Sharon Taylor

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"I have been a member of Bloomingfoods co-op since moving to Bloomington. It has always been the store for fresh, locally grown, organic produce and has continuously upheld its mission of supporting the community."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I have been a member of Bloomingfoods co-op since 2007. I was a board member at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard and was instrumental in assisting them find their current location which has enabled them to expand and grow in our community."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I manage projects on a daily basis for the financial institution I work for. My work requires me to lead and be part of a team to be successful. I am currently on the board of LifeDesigns and previously chaired the Capital Development Committee and currently chair the Development Committee."
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.
"As the AVP of Facilities for a financial institution in Columbus, my role includes developing and implementing the real estate strategy and managing maintenance to ensure all sites support the needs of team members and members. My educational qualifications include post grad in Design Science and an MBA."

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

"Fresh, healthy food should be available to everyone. Bloomington and its surrounding area has bountiful produce that not only sustains the lives of the growers but the lives of the community too. Bloomingfoods offers the community an opportunity to support the growers in our community."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"As per point 5, BCS offers the community access to locally grown and sourced food options. BCS is helping support the livelihood of local growers and suppliers, which means BCS is also providing the community the option to support members of the community which larger chain grocery stores often don't."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"Opportunities - brick and mortar expansion into smaller communities that do not have access to healthy, sustainable food. Through expansion, BCS can increase purchases from local suppliers and negotiate lower costs to pass on to its members. On-line retail expansion. Challenges - chain grocery stores competing in the organic food area."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"I believe my job skills in strategic property research, development and facility management can support BCS as it seeks to expand its retail network to support local suppliers and provide healthy food options to members in other areas of the community. My term on LifeDesigns board expires this year."
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