Board's Eye View

Meet the Candidates for the Viroqua Food Co-op Board of Directors

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 09:12 AM

steve tippins1. Why are you interested in serving on VFC’s Board of Directors?

I have served on the VFC Board for over 5 years and think that we are at a very exciting time for the Co-op and the community. The Co-op has turned a financial corner and is now more than breaking even each year. This means it is time to reengage all of members to look at the future. What do we want the Co-op and our community to look like. I believe that the VFC is a major economic and social engine in our community and that we must begin exploring how we can use these strengths to help create a feeling of abundance that matches the natural wealth of the driftless region.

2. What skills and experiences would you bring to this job? Be sure to note any relevant business background, financial skills, co-op experience and/or leadership experience you possess.

I have served on the VFC board for over 5 years. I currently serve as President and have also served as Treasurer. In my day job I am an Associate Professor of Finance at UW – La Crosse and have been a teacher for over 20 years. I work with small businesses in the start-up phase and serve on regional and national boards related to insurance and public housing. I work hard to be a good board member and bring financial analysis and teamwork skills to the position.

3. What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the 
Co-op in the next two years?

The VFC is in an enviable position. The operations have grown to a point where there are few surprises related to the grocery business. The biggest challenge the VFC faces in the near future is engaging the member/owner base to determine the community desires for the future. With 2600 diverse member/owners we are no longer a small group of like-minded people. Our member/owners have joined for many different reasons. If the member/owners can get behind a set of ideas we can be a powerful engine that can replicate the VFC success throughout our community.

Curt BryeCurt Brye

1. Why are you interested in serving on VFC’s Board of Directors?

I enjoy being able to shop for organic and natural foods and VFC’s promotion of healthy eating and lifestyle, preserving small farms and sustainable agriculture and promoting the loca-vore industry. I want to see the Co-op grow and be able to provide more benefits and value to its members. I believe my previous experience on the VFC Board will help me be a productive member.

2. What skills and experiences would you bring to this job? Be sure to note any relevant business background, financial skills, co-op experience and/or leadership experience you possess.

  • Previously, I served on VFC Board for two terms, 2006-2010, including three years as Board Treasurer.
  • I have served on boards for several other local organizations.
  • I have over 25 years experience in the financial industry and financial statement analysis.
  • I raise organic crops & produce and have an understanding of the organic food industry.

3. What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the 
Co-op in the next two years?

  • Continuing to operate profitably while in difficult economic conditions.
  • Establishing patronage dividend program for members.
  • Following VFC’s revised Policy Governance to meet Ends Policies.
  • Continuing to link with members to determine Co-op direction and meeting their needs.


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