Ryan Carter has joined the board of directors of Community Cooperative. Carter is executive vice president and co-founder of Scotlynn USA Division Inc., a logistics and transportation company headquartered in Canada that specializes in hauling refrigerated produce.

“We are excited to welcome Ryan to our board,” said Community Cooperative Board Chairman Keith Banasiak. “His expertise in growing a transportation company for perishable items aligns with our mission of getting food to people who need it in our community. In addition to lending his expertise, I believe we will greatly benefit from his passion for serving our mission and the Southwest Florida community.”

Carter was named 2020 Small Business Person of the Year in Florida by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in economics was also named Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year for Southwest Florida in 2019 by the Small Business Development Council at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Scotlynn USA is on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies at No. 2,462 and No. 92 in Florida. It currently operates four offices, including Tampa and Indianapolis, with about 275 employees. A new 60,000-square-foot North American corporate headquarters is planned in Fort Myers that will include a fitness center, basketball court and indoor and outdoor recreational space for staff.

With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County by collecting and distributing resources through a strong and viable network of community partners.

The Community Cooperative board also includes Keith Banasiak, chairman; Charlotte Miller, vice chairwoman; Ryan Van Horn, secretary/treasurer; Wayne Kirkwood, immediate past chairman; Betsy Alderman; Joe Catti; Cathy Devine; Jordi Tejero and Ty Roland.

 

About Community Cooperative

For over 35 years, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to it and serves clients with compassion and integrity. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity. For more resources and information on how to get involved, contact Stefanie Edwards at Stefanie@CommunityCooperative.com or call (239) 332-7687. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be made directly at www.CommunityCooperative.com, or mailed to: Community Cooperative, P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902.