Vice President of Quality Assurance / Research & Development
In this role, Steve is responsible for the overall product quality, research and development, packaging engineering and consumer response functions for the company. Steve joined Ghirardelli in 1997 and has helped guide the strategic growth of the company for the past 16 years.
Prior to joining Ghirardelli, Steve spent 8 years with Nestle Chocolate where he held roles in Operations Management and Technical Services and 3 years with Fuji Vegetable Oil where he served as the Technical Marketing Manager.
Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Food Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Steve is an active member of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners Association, serving as a Board Member, the National Confectioners Association where he is a member of the Chocolate Council, and lastly he serves on the Executive Board of the World Cocoa Foundation where he is a past Vice Chairman.
Steve and his wife celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2013 and have 3 children. In his spare time, he watches every sporting event his kids take part in and farms 20 acres of almonds.
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products.
Incorporated in 1852 and in continuous operation ...