On March 7, 1938, a group of Iowa ballroom operators gathered
to work out some mutual problems. This was the formation of the Iowa
Ballroom Operators Association. At a meeting on July 14, 1941, it was
decided to enlarge and become the Midwest Ballroom Operators Association.
At the annual convention of the MBOA held in Chicago in 1947 the name was
changed to the National Ballroom Operators Association because membership
had expanded from coast to coast. The current name of National Ballroom
& Entertainment Association was made in the 1970's to reflect the more
comprehensive nature of the association.