Continues As Spokeswoman For America’s Smallest Businesses
Washington, D.C., July 11, 2011 – John Wright, Chairman of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)’s Board of Directors, announced today that Kristie Arslan, a ten-year veteran of the association, has assumed its leadership as President and CEO.
“In light of the challenges posed by the difficult economic climate and the evolving needs of American entrepreneurs, the NASE Board of Directors firmly believes that Kristie’s many years of service to the association, her leadership experience, and, most importantly, her vision will enhance NASE’s position as an essential partner for small business success,” said Wright. “With Kristie at the helm, we will work to make NASE sustainable and prosperous while continuing to provide our members and the nation’s self-employed with the support and guidance they need to achieve their American dream.”
“I am pleased to accept this challenge and look forward to continuing to speak truth to power as NASE helps steer our nation’s smallest businesses – the self-employed and micro-businesses – through tough economic times,” said Arslan. “Both internally here at the NASE and to the public and policymakers alike, my goal will be to ensure that our members and America’s self-employed receive the priority and support they need to start, manage and grow their businesses. ”
Kristie has been with NASE for the past 10 years, most recently as its Executive Director. With years of advocating on behalf of micro-businesses nationwide and her own personal experience working for her family’s small business, she provides critical insight into the issues affecting our nation’s entrepreneurs. She works closely with policymakers in Congress and the Administration to advocate for and speak on behalf of this important business demographic. Arslan has worked diligently to expand quality programming and educational resources for members within the organization while also increasing the visibility and influence of the NASE amongst key stakeholders, ensuring that the self-employed have a seat at the table in Washington D.C.
Currently, Arslan serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage and the Small Business Legislative Council. In addition, she is the Chair and founding member of the coalition supporting Equity for Our Nation’s Self-Employed. Arslan has been quoted and published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and CQ Weekly, and has appeared on MSNBC, FOX, CNBC and C-SPAN. She is also an active blogger on Huffington Post.
“I am thrilled that Kristie Arslan has accepted the position of President and CEO of NASE,” said Scott Scribner, an NASE Board Member. “As a member of the NASE Board of Directors, I have observed with keen admiration Kristie's high energy, focused drive and personal commitment to championing the interests of our nation’s self-employed. Through Kristie's efforts, NASE is now the foremost organization representing micro-businesses and the self-employed in the United Sates. Kristie is truly a visionary for small business and I know of no one more capable of and passionate about leading NASE forward.”