Mike Beall will be leaving his post as president/CEO of theMissouri Credit Union Association on Nov. 15 to take the top job atthe National Cooperative Business Association in Washington,D.C.

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The MCUA Executive Committee has named Chief Membership OfficerDon Cohenour as interim president/CEO. He will work intransition with Beall to continue the association's strategicinitiatives and services, said Dennis Pierce, MCUA chair andpresident/CEO of the $1.9 billion Community America Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo.

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“Mike has provided strong leadership and has helped set thedirection and vision to help MCUA and the credit unions of Missourisucceed,” Pierce said of Beall's two years on the job at theMissouri league.

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“His work to develop the plans for the Statewide ConsumerOutreach Program and Community Development Financial InstitutionsInitiative are a great legacy. Mike's new work at NCBA will put himat the center of national advocacy for cooperatives — includingcredit unions — as well as with the multiple internationaldevelopment projects that are his passion,” Pierce said.

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Beall has held leadership positions at the Maryland and DC Credit Union Association in Columbia, Md., andthe North Carolina Credit Union League, in Raleigh, N.C., as wellas with the World Council of Credit Unions in Madison,Wis.

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“Mike Beall's selection was based on several key factors—hisextensive experience in providing advocacy and development servicesto credit unions through their state, national and internationalassociations, his familiarity with international developmentadministration, as well as his transactional and business processexperience,” said NCBA Chairman Wilson H. Beebe.

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Beall said he was honored by the NCBA's appointment as theorganization's new president/CEO.

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“Our work over the next few years will be centered onstrengthening the cross-pollinating of business opportunitiesbetween cooperative sectors, raising awareness of the cooperativebusiness model on Capitol Hill and throughout the federalgovernment, showcasing the role cooperatives play in the domesticand worldwide economies, and tying international cooperativedevelopment initiatives to the membership of NCBA. I look forwardto enhancing the value of NCBA membership with all sectors ofcooperatives,” Beall said.

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CUNA applauded Beall's appointment.

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“Along with a solid record of association managementexperience, Mike has championed the cooperative business model atevery stage of his career, and he has a deep understanding andappreciation of the model's economic and societal benefits in theU.S. and abroad,” said CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney. “We at CUNA look forward toworking closely with Mike in our capacity as a member of the NCBAboard and generally in the service of credit unions and othercooperative sectors.”

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Prior to leaving MCUA, Beall will work with Cohenour to completethe 2013 MCUA budget, and its salary and benefits review.

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“Don brings a deep understanding of the board's strategic planand initiatives,” said Pierce. “He will do a great job drivingthese strategic programs into 2013 and beyond.”

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Cohenour's career at MCUA has centered on providing consultingand operational advice to Missouri's credit unions. He is a formercredit union CEO and consultant with the Kansas Department ofCredit Unions.

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