One central Arkansas small business owner has been named as the Retail Bakers of America’s board president.
Patti Stobaugh, the owner PattiCakes Bakery in Conway, has been elected to serve as the organization’s president. She will serve in this role for two years.
Stobaugh was elected during the Retail Bakers of America’s annual board meeting. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held via Zoom video teleconferencing on Wednesday, April 15.
“What an exciting and unprecedented time to be elected as the Retail Bakers of America Board President! While we are facing the uncharted and unknown with Covid-19, our industry is set to offer sustenance and comfort to our nation,” Stobaugh said in a statement. “As has been the case throughout history, food is a uniting factor for family, friends and coworkers. Many of our retail bakeries offer savory as well as sweet options. Let us band together as an industry and feed our great country!”
Stobaugh opened PattiCakes Bakery in 2006. According to its company website, the bakery’s mission is to “make great food that was reminiscent of a visit to grandma’s house.” The company has two locations in Conway – one at 2106 Robinson Ave. and one at 1137 Front St. in downtown Conway.
The Retail Bakers of America board is made up of 12 members in the retail baking industry. The nonprofit trade association was founded in 1918 to promote the success of the commercial baking industry. This is accomplished through training programs and small business programs, as well as creating a community of retail bakeries.