WASHINGTON (10/15/10)--Former Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica is one of five outstanding cooperative leaders who will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 4, 2011, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.
In addition to Mica, the 2011 inductees include: agri-business leader Noel Estenson; international cooperative developers Gloria and Stanley Kuehn; and civil rights leader and cooperative developer, Shirley Sherrod. They will be recognized at the annual Cooperative Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony at Washington’s National Press Club. A public forum—the first held with the event—will meet 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 economics. “Our congratulations go out to Dan Mica,” said CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney. “Entry into the Cooperative Hall of Fame is a distinct honor and well-deserved recognition for his wide-ranging record of accomplishment on behalf of credit unions, the cooperative community and the millions they serve." “The roster of the Cooperative Hall of Fame tells the story of the U.S. cooperative community through the lives and accomplishments of extraordinary individuals,” said Gasper Kovach Jr., board chair of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), which administers the Hall of Fame. He pointed out that the induction is “reserved for those who have made genuinely heroic contributions to the cooperative community,” and added that only 147 individuals have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 1974. Mica’s 14-year tenure, from 1996 to 2010, as CUNA president/CEO represented a period of significant accomplishment for the credit union movement, said CDF’s press release. “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 into one of the most respected trade associations in Washington, D.C.,” said CDF. “In addition to putting programs in place that raised the movement’s political stature in Washington and strengthened its grassroots networks, Mica is also a savvy communicator who is credited with boosting the credit unions’ visibility in the national media, leading to greater consumer awareness and increased membership growth.” CDF is the 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the National Cooperative Business Association. The Hall of Fame gallery is on display in NCBA’s offices in Washington, D.C. and on a website (use the resource link). For dinner attendance or sponsorship information, contact CDF at 703-302-8097 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.