Rick Cronk

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Rick Cronk
Born 1942
Lafayette, California
Occupation Chairman of the World Scout Committee

William F. "Rick" Cronk (born 4 October 1942) is an American businessman who was co-owner and president of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream. He is a former national president of the Boy Scouts of America and the current chairman of the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.


After graduating from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in 1965, William F. "Rick" Cronk started his career with Eastman Dillon. In 1972 he started a restaurant chain called "Vintage House" in the same vane as theme eatery pioneer, Victoria Station. Though not a failure, the chain struggled and then in 1977 Cronk and close friend and associate, T. Gary Rogers, purchased Dreyer's, which was then a popular ice cream company operating exclusively in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cronk built Dreyer's from a $6 million company to a $1.5 billion company. Twenty-six years later, Dreyer's had expanded its distribution throughout the United States and was the number one ice cream in the country. Nestle acquired Dreyer's in 2003.


Cronk joined the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout. As a boy scout he advanced to Star rank. As an adult, Cronk became a volunteer leader to support his sons, all three of whom are Eagle Scouts.

Cronk served as a district chairman, council president, area president and chairman of the World Scout Foundation. He received the Silver Buffalo Award in 2001.

Cronk was the national commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America from 1999 to 2004. He then became an executive vice president in 2006 before becoming the president in 2006.

At the 2008 World Scout Conference, he was elected to a three year term on the World Scout Committee, and subsequently elected the chairman of the committee. He was also presented with the Bronze Wolf award.[1]


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World Organization of the Scout Movement
Preceded by
Philippe Da Costa
Chairman, World Scout Committee
Boy Scouts of America
Preceded by
John C. Cushman III
National president
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
John Gottschalk