Scott Livengood, Chairman
Scott Livengood is owner and CEO of Dewey’s Bakery, Inc. Dewey’s has two divisions, a commercial wholesale bakery and retail bakeries. Through Scott’s leadership, Dewey’s commercial bakery has become a premier crafter of premium cookies and crackers, a respected specialty and gift brand, an emerging national brand in the natural/specialty and mainline grocery channels under both the Dewey’s and Salem Baking Company brands, and a leading strategic partner for custom brand development of premium products serving many of the largest and most respected food retailers in the country.
Established in 1930 in Winston-Salem, NC, Dewey’s Bakery is a high volume retail bakery that has served families in the area for over four generations, and is known for its Moravian sugarcake, a specialty coffee cake with Old World origins dating back three centuries. Since acquiring Dewey’s, Scott has set in place a growth strategy for the retail operation with the goal of becoming a regional presence in the Southeast.
Previously, Scott worked at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for 27 years, starting as a trainee in 1977. He was appointed President of the company in 1992, then CEO and Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership, the company grew from 95 to 367 stores, including openings in Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Australia, and had the most successful IPO of the year 2000. System wide sale grew from $151MM to $991MM and pretax earnings increased from approximately $300,000 to over $94,677,000. Krispy Kreme was voted one of the top five brands in North America by BrandChannel in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
Scott has served on numerous boards including the Carter Center, where he participated as an observer in the 2002 Jamaican Presidential election with President Carter. In support of his belief in the power of story, he served several years as a board member and chair of the International Storytelling Center, and is currently on the board of PCI Media Impact, which uses the power of story and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) to improve the lives of people in developing countries throughout the world.
In 2012, Scott and his wife Michelle created the Scott and Michelle Livengood Foundation. Its focus is supporting initiatives that promote the fulfillment of individual potential, community building, and the realization of hope. They both fund and are actively engaged in program development. The signature achievement to date is LivingStories, a story-based program for improved patient experiences and outcomes in partnership with Novant Health.
He and Michelle live in Winston-Salem, NC and have four children. He is about to publish a book he has written about finding your calling through the power of your personal story.