Richard Stamm Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Share on Facebook Share on Twitter “One would think someone who’s been here as long as I have has seen it all and nothing is really new to them, but the great thing about this job is that not a week goes by that something doesn’t come across my desk that’s new and different,” says Rich Stamm, who first joined the Cooperative in 1996. As Ocean Spray’s Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, a position he’s held since 2008, Rich has been actively involved in all aspects of the company’s business while maintaining its diverse business law practice. He’s developed expertise in cooperative tax and legal structures as well as antitrust, and sorted the legal nuances related to Ocean Spray’s status as an agricultural cooperative. “It’s unique to be able to work both in a traditional consumer goods company but also play such an active role in our Cooperative structure,” says Stamm, and he says he wouldn’t have it any other way. One of his favorite memories of working at the company involves a visit several years ago to northern Wisconsin for a board meeting. One morning before the meeting, one of the Grower-Owners invited Rich and his wife to his farm, and as they walked the marshes and the farmer described the cranberry varieties he grew there, Rich realized how different the experience was from his expectations when he first left law school. “I never could have imagined where this has taken me, and the relationships you develop with the growers, knowing their farms and business the way we do, is absolutely the best way to practice law,” he says. “The relationship I have with the Cooperative is far and above anything my peers have with their company’s shareholders.” Favorite Ocean Spray® Product: All forms of Craisins® Dried Cranberries.