StaffAt Cafe Campesino, creating a caring global community starts at home. We strive not only to treat one another with dignity and respect, but also to promote teamwork, to celebrate each other's achievements, and, of course, to have fun.
The Cafe Campesino team includes:
Cafe Campesino's Bill Harris defines Fair Trade as "business by the golden rule, treating others as you would hope to be treated." Bill began Cafe Campesino in 1997 after seeing firsthand the benefits that Fair Trade can offer small-scale farmers. Ever since then, Bill says he hasn't had a dull moment.
A graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in industrial management, Bill envisions continued growth for Cafe Campesino. "In 10 years, maybe we'll be a household name; Ă‚Â¦maybe?!" he comments with a grin. Regardless, he foresees the company continuing on a successful path and one day being jointly owned by satisfied farmer-partners, workers and customers.
Bill keeps himself energized and motivated by regularly talking with other Fair Traders. He also enjoys a good cup of coffee every now and then (he favors the wild, musky, exotic taste of the Sumatra)! When he wants to relax, Bill bikes, canoes or reads, and he's always up for traveling when he gets the chance.
Geoffrey Hennies, AKA Peaceful Traveler, discovered Cafe Campesino while volunteering at nearby Koinonia Partners, our first, and one of our largest wholesale customers. Over the last 15 years, he has followed a path of simple living while offering service to communities and individuals across the country. Apart from organizing our outreach events, he is also organizer of Cafe Campesino's web presence along with other social
justice organizations with Lowthian Design Works. After spending 2-1/2 years helping groups with their rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, Geoffrey is back on the road. If you have a good project for him contact him on his website.
"If there is one thing I want Cafe Campesino customers to know, it is that roasting and delivering the best fair trade coffee in the country isn't enough," says Tripp Pomeroy, Cafe Campesino's President and General Manager. "In order for us to truly make a difference, we need to ensure that the Cafe Campesino "experience" is a uniquely positive one...consistently. Our customers should feel satisfied, if not energized, by their interaction with Cafe Campesino. Ultimately, developing great relationships with our customers is part and parcel to building and sustaining the great relationships we have with our producers and making Fair Trade flourish."
Tripp is a long-time friend of Bill, whom he met while volunteering with Habitat in 1989-1990. He has more than 15 years of working experience in business and new venture development and management, international trade, sales and marketing and communications. He has lived and worked in Mexico and Paraguay (where he met his wife) and has worked on a variety of business ventures in Argentina, Brazil and Italy. Tripp has a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and an M.A. in International Development from The American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. As an undergraduate, Tripp participated in the first study abroad program in Kingston, Jamaica and also studied in Poznan, Poland and Valencia, Spain. He is fluent in Spanish.
"Based on my experience in Latin America and the Caribbean," Tripp says, "Fair Trade is one of the most effective ways to instill ethical, compassionate and transparent business practices in a world where they are sorely lacking, at the expense of so many good people."
In his free time, Tripp enjoys landscaping, reading, throwing horseshoes and playing with his little critters, which include two children and a fun loving cat.
Other Staff Members
- Nancy Aparicio
- Dave Campbell
- Marco de la Paz
- Marcia Dupree
- Nema Etheridge
- Levi Lyman-Barner
- Karen Montano
- Joel Petron
- Stacie Smith