On the last day of February, the big buzz surrounding San Diego was the grand opening of the region’s third Whole Foods Market. For me, it was a welcome site, not only because of my commitment to a healthy lifestyle, more importantly, it’s the admiration that I have for John Mackey’s vision.
Since the beginning, he’s been a portrait of a leader who truly walks the talk – he’s built an enviable business by doing good. Walk into any Whole Foods and you’ll instantly recognize three constants – the highest quality food options, an abundance of locally grown products and an evangelistic team. For Mackey, it’s never been about what he sells, more so, it’s his purpose that fuels his success. Roy Spence and Haley Rushing have had a front row seat within Whole Foods since the beginning and here’s how they describe their philosophy —