Pete Giacomini, senior vice president of business development for Cooperative Resources International (CRI), retired Feb. 12, 2018. Throughout his career, Giacomini dedicated 32 years to the cooperative and contributed much to the dairy industry.
“Pete is a strong leader who will be missed,” states Keith Heikes, CEO of CRI. “His intellect, articulation and ambition were a great asset to CRI. His work and leadership were always for the betterment of the cooperative.”
In 1985, Giacomini began employment with Wisconsin DHI Cooperative which later became known as AgSource Cooperative Services. For 27 years he served as the cooperative’s chief operating officer. During his tenure, AgSource – both a full service dairy management information provider and an environmental, food and agricultural laboratory analysis and information management services provider – grew and gained recognition as an industry leader. In 2012 he accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development with CRI, parent company of AgSource.
Giacomini was also a pioneer in the formation of CRI. Through his leadership and collaboration with two other great visionaries – Doug Wilson and Tom Lyon – CRI became the nation’s first and largest holding company for cooperatives.
“Pete’s tenacity and drive for success continually propelled CRI to reach new heights and new advancements,” adds Heikes. “Now, we wish him the best in his retirement.”