Inspirational and Motivational Speaker Available for Bookings – Contact Us
Restaurateur/Owner of Croce’s Park West, Visionary and Community Leader, Pioneer of the Gaslamp Quarter and downtown San Diego, Co-Administer of Jim Croce’s Publishing, President/Owner of Avalanche Records and Books and Time in a Bottle Publishing.
Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Restaurateur and widow of the late singer-songwriter Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce tells her stories with candor, warmth and enthusiasm. She talks about her intense romance with Jim Croce, the repercussions of her husband’s death, her battles with the music industry, rearing their young son on her own and using her assets to build a successful and rewarding life.
Ingrid shares her challenges of loss, of opening restaurants and bars and succeeding in a notoriously competitive business.
Inspired from memories of exceptional food and music that she and Jim Croce created in their Pennsylvania Farmhouse in the early 70’s, Ingrid developed her business and her “Croce” brand by re-creating the warmth and hospitality she shared with friends and fellow musicians Arlo Guthrie, James Taylor, Bonnie Rait, Jimmy Buffet and The Manhattan Transfer, in her Restaurants and Bars in San Diego, California.
When she opened Croce’s in 1985 in the once dilapidated downtown, San Diego, Ingrid grew “Croce’s” to half a city block and almost single handedly lit the spark that ignited the Gaslamp Quarter into one of the hottest dining and entertainment districts in the country.
Croce’s Park West at 2760 5th Avenue in Bankers Hill is her current tribute to her late husband Jim Croce. She is committed to keeping Jim’s music and memory alive and giving back. Ingrid’s story is a message of hope, possibility, resilience, hard-work, and optimism.
Ingrid and her husband Jimmy Rock have been married since 1988 and co-wrote the biography of Jim Croce. The title “I Got a Name, The Jim Croce Story” is a story of the hero’s journey. Both Ingrid and her husband each discuss the book and the part they played in publishing it and why they did it. They are both available for speaking engagements.
- Finding the motivation and courage to move forward.
- Taking educated and fun risks instead of “Working at The Carwash Blues”
- Defining your own success
- Embracing your assets and building on them
- Possibilities (How to take advantage of being knocked off your path)
- Giving back to your community
- How to build a brand and establish a fan base
- A personal approach to leading, competing and succeeding
Past Speaking Engagements:
Sunday, March 15th, 2015
11:30am – 1:00pm
Junior League of San Diego
86th Charter Day Luncheon
San Diego Yacht Club
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
5:30pm – 8:30pm
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
BRAVO! Awards 2015
Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
The Wednesday Club
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
The Better Business Bureau, Mission Valley
Sunday, May 9th, 2014
Speech for Convivio
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Downtown Rotary and Liberty Station
The Girl Scouts of San Diego
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Barnes and Noble – Southern Hills Mall
4400 Sergeant Rd Unit 550
Sioux City, IA 51106
Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Barnes and Noble – Oakview Mall
3333 Oakview Drive
Omaha, NE 68144
Tuesday, December 18th 2012
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Old Town School of Folk Music
909 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Monday, December 17th, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Madame Zuzu’s Tea House
582 Roger Williams
Highland Park, IL 60035
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
5777 Valentine Road
San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 93003