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What Is A Worker-Owned Cooperative? October 1, 2017 - On July 1 we became a worker-owned cooperative [WOC], with the leadership and ownership shifting from the prior company owners [Rick Dubrow and Cindi Landreth] to the new company’s co-owners, or ‘Kowners‘, as we nicknamed them [Patrick Martin, Maggie Bates, Justus Peterson, Bobbi Plata and Shawn Serdahl].  This transition ended years and years of study and [...]
Ten Weeks In September 22, 2017 - Succession came to pass on July 1st, 2017, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has [...]
Eleven Days May 30, 2017 - Eleven work days until graduation. Most call it ‘retirement’.  Someone close to me called it ‘graduation’ and I instantly attached to that label, better representing my major leap into something so very new and different.  42 years at the helm of A-1 Builders feels sufficient. Time to pass the baton, but to whom? I started [...]
Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures November 2, 2016 - All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues: “How many nights are you staying out?” “None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.” “Then why are you carrying so large a pack?” Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that [...]
Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue September 12, 2016 - Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson. Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming [...]
Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction June 29, 2016 - On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry. I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper [...]

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