Rick Crawford has been in the Baking Industry since 1974. He has worked in the supermarket industry, bakery franchisee, retail baking – full line, wholesale baking (plant level) and is now the Managing Partner of The RPIA Group. Rick has a passion for Food Safety and has built and implemented HAACP Plans and is a Certified Food Defense Coordinator. He served in Baking Trade Associations in one form or another for the last 30 years.
In addition he teaches at Ivy Tech Community College. He has taught Baking Science and currently teaches Bakery Merchandising. He is under contract to write a text book “How to Open and Operate a Retail Bakery” to be published by J. Wiley & Sons. The text is scheduled to be printed in September of 2013. More about Rick can be found on his LinkedIn page.
The Business of Baking is one way The RPIA Group can give something back to the industry. All of the founders were at the same place as the attendees over 30 years ago. Sharing lessons and hip pocket knowledge is part of the legacy of the baking industry.