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  1. Describe your current role and your responsibilities. I am the Engineering & Operations Manager. I manage the following areas; Engineering, Operations, forestry, fleet, purchasing, regulatory and physical facilities. I have 25 team members that either directly or indirectly report to me.
  2. In general, how has the Management Internship Program (MIP) helped you in your work and in your career? I believe it tied all of the various aspects of the cooperative together. This in turns gives the needed understanding to work cohesively as a team towards the same goal of excellent member service.
  3. What's one thing from MIP that has made a difference for you? This is very tough to name just one. I believe it is the network of resources across the country to reach out for help (MIP classmates).
  4. What is something you've approached differently or had greater success with because of what you learned from MIP? I have taken a much greater interest in learning other departments at my cooperative. It is one thing to get exposed to the various areas at MIP, but actually taking the initiative to learn other areas within your own coop makes you a better manager.
  5. If you were telling a peer or colleague about MIP, what would you want them to know? In other words, what advice would you give someone considering the MIP? Anyone wanting to understand the cooperative workings should be interested in the MIP program. Those willing to put forth the effort, will be greatly rewarded with knowledge that will make them a valuable resource at their cooperative.