Arlington, VA (May 12, 2022) — National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial institution serving cooperatives, their members, and socially responsible organizations nationwide, named Michele Fantt Harris, Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources, and Rick Reed, Chief Financial Officer recipients of the 2022 Stan Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award. The honor, presented each year at NCB’s Annual Meeting, is bestowed to those who live and work with the spirit of the cooperative principles.
“I am honored to present both Michele and Rick the Spirit of Cooperation Award,” stated Casey Fannon, President & CEO of NCB. “Both are retiring at the end of May after very successful careers at NCB. I want to thank them for their dedication and commitment to NCB, our employees, and our customers.”
Ms. Fantt Harris has led NCB’s Human Resources department since coming to the bank in 2001 and has been instrumental in developing NCB’s 350 employees.
Mr. Reed started as NCB’s Treasurer in 1985 and has been its CFO since 1994. Rick has been a financial steward for NCB and has helped shape the financial strength of NCB.
The Bank carefully selects the yearly recipient of The Stan Dreyer Spirit of Cooperation Award, named for Mr. Dreyer to ensure it’s given to an individual or organization who lives the spirit of the cooperative principles. Mr. Dreyer, who passed away in 2017, was one of the people who was instrumental in the passage of the Congressional Bank Act in 1978, which created NCB. The award is bestowed annually to a 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.