Farewell to our Big Cheese
We received some sad news today that our much respected President and CEO Harold Strunk will be stepping down in order to be closer to his family. Harold told us what a difficult decision this was for he and his wife, given how much he enjoys Tillamook and how much potential he sees for our company’s future. Harold came to us from the East Coast in 2007 and much of his family still lives there. Earlier this year his first grandchild was born, making it even more difficult to be so far away. The Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) was built on family values, and we all respect Harold’s decision to make his family a priority at this point in his life.
In the past five years, under Harold’s leadership, Tillamook has weathered very challenging economic times and has made great strides towards implementing integrated business systems while building a solid foundation for growth. During his tenure, Harold ushered the co-op into its second century, helping to mold Tillamook into a modern dairy brand with the strength and stability to maintain our leadership position well into the future.
In a message today to TCCA employees and members, Harold said, “I would like to take this chance to thank the TCCA farmer-owner membership and the employees of TCCA for their support over the past five years. This has been a wonderful experience for me and a very difficult decision to leave this great organization. TCCA is positioned for sustainable growth, and I strongly feel that Tillamook will remain strong well into the future.”
We are grateful for all of Harold’s contributions to TCCA and wish him and his family the very best. Our board of directors will be embarking on a national search for our new President and CEO, and we all look forward to seeing our farmer-owned co-op continue to grow and succeed.