How long have you been a Co-op member?

I have been a member of the Potsdam Food Co-op since September or October of 2009.


What do I appreciate about the Co-op?

What I appreciate most about the co-op -besides fair trade coffee and chocolate? I would have to say that it is the co-op’s social equity. It is a hard thing to quantify, but it is that sense of community when you walk in the door. It’s the familiar smiling faces, the smell of fresh bread, wildly varied yet always tasteful music: it all adds up to a feeling that during these times when valued parts of our culture have begun to unravel, that here is a place where the connections between the local people who care about fairness, health and our mother earth are growing ever stronger. The co-op is a place of ties that bind, where the caring and the hopeful set out together in an intentional way to help do our small part to make the world better than we found it. I had been a core member for a few years when my family first moved to the village, back when work was scarce. I mowed the grounds, shoveled snow and also managed the spice racks for a short while with my wife Rebecca.


Why have you chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors?

As far as running for a seat on the Board of Directors I believe that it is important to support the community which supports me. Until recently, I have been too busy with work and family obligations, but now this opportunity comes at the perfect time for me.


What interest, skill and talents will you bring to the Board of Director?

Working in IT for 15 years or so has given my a general fluency in technology and after working at Frazer for two years and taking over the bookkeeping at my wife’s business I also have an understanding of basic accounting. Also, a tour of duty with the Army Rangers in the late 90’s has given me valuable experience in case Potsdam is ever attacked by a horde of zombies.