I have some news to share, and wanted you to be among the first to know.
Yesterday I notified the Co-op Board of Directors that I have accepted a new professional opportunity, and will be leaving my position as the Co-op’s GM in mid-April, shortly after the Annual Meeting. Thanks to an energetic group of employees, members, and board members, I feel like I’m leaving the organization in very good hands.
Obviously this decision wasn’t an easy one, and comes after a great deal of thought and reflection. But one thing that makes it easier is this: I know I will remain in close contact with many of my colleagues here, and that for as long as I’m able, I will always be part of the broader national and international cooperative community. The reason for that is that co-ops give me hope. I believe our world is at a crossroads, and that co-ops can play a fundamental role in a promising future. No doubt many people here will be part of that.
In the meantime, remember that here we never walk alone, and that together we are one—one team, one organization, and one truly cooperative powerhouse. In the past three years, our employees, members, and board members have come together to completely reenergize this organization, building it into one of the most innovative and progressive cooperatives in the country. It’s been an honor for me to be here for that. So to all of our members, continue the path you’re on, be ready for the future, and take pride in all you’ve done to get us to this point. Then help keep us moving forward.
My thanks to all of you for the past three years. I’ve gotten to know many members over that time, and I’ve felt very welcomed and supported throughout my tenure here. Truly it’s been an amazing experience. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime in the weeks ahead. My door is always open.