Two Investment Education Experts
Join the BetterInvesting Board of Directors
Former acting director of the SEC Office of Investor Education and Assistance, and long-time BetterInvesting volunteer and instructor, join the organization’s board.
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., July 2 – BetterInvesting announces the election of two new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are Lori Schock, The Center for Audit Quality’s director of outreach and former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) acting director of Investor Education and Assistance; and Gary Ball, a long-time BetterInvesting volunteer and investment education instructor.
The new directors were elected at the board of directors meeting held June 21 during the 2007 BetterInvesting National Convention in Dallas. The convention attracted more than 600 seasoned, novice and aspiring investors.
BetterInvesting, formerly known as the National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC), is a national nonprofit investment education organization.
“Both Lori and Gary bring many strengths to BetterInvesting,” said Beth Hamm, acting chair of the board of directors. “Lori is an exceptional leader and her insight into the educational needs of individual investors will be very valuable. Gary lives the BetterInvesting philosophy of long-term investing and has been one of our best instructors for many years. His volunteer experience will help us better meet the needs of our membership.”
Schock joined the SEC in 2001 as a staff attorney and later served as special counsel to the director and as deputy director. Then, as the acting director of the SEC’s Investor Education and Assistance department, Schock traveled across the United States providing investor education workshops and disseminating unbiased investor education materials. She holds joint Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in taxation degrees from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University. Before attending law school, Schock worked for the American Red Cross as a health and safety specialist.
“Through various presentations and workshops I’ve both given and attended over the past several years, I feel I’ve already learned a lot about BetterInvesting and its vision for the future,” said Schock. “I’m proud to now be part of BetterInvesting, an organization that has a rich history of providing investors of all levels the wherewithal to make good and responsible investing decisions.”
With more than 20 years of experience teaching BetterInvesting investment education seminars across the United States, Ball has an in-depth understanding of the investment education world. Ball served as a director for the National Investors Association Advisory Board (NIAAB), BetterInvesting’s volunteer advisory board, from 1994 through 2006, and is a past president of BetterInvesting’s Puget Sound Chapter. Recently, the NIAAB elected Ball as director-emeritus for his countless contributions to the organization. In 1998, Ball retired from Fluke Corp. where he was investor relations manager. Gary has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington where he taught investment classes.
“I am very pleased to be invited to join the board of the organization I’ve been involved with for so many years,” said Ball. “I strongly believe in BetterInvesting’s mission of creating a nation of educated investors, and I want to help carry out that mission.”
“BetterInvesting is a dynamic investment education organization, adapting and growing to meet the needs of 21st century investors and the challenges of new investing paradigms,” said Bonnie Reyes, BetterInvesting president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to our new directors’ input as we continue to pursue our mission of creating a nation of educated investors.”
BetterInvesting is the brand identity of the National Association of Investors Corporation, a national, nonprofit association with members consisting of individual investors and investment clubs. Founded in 1951 and with headquarters in Madison Heights, Mich., BetterInvesting is considered the voice of the individual investor, as well as the pioneer of the modern investment club movement. BetterInvesting is dedicated to providing a sound program of investment education and information to help its members become successful long-term, lifetime investors. The BetterInvesting community currently consists of more than 131,000 individual members, and more than 13,000 investment clubs.