Patrick Criteser currently serves the dairy families of Tillamook County as the president and CEO of the Tillamook County Creamery Association (“Tillamook”). Tillamook is a more than centuryold farmer-owned cooperative with a leading premium dairy brand and a commitment to providing real food that tastes great. During Criteser’s tenure at TCCA, the cooperative has increased revenue by over 50% while growing return to farmers and expanding its presence as one of the leading consumer food brands in the Western U.S.
Criteser is an experienced executive with a track record of leading growth and positive transformation at companies large and small. Before joining TCCA as president and CEO in 2012, he spent eight years as president and CEO at Coffee Bean International and one year as co-CEO of Farmer Brothers (Nasdaq: FARM). Prior to his role at Coffee Bean International, Criteser held management and strategic development roles at some of the world’s most respected brands, including Nike, The Walt Disney Company and Procter & Gamble. He also spent time as a principal at SmartForest Ventures, a Portland-based venture capital fund, where he led the firm’s investments in several successful technology companies.
Criteser is a native Oregonian and serves on the boards of The Oregon Food Bank, The Oregon Community Foundation, and The Oregon Business Council. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.