KANSAS CITY — The American Society of Baking (A.S.B.) has selected Rowdy Brixey as Baking Hall of Fame Evaluation Committee chair. Mr. Brixey will succeed John Del Campo, manager, bakery division, REPCO.
Established in 2005, the Baking Hall of Fame seeks to preserve the baking industry’s history by honoring the achievements of professionals in the field. The chair of the evaluation committee is responsible for directing and monitoring all aspects of the Baking Hall of Fame. Duties include seeking out new nominees from A.S.B. members and the wholesale baking industry; guiding the final selection of inductees by the evaluation committee; facilitating communications with inductees to coordinate their participation in the induction ceremony; and introducing the inductees during the induction ceremony at BakingTech. A new chair is chosen by the evaluation committee based on recommendations from the current chair.
Mr. Brixey has worked within the baking industry for more than 35 years. He is president and chief executive officer of Brixey Engineering Strategies & Training. Mr. Brixey has served on the evaluation committee since 2014.
“I have dedicated my entire career to this industry, and it has given me so much to be thankful for,” he said. “Being a member of this committee is just one small way I can give back. The Baking Hall of Fame is a shrine designed to recognize the men and women who built and impacted our industry. My goal is to maintain the integrity and respect for the nomination, voting, and induction process that was established from the very beginning by Gary Brodsky, Mr. Del Campo and all the committee members.”
Mr. Del Campo was part of the original Baking Hall of Fame Evaluation Committee and served as chair from 2015 to 2019. During his time in the role, he championed a more diverse nomination process that included all segments of the industry and expanded its reach to include international leaders and innovators, said Kent Van Amburg, executive director, A.S.B.
“It was quite the experience, and I learned a lot from it,” Mr. Del Campo noted. “I gained a greater understanding of those who advanced the industry through their passion, creativity, intelligence and leadership. Stories about the nominees and inductees were outstanding and like case studies in business school on what it takes to be a success.”