Co+Ops

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:18

By Joe Romano, 

Marketing Manager

Thank you for your cooperation and vice versa.

— Eugene Ormandy

co-op-deals-salesYou may have noticed our 
national "CO+OPs: Stronger Together" branding that is meant to communicate all the great things co-ops offer. You may have seen it on our website or on our "CO+OP Deals" sales flyers. The Latin root "co" means "together," and the symbol "CO+" embodies the concept of "stronger together," bringing fresh energy to the word "co-op" and what it represents, including community, connectedness, conversation, and concern for the environment. Even the name of GreenStar's board of directors, our Council, derives its meaning from the Latin for "sitting together." These are not new concepts; in fact, they go back to the earliest civilizations.

Take the Romans, for example. During this month of August, named after the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Augustus Caesar, the Romans would hold celebrations to honor two related gods, Consus and Ops.

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Council Hires a Familiar Face as New General Manager

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:07

By 12th Moon, Council President, and
Kristie Snyder, GreenLeaf Editor

brandon_kaneCouncil is pleased to announce the selection of Brandon Kane as GreenStar's new General Manager. Brandon was chosen at Council's July meeting.

After an extensive recruitment and search process that lasted for over a year, our General Manager (GM) Search Committee brought three candidates to GreenStar for interviews and an opportunity to meet and speak with staff and members. Individual open sessions were held in our West-End store with each candidate, followed by a lunch break and an opportunity to tour the stores. In the afternoons the candidates were interviewed by the Area Supervisors group, consisting of the 13 managers of our retail and administrative departments, then offered another break before having a Deli dinner with attending Council members. Council's interviews followed dinner. To their credit, all three candidates held up pretty well during their nine-hour-plus interview days.

The week following these interviews, at our regular July 12 Council meeting, our final agenda item was the discussion and selection, we hoped, of a new GM for GreenStar. After more than an hour discussing the merits of the candidates, the interview process and the feedback that we had received from the Area Supervisors group, staff and members, we came to agreement.

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New General Manager Finalists Selected

Friday, 01 July 2011 19:07

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

brandon_kaneUpdate: GreenStar Council has hired Brandon Kane as the Co-op's new General Manager. 

We should have something very exciting to report in next month's GreenLeaf — a new General Manager for GreenStar. After over a year of work, the General Manager Search Committee presented Council with three General Manager (GM) finalists at its June meeting. The three candidates, Joe Marraffino, Jeff Lydon and Brandon Kane, will conduct interviews with Council, staff and members in late June and early July.

Joe Marraffino has worked as an organizer with the Arizmendi Development and Support Cooperative and as a worker-owner with the Arizmendi Bakery, both in San Francisco.

Jeff Lydon was Executive Director of the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Ithaca, Executive Director of Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, and Executive Director of the SPCA of Tompkins County.

Brandon Kane is GreenStar's current Store Manager, and has been acting as Interim General Manager since February 2010. He joined GreenStar's staff in 2004 as Grocery Manager.

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