Bill Gessner

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CDS Consulting Coop


Bill Gessner is a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op, with over 25 years of experience assisting over 250 co-op expansion projects. His primary focus is assisting food co-ops in the planning and implementation of expansion, relocation, and new store projects.

Bill has developed a systematic approach (the Four Cornerstones in Three Stages model) to expansion planning that includes assessing feasibility and timeline management, helping countless co-ops reach their goals. He says, “I continue to be inspired by the people I work with in the food co-ops and their communities. What excites me is combining the business and community aspects of the cooperative model to help co-ops develop and grow.”

Bill is the recipient of the NCB Honored Cooperator award in 1997, and the CCMA Cooperative Service award in 2002. In May 2012 he was inducted into the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) Cooperative Hall of Fame.

Expansion/relocation projects

  • Organizational planning and facilitation, including business and strategic
  • Management support and development
  • Capitalization development including member loans
  • Business strategy

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