Communty Leader. Business Owner. Serial Entrepreneur. Economist.
Richard understands, as well as anyone can, what it takes to start, own and operate a business in Michigan. He knows what it means to sign both sides of a paycheck, how to slice through government regulations to create a business, and how to control spending. He has managed 8-figure budgets, and helped businesses to reorganize and operate efficiently. This is exactly the kind of experience and background desperately needed in our State House.
Clearly defined expectations for performance, direction and common goals are lacking in many businesses today, and in our government. To be successful we need to operate with a sense of a mission and purpose, created and agreed upon by everyone, internal or external, who plays a role in our success or failure. Only through coordination of resources and teamwork can we succeed in addressing crucial areas for improvement, and providing the competitive advantages that will make our economy and businesses successful. The constant partisan infighting is leading to ineffective state government. We need to capture the synergy that comes from working together to solve our common problems, and discover new and more effective ways of operating and managing our government and the services it provides.
Richard was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He received a degree in Economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Policy at Syracuse University at age 20, and continued his education at Syracuse, enrolling in the MBA program at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He worked his way through college and graduate
school as a research analyst for a financial services firm E.F. Hutton & Company. Richard also earned a varsity letter on the Division I Syracuse University Ski Team where he skied slalom, giant slalom and was a downhill jumper.
FUN FACT: Richard's 4th cousin is Albert Einstein. Richard's mother, also a Physicist, knew him growing up and visited with him frequently at her family's home in Brooklyn and his in New Jersey. She was teaching Physics at Columbia University in Manhattan while working on her PhD when he died.
Richard returned to New York City to work for Alco Standard Corporation, where he held numerous positions in both Sales and Management. In 1986, he led the start-up of a new division focused on printing paper sales to publishers of magazines and catalogs. This division grew to over $40 million dollars in sales in its first three years. In 1989, the Mead Corporation brought him to Michigan to reorganize a $80 million dollar paper distribution division covering 3 states with 11 brick and mortar facilities, which was suffering from 7-figure losses. Richard led a reorganization effort that returned this unit to profitability within two years.
In 1993, after 12 years of working in Fortune 100, he left to start his own business. With a single customer, a single supplier, his own money and an SBA loan from the State of Michigan, he began earning a living as a printing paper broker selling to magazine publishers. By 1998, still with just a single employee, sales had exceeded $7 million dollars, with 100% of the revenue generated outside the state of Michigan.
In 1996, Richard started a second business selling Voice and Data lines and IT support services. A few years later, he started a third business with his wife Maureen. This company provides outsourced and interim services to support the needs of a shrinking manufacturing industry, delivering technical training and consulting in Project Management, Process Management and Business Performance Optimization. These separate companies, Publication Source, Audio Source and Performance Source, began to operate under the umbrella of The Source Companies in 2002. A fourth company was created in 2003 to serve the growing market for companies that want to bring their business online. This company helps small businesses build a web presence by creating front-ends for ecommerce, and marketing and branding their services. The common thread in each of these businesses is helping companies to operate efficiently at the lowest possible cost by understanding their financial and logistical structures, making use of the best training, processes and technology available today.
Richard's wife, Maureen, is a Management Consultant with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Masters Degree in Manufacturing Management. They have two children attending college in Michigan. Richard serves on the Farmington Hills City Council where he was Mayor Pro-Tem in 2012-13 and 2017-18, as well as several non-profit Boards, and is a member of the Xemplar Club, Optimists Club, American Legion and President of the Farmington Area Goodfellows. He has been a Scout Leader, Soccer Coach, an active PTSA member and has served as Vice President of the Inter-Agency Council for the past 8 years, a group comprised of over 25 non-profit and volunteer organizations in the community. Richard also holds a United States Soccer Federation Referee certification, and referees Select and Premier league soccer games in Southeast Michigan. He has been a past President, Vice President, Treasurer and COHA Representative for the Quaker Valley Farms Association. He and his family are avid golfers, cyclists and skiers.
This is Buddy and the family. The picture was taken a few years ago when I was thinner and had more hair (hard to believe). The kids are now in college at Michigan State and the University of Michigan (Go Green, Go White, Go Blue). Buddy's still our campaign mascot, but he's getting older too. Buddy says he will personally deliver a yard sign to your house if you would like one, or drop off some literature if you would like to walk your neighborhood for us. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean? Just drop us a line.
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