John G. Richardson was only a teenager when SugarCreek was founded in 1966, yet he worked for the company throughout his high school and college years in various positions, learning every aspect of the business. Shortly after graduating from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he became plant manager of the then newly required facility in Dayton, Ohio. Since taking over the company in 1990, when his father John S. Richardson retired, he transformed the family-owned business from a raw bacon manufacturer with $50 million in annual sales to a widely diversified company with over $700 million in annual sales.
Michael Richardson started at SugarCreek in 2002 and has worked in various roles throughout the company including Transportation, Customer Service, Supply Chain, Sales, Quality Assurance, Operations, Maintenance, Accounting, Human Resources and Wingate Packaging before heading back to Operations in 2012. Michael graduated from The Ohio State University with a double major in Finance and Operations.
Tom Bollinger joined SugarCreek in 1992 and was later named CFO in 1995. Bollinger is responsible for financial reporting, risk management and capital financing for SugarCreek and Wingate Packaging, evolving the best solutions for each as the companies continue to grow. Utilizing his previous banking experience, Bollinger has been able to structure the financing necessary to fund the working capital needs and acquisition costs necessary to fuel SugarCreek’s organic growth for the last twenty years through various financial environments. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and Master’s degree in agricultural finance from The Ohio State University.
Jen (Richardson) Hutcheson started at SugarCreek in 2006, but has been part of the company since birth. Her earliest memories go back to playing inside boxes as a child in the Washington Court House plant. She served as a National Accounts Manager working on major corporate accounts until 2016 when she was promoted to the Director of Sales. Jennifer attended American University in Washington, D.C. and graduated with a major in pre-law and a minor in business administration.
Mike Rozzano joined SugarCreek in 2016 after a distinguished career in the meat industry. Mike got his start with John Morrell as a Sales Representative and held various positions during his 20 years there, concluding with Senior VP of Operations. He has also worked at ConAgra, Thorn Apple Valley and Plumrose, all in Executive VP of Operations positions. After nearly 40 years in the meat industry, he is an expert in both Operations and Supply Chain.
Alan Riney joined the company as Executive VP of Sales and Business Development in 2016 after spending several years at our sister company Wingate Packaging. Alan has extensive experience in Public Accounting, Brand Management, Sales and Business Development. Alan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Indiana University, he is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Dan Barton joined SugarCreek in 2012 bringing cross functional experience for driving significant business results with a backgrounds in Engineering, Operations, and Supply Chain. In 2015, he was awarded the Edison Crystal Award for breakthrough in technology, and the “Manny” Award from Cincinnati Magazine for his work in leveraging new technological capability to drive economics of the business. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Production/Operations Management from Tennessee Technological University.
Ed Rodden joined SugarCreek in September 2002 with accomplishments as a multi-disciplined executive with functional and management experience in Information Technology, Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, Research and Development, Sales, and Marketing. He later took on the role of CIO for SugarCreek in September of 2013. Under Rodden’s leadership, the Information Technology Group has become a highly focused business change agent, driving the business towards its strategic goals using technology and targeted applications.
Dan “Hutch” joined SugarCreek in 2012 after selling the advanced manufacturing company he founded in 1991. He leads the implementation of the Sustainability Initiative, manages strategic development projects and Intellectual Property activities and is involved in grant funding and economic development incentives. Dan also plays a key role in the creation of SugarCreek’s annual reports and serves as a corporate liaison. Dan earned his BBA from the University of Oklahoma.
Howard Mintz joined SugarCreek in 2003 as National Accounts Manager, Retail. In 2011, he was promoted to Director of Human Resources (HR) where he is responsible for developing and implementing HR policy and directing HR activities. Howard has over 38 years of experience in the food industry in various Procurement, Sales and HR roles. Howard graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute.
Pete Tamborski joined Sugarcreek in 2002 after a 20-year career at Smith & Schnacke and Thompson Hine LLP as a labor and employment lawyer. Pete supervises all legal functions at SugarCreek with a particular emphasis on Human Resources, Labor & Employment, contract management and food law. He is licensed to practice in various jurisdictions and is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Pete is also a member of our Board of Directors. He got his B.A in Centre College and completed his law degree at Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University.