Pasta Personalities: Meet Ivica Babic
Ever wonder about the people behind our delicious pastas? Who the person in the factory making all that pasta? Meet Ivica Babic!!!!
My job title is…
Operations Manager- I receive the raw product and schedule pasta production. I also maintain all of the equipment and pasta making machinery. I train the manufacturing and shipping teams and perform quality control tests on all products. I’ve been with The Pasta Shoppe for over 20 years. When I first started we were making 200lbs of pasta/day on a single machine. Today our production capacity is over 10,000 lbs of pasta/day.
John came to the United States Catholic Charities to look for workers and both my wife Dubi and I were hired. In my previous life, I was an Architect in Sarajevo.
When I’m not at the Pasta Shoppe, I’m….
Spending time with my grandson, watching soccer or going to car shows.
My favorite team/sport is…
Soccer! I love watching the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League. I’m a Messi fan and I also like Ibrahimovic. I also love Formula 1 racing. Ferrari all the way. Go Hamilton!.
Morning person or night owl?
I’m a morning person. Most days I get to the plant before 5:30AM!!!
I have two sisters. I am the middle child.
Favorite Vacation Spot?
Bosnia, my former home.
My best subject in school was…
Math. I am also speak several languages. …I’m speak fluent English, several Croation languages and Russian. I understand a lot of Spanish but am not fluent.
If I won the lottery I’d….
- Buy a Ferrari.
- Buy a Lamborghini
- Buy a Porsche…..
The most beautiful thing I’ve seen is…
My 2 year old grandson. Noah.
My favorite pasta is…
I’ve tried a lot of pasta over the years by many manufacturers but nothing rivals our Tri-Color Angel Hair Nests. They are beautiful and taste great!