Showing appreciation to our parents is an everyday occurrence for most, but on Father’s Day we give a little extra love and attention to the leading man in our lives.
It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of Ken Rawlings, the founder of Otis Spunkmeyer®. To many people, he was an entrepreneur and an innovator in the food industry, but to those who had the fortune to cross paths with him, he was a generous and compassionate man.
Ken introduced millions of consumers to Otis Spunkmeyer®, helping build memories and magic with consumers of all ages. It all started in 1976. Ken was walking through the Fox Hills Mall in Los Angeles when something hit him on the nose…the smell of fresh baked cookies. The realization that he could make a living surrounded by that heavenly smell inspired him to open a cookie shop.
Ken supplied more than cookies to his customers. As a charismatic leader, Ken also worked to build a company culture rooted in fun and service. He helped provide or replace basketball nets for local schools and parks, and set up on-site daycare for employees’ children, opened an employee gym, and celebrated with employees and their families during holidays.
Ken’s legacy has remained a key part of the Otis Spunkmeyer® brand and a recipe for success. Today, Otis Spunkmeyer is the #1 selling foodservice cookie dough in America – and the #1 selling cookie dough in fundraising. Today, we honor Ken for giving us the gift of Otis Spunkmeyer® and helping us bring delicious cookies and cakes to consumers across America.