Richard is a serial entrepreneurial and investor with extensive experience in aviation, investing, product design, outsourcing, and business development. He leads the ImagineAir Board of Directors and plays a key role in advising management in delivering high growth, while ensuring good financial health for the company. Richard has been named by Inc. magazine to the 2011 and 2003 Inc. 500 lists as CEO of one of the fastest growing private companies in America. OC Business Journal has recognized him for his Excellence in Entrepreneurism and OC Metro profiled him as a Young Business Star. Business Week featured him in an issue on managing growing pains. In 2004 he was honored as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Richard is an active member of the New York Angels, the leading angel investment consortium in the New York region, and Space Angels Network, LLC, a national network of seed and early-stage investors focused on aerospace-related ventures. He serves as Chairman for the New York Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), where he leverages his skills and that of a very talented board to deliver value to EO members whose companies collectively represent more than $1.2B in sales. Born in Kansas City, MO, Richard has an M.B.A. in Finance and International business from the University of Missouri Bloch School of Business.