Roderick McCulloch fills the Designated Employee Director seat on the board. He has worked at Seward Co-op for seven years, and at all three locations. Holding front line positions such as baker and cook as well as filling roles of shift lead, supervisor and managing several departments related to food production, Roderick has seen Seward’s recent growth through many different lenses. In their current capacity as the Fresh Food Merchandising Coordinator, they strive to support all of the fresh departments in sourcing high quality products and strengthening relationships with local food producers.
With extensive experience in the service industry and having been a small business owner, Roderick is deeply aware of the tension between costs, sales, and the great effort required of all staff to achieve profitability. In a highly competitive grocery landscape, this tension is all the more profound and will require that Seward Community Co-op identify ways to differentiate their offerings and excel at customer service. Roderick’s commitment to this board of directors lies in his conviction that the cooperative business model is one of the pivotal ways in which a more sustainable future can be achieved.
On a personal note, Roderick is married, a father of four, grew up in Seattle, and recharges by being in nature and cooking for friends and family.