Since 2012, Rick has led Mondelez International's Industry Development practice. In this capacity, he works closely with industry influencers across most major retailing segments within the United States of America.
Rick has been in the Packaged Goods industry since 1977. During his career, he has held leadership positions within Mondelez International, Kraft Foods, Nabisco, Procter & Gamble, and Safeway Food Stores.
Rick's Business Development leadership assignments have spanned the Grocery, Club, Mass Merchandising, and eCommerce retail segments. He has held business development leadership responsibility for such retailers and wholesalers as Wal-Mart, Supervalu, Safeway, Costco, Giant Foods, PeaPod, FreshDirect.com, and Amazon.com. As one of the industry's more enduring veterans in the online grocery retailing segment, Rick developed and led Nabisco's Global Sales efforts from 1997 to 2001 and continued to lead Kraft Foods North American Sales until 2010.
Rick's Industry Board affiliations include: FMI Industry Collaboration Council (Co-Chair); NACS Board of Directors; NACS Supplier Board (Chair-Elect); NACS International Board; NACDS Supplier Advisory Board (Chair); NAMA Board of Directors; GMA Industry Development Advisory Board (Chair); NCA Board of Directors.
In 2006, Consumer Goods Technology magazine recognized Rick as one of the "CPG Industry's 20 Top Visionaries". In 2017, he was inducted into the National Confectionary Sales Associations' "Candy Hall of Fame". In 2018, Rick was inducted into the "Convenience Hall of Fame". In 2019, he was nominated for induction into the Confections Industry's prestigious "Kettle Club".
He and his wife, Dee, have been married for 36 years, have three adult children, and reside in Virginia.