Food Automation & Manufacturing Symposium and Expo

Nicki Schroeder
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer; High Road Craft Ice Cream

Nicki Schroeder is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of High Road Craft Ice Cream, the nation’s fastest-growing craft ice cream manufacturer. Led by Schroeder’s speed-to-market moxie, High Road now has its delicious products distributed nationwide, under its brands: High Road, Ciao Bella, and Helados La Neta — stealthily as many of the premium store brands you know and love — and in the foodservice community. Nicki is an accomplished, designer and branding geek. You can find her regularly scouring the food world. Her success is forged at the intersection of three passions: food, travel, and design. Schroeder has been in the trenches since High Road’s first days, having bootstrapped the company to $500,000 in sales in its first year of operation, to becoming a $50MM company in its upcoming fiscal year. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s Degree from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).She founded High Road with her husband Keith, an accomplished chef and James Beard Award Winner. Schroeder is also a deeply engaged mother of two emerging champions: son Jackson, who studies opera at Boston Conservatory, and daughter Madison, who is a fellow entrepreneur, High Road senior leader, and graduate of Georgia State University. Nicki digs golf, yoga, gardening, boating, cocktails, old-school R&B, and schooling her son at the old-school card game Crazy Eights.