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Colorado Secretary of State Official Receives National Award

LOS ANGELES — Mike Shea, Director of the Licensing and Enforcement Division for the Colorado Secretary of State, has been named the recipient of the National Notary Association’s 2010 March Fong Eu Achievement Award for his decades-long effort to establish professional standards for Colorado’s 110,000 Notaries Public — most recently reflected in a much needed 2009 Notary recordkeeping law.

“I am proud to tell Notary Public Administrators and Secretaries of State everywhere that the reforms Mike spent all these years spearheading really work to protect the public, they save money and, most importantly, they greatly increase the integrity and security of the Notary Public system,” said Secretary of State Bernie Buescher “It’s very appropriate that Mike be given the March Fong Eu Achievement Award.”

Notaries from across the state and around the nation, fellow state officials, legal experts and industry leaders will gather to honor Shea during the NNA’s 2010 Conference this June in Chicago. While Notaries in many states operate under archaic and incomplete statutes, Shea’s accomplishments — particularly in mandating Notary education and recordkeeping — are widely celebrated due to his innovative and effective leadership, which has vaulted Colorado to national prominence in ensuring that its Notaries protect the public through sound practices and procedures.

“Mike has been a driving force in implementing stronger professional standards for Notaries in Colorado, which will greatly benefit the citizens of his state,” said National Notary Association Vice President of Notary Affairs, Charles Faerber. “We are honored that Notaries from across throughout the U.S. will be joining us at the Conference in June to pay tribute to his many accomplishments.”

Since 1979, the March Fong Eu Achievement Award has been bestowed upon an individual who has done the most to improve the standards, image and effectiveness of the office of Notary Public in the United States. Shea’s efforts, most recently reflected in the passage of Senate Bill 111, included the expansion of a limited Notary recordkeeping requirement to apply to all notarial acts, and the authorization for the Secretary of State to issue rules requiring Notaries to take a training program, among many others.

For more information regarding the National Notary Association’s 32nd annual conference being held June 14-17 in Chicago, Illinois, visit NNAConference.com.

About the March Fong Eu Achievement Award

The Award is named for its first recipient — former California Secretary of State March Fong Eu — whose leadership and initiative in service to Notaries set a high standard by which to measure all subsequent nominees for the honor. Since 1979, Achievement Award honorees have included eight secretaries of state, four legislators, four state administrators, three law professors, three state attorneys general and a judge. Past recipients include:

  • 2009 - Mark Bennett, Attorney General of Hawaii
  • 2008 - Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts (2003  2007)
  • 2007 - Pedro Cortes, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 2006 - Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State
  • 2005 - Jim Petro, Ohio Attorney General

About the National Notary Association

Established in 1957, the National Notary Association (NNA) is the leading professional authority on the American Notary office and is dedicated to educating, serving and advocating for the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries. The NNA imparts comprehensive notarial knowledge and understanding, promotes a positive public perception of the Notary office, and bolsters consumer protection by promoting best practices. The Association’s accredited professional programs, services and model legislation help Notaries advance their careers and serve the American public with the highest level of professionalism and ethics. To learn more, visit us at NationalNotary.org.

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