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Executive Principal | Business Development & Marketing | Houston, TX

As Executive Principal | Business Development & Marketing and Ricca Shareholder, Tommy Hughes leads the business development efforts and the Marketing team within Ricca. He is heavily involved in the communications between clients from start to finish, to ensure all requirements are being met with project submissions. He creates and drives the vision of business development by fostering existing relationships, as well as creating new relationships within the Architectural and Foodservice Industry. Tommy is instrumental in guiding the sales and marketing process and team, to ensure that our clients are receiving quality care and communications. 



Tommy Hughes has an extensive background in the foodservice industry. From filing foodservice equipment invoices for his father as a young child, to being brought into the industry as a rep shortly after college, and now developing and fostering relationships for Ricca Design Studios. Tommy’s passion for the foodservice industry has grown and now it’s his mission to lead the business development growth of Ricca Design Studios, by supporting current relationships and creating new relationships with architects in the hospitality, healthcare, education, corporate, and public assembly markets. Tommy leads Ricca’s Business Development efforts, and the marketing team, to ensure a symbiotic relationship between sales and marketing efforts.  

3+ years


16+ years


BBA in Marketing, Sam Houston State University

Guilty pleasure? 

Really anything that involves sugar and a drive through window.

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

All the bugs; ants, grasshoppers, and cricket 

I feel alive when...

Pushing past my physical limits

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

Take my wife and son on a backpacking and fly fishing trip along the Appalachian Trail.

What's one piece of advice you'd give to your 20-year-old-self? 

Don't take time for granted

What's the greatest lesson you've learned in your career, thus far?

There are no shortcuts for success.

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