Bob Pike was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He grew up working on a farm that produced corn, soybeans and white potatoes. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Maryland he went to work for the Cargill Corporation, where he held several positions working in their poultry products division. He became their youngest general manager and was a part of the acquisition team that later became Sunny Fresh Egg Products.
In 1988, Bob joined Morning Glory Eggs as the project director for the commercialization of a North Carolina State University patent for the production of an extended shelf-life liquid eggs. This patented egg product revolutionized and disrupted the egg product industry. For the first time liquid eggs could be stored for over 6 months verses a few days. Shortly after “Easy Eggs” was introduced to the market, Morning Glory Eggs was acquired by Michael Foods which has grown into the largest egg product company in the US. In addition to being the project director, Bob was appointed as the National Sales Manager for Industrial users.
In 1991, he was a part of the launch of Eggland’s Best Eggs, another egg product that has been a major disrupter in the in the egg industry. He joined Braswell Foods as its Vice President/General Manager. While at Braswell, he was responsible for all operational and marketing functions for five subsidiaries, in addition to managing the second largest franchisee of Eggland’s Best Eggs. Under his tenure, the company enjoyed substantial growth in sales of various products including, branded shell egg and liquid egg products, organic feed, and organic eggs.
In 2008 Bob founded GCB Foods, LLC. GCB Foods produced and marketed organic eggs in a manner that addressed ethical production issues such as food quality and safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. The company also provided consultation services in business development for the waste management, pharmaceutical, and agri-business. Bob also served as interim US General Manager for MOBA and Business Manager for Bartlett Milling’s commercial feed division.
He has held appointed positions on the American Egg Board, President of North Carolina Egg Association, Secretary of US Egg Marketers, Board Member of the North Carolina Agri-Business Council, and served as United Egg Producer’s Environmental Committee Chairman. Bob also was the chairman of the Agricultural Air Research Council that was a joint effort with animal agriculture and FDA addressing the impact of the Clean Air Act on animal agriculture. He has also consulted congress regarding USDA’s organic programs.
His favorite pastime is spending time with his best friend and wife Cindy and their 4 children and 5 grandchildren.