After a national search, we are excited to announce we have hired the food co-op's first General Manager, Randy Joersz.
Randy will help the food co-op move forward through the final stage of development by putting the physical elements of the store together; hiring a management team; developing a merchandising plan; and working with local producers. Randy grew up in the Bismarck-Mandan area and is a third-generation grocer. After starting out as a bag boy in the early 70’s, Randy moved up to a management position in 1981 for his Grandpa Bill’s Super Value store in New Salem. In 1999 after 18 years of management, Randy ventured into a five-store grocery operation in Iowa until the sale of the business in 2014. He has been an active member of his local Lions Club, Rotary Club, and has served as a Cub Scout Leader, member of his church’s parish council, and more recently as a board member of the Iowa Grocers Association.
"Randy is uniquely qualified for this position with his wealth of knowledge of the industry. He is ready and willing to learn about the cooperative model and understands the positive impacts the food co-op will have on the health of the community and local economy." said board chair, Angie Oberg.
Randy had made plans to move back to the Bismarck-Mandan area to be closer to family before learning of the position. His daughter, who is a food co-op member, told him about the exciting development of a food co-op in the Bismarck-Mandan area. He was intrigued and reached out to us. The rest is history!
"I feel it is important, now more than ever, to feed our families the freshest, most naturally grown food available. After having worked 33 years in farm communities in both North Dakota and Iowa, I feel I have a good understanding of how food is grown, brought to market and then sold, and I will use that knowledge to grow the Bis-Man Food Co-op." said Joersz.
A special thank you to our hiring committee: Carmen Hoffner, Heidi Demars, Glen Philbrick, Bill Patrie, Angie Oberg, Tyler Demars, and Brenda Stone!