Each year, the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) awards the Leadership Medal of Merit, the organization's most prestigious award, to individuals and organizations who have shown commitment to improving farmer livelihoods, fostering sustainability, and increasing coffee quality. This year, we were excited to see our own CEO and Founder David Griswold recognized with the award in the individual category for his work to pioneer Relationship Coffee.
The award was conferred to David during a ceremony at the CQI's annual luncheon at the 2018 Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Seattle. In a ballroom packed with industry leaders, David conveyed thanks to his family, friends, and industry partners for their support of his career. The event also provided a chance to show the above video highlighting David's work to improve farmer livelihoods and coffee quality throughout his 29-year coffee career.
We hope you enjoy the video and will join us in congratulating David Griswold on this momentous achievement!
Chairman of the CQI board Kyle Newkirk introducing David and the Leadership Medal of Merit Award
Conferring the award to David
David giving his acceptance speech
David and his son Gavin showing off the shiny new hardware
David with his wife Marie (left), Fatima Ismael of Soppexcca (center), Gavin, and Kimberly Easson of the CQI (right)