San Diego, CA
Counselors to America's Small Business
Summary Strategic Business Planning / M&A Experience / Sales Team Leadership New Product & Market Development Rich has over thirty years of experience in executive management with both major corporations and small start-ups. He served as the president of two companies and in varies senior management positions in sales, marketing, and business & product development. He provided strong leadership & management in the areas of strategic business positioning, product definition & development and establishment of a clear and compelling customer focus. In addition, Rich had direct responsibility for raising investment capital and M&A activities. He prides himself on his strong presentation, communication and negotiation skills and expertise in building a high performance management team which develops solid relationships with customers and other business stakeholders. TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS * Led the successful turnaround of a privately held IC equipment firm into a merger with a larger company * Effectively managed the product-development / market introduction for new products for two start-up companies. Raised seed and development funding from major corporations in the USA and Japan. * Introduced and led the formal PDP (Product Development Processes) for new, innovative 300mm production equipment for the semiconductor industry. * Led a successful introduction of a web- based ecommerce business that marketed and sold high end tech equipment though a website to a global customer base. * Introduced the QFD (Quality Function Deployment) process to improve both profitability and customer satisfaction for after sales system market.
<p> US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO - BS Electrical Engineering</p> <p> Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA - MS Electrical Engineering</p> <p> Stanford Business School, Palo Alto, CA - MBA</p>
Greater than 39 years of business experience in the global nuclear energy industry and small business environment.
I have spent all my career in various Information Technology roles:
- Application development, design, and programming
- Technical training both in classroom and computer based training
- Project management
- Staff and operations management
- Process and quality improvement using 6-sigma
I have worked over 20 years in automotive and airplane manufacturing. I have also spent time working for IT consulting companies.
I am very detail oriented and organized. I have built strong cross-functional teams for short term workshops as well as ongoing business departments.
MBA in Management - University of Puget Sound, Seattle, WA
BA in Math and Computer Sciences - University of Missouri, Columbia, MO</p>
6-sigma Master Black Belt
PMP - Project Management Professional
During the past 40 years, as a serial entrepreneur, held key management positions in both private and public companies, including founder and CEO of Vector General (a pioneer in graphics workstations), CEO of the Inner Game (a corporate training and development company), CEO of Secom General (a NASDAQ mini-conglomerate of automotive component manufacturers), and CEO of Kahootz (an enterprise software company). Additionally, was a founder and director of Instar Infomatiqué (a French medical software company) and managing director of VanderBolt GmbH (a German technology transfer company).
Was the architect of the first peripheral graphics terminal that generated real-time, dynamic three-dimensional images used in the original Star Wars movie and CAD for Boeing and Lockheed. Has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way.
BA Mathematics, San Jose State University; Executive Program in Management, Stanford University
Over 40 years practitioner experience in marketing, communications, and management working in/with 100s profit and non-profit organizations from start ups to ongoing concerns, small to large (but mostly small). Last 15 years as a college professor in marketing and management at the undergrad and graduate levels.
<p> Doctorate in Business Administration (University of Sarasota, FL), MBA in marketing (Babson College, MA), BA in English (Stonehill College, North Easton, MA).</p>
Owned and operated a retail business which provided woodworking tools, supplies, exotic lumber, classes, and advice. The business employed 11 full- and part-time employees and grossed over $1.7M annually. Hands-on management of sales, marketing, inventory control operations. Applied a number of data-base technology solutions for more efficient operation of the business.
Held hardware and software engineering positions extending through senior level management. Specific technology areas included CAD hardware, RISC workstations, disk and tape controller and driver software, hardware quality assurance/control, software quality assurance. The latter specializing in process control, methods, and metrics.
Baccalaureate of Electrical Engineering
Decisive leader with a solid background encompassing complex managed services development and project management in a cross-functional environment.
Expert in development of global PMO to deliver program/project manage capability & capacity on-demand.
Expert in developing complex outsourcing services from conception through launch.
Passionate about developing organizational capabilities (processes, tools, people) to drive superior financial results.
<span>MBA - The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - 1992</span><br />
<span>Certified PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute - 2003 - 2016</span></p>
I started a Promotional Products Supplier company (Leprechaun Promotions, LLC) in 1998. We have grown to employ around 50 people at our manufacturing facility in Norcross, GA. We process over 25,000 orders annually for promotional products such as Stadium Cups, Can Coolers, Sports Bottles and Travel Mugs.
<p> BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame</p> <p> MBA from the University of Dallas</p>