The Just Food Co-op Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Jerry Huddleston has been hired to be the next General Manager of Just Food Co-op. His first day of work at Just Food will be September 1. He replaces Pat Neily who moved back to New Hampshire last January for family reasons and now works for the Manchester Food Co-op.
Jerry comes to Just Food after 15 years at Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jerry served as ONF’s Human Resources Manager for all 15 of those years while also serving as the Marketing Manager for more than four years and as the Front End Manager for nearly a year. As is often the case in co-ops, Jerry has also had the opportunity to wear many other hats, stepping in throughout the store as needed to assist with the work of the co-op. He worked closely with his longtime GM, providing advice, writing the business plans and policy monitoring reports, and getting an insider’s view of the work of the GM.
Jerry is a passionate advocate both for everybody’s right to have access to healthy food and for supporting our local foodshed and working closely with local farmers. He is committed to supporting and empowering all staff in a healthy and joyful workplace. He has seen first-hand the effects of new competition on a formerly thriving co-op, which informs his understanding that co-ops need to increase their skill sets, improve their operations, and find new ways to remain relevant in the face of ever-increasing competition.
In August Jerry will complete his MBA in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University; he also has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from JBU. Prior to his work at ONF, Jerry was Director of Production at Athletic World Advertising in Fayetteville for six years.
Jerry and his wife, Kim, are excited to move to Northfield. Jerry says, “From day one we fell in love with your community, and I hope that what we can offer will help Just Food Co-op achieve the next stage of its incarnation.”
The Board of Directors also recognizes Sherri Meyers, our Center Store Manager, who has served as the Interim General Manager during the past six months. She provided steady and exemplary leadership during this transition to a new GM. Just Food Co-op is very fortunate to have Sherri as part of our management team.
Please join us in welcoming Jerry to Just Food Co-op. We believe that exciting opportunities are ahead for Just Food.