Rich has extensive experience leading and growing top food companies in bakery, protein, dairy, and contract manufacturing.
Prior to Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, Rich launched and served as Chairman and CEO of Hearthside Foods, a business he launched after acquiring a single facility in partnership with Mark Burgett in 2009 under the premise that the food contract manufacturing industry was ripe for reinvention. Over 11 years, Hearthside grew revenue from ~$225 million to over $3.3 billion, making it the industry’s largest contract manufacturer and one of the industry’s fastest growing companies. During this timeframe, Rich executed and integrated 10 acquisitions and led Hearthside’s investors through two successful exits. Rich’s 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 Chairman of World Food Holdings (an e2p portfolio company) and on the board of Ya YA Foods Corporation. He is also a previous Chairman of the American Bakers Association and is active in multiple industry boards and associations.
Rich earned a BA from Loras College.