We started Hardwick Beef to provide safe and healthy beef to consumers in the Northeast. Grass-fed beef is both natural and healthy for you. Because our farmers don't feed their animals antibiotics, hormones or other drugs, you can be sure that you are eating a natural product of the highest quality.
Chuck Lacy is Chairman and co-founder of Hardwick Beef. He produces 100% grass fed beef on his home farm in Jericho, Vermont.
Chuck is also founder of the Barred Rock Fund, a Vermont-based venture firm. He works side by side with emerging entrepreneurs to plan, finance, and execute businesses with a worthwhile purpose.
He was previously the President of Ben & Jerry's; Director and Treasurer of Gonofone (founder of GrameenPhone now the largest mobile carrier in Bangladesh); and Director of PICO (the largest faith-based community organizing network in America).
Chuck has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT.
For more than 30 years, Michael Gourlay has been involved in food companies at the cutting edge, ranging from seafood farming to hydroponics to grass-fed beef. He came to Hardwick Beef in 2005 after overseeing a processing plant employing some 300 people and working for USDAID projects in agricultural development in Egypt and Pakistan.
At Hardwick Beef, Michael has been running all aspects of the company. He works closely with supply farmers, processors, distributors, stores and their customers, extolling the health benefits of grass-fed beef to people, animals, and the environment as a whole.
Michael is married and a daughter completes the family. When not running Hardwick Beef, he can be found outside, in the marshes kayaking or even grilling a few steaks and burgers.