How does the Board work?

Your Board of Directors steers the path of EACM toward the future. The board is made up of nine owners just like you, chosen by annual election. This is where the true power of co-op ownership comes into play. Unlike corporations, co-op board elections are democratically run — owners all have an equal vote. Board members serve staggered 3-year terms.

Why does the Board exist?

Board members represent member-owners to ensure that their needs are met and support the General Manager to maintain the vision and ends of the co-op.

What does the Board do?

CREATES CO-OP POLICIES The board’s primary role is to oversee the direction of the co-op through EACM’s general manager through the creation of board policies. EACM employees, as directed by the GM, manage day-to-day operations like stocking, cooking, ordering, marketing, product selection and administrative duties.

ENVISIONS & EVALUATES The board conducts its ongoing work at monthly board meetings. At these meetings the board monitors policy compliance, understands the co-op’s finances, plans activities to engage owners, discusses the future and evaluates their work.

See for yourself! The best way to understand what the board does at the co-op is to attend a board meeting and see for yourself. Meeting information is to the right.

Board Meetings

Meetings are held from 6:30–9:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora.

Member-owners are welcome to attend regularly scheduled board meetings. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at [email protected] in advance of the meeting.

Meet the folks who govern the co-op on your behalf.

Andrew Layer

Board President | 2021

Mike Jason

Board Vice President | 2022

Bethany Markovich

Board Secretary | 2020

Tom Ruhland

Board Treasurer | 2022

Dale Morris

Board Member | 2021

Michael McClaren

Board Member |  2021

Brian Russ

Board Member | 2022

Andy Emborsky

Board Member | 2020

Robert Slawinowski

Board Member | 2020

East Aurora Co-op Market

EACM exists to create a vibrant, healthy community in the Southtowns by providing access to fresh, local and wholesome foods to everyone.

Open to Everyone 7am – 9pm DAILY 
591 Main Street, East Aurora NY 14052
PH: 716-655-COOP (2667)
Email: [email protected]