Senior Management

Our senior management plans and implements our vision and mission, focusing on achieving results in the short and
long-term.

With special attention to our core values, we have evolved to become a global company with a presence in a number of countries and a world
wide reach.

Robert W. Clark

Stephen Crea

Lisa Knight

Cheryl Ricketts

Robert W. Clark

Bob became the President and CEO of Cooperative Business International, Inc. in 1997. His role expanded to Executive Chairman, President, and CEO in 2017. CBI’s success has been impacted by Bob’s skill in assessing markets, creating strategic plans which drive business value, and engaging teams. These capabilities were developed over his 25 years of diverse experience as a Division Manager, Regional Manager, turnaround specialist, and Vice President of International Operations at Countrymark Cooperative, Inc., a $2.5 billion regional cooperative.

Bob is currently Board Vice Chairman for Buckeye Insurance Group and chairs the Audit and Strategic Planning Committees. He has previously served on Boards for Marias Technology, Agricultural Cooperative Development International, Inc., Heartland Fields, Inc., and Heartland Agdeavor, Inc. He impacts success by providing value-added leadership, governance, and problem-solving capabilities.

Bob received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), with distinction, from the University of Dayton where he placed in the top five percent of this class. Bob received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University where he majored in Animal Science with emphasis on Agricultural Economics.  Bob is listed in the National Register of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.

 

 

Stephen Crea

As CFO, Steve taps his 25 plus years of international financial, accounting, and operational management expertise with public, private, and closely held companies. He possesses vast experience in the management of private equity investments, merger and acquisition activities, and placement of debt and equity in capital markets. In addition, Steve has special expertise in the management of highly leveraged, turnaround, and financially distress companies.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with major emphasis in Accounting from The Ohio State University and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis in Finance and Economics. Mr. Crea has earned Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certifications.

 

Lisa Knight

Lisa is President and General Manager of Select Products and Flavors, LLC. She also provides origin development leadership to business pipeline and sourcing initiatives on the African continent including one of CBI’s most extensive value-chain expansions. Her role as liaison with US and international government aid organizations has developed her expertise in logistics, commodity trading, and trade financial risk.  Before joining CBI in 2005, she spent nine years in Project, Process, and Engineering Management roles with Quest International, Inc/Unilever.  Lisa’s strength in quality assurance and customer relationship management have been pivotal to her leadership contributions.

Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering with 1st class honors from Strathclyde University in Scotland. She broadened her capabilities by completing two-year business management program focused on strategy, marketing, finance, and information systems through Henley Management College in London. Additional professional development includes Hygienic Design training, Lean Manufacturing, and Accountability Leadership training. Lisa is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), and the Flavors Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA).

 

 

Cheryl Ricketts

Cheryl is a dynamic, results-oriented executive with over 30 years of progressive and diverse experience in consultative business-to-business sales, sales leadership, strategic human resources leadership, and problem resolution with Executives and Boards of Directors. She joined CBI as Vice President of Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2017 after supporting the company as a strategic HR and change consultant for sixteen years. In her current role, Cheryl focuses on IT and cybersecurity, talent management, employee engagement, and increasing overall organizational effectiveness.

Before joining CBI, Cheryl founded and led Competitive Edge HR, Inc., a boutique HR and Talent consulting firm and led the succession and talent planning process for Nationwide Insurance. She served as Regional VP of Sales for Franklin Covey where her 40-person team was recognized for generating the highest average individual sales with the lowest expense ratio. Before joining Franklin Covey, Cheryl led the talent acquisition, management development, performance management, succession planning, and sales training functions of Countrymark, Inc., a $1B cooperative.

Cheryl graduated from The Ohio State University with Honors; she earned a Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agri-Business Management in 13 quarters. She is a certified Executive Coach and has received awards for her leadership and professional contributions from The Ohio State University, the American Society of Training and Development, and her local chamber of commerce.