Sussex & Studholm Agricultural is a co-operative, an association of persons who have voluntarily joined together to provide themselves with a business that can supply them with products and services at minimal cost. The control of business is in the hands of its member-owners.
Members exercise their power at the annual general meeting, which all members are urged to attend. Thus, the annual general meeting is a critically important event in a co-operative society. It is at this meeting that the members appoint the board of directors from amongst the membership, choose the auditors, review and approve financial statements as well as the board’s and manager’s reports.
Who Manages the Co-op?
The board of directors are elected at the annual general meeting from amongst the members. They are entrusted with the management of the affairs of the co-op. The board appoints among its members a chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer as well as sub-committees. The board also appoints a manager who in turn hires employees and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the co-operative.
Rocky Price has served as General Manager since November 2011 and has worked for the Society since May 2003. His role is to be responsible for all aspects of the operations, grocery retail, farm retail and wholesale, auction facility and administration. Reporting to an elected board, he is responsible for product initiatives, preparation of sales and margin budgets and the implementation of company policies and procedures. While working at the Society, Rocky has performed the duties of Assistant General Manager, Retail Operations Manager and Grocery Store Manager.
Prior to joining Sussex & Studholm, he worked for various other co-operatives throughout New Brunswick, serving in positions as Meat Manager, Assistant Meat Manager, Meat Cutter, Grocery Clerk and Gas Bar Attendant.
Rocky and his girlfriend have a son. He loves to spend his spare time outdoors and on the Miramichi River, fishing and hunting in his hometown where he was raised.
1st Vice President
Alex Jopp hails from Mount Pisgah NB, where he farms with his parents and younger brother on the family operated dairy/grain farm. He graduated Sussex Regional High School in 2004 then went on to College in Truro, NS at the NSAC where he studied Business and minored in Engineering for 2 years. Once he completed that program, he went back home and studied Agricultural Equipment repair in Moncton, NB at the NBCC. Since completing that program, he went back home to the family farm and has enjoyed working at home with the family and the community of Sussex. In his youth, he was involved in 4-H and some after-school activities, which included soccer and chess club. In recent years, he has been involved in NBYFF (New Brunswick Young Farms Forum) as a director, as well as Vice President. More recently, he was voted in as a director for the local area soil and crop improvement association.
2nd Vice President
Mike has 3 children and lives in Waterborough, NB where he and his family have operated Slocum's Farm Fresh since 2002. They grow potatoes which are sold under the brand "Grand Lake" logo. They produce locally grown strawberries, corn and tomatoes. Mike served as Board Member and President for several years at Sussex Co-op. He continues to serve on many committees to promote agriculture and vegetable markets within New Brunswick.
Steve and his wife Madison have 2 children Chase and Amber. They own a high-density apple orchard on the Belleisle Bay that was started 2015 with a 3-acre planting of Honeycrisp for U-Pick, and in 2017 they planted an additional 8.5 acres that is Honeycrisp and Ambrosia for commercial operation. Steve also works with his father Bob Bates who has beef cows, small fruits and vegetables which is also a U-Pick operation and roadside market Bates Landing.
Occupation: Retired Civil Servant
Philip grew up on a mixed farm in Parleeville just outside Sussex. After graduation from Nova Scotia Agriculture College and MacDonald College of McGill University, Philip worked for the Department of Agriculture in various positions for nearly 35 years. Most of Philips employment with the Department was in the Sussex office where he looked after financial management and financial assistance programming. Philip has been and still is involved on several community volunteer Boards. Philip and his wife Charlene enjoy travelling and RV camping.
My name is Claudia Giermindl from Knightville, NB where I operate Giermindl Holdings Company Ltd. The business consists of a farm, abattoir and restaurant which are shared with my sister Igne and son Lukas. My parents emigrated from Germany in 1976 searching for land finally settling in beautiful New Brunswick in 1977. They started the business where I began to work and develop a love for agriculture, cooking, and hospitably. Knightville has become my home where I been able to raise my 3 children Lukas, Cecilia and Thomas and continue to build the business.
Vernon and his wife live in Wards Creek. He worked for JD Irving as a manager and technical advisor on transportation for 42 years. Presently he serves as a Director for the Progressive Conservative Party in NB and as a director for the Federal Conservative Party. Vernon is an avid snowmobiler and was awarded “NB Snowmobiler of Year”. He continues to serve on many boards and although retired he does consulting work with respect to highway transportation and dangerous goods.
Debbie and her husband Carl raised 3 children on the family farm in Cornhill until they moved to Sussex. They now have 4 grandchildren. Debbie went to work at Sussex Health Center in 1991. She has held various positions in her church, was a past member of Corn Hill’s Women’s Institute and is presently serving as President of CUPE Local 1128 at the Sussex Health Center.