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.
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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 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.
- "38th World Scout Conference – Summary". World Organization of the Scout Movement. http://www.scout.org/en/information_events/news/2008/38th_world_scout_conference_summary. Retrieved 2008-07-23.