What brought you to the Co-op? I previously delivered produce to the Co-op while working at Denison Farms 25 years ago and I had worked on and off as a member worker. There was a job posting in October 1998 for four different positions and I was one of the lucky four to be hired.
What’s the best part of your job? The staff here are wonderful to work with, and it is great to see regular customers and interact with so much of our great community. Probably the best indicator of this job is that I’ve been here for 14 ½ years and have never dreaded coming to work.
How has working at the Co-op affected your life? Well, I met my wife at the Co-op so that has certainly had the biggest impact!
Tell us your Co-op favorites: There are so many great products…I love the bulk mango, and we just discovered Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut spread, delicious! I’m a meat eater and I’m so happy we have such a good selection of free range meats. I also have a bit of a sweet tooth, and everything from our bakery is great, but especially the chocolate buttermilk cake. Our local produce is always great, but I’m a huge fan of Satsuma mandarins when they arrive. Finally, I swear by Topricin in the Wellness section for helping my aches and pains. I think I got all the departments
How do you spend your free time? My number one outside passion is reading, as much as I can squeeze in. I like to play music (trombone, guitar, piano) and I’m also a sports fan, both playing and watching. Playing games, watching movies, fixing up the house…there just aren’t enough hours in the day (or night).
Where have you lived? I grew up in Corvallis, moved to Beaverton for junior high & high school, then came back to attend OSU and have been here ever since.
Tell us something we don’t know!: I started the OSU Gymnastics Band in 1990 which is still going strong, and as it is an Alumni & Student combined group, I still play in it as well. If you haven’t come to an OSU Gymnastics meet, I highly encourage you to check it out January – March.
If you had three wishes….
1. I wish that Nikola Tesla’s idea of providing free electricity to anyone on the Earth was viable.
2. I wish that everyone had grown up in a family as wonderful and caring as mine.
3. I wish the Chocolate Factory from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was real and right here in Corvallis.
Where are some of your favorite travel destinations?
Hawaii is my #1 favorite. I also love the Oregon coast, and one of these days I would like to go back to Scotland.
You recently went to Hawaii! Were there any foods you tried there that you really loved? I had one of the best pineapples I have ever eaten there. We also got some dried coconut shavings that were unbelievably delicious.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I still see myself at the Co-op in some capacity, still in Corvallis because I love it here, maybe spending a little time with the grand kids to come.
What music is playing in your car, home, or head? In the car is Katherine Jenkins, at home is Hapa, and the last thing in my head was Flight of the Concords.
What are your top 5 Corvallis favorites?
1. People. I like the people of Corvallis, a very high percentage of really nice folks here.
2. Environmentally aware. Corvallis as a whole is very aware and in tune with environmental issues.
3. Location. I like that Corvallis is 90 minutes away from the coast, the mountains, larger cities…whatever you like is easily within reach.
4. Co-op. Not only because I work here, but because it is such an important part of the community.
5. OSU. The university brings a lot of opportunities to a smaller town that wouldn’t normally be available. Plus, I graduated from OSU.
What is one thing you would change at the Co-op? In an ideal world, I would swap properties with Corvallis Rental so that we were right on the intersection. It would be a more visible place with a better layout for parking and more people in south Corvallis would realize we had a full service grocery store.