Jeff Goldin

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"I have been a long time shopper at Bloomingfoods, and want to contribute to the long term health and success of the organization. Part of my mission is to give back to the community that has given me so much, and providing for the long term success of BCS fits that mission."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I have been visiting Bloomingfoods for most of the thirty years as a Bloomington resident. Before the recent pandemic, I not only shopped at Bloomingfoods on a regular basis, but visited the co-op on an almost daily basis for coffee and meals."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I am a member, and past chairman of the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission. I have been a member of the Bloomington Board of Realtors for close to 30 years, and have been very active in the leadership of BBOR, and served as president of the Board in 2017."
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.
"My first career was in the food industry in Southern California. For almost 30 years, I have been a Real Estate Appraiser in Monroe County, have owned my own business, and my experience and contacts in real estate would be helpful as a Bloomingfoods Board member."

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

"I believe the focus of the Bloomingfoods mission should be to serve the community. I also strongly agree with the Cooperative's stated Principles. Part of why I am applying is my strong desire to give back to the community that has given so much to my family and I."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"The primary role of BCS in the community is to provide food services in a way that supports the community, providing locally sourced products when possible, as well as supporting the BCS's vendors in a way that contributes to their long term success."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"I see real estate/facilities as a major issue to be addressed. The focus of Bloomingfoods will have to be flexible to survive in a very competitive environment; the members of the co-op and Board of Directors should be open to, and prepared for change."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"I bring a wide variety of experience and leadership skills to the Board, with a passion to provide for the long term success of the organization."
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