadership and vision make him the right choice to fill the top post, Parsons added.
Becker called Berger the right choice at the right time.
“He is a creative, strong leader respected for his integrity and can-do attitude. I’m confident he will lead NAFCU to further success and I know I am leaving the association in good hands,” Becker said.
Berger joined NAFCU as senior vice president of government affairs in January 2006 and was promoted to executive vice president in July 2009.
During that time he has managed five divisions within NAFCU. He has over 20 years of government relations and political affairs experience, having served as vice president of government relations for America's Community Bankers and chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris.
For 10 years, Berger has been listed as one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington by The Hill newspaper, chosen out of the 35,000 registered lobbyists on Capitol Hill. He has a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's of science degree in economics from Florida State University.
“I’m excited to take on this new role,” Berger said. “Credit unions are the lifeblood of our nation’s communities. Fred has been an unparalleled leader for NAFCU and he set a strong and steady course leading us out of the financial crisis and built an exemplary team. I look forward to building on Fred’s accomplishments and working closely with NAFCU’s board, members and staff to continue to promote and advance the industry. Everything we do and continue to do will be done through the filter of what is in the best interest of NAFCU members. Period." –firstname.lastname@example.org