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William F. "Rick" Cronk (born October 4, 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 chairman of the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Rick Cronk
BornOctober 4, 1942
OccupationChairman of the World Scout Committee



After graduating from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in 1965, Cronk started his career with Eastman Dillon & Co. In 1972 he started a restaurant chain called "Vintage House" in the same vein as theme eatery pioneer Victoria Station. The chain struggled and in 1977 Cronk and T. Gary Rogers purchased Dreyer's, 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. In 2003, Cronk retired after 26 years, having expanded Dreyer's to be the number one ice cream in the United States.[1]


Cronk joined the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout. As a Boy Scout he advanced to Life 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.[2] Cronk is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, the organization's governing body.[3]


  1. ^ "About Dreyer's". Dreyers. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  2. ^ "38th World Scout Conference – Summary". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  3. ^ Boy Scouts of America Annual Report 2011 Archived November 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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