ARLINGTON, Va. – NAFCU announced today that Fred Becker, its president and CEO the past 13 years, will retire at the end of July and Dan Berger, its chief lobbyist, will succeed him as head of the trade group.

Berger joined NAFCU as senior vice president of government affairs in January 2006 and was promoted to executive vice president in July 2009.  During that time he has managed five divisions within NAFCU. He has over 20 years of government relations and political affairs experience, having served as vice president of government relations for America's Community Bankers and chief of staff for U.S. Representative Katherine Harris.

Berger is widely credited with building NAFCU's lobbying team into the forefront of credit union advocacy, rivaling the much-bigger CUNA staff for influence on Capitol Hill on major issues, like the fight over the Durbin amendment; credit union carve-outs from onerous provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, and the efforts to raise the member business loan cap.

“Dan is the right choice at the right time.  He is a creative, strong leader respected for his integrity and can-do attitude,” said Becker. “I’m confident he will lead NAFCU to further success and I know I am leaving the association in good hands.”

Becker joined NAFCU in 2000 and has actively championed credit unions with policymakers advocating an increase in the credit union member business lending cap, expanded credit union participation in the Small Business Administration programs and creation of a new risk-based capital regime for credit unions. During his time at NAFCU his commentary has has appeared in The Huffington PostUSA TodayU.S. News and World ReportThe Washington PostThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal; and he has appeared on numerous national and regional television and radio outlets, including CNNFox Business NetworkBloomberg Radio and Wall Street Journal Radio

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