Rick Mazer joined the sports car fraternity in 1963. “I was going to high school and bought a Sabra displayed at the 1963 New York Automobile Show. I loved that car and have been hooked on two-seaters ever since.” Sabras were the only cars manufactured in Israel. Named after a cactus (featured on the car’s badge) and native-born Israelis, Sabras featured a fiberglass body and power was provided by a rather anemic four-cylinder engine borrowed from the British Ford Consuls. Customers sharing Mazer’s enthusiasm were few and far between and only a limited number of the sport cars rolled off the assembly line before production ceased in 1970.
Mazer grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. After graduating from MIT with degrees in economics and management, he worked for Lockheed, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte & Touche. In 1992, he founded Mazer Group, a firm providing strategic and financial consulting services to food companies. Five years later, Mazer joined Ventura Foods serving first as executive president and later, CEO. With headquarters in southern California, Ventura has production facilities in 11 locations, $2 billion in annual sales and over 2,400 employees. After retiring in 2009, Mazer moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and continues to serve on the board of several organizations, including the Culinary Institute of America.