The Business of Baking for Beginners

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The Business of Baking for Beginners, better known as “BOB,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 in conjunction with IBIE 2019. The all-day program is designed for people with 5 years or less in the bakery business or those looking to join the baking industry. Brought to you by the RPIA Group®, BOB is a full day of exposure with experts in the field. Five guys with a combined 200+ years of experience will share secrets and tricks of the trade. Plus, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask Certified Master Bakers your questions.

The fee to attend is $450 and includes access to the IBIE exhibit hall for all four days of the show. For more information about the RPIA Group, visit www.RPIAusa.org.

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AGENDA

8:15 an – 8:40 am Opening Remarks and Introductions
Stage 1 – Planning and Key Decisions
Stage 2 – Operations
Stage 3 – Check-Up Growth and Rescue
8:40 am – 9:15 am Early Steps and Key Decisions
9:15 am – 9:50 am Resources – Capital to Experts
9:50 am – 10:05 am BREAK
10:05 am – 10:40 am Location, Space Needs, Equipment Needs
10:40 am – 11:20 am Design & Build + Permits
11:20 am – 12:00 pm Social Media Guidelines – How to Get Results You Can Bank!
12:00 pm – 12:55 pm Lunch
12:55 pm – 1:15 pm Grand Opening Ideas
1:15 pm – 2:25 pm Labor: Skills, Production and Measures
2:25 pm – 3:05 pm Service Agreements + The World of Credit Cards
3:05 pm – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 pm – 3:50 pm Sourcing Ingredients – Costing of a Formula
3:50 pm – 4:15 pm Numbers that Matter
4:15 pm – 4:35 pm Bakery Sales Cycle and Day Parts
4:35 pm – 5:00 pm Check-Up, Growth and Rescue

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

RICK D. CRAWFORD, CMB

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’s also the author of a text book, “How to Open and Operate a Retail Bakery” published by J. Wiley & Sons.

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.

RANDY MCARTHUR

He is a second generation baker and has been involved in the business since he was a young boy. In 1976 Randall’s Dad Donald decided to pursue other interests and Randall took over operation of the business. Under his leadership McArthur’s Bakery has grown to become the largest independently owned retail bakery in St. Louis and among the top five percent in the United States. Randy is a Past President of the Retail Bakers of America and has travelled in Latin America to work with Bakers and Baking Associations.

McArthur’s Bakery currently operates 3 units and does over 750 decorated cakes and over 25 wedding cakes per week. We have a central bakery that distributes to the stores and employ over 80 people.

Randall has been involved in numerous church and trade association boards over the past thirty five years. These include ten years on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Bakers Cooperative Association a local buying coop, Past President of the St. Louis Master Retail Bakers of St. Louis 1984-1987. Past President of the Missouri Bakers Association 1985-1986. Randy also served in the children’s ministry at Grace Church-St. Louis for eleven years. He served 8 years as a director of the Pattonville School District in St. Louis is currently serving as Chairman of the board of Joy FM St Louis’s Christian Music Radio Station and as President of the Lemay Chamber of Commerce.

Randall has been married to Rebecca McArthur since June of 1977. Together they have 2 Daughters Christina and Amanda and six grandchildren.

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