Nominee Q&A: Robert Siliani

2015 Board Nominee Robert Siliani has been a member-owner of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op since 5/23/2015.
1. Why do you want to be a member of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op Board of Directors?
I'm deeply committed towards educating people in the United States ( especially the Lehigh Valley ) the facts on how there food is farmed and raised in this country. Through knowledge, backed by decades of unbiased research, people can make informed choices on what they consume and purchase. By being a member of the board, I would like to help get that message out.
2. Briefly explain what you believe are two key issues facing the Co-op and how you believe these issues could be addressed:
 Member Involvement: I believe that the key to a successful Co-op is member participation. By constantly addressing this issue ( as a board member), and recognizing that we exist solely for our members general well being. By keeping this focus, we can obtain other objectives and goals as a board. EDUCATION: By supporting my former issue, we should strongly inform and involve our membership how they can benefit their families and the local community through knowledge obtained through their involvement in the Co-op. This includes the children especially.

3. What particular skills, knowledge, and/or life experience do you bring to our Food Co-op that enables you to support and advance its mission?

As a local businessman, I understand the challenges the Co-op faces in providing a local, convenient place in which to serve it's members. My 30 plus years experience in the Customer Service, Distribution, and Transportation Industry greatly enhances the talents towards the board's primary objective.

4. What do you see as potential opportunities for the Co-op as it develops long-term strategies?

Opportunities for the board and it's members to Partnership with similar organizations, companies, schools, and individuals who share our common interests. By networking together, we can accomplish much more than we could singularly.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

5. When the co-op opens, what is the first item you hope to put in your shopping basket?

That would be a locally grown, ORGANIC vegetable from a farmer who is also a Member-Owner.

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