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      Stephanie HughesStephanie Hughes
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      I think that the vision and mission of the coop changed over time as it grew. There was a need to fill positions in the coop, notably the CEO position with candidates who were highly skilled in directing a large company as opposed to being someone passionate about climbing and coops. The Board Directors changed also from climbers who wanted access to reasonably priced climbing and outdoor gear to business people who are possibly not even interested in climbing a mulit-pitch on the Chief. But the members are still the folks out there with the same passion for climbing and coops! I think that the divide became too great between the members goals and the evolving goals of the CEO and new Board whose experience and mandate is to run a large corporation in a very competitive market.
      I also think that the CEO and Board did not have a good connection with the members. This could have been less so if there was a number of Board members who were tasked with direct contact and communication with the members. Its so important to have a good flow of information to the memebers!

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