Cody | Production Director
Cody Dobson is the Production Director at Rustica Bakery. He’s responsible for the planning and coordination of all manufacturing processes while also making sure all baked goods are created efficiently and to Rustica’s high-quality standards. Before Rustica, Cody had done everything in the baking industry from creating competitive sugar and chocolate sculptures to working in a five-star restaurant as a Pastry Chef. Cody graduated with the highest honors from Le Cordon Bleu and brings twelve years of baking experience to Rustica. His favorite product is the Beer Bread.
Amy | Co-CEO
Amy Kelly Smith has honed her passion for genuine hospitality and exceptional food and wine in the restaurant industry over the past 20+ years. When she moved to Minneapolis in 2003, she worked for D’Amico & Partners as General Manager of Campiello in Uptown and then D’Amico Cucina. In 2007, she moved on to work for Kim Bartmann’s organization as Operations Director where she helped it grow from two restaurants to eight. Amy then worked as an independent restaurant consultant and for Spoon and Stable as Director of Private Dining and Events. Amy is responsible for day-to-day operations, maintaining high standards for hospitality, and for helping build and strengthen systems for future growth. Amy’s favorites include Cinnamon Babka and Cream Puffs.
Meredith | Co-CEO/Owner
Meredith Schwarz is responsible for Rustica's growth, financial health of the business and keeping things organized. She’s passionate about bringing joy to Rustica’s customers and strengthening the brand. Prior to joining Rustica, Meredith invested on her own and through Encore Consumer Capital and General Mills. She went to Columbia University and began her career in New York City in investment banking. Her favorite product at Rustica is the Chocolate Pistachio Danish that she enjoys with a Vanilla Latte.
Greg | Owner
Greg Hoyt is the Owner of Rustica Bakery. Greg is an entrepreneur who has operated, acquired, and sold food and beverage businesses for 18 years. His career began as a barista at Caribou Coffee after receiving a degree in music from San Diego State University. He has been obsessed with the Rustica Baguette since its debut in 2004 and regularly hosts coffee cuppings to connect with customers and share his coffee passion.