Gina (Nicholson) Kramer, RS/REHS is the Executive Director of Savour Food Safety International, Inc.™ where she specializes in assisting companies in developing long-term food safety culture and behavior change programs starting with the top to the front line employee. She also specializes in internal and external food safety communication plans during times of crisis for food companies. She has developed a mentorship program for food safety professionals coaching them how to build a program that is a profit center not a cost center for their company. Gina works with companies on new products and technologies from ideation to commercialization that focuses on “improving food safety one GREAT idea at a time”. Miss Gina, formerly the Global Director of Retail Food Services for NSF International, lead NSF’s team of talented retail food safety experts for 3rd party auditing, consulting and technical services for major global retail brands such as Sodexo, HMS Host, T.G.I. Friday’s and Jack in the Box.
As an owner and operator of her own organic bakery, to Manager of Public Health Promotions and a Registered Sanitarian at the Columbus Public Health Department, to her role as Senior Manager of Food Safety & Quality at The Kroger Co., to Global Director of Retail Food Services at NSF International, Gina (Nicholson) Kramer has spread her knowledge and innovative approach of food safety to organizations small and large.
Gina’s skill in food safety education, training and systems development has already helped other national retailer’s to build ambitious perishable food process improvement projects focused on food safety & quality and successfully establish a food safety culture that now permeates these organizations.
In addition to her new role as Executive Director, she is also a very active member of several food safety committees including STOP Foodborne Illness Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as several committees with the Conference for Food Protection, the International Association for Food Protection (she is chair of the Retail Foodservice PDG) and a member of the Education Advisory Board for the Food Safety Summit and the Food Safety Consortium. She is also an active contributor and member of the Food Safety Magazine and Food Safety Tech’s Editorial Advisory Board.
Gina has presented at several state, national and international conferences on topics such as: Measuring Food Safety Success; The Cost of a Food Event; Food Trends that Impact Food Safety; Branding Your Food Safety Message; Selling Food Safety from the Top Down; Creating a Food Safety Culture within the Real World of Retail Foods; 5 Terrific Training Tools; Consumer Education – It takes a partnership; Be Food Safe Participation - from a National Supermarket’s perspective; A Deep Dive into Cold Chain Management; and Translating HACCP to Lean Six Sigma – How to speak the language of the business to build a robust Food Safety program.
Gina attended Ohio-based Ashland University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. She is also a Registered Sanitarian in the state of Ohio and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist through the National Environmental Health Association. She has also continued her education through completing courses for; Preventive Controls Qualified Individual – Human Food (PCQI), and ServSafe® Food Protection Manager.