New leader chosen for Nebraska Bankers Association

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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:00 am

Richard Baier is slated to be the Nebraska Bankers Association’s top executive when long-time CEO George Beattie retires in 2015.

Baier is executive vice president of Forging Nebraska’s Future, an affiliate of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and directed the State Department of Economic Development for eight years before that.

He will become “successor president and CEO” at the trade association March 17 and president and CEO when Beattie retires Jan. 2, 2015.

“Since watching the 1980s farm crisis up close and personal in a small Kansas farm town, I have had a profound respect for the role America’s financial institutions play in the growth and success of their respective communities,” Baier said in a press release Friday.

Beattie said he would remain “very active” with the association this year. “I welcome Richard’s leadership. I am confident in his abilities and know I will be leaving the NBA in good hands when I retire.”

During his time with the State of Nebraska, Baier helped design and implement tax incentives for businesses and took part in foreign trade expansions in Japan, China, Taiwan and Cuba.

He also has been executive director of the Development Corporation of North Platte, executive vice president of the Greater York Area Chamber of Commerce and assistant city administrator in La Vista.

Baier has a political science degree from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The association provides education, financial services, lobbying and other industry functions for its members, 209 of the state’s 213 commercial banks and 10 of its 11 savings institutions.

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