Suzanne Riley Honored for her Service

The Minnesota Service Cooperatives (MSC) recently honored Suzanne Riley with the Barbara M. Hexum Award. For 39 years, Suzanne worked for Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester, MN and for many of those years she collaborated with the other service cooperative directors on the MSC Executive Council. She leveraged the regional delivery system in all aspects of Southeast Service Cooperative operations from strategic visioning and program development to continuous improvements for every program and service. Collaboration and cooperation were philosophical imprints that she brought to every project and every opportunity. A strong team player, she believes that cooperatives are stronger together and worked on solutions for the greater good in Minnesota. 

Suzanne’s humble leadership radiated through to each team member and created a positive, strengths-based culture that celebrated everyone’s contributions. Suzanne felt that her primary responsibility was to help everyone ELSE grow and succeed . . . and that is the legacy she leaves.

Suzanne’s work, commitment and support of service cooperatives in Minnesota has been exemplary. Suzanne is only the fourth recipient of this award.

Suzanne retired in 2018 and enjoys traveling with her husband, painting and writing. She continues to actively serve as a trustee on the AESA Foundation Board.