Cooperative instructor and Cooperative Hall of Fame member Rich Larochelle will appear on Everything Co-op on Thursday, August 8. A weekly exploration of the impact and potential of the cooperative business model, Everything Co-op aims to generate interest in and support for the cooperative movement.
Hosted by Vernon Oakes and conversational in format, the show is streamed live at worldcnews.com every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. EDT. Everything Co-op also airs live in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area on WOL 1450 AM—Radio One’s premiere talk radio station.
Rich Larochelle spent his career championing the cooperative business model. During a 40-year electric cooperative career—including nearly a decade with the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) and later senior leadership posts with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation—Rich demonstrated his passion for helping cooperative consumers by fighting to improve the quality of rural life at every turn. He was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2017.
Although retired now, Rich continues to contribute to the advancement of cooperatives. He is a founding director of the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and is currently chair of its Board of Directors. Rich is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) where he co-teaches a course on Cooperative Business.