Tarah Schroeder, Executive Principal at Ricca Design Studios

Years Experience
20+ years

YEARS WITH RICCA
15 years

Education
University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, Masters of Business Administration
University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
SHFM Diversity Council 


FCSI Planning Committee


USGBC Colorado

TARAH SCHROEDER, FCSI, LEED AP

Executive Principal | Denver, CO

As Executive Principal, Tarah is heavily involved in planning, concept, and schematic design, and oversees the design process. Her designs will fit the vision and financial goals of the team, with a focus on green and sustainable approaches to operations. Tarah will work closely with her team during the completion of design and construction documentation, overseeing all project deliverables. She will work with in-house quality control personnel to ensure the highest levels of coordination and documentation are delivered.  She will be instrumental in keeping the design team on schedule to meet all milestone deliverable dates.

BACKGROUND
Tarah started her foodservice journey at Whole Foods Market helping to develop their Rocky Mountain presence and Green Mission program.  Now with Ricca for fifteen years, Tarah promotes the client’s vision and is a good listener that is able to elicit key information from the project team.  She proactively engages all team members, building trust and consistency, and sees the big picture to come up with collaborative solutions.

SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS 
Tarah is a sought-after expert on sustainability in the foodservice industry. She is one of the main authors of the National Association of College and Universities Food Services (NACUFS) Sustainability Guide and has presented numerous speeches on sustainable foodservice design to engineers, architects, and others within the foodservice industry.

SELECT HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCE
Ritz-Carlton, Multiple Locations
Viceroy Hotels, Multiple Projects
The Estancia Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Indigo Union Tower West, Denver, CO
Westin, Greenwood Village, CO
Limelight Hotel, Ketchum, ID
Boston Public Market, Boston, MA
Moreland Village, Palmetto Bluff, SC
Statler Hotel, Dallas, TX

SELECT PUBLIC ASSEMBLY EXPERIENCE
Denver Broncos Practice Facility, Littleton, CO
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
McCormick Place Event Center, Chicago, IL
Louisville City Stadium, Louisville, KY
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, Canton, OH
Fort Worth Multi-Purpose Arena, Fort Worth, TX

SELECT CORPORATE EXPERIENCE
CH2M Corporate Headquarters, Englewood, CO
Charter Regional Headquarters, Greenwood Village, CO 
Indigo Union Tower West, Denver, CO
Partners Group, Broomfield, CO
TIAA Corporate Cafe, Denver, CO
Visa, Highlands Ranch, CO
Westin, Greenwood Village, CO

SELECT EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
University of Northern Colorado, Greely, CO
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

I feel most alive when...?

...speaking in front of a group, playing music, snowboarding, rock climbing, running, laughing.

If you could take a 6-month sabbatical what would you do?

North America RV trip with my kids.

Pet Peeve?

Spelling errors, unfaced grocery shelves.

Superpower?

Building Trust.

Advice for your 20-year old self? 

Be yourself, people will love you for who you are. If you aren't failing, you aren't trying. Failure is part of success. 

What's your signature dish?

Latkes and spinach kugel.

What's always in your refrigerator? 

Smoked Salmon, cucumbers, apples, ranch dressing, jam, string cheese, sparkling water. 

FEATURED PROJECTS

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