By Gordy Jensen, General Manager of Harvest Land Cooperative
If you haven’t heard the news already, I’ll be retiring on December 31. The board and I have been working closely over the past months, and they have an excellent succession plan in place. I anticipate that this transition will be as smooth as the one we enjoyed when Mike Weelborg retired at the beginning of 2009.
Our number one priority leading up to—and continuing through— this transition has been ensuring the continued success of Harvest Land. Our coop is extremely strong, and we have an unusually large pool of talented people who are ready to step up. We’re well positioned for the future financially and culturally, with a mindset that remains firmly focused on our patrons. That’s why I’m so confident in our long-term ability to serve our patrons and provide an excellent working environment for our employees.
I’ll miss just about every part of this job—the customers, the great boards I had the privilege to work with, the chance to see the coop grow, and to bring opportunities to our customers, even the struggles. Those challenges, and the way we worked through them, together, made us a better organization in the long run.
My wife has been retired for more than three years now, and we have a bucket list of sorts. We’re looking forward to spending more time with our grandkids and at the cabin. Taking this step is made infinitely easier by the confidence I have in those who will take up the reins on January 1.
Thanks to all of you—customers, employees, board members—who have made the last 29 years so great. I wish you all the best, and look forward with you to a bright future for Harvest Land.
This article was published in Harvest Land’s newsletter (Vol. 13, No. 3 – August 2011)
The Harvest Land Cooperative Board of Directors has selected Dave Stuk (at left, current President of AgQuest) as successor to Gordy’s role as Chief Executive Officer.
Dennis Schreier (at left) has accepted the position of General Manager of Harvest Land Cooperative.
Miki Schultz (at left, current VP of Operations at AgQuest) has accepted the position of President of AgQuest.
We expect a very smooth transition over the course of the next four months.