Courageous and visionary leadership, landmark reform, and unwavering commitment to cooperative principles
Eric Thompson embodied leadership – as a high school athlete, a decorated B-52 fighter pilot, dedicated teacher, and as president/CEO of MFA. Thompson’s courage, leadership and vision provided members and employees the framework for initiating the radical change necessary to move MFA from a farm organization to an agribusiness.
Thompson’s efforts to transform the cooperative into a modern agribusiness included a rigorous strategic planning process focused on defining a set of principles, goals, strategies and objectives to position the cooperative to be financially sound, fiscally secure, and successful 10 years in the future. His leadership, courage, determination and vision transformed MFA. The fundamental, structural changes implemented during his tenure as CEO allowed the cooperative to flourish.