CEO to leave Clover, follow dream of teaching

Kevin Imm has milk in his blood.

He began at Clover Stornetta Farms as a 12-year-old, scooping ice cream at the Sonoma County Fair.

Over the next three decades, he would rise through Clover's ranks, becoming CEO of the family-owned milk processor five years ago.

"I've done every job here," he said.

But Imm, 43, will leave Clover at the end of the year to pursue a long-held dream.

He's going back to school to become a teacher.

"I have 20 years left in my career," he said. "If I don't go now, I'll never go."

Imm, who has coached kids' sports for years, said he realized teaching is his true calling. He plans to finish a master's degree in business and get a teaching credential. If he lands in the upper grades, he'd like to teach business or math.

"I knew 10 years ago this is something I wanted to do," he said. "I want to inspire young people to fulfill their dreams."

He has no illusions about the transition.

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