What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
There are so many. Forager is the 12th startup I’ve created, led or worked for, and I’ve learned so very much, including creating something from the ether and seeing it come to fruition to change people’s lives is so rewarding; finding and hiring great people means looking not just for talent but also for moral fortitude, passion, selflessness and dedication; and fulfilling on the mission is the main reward, which, for Forager, that means making a big impact to help rebuild our local food system—so vital now during the [coronavirus] pandemic crisis.
What inspires your leadership approach?
Humbly, seeing down the road and into the future and then finding great people to help build the roads, pathways, rails, connections to get us there—this is what I love to do.
What do you value most about being a part of the grocery business?
I’ve worked in many industry sectors (financial services, retail/e-tail, mass transit, fitness, tech/software and worked with some amazing clients like Starbucks, The Home Depot, Apple, Facebook) and have found grocery people to be the most down to earth, unpretentious and “real” people I’ve ever met. That said, change is very slow in the sector, particularly in the back-of-the-house procurement side, and working toward helping them change and navigate the new digital world has been very rewarding.
Homemade fish tacos with all the trimmings (avocado, limes, pico de gallo, cabbage, cilantro, jalapenos), with ingredients sourced as much locally as possible.