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Mary Alex Blanton Honored with NCB’s 2010 Spirit of Cooperation Award

Washington, DC (June 2, 2010) NCB, a leading financial services company dedicated to serving cooperatives, has named Mary Alex Blanton as the 2010 recipient of NCB Spirit of Cooperation Award. The honor was presented to Mary Alex at the Bank’s annual meeting held at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

“Mary Alex’s contributions to the Bank and the cooperative community for over a decade are countless,” said Charles Snyder, President and CEO of National Cooperative Bank. “She has played an instrumental role in the development and marketing of numerous new products, most recently the National Credit Union Foundation deposit program and Mission Deposits, which provide beneficial banking options for our cooperative customers.”

Since joining the Bank in 1999, Mary Alex quickly aspired into leadership positions, first as a lender to cooperative and community association customers nationwide and then stepping into her role as head of NCB’s Strategic Marketing Team. In this capacity, her marketing acumen and creativity have enabled her to spread the cooperative message.

Mary Alex is known as a team player, always willing to offer her assistance to employees and executives throughout the Bank. Her volunteering nature spreads beyond the office to the Maryland Leadership Workshop which provides self esteem and leadership development for teens across the state. She also provides important financial literacy classes to middle school girls in Washington, DC and Maryland.

In her role at the Bank and the community, Mary Alex inspires those around her and is an ideal recipient of the award. She embodies the principles of the NCB Spirit of Cooperation, created in 1999 to honor the spirit and dedication of Stan Dreyer, who was instrumental in the formation of NCB. The award is bestowed annually on an NCB employee or member-customer whose devotion and contribution to the cooperative community emulate those embodied by Mr. Dreyer. Among his long list of accomplishments, Mr. Dreyer served as Executive Director of NCBA and, in that role was the premier advocate to Congress in helping to pass the National Consumer Cooperative Bank Act, which created NCB.  Throughout his career, his dedication to fostering the growth and success of cooperatives, nationally and internationally, has earned him widespread recognition and an enduring legacy.


NCB is dedicated to strengthening communities nationwide through the delivery of banking and financial services, complemented by a special focus on cooperative expansion and economic development. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Bank has offices in Alaska, California, New York, Ohio and Virginia. To learn more, visit www.ncb.coop. 

 NCB Financial Group (NCB) consists of National Consumer Cooperative Bank, a federally chartered cooperative corporation; its wholly-owned subsidiary NCB, FSB, a federally chartered savings bank; and, NCB Capital Impact, a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate.  Loans and other financial services are provided by NCB, FSB and NCB Capital Impact.   Deposit products and services are provided by NCB, FSB, which is a member FDIC.   Each is a separate corporation within the NCB Financial Group.