Michael E. (Mike) Waters
As Vice President — Government Affairs of QC Holdings, Inc., Mr. Waters oversees government relations and lobbying for the industry-leading provider of short-term consumer loans. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan, QC Holdings has about 500 US. locations.
Prior Ito joining QC in 2004, Mr. Waters since 1977 operated Waters & Associates, an Illinois-based lobbying ﬁrm that represented a wide variety of industries, including insurance, petroleum, health care, tobacco, auto leasing and rental and others.
Mr. Waters has served in a variety of leadership roles in the insurance industry and in government and legislative affairs, including serving as in-house counsel for insurance companies in the US. and Canada, and directing government affairs for the American Insurance Association in the Midwest and as Assistant General Counsel for the National Association of Independent Insurers.
Mr. Waters served in Illinois Gov. Richard Ogilvie’s administration as counsel and government affairs director for the Illinois Dept. of Insurance. Waters subsequently joined the staff of Illinois Senate President, Cecil Partee. There he worked with, now US. Senator and Majority Leader, Dick Durbin, who also was serving as counsel. Mr. Waters grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and attended De La Military Academy and St. Mary’s College in Minnesota He attended law school at the University of Missouri. Mr. Waters resides in Lake Forest, 111., and has two daughters and two grandchildren. He serves as chairman emeritus of Lewis University in Illinois after serving as chairman of their Board of Trustees for almost 20 years.
He now also serves as vice chair of the corporate board of NYCHCC ( New York Coalition of State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce) and is a member of the board of the National Association of State Latino Chambers of Commerce ( NASLCC ).