NSBA Elects 2012 Board Leadership

December 7, 2011

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) last week held their annual meeting where long-time small-business advocate and NSBA board member Chris Holman of Lansing, Mich. was elected 2012 NSBA Chair. Holman currently is the president and CEO of both The Greater Lansing Business Monthly magazine and the new radio broadcast company, The Michigan Business Network.com

“I am proud to serve as the chair of NSBA as it celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012,” stated Holman. “NSBA is the most pragmatic, thoughtful small-business organization out there and its staunch nonpartisanship puts us in the unique position to focus solely on our one constituency: small business.”

In addition to naming Holman chair, NSBA elected the following spate of small-business owners to the 2012 leadership of NSBA: Immediate Past Chair Larry Nannis of Needham, Mass.; First Vice Chair David Ickert of Olney, Texas; Treasurer Jeff Van Winkle of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Secretary Eric Tolbert of Cleveland, Ohio; Vice Chair for Advocacy Timothy Reynolds of Cleveland, Ohio; Vice Chair for Communications Pedro Alfonso of Washington, D.C.; and Vice Chair for Membership Cookie Driscoll of Fairfield, Pa.

“Year after year, NSBA is driven by an amazingly dedicated group of small-business owners and 2012 is no different,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “We have a great deal of work ahead of us in the coming year, and I am confident that our leadership will build upon NSBA’s long and proud tradition of advocating for America’s small-business community.”

Holman is a past chair of NSBA-affiliate group, the Small Business Association of Michigan , and in 2006 was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm as Michigan’s Small Business Advocate where he served as a liaison between the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and small business owners and organizations across the state. He was Dean at Lansing Community College in charge of the entrepreneurial curriculum and work force development, and has hosted various TV and radio shows focusing on Michigan business.

Throughout his involvement with NSBA, Holman has pushed for a national meeting of small business in-line with a White House Conference on Small Business. He also has been a staunch advocate for access to capital issues and regulatory and taxation fairness. Holman will take over for Larry Nannis who led NSBA through ongoing and significant challenges to the U.S. economy.

“I can’t think of a finer group of small-business owners with whom I’d rather work on key national issues facing our communities and the U.S. economy,” stated Holman. “It will be our job to ensure that, at the end of the day policymakers don’t just talk the talk on small business, but walk the walk.”

The 2012 leadership and trustees will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2012 and will continue working toward keyNSBA priorities  including: reducing the national deficit, enhancing small-business access to capital, addressing health care costs, reducing the federal regulatory burden and repealing onerous mandates such as the health insurance tax.