Brattleboro Food Co-op hires new GM

With much enthusiasm the Board of Directors announces the hiring of Lee Bradford as the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s new General Manager. Lee offers over 26 years of business management expertise in a variety of industries. He is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work in a co-op setting, which he described as less about getting food from point a to point b, and more about serving communities. He added that Covid has given us all the opportunity to think about deep values and what’s important to us.

GM Search Update January 2022

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As we last reported to you in our , we were excited to bring in a candidate for the GM position in December. That individual, Peter Waldmann, visited Brattleboro and our store on December 8 and 9 and interviewed with both the management team and the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors voted unanimously on December 13 to offer him the position. Unfortunately for us, Peter has decided to go in a different direction: he will be the first general manager of a co-op start-up outside Chicago. We are happy for him and wish him well!


We have not provided an update for a while, but we’ve certainly been busy! In October, the Committee met with a couple of staff members to get some “on the ground” perspective about what characteristics would be ideal in the next GM. Normally, due to the strictures of policy governance, Board members do not reach out to employees directly (“The only official connection of the board to the operational organization, its achievement, and conduct shall be through the general manager.” – Policy C.1), so this was a rare opportunity to get a window into staff sentiment that will help ensure our next GM will be a good fit.