Mike Gilliland, Sunflower Farmers Markets

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Mike Gilliland has been involved in the natural and organic food business for 24 years. He co-founded Wild Oats Markets and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1987 to 2001, growing the company from a single store in Boulder, Colorado to a billion dollar publicly-traded enterprise with 115 stores throughout the US and Canada. In 2002, Mike founded Sunflower Farmers Markets which operates natural foods supermarkets throughout the southwestern US. He serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Mike has received numerous awards and commendation including the 1992 Esprit Entrepreneur Award and the 1998 Rocky Mountain Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He attended the US Air Force Academy, the University of Grenoble in France, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Colorado. Mike is a former director of the Organic Trade Association and a benefactor of the Community Foundation of Boulder County.

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