The search for our new General Manager was a success! We are pleased to welcome Thomas Wiles to the Dubuque Food Co-op family! Tom will take over GM duties beginning Monday, May 2.
Tom’s interest in healthy and natural foods began after being introduced to vegetarianism, macrobiotics, and raw foods more than four decades ago. Tom has a professional background in grocery retail, magazine publishing, business management, marketing, and distribution. Most recently, Tom managed Abundant Harvest Farm and INgredients: Field to Fork Market & Café in central Indiana. INgredients was voted one of the best new restaurants in 2013 by the Indianapolis Star! Tom also managed the West Side Food Co-op in West Lafayette IN and Erewhon Natural Foods in Boston MA and served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Food Co-op. Prior to INgredients, Tom was the co-owner of a successful franchise company offering two services to 140 hotels, restaurants, groceries, hospitals and other institutions in the San Francisco Bay area. Tom and his business partner built the largest franchiser of the network with a reputation for solid growth and quality customer service.
Earlier, Tom as a magazine and book supplier distributed to a large variety of retail outlets from independents to the largest chains and wholesalers. For 16 years Tom had a successful career in circulation marketing, newsstand distribution and business consulting to the magazine publishing industry. Some of the magazines Tom represented include Yoga Journal, Natural Health, Seattle Magazine, Sun Valley Magazine, Rock & Ice, Ski Press, Adventure Sports, Trail Runner, Alpinist, Elevation and Herb Quarterly.
Personally, Tom enjoys hiking, backpacking, creative cooking, music, playing tennis, skiing, reading, bicycling, traveling, eating out, cultural events, and meeting new people! Tom is close to his wonderful family of Dad, 3 sisters, 1 brother, 3 in-laws, 4 nieces, and 3 nephews.
Please stop by, introduce yourself and welcome our new GM arriving Monday, May 2!