WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BRIARPATCH FOOD CO-OP?

What I love about BriarPatch the example it sets for how enterprise and progressive ideals can work in harmony to improve the quality of life for all stakeholders – its owners, employees, suppliers, associated charities and the community at large.  To me, BriarPatch provides a working model for how many of our country’s challenges might be effectively addressed.

Yes, I really enjoy walking through the colorful, clean aisles and munching on something sumptuous at a table in the sun at the store’s entrance.  But what I love  is that that item likely supports a local vendor; that the aisle is monitored and stocked by an employee who has meaningful work with livable wages; that all aisles are oriented and housed in a building created and operated with thought and care for the environment and that the enterprise is run so efficiently and well that it is able to reinvest by offering dividends to its owners, benefits to its employees, loans to local farmers, generous gifts to charitable organizations and lasting value to our community.

At a time when business and progressive ideals increasingly seem pitted against one another, examples like BriarPatch take on extra meaning.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE BRIARPATCH FOOD CO-OP BOARD?

I want to be part of the example I refer to in the first question.  Though much has already been accomplished and the path forward appears well lit, the opportunity for growth, including expansion into multiple outlets, are strategic steps that will require extra energy and thought.

WHY WILL YOU MAKE A GOOD BOARD DIRECTOR?

Three fundamental reasons:

Desire: I’m committed to the important work of providing our surrounding communities with healthy food; sustaining our local providers with a trusted retail outlet, educating all who are interested about the products and processes; contributing to local causes and, as indicated above, providing a beacon to the wider business community that commerce and care are not opposing forces.

Appreciation:   I understand, believe in and have practiced Policy Governance.  I recognize and appreciate the difference between dialogue and debate and the importance of board holism.

Experience:      I hope that some of the experience attained in the activities described below could be applied to the important work of the board.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Since 2002, I have provided business development, organizational and leadership effectiveness consulting services to enterprises with a focus on transportation, supply chain and logistics management.

Prior to 2002, I held top-line revenue responsibility for companies in all aspects of the international supply chain; US domestic rail industry, (Sr. VP Marketing Itel Rail Corporation, ocean transport (Sr. VP Marketing Trans Ocean Limited), domestic and international air express and delivery (Sr. VP Sales and Marketing DHL Worldwide Express, Inc.)

In my consulting practice, I serve as a business advisor and coach to senior executives and their teams. Primary areas of my professional practice include: Strategic and business development planning; Business, marketing and sales strategy design and implementation; Facilitating and coaching management teams; Designing and implementing organizational structures, management systems and business processes; Sales force effectiveness and Developing and coaching leaders

I hold a B.A. Degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a M.A. Degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

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