From Robb MacKie, President and CEO, ABA:
On behalf of all of us at ABA, we are deeply saddened to learn that industry icon Ron Turano passed away after a long, courageous battle with ALS. Ron was very much a larger-than-life individual who embodied service, leadership and above all else family. He and his brothers took the small family bakery started by his father and uncle from $1200 in oven parts in the trunk of a sedan and grew it into the household name it is today.
All along the way, family was at the center of the family business. Ron served with distinction as ABA Chair from 2006-2008. His leadership at a critical time for both ABA and IBIE put both organizations on the path to long-term strength for the entire baking industry. Ron was universally respected and admired in the baking industry which was recognized by being inducted into the Baking Hall of Fame along with his two brothers.