Board Installs Interim Management Team

Board Installs Interim Management Team

At its Tuesday, June 21, 2016 meeting, the Chequamegon Food Co-op Board of Directors approved an interim general management team to temporarily assume the duties of outgoing General Manager Harold Vanselow. In January 2016, Harold announced that he would retire on June 30, 2016.

The Board faced the daunting task of finding Harold’s replacement and launched a nationwide search. After an unsuccessful process, the Board moved to implement its emergency succession plan, which it approved at its May 2016 meeting.

Senior managers Kiersten Galazen (store operations manager), Vicki Richeson (full-charge bookkeeper), and Meagan Van Beest (marketing and member services manager) will assume the general manager duties as a team on July 1, 2016. The trio will be known as the Interim General Management Team, and will take on the task of maintaining the financial health of the community-owned grocery store, along with managing its staff and operations.

“We had planned to have a general manager in place before Harold’s retirement, but it has been hard to find the right person,” said Board President Steve Sandstrom. “Thankfully, we have an emergency succession plan in place for exactly this type of situation. All of these managers are intimately familiar with the inner workings of the store and will provide continuity in operations as we continue our search.”

The Board will continue to oversee the Co-op’s performance as the search for a general manager continues.

For an in-depth interview with Harold about the process, please read “Chequamegon Food Co-op Sets Up Interim Management Team” in The Daily Press.