Jack Bailey was born in Switzerland and became a U.S. citizen when he was 12 years old. He received his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University, becoming a member of the Indiana State Bar in 1984.
Jack served as President and CEO of Independent Distributors Cooperative–USA for almost 20 years. IDC-USA is the largest bearing and power transmission cooperative in the world, with more than 200 locations in North America. Jack served on the Board of Directors for the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) from 1997 until 2017. He served on the Public Resources for Cooperative Development Committee, and the Emerging Issues Committee. Additionally, he has been a repeat presenter at NCBA CLUSA’s Purchasing Conference.
Jack was the recipient of the 2002 Blue Chip Community Business Award for his leadership in guiding IDC-USA through adverse challenges to the level of prosperity it enjoys today. In 2008 he received the George E. Johnston Excellence Award for his achievements in the cooperative community. He has traveled globally in pursuit of opportunities for cooperative members and in 2010 was inducted into the Indiana Cooperative Hall of Fame. Jack is passionate about the role of cooperatives in the global community and a frequent speaker and consultant both here and abroad.