DALLAS, TX—Rick Jordan, a Dallas-based shareholder and co-chair of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies (VC/EGC) practice at Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli, has been selected as one of the first-ever honorees in the Legal Innovators category for Texas Lawyer Magazine’s 2020 Texas Legal Awards program.
The Texas Legal Awards is an annual program put on by Texas Lawyer that honors attorneys and judges who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession in Texas.
In 2019, Jordan and industry peer Richard Riccardi, a food company veteran and investor, co-founded a new initiative – the Greater Dallas Food & Beverage CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) community, recently re-branded as DFW CPG – to convene and bolster the regional food-and-beverage (F&B)/CPG sector.
The DFW CPG community comprises early- to late-stage brands, billion-dollar food-and-beverage enterprises, food retailers and investors, and others who serve the industry. DFW CPG provides education and networking opportunities as part of its mission to cultivate the growth of the local ecosystem and propel Dallas-Fort Worth to become one of the leading ecosystems in the United States for consumer packaged goods and ambitious emerging brands.
Jordan also spearheaded planning efforts this year with Austin-based SKU, the nation’s first consumer products accelerator, to support the launch of the Dallas-Fort Worth region’s inaugural consumer products accelerator program over an 8-week period beginning this month. The new SKU DFW program, tailored toward later-stage startups in the F&B/CPG sector, offers best-in-class programming that covers a wide range of topics valuable to F&B/CPG entrepreneurs and is taught by some of the nation’s industry experts, including a kickoff presentation by former Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb.
Earlier this month, SKU DFW and DFW CPG announced the first, select cohort of later-stage startup companies that have been chosen for the inaugural program track, including All Y’alls Foods, Highwave, Meli’s Monster Cookies, mmmpanadas and Re:THINK Ice Cream, along with the 16-year-old founder of Sienna Sauce, who will be auditing the program.