Hannah recognized by Illinois Cooperative Council

Jacqueline Hannah, general manager of Common Ground Food Cooperative, Urbana, was presented with the 2014 Illinois Cooperative Council’s (ICC) Outstanding Cooperative Manager Award on Monday, January 13.

Fred Iutzi, program manager for the Illinois Cooperative Development Center, Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs, who nominated Hannah for the award, says, “Jacqueline has been a transformative general manager at her co-op. During the course of five years, she led her team to a tenfold increase in sales, while at the same time producing large increases in member-owner goals around access to purchasing local food and community outreach and education. Jacqueline also embodies the ‘cooperation among cooperatives’ principle, giving generously of her time and expertise to mentor start-up food co-ops and supporting cooperative development efforts in both Illinois and Indiana.”

ICC Chair Nancy Rhoads McDonald, who presented Hannah with the award, said, “Jacqueline’s enthusiasm for the advancement of Common Ground Food Co-op, and the cooperative business model is contagious and to be commended. She is truly the ‘best of the best’ among cooperative leaders and is so deserving of this award.”

For more than 30 years the Illinois Cooperative Council has promoted a positive climate for cooperatives and helped educate the public about the value and importance of cooperatives in their everyday lives. The council has publicized the wide range of essential goods and services cooperatives offer and the differences between cooperative and corporate business models.

Each year the council presents awards in four leadership categories: Director, Manager/CEO, Educator and Friend.

For more information about cooperatives or the Illinois Cooperative Council, contact Nancy McDonald, Illinois Cooperative Council chair at nmcdonald@aiec.coop.

Based in Springfield, the AIEC provides legal, engineering, communications, safety training, legislative and other services to 29 electric cooperatives. AIEC member cooperatives serve more than 294,280 farms, homes and businesses in 90 counties, with 56124 miles of line. AIEC is a member of Touchstone Energy® — an alliance of more than 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country, committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

Article by Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives