Over a 3+ year period we raised well over $1M and purchased a rural grocery, expanded the buildong and parking and opened as a co-op in Nov 2012. I was one of the first to join the steering committee in late 2009 when I heard about the co-op transition idea. I functiomed as the co-ops Treasurer and "go to" technical person until Nov 2013. At that time I steped off the board to be interim GM, a few months later I agreed to stay on indefinately. Prior to these "retirement" jobs I spent my carreer in various management positions in technology companies. My other retirement job is a local farm where we raise rare breeds hogs, turkeys, cattle on a small scale. My wife is doing a great job keeping the farm going while I manage the co-op.