August update from the General Manager

Hi.  My name is Patrick.  I’m the lucky guy who was recently chosen to be the General Manager of the Dubuque Food Co-op.  In the last newsletter the DFC Board of Directors announced my welcome and I said a quick hello.  In this newsletter I’d like to more thoroughly introduce myself and talk about our progress.

As stated in the previous newsletter, I’ve been working in the natural foods industry since 1989 and for the last 8 years I’ve been the Purchasing Manager at New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City.  I’m also a musician, I’ve run a recording studio and a small indie record label, and I play upright bass in an acoustic quartet called The Feralings.  I’m a big roller derby fan as well, and I’m looking forward to cheering for the Dubuque Bomb Squad as they become my new hometown team.  I’m currently working from home in Iowa City and commuting to Dubuque as needed, but my wife Nancy is originally from Dubuque and we’ll be moving to the area in the near future with our daughter Tula and our two absurd cats Bug and Zedrick.

The main reason that I was drawn to the Dubuque Food Co-op was the opportunity to be a part of something so important.  In the last DFC newsletter the Board of Directors referenced “turning the Dubuque Food Co-op into a cornerstone of the Dubuque community”, and that really resonates with me. 

So where are we now?  At the end of June the Board of Directors announced the achievement of two major milestones: reaching our fundraising goals and hiring me, and our next major milestones will be to sign our lease and to order our refrigeration equipment.  It’s my job to do one last check and be absolutely sure that we’ve planned and counted and measured and planned again before we hit the shiny red button, and my intention is to spend the rest of August playing catch-up so that we can move forward with the equipment order at the start of September.  In the meanwhile, we already have a stunning location, supportive business partners, an energized member base, great volunteers, and a dedicated Board of Directors.  I’m looking forward to creating new and lasting relationships with our future vendors, and to seeing the amount of talent that’s just waiting to be a part of our Co-op staff.

I must note that we all want the store open as soon as possible.  And friends, we have some serious momentum.  So my thanks to everyone, and please know that I’m looking forward to meeting you as we continue our adventure together!