Vice President of Strategic Product Development
Rick is a highly accomplished Master Flavorist responsible for leading all aspects of new flavor development, dairy flavor technology and innovation at Edlong. As Vice President of Strategic Product Development, Rick directs dairy flavor technology and innovation at Edlong. With over 40 years of industry experience, Rick’s areas of focus include enzyme and culture technology, encapsulation and delivery systems, flavor cost optimization, flavor performance analysis and troubleshooting. Rick previously held technical roles at Kraft Foods, John Sexton and Miles Laboratories.
Rick attended Harper College School of Business Management
What three words best describe you?
Creative, Determined, Competitive
What was your first job?
I worked at a car wash. Yes, like the 70’s disco hit- “Workin’ at the car wash yeah…”
If you could give your “teenage self” some advice, what would it be?
Hold on to that 1970 Charger. It’ll be worth a fortune someday….
Name an item on your bucket list that you still need to accomplish.
Hike Machu Picchu
Whose legacy has made an impact on you?
I would say my father. His parents left him when he was a just a teenager, forcing him to raise his younger brother alone. He didn’t have a lot of education and was fraught with health issues but never missed a day of work and always made sure he provided for his family. He taught me a lot about love, commitment and hard work.
What is one “fun fact” not many people know about you?
I used to bowl quite a bit. At one time my average score was over 200.