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As chairman of Rich Products Corporation, Robert E. Rich Jr. (Bob) has led the company to more than $3 billion in
worldwide sales revenue. Bob continues to build the business in new markets with cutting-edge management practices, high
business ethics, and customer service standards, which have earned him distinction as one of the nation’s most-dynamic
Bob’s dynamic leadership was recognized with his appointment as chairman of the U.S.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association in 1999 and his prestigious selection as a National Restaurant Association “Diplomat” in May 2000.
Other noteworthy distinctions include his 1996 induction into the Frozen Food Industry Hall of Fame, making his father, Robert E. Rich, and him the first father-and-son team to be so honored. That same year, Refrigerated and Frozen Foods magazine selected Bob as its “Executive of the Year.” Bob is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Hall of Achievement, the Prepared Food Hall of Fame and the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Hall of Fame. Also, the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame. In 1999 he became the second angler ever to be inducted into the South Florida Fishing Hall of Fame.
In addition to his Rich Products leadership, Bob has played an important role in professional baseball in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1983, Bob purchased the then-struggling Double-A Buffalo Bisons professional franchise, in order to keep the professional baseball in the Queen City.
In 1984, Bob realized another major goal when he purchased baseball’s Triple-A Wichita Aeros and moved the American Association franchise to Buffalo.
In 1988, Bob cut the ribbon on Buffalo’s new downtown ballpark, celebrating the fulfillment of a dream to build a new home for the Bisons and setting the franchise on a course that has since included two league championships and annual minor league attendance supremacy.
Bob serves as president and CEO of Bison Baseball Inc., Wichita Baseball Inc., and Jamestown Baseball Inc. He is also the past commissioner of the National Baseball Congress, an organization of amateur and semi-pro baseball leagues operating in the U.S. and Canada.
RICH HISTORYBob’s path to success – in business, sports and the community – began at the Nichols School in Buffalo, where he was a football quarterback and one of the finest goaltenders in the prep school’s illustrious hockey history.
After Nichols, Bob continued to show his prowess at Williams College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 and served as co-captain of the hockey team during his senior year.
After graduation from Williams, he returned to Buffalo and broke into professional hockey as a backup goalie for the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League, an experience that led him to try out for the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team.
After active duty with the U.S. National Guard, Bob joined Rich Products in 1964 and received a complete introduction to the company in the role of president of Rich Products of Canada, a start-up subsidiary. He next returned to school to earn his MBA with honors from the prestigious University of Rochester Simon School of Business in 1969. Bob subsequently rejoined Rich’s full-time as vice president of Sales and Marketing, a new department for the company that he started and staffed.
Over time, Bob assumed the positions held by his father and mentor, Robert E. Rich. Bob Rich was named president of Rich’s in 1978 and chairman of the company in 2006.
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ROBERT E. RICH JR. - HONORS Throughout his distinguished career, Bob has received numerous awards for his business, community and professional sports endeavors.
In May 2000, Bob was inducted into the prestigious National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation College of Diplomats, joining a select group of leaders who exemplify the industry’s finest.
In addition, Bob received the Buffalo News’ Citizen of the Year Award in 1983 and in 1984 was named the Niagara Frontier Executive of the year from the University of Buffalo School of Management along with the Buffalo/Niagara Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year, sharing the latter distinction with his father, who previously received the honor. Other
• Canisius College Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award, 1991
• Watson Rogers Award, 2002 (The Association of Sales & Marketing Agencies)
• Global Champion of ENACTUS Award
• America’s Free Enterprise Legend Award, 2001 (ENACTUS)
• New York State Governor’s Anti-Drug Abuse Council’s Rita Webb Citizens Drug Fighter of the Year Award
• Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award, 2009 Two years after arriving on the Triple-A baseball scene, Bob was named the 1986 American Association Executive of the Year. In 1988, Sporting News magazine tabbed him Minor League Executive of the Year.
Bob is also a recipient of the Peter Medaille Medal from Medaille College and five honorary doctorates – from St.
Bonaventure University, Niagara University, D’Youville College, Johnson and Wales University, and Hilbert College. In addition, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Rochester.
LEADERSHIPToday, Bob is active with several corporate boards and organizations. He serves as Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic, Vice Chairman of the International Game Fish Association and President of the Bedlington Terriers Football Club.
Bob is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Leadership Council, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the United States Squash Association, the Billfish Foundation and the United States Masters Swimming – Florida Gold Coast Chapter. Additionally, he is a life member of Distinguished Order of Zerocrats.
Bob is also a past chairman of the Uniform Code Council, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Development Committee and Students in Free Enterprise. He also served as past chairman of the National Frozen Food Association (NFFA), being one of the youngest ever to head the NFFA leadership group, which represents more than 1,600 distributors, brokers and manufacturers.
Bob is currently the Trustee and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, on the Trustees Council for the University of Rochester, and Director of the following: the 100 Club of Buffalo, Inc., the International League of Professional Baseball, the Police Athletic League and the Cleveland Clinic Governance Committee. An avid writer and sportsman, Bob
has written and published the following books:
• Fish Fights: A Hall of Fame Quest, introduction by Sandy Moret (2001)
• The Fishing Club: Brothers and Sisters of the Angle, foreword by Jay Cassell (2006)
• Secrets from the Delphi Café: Unlocking The Code to Happiness, co-written by Scott Friedman, with Mike Pehanich (2006)
• The Right Angle: Tales from a Sporting Life (2011)
BUFFALO BISONS - PAST PRESIDENTSHoward H. Baker (1878), E.B. Smith (1879-1880), John B. Sage (1880), Josiah Jewett (1881-1885), Cassius Candee (1886), Frank T. Gilbert (1887), C.W. Cushman (1888), James L. White (1889), Moses Shire (1890), James Franklin (1891-1901), Harry Taylor (1905), Jacob J. Stein (1906), Alexander Buchanan Potter (1907-1909), Jacob J. Stein (1910-1914); Joseph J. Lannin (1915-1920), Samuel L. Robertson (1921-1928), Frank J. Offermann (1928John Gehm (1935-1951), Walter O. Briggs Jr. (1952-1955), Reginald B. Taylor (1956-1957), John C. Stiglmeier (1958-1963), Van Beuren W. De Vries (1964-1966), John W. Guthrie (1967-1968), Jack Burnham (1969), Joseph Figliola (1979-1982), Robert E. Rich, Jr. (1983-present).
* 1902-1904 not available; Bison Federal League Presidents: Walter Mullen (1914), William E. Robertson (1914-1915).
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As Vice Chairman and a Managing Shareholder of Rich Products Corporation, Mindy Rich shares responsibility for oversight, governance and the overall vision and strategic direction for Rich Products Corporation. She has specifically focused on the development and nurturing of Rich’s award-winning organizational culture and work/life programs while also serving as the company’s leading champion of global innovation projects in support of Rich’s long-term growth strategies.
Mindy serves on the corporate board of directors for Rich Products Corporation, and as chairperson for the Board’s
Finance, Audit and Compensation Committee. In addition, Mindy serves as President of Rich Entertainment Group, responsible for overseeing the organization’s baseball, theater, entertainment and travel interests, including:
• Buffalo Bisons of the International League, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays
• Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League, Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals
• West Virginia Black Bears of the New York Penn League, Single A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates Theatrical Productions
• Broadway productions of Honeymoon in Vegas, Big Fish, Chaplin the Musical, Clybourne Park, Jesus Christ Superstar, Other productions include: Bull Durham a Musical at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA; Chaplin the Musical in Russia; Doctor Zhivago in Australia.
• Buffalo, New York-based: B.R. Guest, Ltd. including FanFare concessions at Coca Cola Field; Dessert Builders;
Pettibones Grille; Rich’s Catering; and Rich’s Red Brick Market
• Other locations: The Glen Iris Inn, Letchworth State Park, NY; Green Turtle and Kaiyo, Restaurants, Islamorada, FL; and Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club, Palm Beach, FL Travel
• The Travel Team -- one of the largest travel management companies in the United State with offices in Buffalo, Albany and Jamestown, NY; Erie, PA; Tampa and Tarpon Springs, FL; and Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada) Mindy serves on the corporate board of directors for the M&T Bank Corporation, and the Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company. She also served as a director of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company until its merger with Mars, Incorporated in
2008. In addition, she is an active and valued participant in many other boards and organizations, including:
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA):
• Member of the CIA’s Committee on Trusteeship and Trustee Emeriti
• Member of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute Leadership Council and Campaign Organizing Committee
• Regent of Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
• Board of Trustees and Member of Executive Committee In 1986, Mindy and her husband, Bob Rich, Jr., founded “Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting substance abuse and educating children throughout Western New York.
Mindy and Bob continue to serve as Chairman Emeriti for this important local organization.
Among other charitable activities, Mindy is especially focused on fundraising geared toward finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Mindy and Bob founded and chair the annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge that has raised more than $1.3 million for cystic fibrosis research.
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MELINDA R. RICH JR. - HONORS
Mindy has received numerous awards and honors, including the following:
• Women’s Foodservice Forum Trailblazer Award (2010)
• Honorary Doctorate of Laws from D’Youville College (2007)
• Induction into the Western New York (WNY) Women’s Hall of Fame (2004)
• Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from the Culinary Institute of America (2001)
• Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame Induction (1999)
• Pathfinder’s Award (1997)
• Erie County Sheriff ’s Foundation Community Service Award (1996)
• Induction as an Honorary Brother of the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity at Canisius College (1993)
• Rita Webb Smith Citizen Drug Fighter of the Year Award from former New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s AntiDrug Abuse Council (1992)
• The American Jewish Committee’s Institute of Human Relations’ (Buffalo Chapter) Woman of the Year (1992)
• Business First of Buffalo’s “Forty Under 40” Award recognizing young leaders in the community (1992)
• The Rawlings’ Minor League Female Executive of the Year Award (1988)
• Buffalo News’ Citizens of the Year (1988)
Joe Segarra begins his 16th year with the Rich Baseball Organization in his role as Chief Operating Officer for the Rich Entertainment Group of Companies. Joe’s affiliation with the Bisons and its parent company, Rich Products Corporation, dates back to 1988 where he served on the accounting staff as a member of the Buffalo office of Ernst & Young. After spending several years with the firm and providing tax and related services to Rich Products Corporations and its subsidiaries, Joe joined the company in 1993 to guide their worldwide tax function as their Director of Tax.