CEO, Food & Beverages
Hi, I'm Eric Skae. Welcome to my profile!
Eric Skae's Bio:
Eric Skae is a natural leader with a passion for propelling organizations to success, an aptitude which has been the hallmark of his career.
As CEO of Rao's Specialty Foods, Inc., Eric set a strategic results-driven direction for the brand that focuses on utilizing data while continuing to nurture relationships in the industry. Eric has effectively streamlined and restructured departments within Rao’s and recruited top-performers in finance, sales, operations and logistics. As a strategic manager, Eric has been able to identify, hire and retain key players. The brand has implemented sales strategies working with industry specific data, resulting in a dramatic increase of top line growth. Additionally, Eric and his team created and executed an overall marketing strategy to grow different demographics while maintaining brand heritage.
Prior to his role at Rao's Specialty Foods, Inc., Eric was Founder and Managing Partner of The Bricktown Group, a change management consulting firm providing Strategy, Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Operations support to clients in the food, beverage and nutraceutical industries.
Prior to establishing The Bricktown Group, Eric held a number of senior management positions in the food, beverage, and nutraceutical industries. Key highlights of his career include:
§ Chief Executive Officer – Rao's Specialty Foods, Inc. – Eric set a strategic results-driven direction for the brand that focuses on utilizing data while continuing to nurture relationships in the industry.
§ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – New Leaf Brands, Inc. – Eric founded and grew this specialty iced tea company expanding product reach to 135 distributors in 37 states.
§ Owner and Managing Partner – Iceland Springs – Eric created the pH category, growing the Iceland Spring brand to the #2 imported water in the natural foods channel.
§ President and General Manager – Fresh Solutions, Inc. – Eric galvanized sales of Naked Juice and Ziegler’s, and played a pivotal role in North Castle Partners roll up of 9 juice brands.
§ Director of Sales – Fresh Samantha, Inc. – Eric created a Sales & Marketing culture in this privately-held natural juice company, having a big impact on sales growing from $5MM to $43MM in 3 years.
§ Vice President of National Accounts – Hansen Beverage Company (Now Monster Beverages) – Eric managed all aspects of this organization’s North American national accounts, including 7-11, Publix, Walgreens and Costco.
Eric is a graduate of Northwood University in Florida, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Eric is a sought-after speaker at food, beverage, and nutraceutical industry and corporate events, offering his insights and advice on a variety of industry challenges and trends.
Contact Eric at The Bricktown Group, [[email protected] ] 845-597-5313.
Eric Skae's Experience:
CEO at New Leaf Brands, Inc.2004 - 2012
President at Iceland Spring Water2003 - 2008
Owner at Skae Beverage Group2004
Principal at The Bricktown GroupNovember 2012
CEO at Rao's Specialty Foods, Inc.August 2016 - Present