Richard is a native of Greensboro, NC where he currently resides with his wife and two children. A graduate of Greensboro College, Richard began a successful career in economic development in 1993 with the Roanoke Valley of Virginia Economic Development Partnership, later becoming the Senior Project Manager for Economic Development with Forward Guilford (Greensboro, NC), now known as the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance (GEDA).
In 1999, Richard moved into the private arena of economic development as a site location consultant, assisting various companies with location strategies for new facilities, costs analysis for such locations and negotiations on behalf of clients for financial assistance from state and local governments and other sources. Richard has assisted both domestic and international companies such as Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath, Dynax America, RF Micro Devices, VF Corporation, Unilin Flooring, FedEx, Gildan Activewear, Essel Propack, Money Mailer, Old Dominion Freight Lines, LabCorp and others. His economic development experience spans into many different states and communities throughout the United States.
Richard brings experience in incentive negotiation, location analysis, governmental relations and real estate brokerage that enable clients to maximize location decisions and expedite the project timeline. He has been active in commercial real estate since 1999. Richard’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Greensboro Sports Council (Past President), Greensboro Host Committee (Chairman), the War Memorial Coliseum Commission, NAIOP and Greensboro Partnership Committee on Regionalism. Outside of work, Richard enjoys spending time with his family, serving community initiatives and playing golf.