To Our Community,
I hope this message finds you well. My message today will be brief.
As you know, I am retiring this month, with my last day on April 29. This will be my last written message to all of you.
I started to write this message several times, and hit a wall each time. I have written to all of you so many times over the past two years—daily, then three times a week, then twice per week, and now once a week. A member of our outreach team, Ken Davis—a self-professed ‘Head Word Nerd’ and a great partner to me—who keeps track of our written communications, tells me that in the past two years I have written more than 630 pages and 175,000 words. Clearly, I have violated one of my own 3 Cs of communication—be concise! Hence, I am not sure what else there is left to say.
But alas, there is something.
Although I am leaving, all the work that we have collectively undertaken over this time is not.
Specifically, the business canvas/SWOT analyses we have been engaged with for the Co-op Market, the service centers, our PFD departments and the kitchen, our work with VEIC, rolling out our new compensation plan, and so much more. That work is part of the Co-op’s journey into the future.
One of the major advantages of an internal succession is Continuity. Over the past two weeks, Amanda and I have worked very closely to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities—to make Continuity a reality.
And, we will continue to do so throughout April.
With all that said, all that is left for me to say is Thank You for everything, you will be missed, and, I wish you all the best.
Remember to be kind to one another and to yourselves, and we look forward to serving you in our stores and at the curbside.
Onward and upward,