Ben Sandel is a consultant and member of CDS Consulting Co-op and was the leader of Friendly City Food Co-op from its earliest meeting through its successful opening, most of that time as board president. He has been involved with co-ops since 1986 when he was the Friday tofu rinser at Honest Weight Food Co-op. (Ben is also an expert broccoli de-icer.) Ben provides training and support in board leadership, governance and capitalization and loves working with both startup and established food co-ops. He lives with his spouse and three teenage kids and can often be found on a bicycle exploring the dirt and paved roads and trails near his home in Harrisonburg, Virginia.