Mike Beall will be leaving his post as president/CEO of the Missouri Credit Union Association on Nov. 15 to take the top job at the National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, D.C.
The MCUA Executive Committee has named Chief Membership Officer Don Cohenour as interim president/CEO. He will work in transition with Beall to continue the association’s strategic initiatives and services, said Dennis Pierce, MCUA chair and president/CEO of the $1.9 billion Community America Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo.
"Mike has provided strong leadership and has helped set the direction and vision to help MCUA and the credit unions of Missouri succeed,” Pierce said of Beall’s two years on the job at the Missouri league.
"His work to develop the plans for the Statewide Consumer Outreach Program and Community Development Financial Institutions Initiative are a great legacy. Mike's new work at NCBA will put him at the center of national advocacy for cooperatives — including credit unions — as well as with the multiple international development projects that are his passion,” Pierce said.
Beall has held leadership positions at the Maryland and DC Credit Union Association in Columbia, Md., and the North Carolina Credit Union League, in Raleigh, N.C., as well as with the World Council of Credit Unions in Madison, Wis.
“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,” said NCBA Chairman Wilson H. Beebe.
Beall said he was honored by the NCBA’s appointment as the organization’s new president/CEO.
“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 said.
CUNA applauded Beall’s appointment.
“Along with a solid record of association management experience, Mike has championed the cooperative business model at every stage of his career, and he has a deep understanding and appreciation of the model’s economic and societal benefits in the U.S. and abroad,” said CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney. “We at CUNA look forward to working closely with Mike in our capacity as a member of the NCBA board and generally in the service of credit unions and other cooperative sectors.”
Prior to leaving MCUA, Beall will work with Cohenour to complete the 2013 MCUA budget, and its salary and benefits review.
"Don brings a deep understanding of the board's strategic plan and initiatives,” said Pierce. “He will do a great job driving these strategic programs into 2013 and beyond.”
Cohenour's career at MCUA has centered on providing consulting and operational advice to Missouri's credit unions. He is a former credit union CEO and consultant with the Kansas Department of Credit Unions.