Rich has extensive experience leading and growing top food companies in bakery, protein, dairy, and contract manufacturing.
Prior to Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, has had over a 40-year career of leading and growing top food companies in bakery, protein, dairy, and contract manufacturing and more recently, nearly 2 years in private equity. Rich serves as a board member of Hearthside Foods, a business he founded in 2009 under the premise that the food contract manufacturing industry was ripe for reinvention. Over the past 11 years, Hearthside grew revenue from ~$225 million to over $3.3 billion, During this timeframe, Rich helped execute and integrate 10 acquisitions and led Hearthside through two successful exits. His previous roles include President of Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products and President and COO of ConAgra’s $3 billion Refrigerated Foods Division.
Rich currently serves as Board Chairman of Entrepreneurial Equity Partners portfolio company, World Food Holdings and on the board of Entrepreneurial Equity Partners portfolio company, Ya YA Foods Corporation. He is also a previous Chairman of the American Bakers Association (which is not an Entrepreneurial Equity Partners portfolio company) and is active in multiple industry boards and associations.
Rich earned a BA from Loras College.