Richard Schmitz Food Entrepreneurship Series
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts the Richard R. and Mary L. Schmitz Endowment for Opportunities in Food Entrepreneurship which was founded in 1999. The fund supports an annual lecture by industry experts in the category of food entrepreneurship. This includes executives within a broad range of food processing, retailing and wholesaling industries.
The 2024 event will feature Jay Debertin, CEO of CHS.
- 2019: Catalyst for Change featuring Frank Jackman, COB alum and Co-Founder of Local Crate- Watch the presentation here
- 2018: Live Out Loud, Angie Bastian, Boom Chicka Pop - watch the entire presentation here
- 2016: Mark Davis, Davis Family Holdings
- 2015: Glenn Stolt, Christensen Farms
- 2014: Dave Rettig, Rembrandt Foods
- 2011: Dan & Angie Bastian, Angie’s Artisan Treats
Richard R Schmitz grew up in small town of Brewster, Minnesota and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated in 1964 from Minnesota State Mankato with a B.S. in Accounting.Full Story + Show Less -
He used his business and accounting background in the Food Retailing Business with Red Owl Stores in Hopkins, Minnesota as an auditor.
In 1973 purchased a retail food store in Olivia, Minnesota. Acquired and ran a total of five stores in 1985 in Duluth, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin. In 2003 owned two large Food Stores in Hudson and Wausau, Wisconsin and sold them and retired from the business.
His business was recognized as Business of the Year in Hudson, Wisconsin in 1992.
He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Minnesota State University, Mankato with the Harold J Fitterer Service Award in 2002.
He has served as Chamber of Commerce President in Olivia, Minnesota in 1978, Chairman of Wisconsin Grocers Association 2000 and was the President of the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Board.