Rosemary Mahoney

tbuen 2018, Agriculture, Consumer Goods & Services, General, International 0 Comments

Rosemary Mahoney Cooperative Business Consultant Rosemary Mahoney’s 30-year career as a co-op developer began with a post-college job at USDA’s Agriculture Cooperative Service.   Although she grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Monmouth Illinois, where her family belonged to electric, insurance and supply co-ops, Mahoney says it wasn’t until she began her work at USDA that she “completely …

John & Carol Zippert

tbuen 2017, Agriculture, Credit Unions, Education, General, Worker-Owned 0 Comments

John & Carol Zippert, Director of Program Operations and Cooperative Activist, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund Partners in both life and the pursuit of social justice, John & Carol Zippert embody the mission of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the growth of the cooperative movement in the South.  Dedicated to self-determination through cooperation, the Zipperts’ cooperative …

Richard Larochelle

tbuen 2017, Education, General, Rural Utilities 0 Comments

Richard Larochelle, retired Senior Vice President, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation Dubbed a “black box where the best programs and services are incubated,” Rich Larochelle has spent his life championing the cooperative business model. During a 40-year electric cooperative career —including nearly a decade with the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) and later senior leadership posts with the National …

Judy Ziewacz

admin 2015, General

Judy Ziewacz, Cooperative Innovator, Monona, WI For over 40 years, Judy has been a dogged champion for cooperative development, articulating a steady and unswerving vision about the power of cooperation, and persistently reminding cooperatives and cooperative institutions that they exist to empower people.  Her incredible capacity as a strategist has resulted in cross-sectoral coalitions that have created critical infrastructure for the …

Barry Silver

admin 2014, General

Barry Silver Executive Vice President National Cooperative Bank (NCB)   For over 33 years, Barry Silver has worked at the National Cooperative Bank serving in various capacities and leadership positions. He began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer before serving in the U.S. army. After he was honorably discharged from the Army, he attended American University where he received …

Rebecca Dunn

admin 2013, General

Inducted: 2013 Dunn is a leader in cooperative financing, devising innovative products and methods that are useful to the entire co-op economy. During her twenty-six year tenure, the Fund has grown from $130,000 to almost $15 million, expanded from lending mostly to food co-ops to all types of co-ops, and never lost an investor dollar. Her skills in banking, communication, …

Bill Gessner

admin 2012, General

Inducted: 2012 Cooperative developer and member of the CDS Consulting Cooperative. Bill Gessner’s involvement in the food cooperative community has spanned 35 years and he is credited with having helped transform the community from a hodgepodge of individual stores into an integrated, values-driven national community of consumer-owned retail groceries that has changed the way America thinks about food. His commitment …

Charles Snyder

admin 2012, General

Inducted: 2012 President & CEO, National Cooperative Bank. Chuck Snyder joined NCB in 1983 as Corporate Vice President and CFO and played a transformational role in navigating those early years of the Bank’s existence and decisively re-positioning NCB to be the complex financial institution it is today that provides full service banking services for cooperative enterprises. He became President & …

David Thompson

admin 2010, General

  Inducted: 2010 Born in Blackpool, England, near Rochdale, David Thompson grew up with co-op blood in his veins. Thompson has devoted his life to the cooperative movement in California, nationally and internationally. He has been a leader nationally at NCB where as the first co-op employee he helped set the bank up. At NCBA he led efforts to bring …

Melbah M. Smith

admin 2009, General

Inducted: 2009 Melbah Smith has worked for nearly 40 years to start and strengthen cooperatives in some of the most impoverished, isolated and ignored communities in the United States. She is a giant in the cooperative community. With the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives she worked as a community organizer and co-op developer …