What is NSAC's Cooperative Learning Network?
A NSAC Cooperative Learning Network is a live, interactive 60-minute conference presented over the telephone and over the Internet. You can attend from any location that has telephone and Internet access. You pay just one registration fee for as many participants as you wish at each call/log-in location.

Note that high-speed Internet access is not mandatory – the system works with dial-up but you must have separate connections for the audio and video portions. You may use cell phones for the audio if you have only one connection.

Who presents at one of these sessions?
Your Cooperative Learning Network will have one or more speakers who are recognized experts on the topic. Conferences typically include a Q&A session; you can ask questions by phone or instant messaging options.

CPE Credits
The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live.

CLN Policies
Refunds for CLNs are not provided. Registrants if unable to participate will be provided credit for a future CLN or may opt to be sent a copy of the CLN PODCast following the event. Note PODCasts are not eligible for CPE credit.

For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or CLN cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (937) 222-6707 or info@nsacoop.org.

What does my registration include?
Your registration includes long-distance charges for the audio portion and log-in to the video presentation. All handouts and presentation files are downloadable and may be printed out or saved to the participant's computer once they are logged in to the session meeting room. Sessions include one CPE Certificate of Attendance. Certificates for additional participants are $10.00 each.

Why NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks?

No wasted time. Get right to the heart of the matter in a 60-minute session designed to easily fit into your busy schedule.

No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office. Listen and follow along from the comfort and convenience of your desk or conference room.

A telephone and computer are all the equipment you need. Just dial in and log-in to the system. That's it.

Ideal for multiple attendees.
Use a speakerphone and projector and invite as many people as you want to participate - at no extra cost to you.

NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks are a fraction of the cost of travel and attendance fees for other high-priced conferences or seminars.

Cooperative Learning Network

Merger & Acquisition Issues for Coops
Date: Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM CT / 10:00 AM MT / 09:00 AM PT [Prevailing Time]
Presenter(s): Michael Droke, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP;Bill Newbry, CEO, Pacific NW Farmers Cooperative
Objective: The one hour session is designed to give the attendee a better understanding and what to expect during a Merger and Acquisition process.
Field of Study: Business Management and Organization
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour
Delivery Method: Group-Live

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Description
There have been many mergers in the Co-op world in the last few years, and more are on the horizon. What are the practical issues to consider when merging? What are the best ways to achieve success? What pitfalls should be avoided? Join us for this practical discussion between two experts – Bill Newbry, CEO of Pacific NW Farmers’ Cooperative and Michael Droke, Ag/Co-Op Partner at Dorsey & Whitney law firm.

Presenter Bio(s)
Bill Newbry has been the CEO of PNW Cooperative through three merger talks, two of them successful. Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative was formed in 2008 by the merger of Genesee Union Warehouse and Whitman County Growers – each cooperatives independently built upon decades of service to producers on respective sides of the Idaho-Washington border, and collectively, representing the consolidation of more than half a dozen smaller firms brought on by the need for accommodating larger volumes and additional services.

Mike Droke is a partner in the Ag-Co-op practice at Dorsey & Whitney law firm. Mike has represented clients in various aspects of over 50 mergers, including first-of-a-kind mergers of cooperatives. Dorsey & Whitney has the largest Ag/Cooperative industry practice in the United States, and has been nationally ranked a top-10 law firm in mergers and acquisitions for over 20 years.

A PODCast of this workshop is now availble. Click here to order/view.

Additional Information

For more information regarding this series or administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the NSAC National offices, 136 S. Keowee St., Dayton, OH 45402, 937-222-6707, email: info@nsacoop.org