KANSAS CITY, Mo. (3/3/16, UPDATED 9:50 a.m. CT)--Brad Douglas will become CEO of Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA) at the end of this month. He will be the first leader of the new HCUA, formed by the consolidation of the Kansas Credit Union Association and the Missouri Credit Union Association.
Both Marla Marsh, CEO of KCUA, and Don Cohenour, CEO of MCUA, will be retiring March 31, as Douglas takes over leadership of the organization.
In its announcement, HCUA said an extensive national search lead them to Douglas, who is a licensed attorney with non-profit and private sector executive leadership experience in public affairs, government relations, community relations and communications.
He also has served as director and chairman of CommunityAmerica CU in Kansas City.
The new Heartland executive noted his passion for the credit union movement and said he is excited to join the league "at this unique moment in the history of the organization. I look forward to going to work every day in an industry I’m passionate about and believe that our association can help credit unions thrive while positively impacting credit union members’ lives.”
Judy Hadsall, HCUA board chair, welcomed the announcement saying, "We are fortunate to have found Brad, who brings incredible depth and breadth of experience to the Heartland Credit Union Association.
"Not only is he well-versed in leading teams and growing organizations, he has key connections with legislators and leaders throughout the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., which will help us to advance our advocacy efforts."
Credit Union National Association President/CEO Jim Nussle welcomed the association’s news, saying he looks forward to a close and productive working relationship with Douglas. “I sincerely thank Marla and Don for their work and dedication while at their respective leagues, and I welcome Brad as he continues and builds on their successes.”
Douglas also previously held roles as regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, senior vice president for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and most recently as vice president with Alliance Benefit Group of Kansas City.