Guthrie Taylor

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"I'm an owner-member, near-daily shopper, and employee of Bloomingfoods, and want to see the co-op continue and thrive.  I'm specifically interested in the future of the East store, and believe we should maintain a presence on the East side."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I've been a Bloomington resident and employee of the co-op for two years. I was hired as a part-time cashier, was promoted to Front-End Lead, and have been the Front-End Manager at our East store for the past year and a half."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"As a used book buyer at Powell's Books in Portland, OR, it was crucial that our small team worked together to achieve our goals. I also have training in Conflict Resolution and Mediation in the Workplace."
Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
"I'm at our East location 5 days and 40+ hours a week, actively engaged in helping our customers. I'm intimately familiar with how the co-op functions on a daily basis, at the store level, and will bring this perspective to the Board."

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

"I believe in supporting our local producers, and I'm honored to be able to help create a space for them to sell their goods. Small is Beautiful. Shop Local. Power to the People."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"Our primary purpose is to serve our community, which deserves an alternative to corporate superstores. As economic power continues to rush toward the top, it's important for us to maintain our autonomy. Bloomingfoods offers a different experience than Kroger, Lucky's, or Fresh Thyme."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"One of our biggest upcoming challenges is the future of the East store. As stated above, I am actively interested in the co-op maintaining a presence on the Eastside. There are many unknown factors right now. I'm willing to put in the energy to help develop a plan for our future."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"I'm a relatively recent arrival in the community, and I feel extremely fortunate to have found a place at the co-op. I enjoy being of service to you all, and will continue to do so if I am elected to the Board."
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