NCB Announces 2012 Board of Directors

New Chair Al Plamann and Vice Chair Michael Mercer Step into Leadership Roles

Washington, D.C. (May 7, 2012)—NCB, a leading financial services company serving cooperatives nationwide, held its annual meeting on May 3rd in the Jefferson Building of The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, NCB announced its 2012 Board of Directors with Al Plamann, President and CEO of Unified Grocers in Commerce, CA, now serving as Chair, and Michael Mercer, President and CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates located in Duluth, GA, stepping in to the role of Vice Chair.

“We are excited to have Al and Mike in the role of Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. Their service on the Board to date made them a natural choice to serve in these positions, and share their considerable cooperative knowledge with our organization,” said Charles E. Snyder, President and CEO of NCB. “We know under their strong guidance the Bank will continue to find new, innovative ways to serve the cooperative community.”

The 2012 Annual Meeting also celebrated another important initiative, the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), a United Nations declaration and global effort to educate the public on the benefits of cooperatives. In support of this campaign, NCB invited Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance to be the key note speaker at the meeting. NCB is proud to be a strong supporter of the IYC and to help build awareness of cooperatives in all fields of business. One of the ways it accomplishes this is through the diversity among its board members, many coming from different industries where cooperatives play an important role.

In addition to Plamann and Mercer, NCB’s 2012 Board Members are: Stuart Saft, Partner at Holland and Knight LLP in New York City; Ray Moncrief, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kentucky Highland Investment Corporation located in London, Kentucky; Peter A. Conrad, President and CEO of The Co-operative Central Bank in Boston, Massachusetts; Jane Garcia, CEO La Clinica de La Raza, located in Oakland, CA; Janis Herschkowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of PRI, Inc. in Cornwall, Pennsylvania; Kenneth Rivkin, Managing Director 227 East 57th Street Corporation in New York, New York; Robynn Shrader, CEO of National Cooperative Grocers Association located in Iowa City, Iowa; Walden Swanson, CEO of Co-op Metrics in Andover, Massachusetts; Nguyen Van Hanh, Professor of Economics at California State University in Sacramento, California , Doug Wille, CFO of Wakefern Corporation and  Judy Ziewacz, Former Executive Director, State of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Independence located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

The NCB Financial Group consists of the Congressionally-chartered National Consumer Cooperative Bank (NCCB) and NCB, FSB, a federally insured savings bank wholly owned by NCCB.  The NCB Financial Group provides financial products and services for the nation's cooperatives, their members, and socially responsible organizations.
The NCB Financial Group also works in a strategic alliance with NCB Capital Impact, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution created under the same act of Congress as NCCB with particular focus on impacting low and moderate income communities. 

NCB is a proud supporter of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives – a United Nations declaration and global campaign to educate the public about the benefits of cooperatives. “Cooperative enterprises build a better world” is the official slogan of The International Year of Cooperatives, and NCB is doing its part to build awareness of cooperatives in all fields of business.