Ralph M. Paige is a board member of Nationwide®, a $160 billion diversified financial services organization based in Columbus, Ohio. He was elected to the board in April 1999. He also serves on the boards of other nationwide companies. Mr. Paige is executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Federation/LAF). He has played a major role in creating cooperatives encompassing credit unions, agricultural, housing and worker cooperatives, and alternative agricultural development for minority farmers.