Five cooperative leaders, including former Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica, will be inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame May 4, 2011, at Washington’s National Press Club.
The 2011 inductees include Mica; agri-business leader, Noel Estenson; international cooperative developers, Gloria and Stanley Kuehn; and civil rights leader and cooperative developer, Shirley Sherrod.
Mica’s 14-year tenure (1996-2010) as CUNA president/CEO represented a period of significant accomplishment for the credit union movement. At a time of fierce battles with the banking industry, this former member of Congress led a proactive legal defense and legislative/regulatory agenda that won landmark battles for credit unions and made CUNA one of the most respected trade associations in Washington, D.C.
In addition to raising the movement’s political stature in Washington and strengthening its grassroots networks, Mica is also credited with boosting the credit union’s visibility in the national media, leading to greater consumer awareness and increased membership growth.
A public forum will be held in conjunction with the dinner on the afternoon of May 4. The forum, also at the National Press Club, will feature current and future Hall of Fame inductees in moderated panel discussions about the role of cooperatives in the U.S. and world economies.
The Cooperative Hall of Fame is administered by the Cooperative Development Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA).
The Cooperative Hall of Fame gallery is on display in NCBA’s offices in Washington, D.C., and online.